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The ingredient-scrutiniser, Del Brown has a passion for natural & organic, chemical free skincare. Researching ingredients and talking with the manufacturers. "Free YOUR skin now!" with skincare free from petrochemicals, sulphates, parabens, phthalates, glycols, PEGs, DEAs, mineral oil, synthetic polymers, synthetic fragrance or colours. All personally researched, tried, tested and Del Brown Approved!

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Friendly Soap Tea Tree Essential Oil Soap


Friendly Soap Tea Tree Essential Oil Soap – 95g (£1.99)

If you’re new to Friendly Soap, let me give you a quick bit of background.  This new brand is run by two men, Geoff and Rob, who make all their soaps by hand up in Yorkshire.  Their entire range is Vegan Society Approved, Cruelty Free and they have chosen not to use any Palm Oil in any of their soaps.


So to this, their Tea Tree soap. Did you know that there are over 100 different varieties of Tea Tree oil.  Only one variety, Melaleuca alternifolia, contains the complete list of properties making it naturally anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, anti-septic, anti-viral, a fungicide and insecticide.  Melaleuca alternifolia, native to New South Wales in Australia, is a species of tree or shrub from the myrtle family.  So when you are buying any tea tree product, you must check the ingredients and know exactly what you’re buying.


The mix of olive oil, coconut oil and shea butter provides foaming white bubbles, cleansing and moisturising properties. The fourth biggest ingredient in the bar is the tea tree oil (Melaleuca alternifolia).  The fifth and final ingredient is turmeric powder, an unusual ingredient commonly associated with cooking, but has been used on the skin in India for generations to treat fungal conditions, bruising, leech bites, inflammatory skin conditions and infected wounds.


This soap is good for all skin types, but with the added tea tree and turmeric, makes this particularly suitable for sporty, active people, sweaty teenagers with sweaty pits and feet (athlete’s foot).  Anyone dealing with spots on the back, shoulders and chest, the tea tree will help fight bacteria on the skin.  Also if you have any little cuts or wounds on the skin, washing with a tea tree soap, aids the healing process.  A genuine pleasure to use and absolutely Del Brown Approved!

Ingredients: Sodium olivate, Sodium cocoate, Aqua, Butyrospermum parkii butter, Melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree) essential oil contains limonene, Curcuma longa (turmeric) root powder

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Dear Del, could you recommend a tea tree based liquid body/face wash without any of the usual nasties, thank you.

None of my recommendations below contain SLS, parabens, petrochemicalsPEGs, artificial colours or fragrances.

A body wash that contains tea tree oil:

Jason Tea Tree Natural Body Wash 

Dr Bronners Tea tree & Hemp Liquid Soap

Essentially Yours Body Wash

Faith In Nature Tea Tree Shower Gel & Foam Bath

Dr Organic Tea Tree Body Wash

and for the face:

The Organic Pharmacy Tea Tree Face Wash

Oy! Clear Skin Face Wash

Tisserand Tea Tree Facial Soap

Thursday Plantation Tea Tree Face Wash Foam

Organic Botanics Tea Tree & Lavender Face & Body Wash

Tea Tree toothpaste from Dr Organic

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Dr Organic Tea Tree Toothpaste -100ml (£4.49)

My first toothpaste review.  This one from Holland and Barrett who are the makers of the Dr Organics range.

This toothpaste does not contain any SLS, parabens, sulphates, artificial colours or perfumes.  It is suitable for Vegetarians and Vegans and is not tested on animals.

It does contain Aloe Vera, peppermint oil, tea tree oil, Icelandic moss extract and Horse Chestnut.  Don’t be mislead by the marketing, it is very difficult to work out exactly what ingredients are actually organic.  It appears the tea tree oil is the only one.  Interesting to note I can’t see an independent organic certificate label anywhere on this product.

It is described as Lemon Mint Flavour on the box, but I can’t find any lemon or lemon like ingredients in it?  It does however smell of tea tree, which was one of the reasons I was attracted to it in the first place.  Tea Tree oil is a natural antiseptic, so to find it in a toothpaste is particularly beneficial to help fight off sore throats and mouth ulcers.  The peppermint oil gives it the traditional minty flavour.

I’ve used this toothpaste for a long time and regularly get comments about how white my teeth look.  This however, could be down to the excellent and highly Del Brown Approved Philips Sonicare Toothbrush I use.

My mouth feels fresh and clean after use, doesn’t feel stripped or leave a scummy ridge around the inside of my lips, which I find all too often if I’ve used a standard toothpaste.

Ingredients: Glycerin, Aloe barbadensis leaf juice, Sorbitol, Hydrated silica, Aqua, Sodium lauroyl sarcosinate, Memtha Piperita (Peppermint oil), Hydroxyethylcellulose, Melaleuca alternifolia leaf (tea tree oil), Menthol, Cetraria islandica (icelandic moss extract), Sodium monofluorophosphate, Escin (Horse chesnut), Xylitol, Sodium benzoate, Potassium sorbate, Citric acid.  Limonene.  Contains Sodium monofluorophosphate (a source of floride at 1000ppm)

Shea butter liquid black soap with tea tree oil

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Shea By Nature Black Soap Tea Tree & Peppermint Shower Gel – 250ml (£7.99)

I’ve long been a fan of black liquid soaps as they contain high amounts of shea butter and work great as a foaming beard shampoo.  But they also are good as an over body wash.

This particular black liquid soap from ‘Shea by nature‘ comes in a rather unexciting white plastic bottle with an old fashion, but practical, flip up spout.  The texture is certainly nothing like a gel, but more like running water.  It has a naturally muddy brown colour and has a fragrance of peppermint with a hint of tea tree.  It foams up gently and easily.

For my ingredient purists, you’ll love this excellent list: water, organic (fair trade) shea butter and coconut oil.  Cocoa ash, tea tree and peppermint oil.  That’s it!  No SLS, no preservatives and Vegan friendly.

So if you want all the benefits antibacterial/antimicrobial tea tree, moisturising shea butter and like your skin smelling of natural peppermint, give this one a try.

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Unrefined Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii), Coconut (Cocos Nucifera) Oil, Cocoa Ash (Theobroma Cacao), Tea Tree Leaf (Melaluca alternaifolia), Peppermint (mentha piperita), *Limonene, *Linalool. *Occurs naturally in essential oils.

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Multipurpose liquid soap from Dr Bronner

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Dr Bronner’s Tea Tree & Hemp Liquid Soap – 946ml (£12.95)

As it seems tea tree shower gels are particularly popular, I thought I’d highlight this from Dr Bronner.  This Tea Tree Body Wash does not contain any SLS, Parabens, Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfates or Phthalates. The antibacterial / antimicrobial tree tree has a host of benefits, including working well on smelly spots and smelly bodies!

The Dr Bonner’s liquid soap comes in a range of fragrances, if tea tree and hemp (yes.. Cannabis) are not your thing.  Don’t expect a thick gel, think more a runny liquid. It also has multiple uses, for example, with this nearly 1 litre bottle, you could use it as a hand wash, body wash, bath soak and even as an anti bacterial (thanks to the tea tree) laundry liquid.

Particularly good If you’re looking for a natural antibacterial hand wash for use in the kitchen.  The bottle states it has 18 uses!! So when your shower gel or hand wash next runs out, get yourself some of this and re-fill the bottle.

Water, Organic Coconut Oil*, Potassium Hydroxide**, Organic Olive Oil*, Tea Tree Extract, Organic Hemp Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Citric Acid, Tocopherol
** None remains after saponifying oils into soap and glycerin

For my ingredient purist friends; You’ll notice within the ingredients it states Tea Tree ‘Extract’ and not Tea Tree ‘Oil’.

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can you recommend a good shower gel with tea tree in it?


Jason Tea Tree Body Wash – 887ml (£9.99)

There are loads of body washes and shower gels out there that include tea tree oil.  If you’re new to Tea Tree Oil, I encourage you to take a moment to ‘Google’ it and read about its anti bacterial properties. The cheapest way to make a tea tree body wash is to mix water, SLS, a couple of cheap chemical preservatives, then add some artificial colouring (usually green – note: Tea Tree Oil is not Green coloured) and some synthetic fragrance.. oh and then to add a few drops of tea tree oil (usually found towards the bottom of the ingredients list = least quantity) and bobs your uncle, you’ve got a fully marketable tea tree wash!!

This Tea Tree Body Wash from JASON does not contain any SLS,  The tea tree leaf oil is the fifth biggest ingredient in the pot and it doesn’t contain any Parabens, Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfates or Phthalates.

It comes in huge, 887ml bottle and has a massive pump, which makes it perfect to sit next to the bath and use as both a bubble bath and shower gel.  The antibacterial tree tree oil has a host of benefits, including working well on smelly bodies and spots.

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate, Glycerin, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Brassica Napus Seed Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Allantoin, Panthenol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Lauryl Glucoside, Stearyl Citrate, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Sulfate, Citric Acid, Benzyl Alcohol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Benzyl Benzoate, Citronellol, Fragrance (Parfum) *Certified Organic Ingredient.