I’ve been battling breakouts (I know! At my age! ) which are thankfully subsiding, and I’m starting to look normal again. But when I mentioned it in my previous post, some readers suggested using witch hazel. A lightbulb went off in my head and I went home to dig around my cupboard of goodies.
I knew I had a witch hazel product out there somewhere! And I did. It’s the Boots Tea Tree + Witch Hazel Foaming Face Wash. I know, I know… yet another foaming face wash. Don’t I ever tire of this? Erm… no
I must tell you about this one because its such a lovely find and I pick up a bottle every time I go to Bangkok, which is the closest place I can find a Boots pharmacy. This is my 3rd or is it 4th bottle, and I actually stumbled on it by accident.
The first time I picked this face wash up was from the discount bin at a Boots pharmacy in Bangkok. It was going for something like 99 Baht (about RM9.90) and I was in my “Ooh so cheap! Let me try!” phase. I personally find that products containing tea tree oil help me in keeping breakouts and spots at bay, so I like using them in face washes. I usually use the Tea Tree Oil face wash from The Body Shop but this has replaced that as my de facto tea tree oil face wash, simply because its so much cheaper (but so damned hard to source!)
This is your typical foaming face wash that pumps out a foam, so texture is quite conventional. There is also the signature tea tree oil scent which some like and some hate. I fall into the like category. I like the sharp astringent scent because it makes me think “Clean! Zit buster!” but the scent is tempered a little in this one, perhaps because of the witch hazel addition, so it isn’t very strong.
I don’t find this one drying, contrary to the fact that its a foaming face wash and it is one of those targeted at oily skin types. My hands – my first bastion of detecting products that are drying on skin – do not dry out or peel which means this is pretty good as far as I’m concerned. You will naturally have to follow up with your regular skincare and moisturizers, but at least it doesn’t cause your skin to feel dry and stretched immediately after washing.
I don’t have a serious acne problem nor oily skin so I use this more like a maintenance type of face wash. I like that it seems to do a decent job keeping my skin clean, and that it helps me keep zits and spots at bay. My skin is healing already and I can’t say if its a combination of this face wash and the blemish gel or if my hormones just said “Ooh, lets stop bouncing around and stabilize for a minute” but things are looking up and skin is clearing up so yay!
In a nutshell
This is a foaming face wash containing tea tree oil and witch hazel and is the in house brand of Boots Pharmacy. I get mine from Bangkok whenever I go. I’ve been using this for a few years now, off and on and I like how it keeps my skin clean and clear. I don’t find it drying either and it makes an inexpensive face wash that smells great and works.
Pros: Affordable, Not drying, Seems to help clear up and prevent breakouts and spots
Cons: Not available in Malaysia
Who will like this: Those for whom tea tree oil works on spots and blemishes, Those who have oily or combination skin that are prone to breakouts, Those on a budget
Here is the ingredient list for those who are interested.
I was looking on the Boots website and noticed that the packaging now looks different and its now called the Boots Tea Tree & Witch Hazel face wash. That might have been why the ones I buy keep ending up in the discount bin… not that I’m complaining of course. I don’t know the full retail price in Bangkok because I always seem to be able to get them on sale when I go but I believe it should cost under RM20 a bottle at full retail. Once I’m done with this bottle, its time for another trip to Bangkok!
Have you by any chance used this Boots Tea Tree + Witch Hazel face wash? Do you have anything else you like picking up from Boots pharmacies? I love going to Boots. I always find something to pick up, random as it might be.
I recall there was a small counter/store selling stuff from Boots at The Curve a few years ago. I’m not sure if its still there but I never checked it out then (Reader Kel has confirmed that this counter/store no longer exists) Anyone know if we can get Boots stuff locally (Malaysia) and know if they stock this face wash?
Boots Tea Tree + Witch Hazel Foaming Face Wash Price: £3.59/150ml Availability: Boots pharmacies