This product is provided by Benton for candid review purpose.
What is it?
Here is what Benton says:
“Benton Tea Tree Cleansing Water is a naturally-derived cleansing water designed to combine cleansing and tea tree treatment in order to ease the inconvenience of those who separately wash their faces with tea tree essential oil-diluted water.
Benton Tea Tree Cleansing Water is infused with Tea Tree Leaf Water and Tea Tree Leaf Oil which are made in Korea. The cleansing water gives a refreshing & calming effect on tired skin while mildly cleansing. Also, the product revitalizes irritated, stressed-out skin with redness. Benton Tea Tree Cleansing Water is designed to combine cleansing and tea tree treatment in order to ease the inconvenience of those who separately wash their faces with tea tree essential oil-diluted water. The product has only 10 clean ingredients free of PEGs and Sulfates, which is a less burden on the skin. The cleansing water leaves skin clear and smooth. Present a restful cleansing to your precious skin with Benton Tea Tree Cleansing Water.”
Sounds good, doesn’t it?
Benton Tea Tree Cleansing water comes in 200 ml / 6.76 fl.oz. plastic bottle. It is watery liquid of no colour but with light distinctive tea tree scent.
Benton is Korean skincare line of products known for their “clean” list of ingredients, freshly made products by sticking to small batch production. “Benton” got its name after the film “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” alluding to reverting aging process. The search for younger, restored skin is Benton’s mission.
How to use it?
1) Use this cleansing water as a makeup remover or a morning cleanser. Wet a cotton pad with the product and gently wipe the entire face.
2) Place the wet cotton pad for a while on the parts that need thorough cleansing and then gently wipe. (Using an eye makeup remover is recommended to erase eye makeup.)
I use this product every morning as the morning cleanser. Water splash before, and then this cleansing water. I usually use cleansing water first and then splash my skin with water, as I don’t want my rosacea to get any chance of negotiating with surfactants. However, this cleansing water is mild enough to double as cleansing toner so I just leave it on skin.
Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Water (70%), Water (Aqua), Butylene Glycol, Dipropylene Glycol, Glycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Polyglyceryl-6 Caprylate, Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate, Sodium Chloride
Benton takes pride in their products with “clean” ingredients free of PEGs, sulfates, fragrance and colorants and this product is no exception too. Nevertheless, this one in particular has high content of ingredients derived from tea tree (tea tree leaf water 70%, tea tree leaf oil, concentration not disclosed).
Tea tree (Melaleuca) is Australian plant known for its antibacterial, skin-soothing and astringent properties. It is very popular as the ingredient in skin care products targeting acne and blemishes for its anti-inflammatory effect.
Who is it for?
Skin tired from impurities and external stressors / Oily and acne-prone skin
Skin that wants a naturally-derived cleansing water / Delicate skin afraid of strong 100% tea tree oil
Angry skin from heavy make-up / Skin with a water-oil imbalance
Does it work?
I like cleansing waters in the morning. It is some form of compromise between to clean or not to clean morning skin. Is water splash enough to remove sweat, sleeping packs or other traces of unwanted stuff on morning face? How will sensitive skin react to over cleansing?
This is where products like this Benton Tea Tree Cleansing Water come in. I like to see these products as “cleansing toners” – or simply products with purpose to cleanse skin but also to calm it and leave soft and somewhat hydrated, ready for next skincare steps.
To challenge Benton’s cleansing water its very name I gave it task to remove bb cream, long wear liquid lipstick and waterproof eyeliner.
Here is how it went with one cotton pad:
All three makeup products were set and let dry on skin.
Not bad, I’d say. I didn’t try to remove mascara directly from my eyelashes as Benton recommends using eye makeup remover anyway.
Two weeks of using this product every morning did not make revolutionary changes on my skin, especially when my rosacea got angry (winter and such loveliness), but it didn’t aggravate the state my skin was in.
It does, however, refresh my skin in the morning and preps it for other skin care steps. And answers that question whether or not to cleanse in the morning. It has become part of my morning routine. The smell of fresh coffee and tea tree in the morning. Why not?