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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Review: Thursday Plantation Tea Tree Products

"The indigenous people of north-eastern New South Wales had known about the healing and disinfecting properties of tea tree oil for thousands of years. They applied poultices of crushed tea tree leaves to cuts and wounds and inhaled the volatile oil from the crushed leaves to alleviate congestion and respiratory tract infections.

The scientific discovery of the plant’s virtues came in 1923 when the leading state government chemist, Arthur Penfold, tested the oil of the tea tree and determined its antiseptic action was about 12 times stronger than the widely used carbolic acid. Extensive clinical trials with medical and dental colleagues in London and Sydney led to glowing reports in the distinguished scientific journals of the day.

Indeed, the 1930’s and 1940’s saw tea tree oil widely acclaimed as a near perfect antiseptic, so much so that during World War II Australian soldiers were issued with tea tree oil in their first aid kits. The troops also sang the praises of tea tree oil’s insect repellent and anti-fungal properties. At home, it was put to an amazing spectrum of uses from shampoo, toothpaste and smelly feet to boils, acne and head lice.

Sadly, this remedy from nature was forgotten for almost 30 years as cheap, synthetic antibiotics flooded the world’s medicine markets and became a way of life. The tea tree industry collapsed by the 1960’s and the oil became a rare commodity.

But, in 1976, Eric White became the latter-day pioneer of the Australian tea tree industry. Convinced of its applications in modern society, Eric chose the alternately flood-washed and drought-baked Bungawalbyn Swamp, near Coraki in northern NSW, for his first crops. After four years of painstaking research and lobbying, a crown lease was granted.

It arrived on a Thursday in 1976….this was the day Thursday Plantation was born."

A few weeks ago I was given the opportunity to try out some tea tree products from Thursday Plantation. I was really excited to try everything as I've heard how great tea tree oil can be for your skin. The items I was sent for review were:
  • Thursday Plantation Tea Tree Hand & Body Lotion
  • Thursday Plantation Tea Tree Oil
  • Thursday Plantation Tea Tree Lip Balm
  • Thursday Plantation Tea Tree Shampoo
  • Thursday Plantation Tea Tree

"Tea Tree Shampoo is made with organic ingredients, with tea tree, lime and lavender oils, suitable for frequent use."

The shampoo and conditioner got off to a bit of a shaky start with me (mostly the shampoo). The first time I used them my hair was lackluster and to be frank- on the greasy side. I realized after I gave them both a few more tries, was that you need more shampoo than you would normally need. Once I got the amounts working for me I was pretty pleased with the results. I tend to have a more oily scalp, and on the second day I needed another shampooing. I usually just use a dry shampoo on my roots and wash every other day. That being said I would have to wash my hair everyday with this shampoo. The conditioner was good, it left my hair feeling quite soft and manageable.

The shampoo and conditioner both have a strong tea tree scent (as do all of the products.) I wasn't super into the scent at first (it is very herbal, with a hint of almost a lemon grass type scent) but I did get used to it pretty quickly.

The Hand & Body Lotion has turned out to be a real favourite of mine. Once I got used to the scent, it quickly became my go to. I have gone through a spell of super dry itchy skin combined with what felt like a million mosquito bites and found that this lotion made a world of difference. This lotion is on the thinner side, and it absorbs pretty quickly without any sort of greasy feeling. My dry skin thoroughly enjoyed it, and I found that the lotion really worked at reliving all my itchiness while moisturizing.

I'd heard a lot about how great tea tree oil can be for blemish prone skin so I was really excited to try the pure oil. The oil can be used as an antiseptic for acne, minor cuts and burns, and insect bites and stings. The bottle has a dropper type top on it, so I used a Q Tip to apply it as needed. I used it on blemishes (I hate the word pimple *shudders*) and I found that it did help reduce the clear up time and it really reduced the redness.

I react oddly to mosquito bites- they end up as big red welts, and itch like no tomorrow. I usually use After Bite, but I decided to switch it out and try the Pure Tea Tree Oil on them instead. It wasn't an instant fix, but it did work to reduce both the redness and the itch.

Out of all the products this has the most scent. I do not like the scent at all, but I'm totally willing to ignore that because the product works.

Last but not least, the Tea Tree Lip Balm. This was the first product I tried out of the bunch- it was the easiest to rip into when I got the package! To give this the ultimate test, I used this balm instead of my current bed time balm (see it here). I was really impressed. The texture of this balm is like Vaseline, with lots of shine. It feels a little bit greasy when you first apply it, but it settles a bit. It moisturizes really well and seems like it would help heal chapped lips as well. I haven't had chapped lips since I got it, so I can't say for certain. I think that this will be an excellent balm to have on hand for the dry winter weather.

Overall I'm really happy with everything that I tried and would totally purchase Thursday Plantation product in the future. Have you tried any tea tree products? What did you think?


  1. ooo i really want to try their balms now, i've only tried their body wash and i loved it feel so clean afterward :)

  2. The hand & body lotion sounds awesome! :)

  3. Where can I buy Walkabout insect repellent made by Thursday Plantation ?

  4. Bailey_AlltheWordsJune 13, 2012 at 2:19 AM

    I would try that is where I got my products from.

  5. Thanks for your review..I got a HUGE pimple...and I am looking for sth natural and soothing that can cure it! I think I will definitely buy the tee tree oiL! :)

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