Makeup | Skincare

The Body Shop Tea Tree Pore Minimizer

January 20, 2014
The Body Shop Tea Tree Pore Minimizer ($18 for 1.0 fl. oz.)
The Body Shop Tea Tree Pore Minimizer ($18 for 1.0 fl. oz.)

Like the Aloe Protective Serum that I recently reviewed, the Tea Tree Pore Minimizer is a product that I picked up during one of The Body Shop’s sales sometime around Black Friday. I hadn’t heard anything about it before so I really didn’t know what to expect, but I do like to get a little help with oil and visible pores around my t-zone and this seemed like an interesting product to try out.

The Pore Minimizer is advertised to instantly mattify, minimize the appearance of pores, prime, and make skin feel “purer”. That last claim is kind of vague, and I wasn’t initially sure whether this was intended to improve skin’s condition over time in any way or if it really was meant more simply to disguise skin’s issues. The website doesn’t provide much else, so I’ve settled on the idea that this is basically a primer as opposed to any sort of treatment with longer-term benefits.

This is actually the first tea tree product I’ve tried from The Body Shop. The tea tree line is aimed at blemish-prone skin, so it wouldn’t seem to be the most fitting line for me out of all of The Body Shop’s offerings. This product does smell like tea tree oil, as I imagine all of the products from the line probably do, and it is an opaque, yellowish gel with a thin consistency that is easily spread over skin.

I’ve been using this under makeup as a primer, and although I have a few primers in my collection at the moment, I’ve been using this most days since I bought it. For the mattifying and pore minimizing claims, I think this works alright. It’s not a miracle worker, but it helps. There are some primers out there that are best used sparingly and pressed or worked into pores, but with this one I’d say it’s better to be a bit more liberal with it and spread it gently over skin. It has a thinner and wetter consistency, and so I like to just get a thin layer on and let it sit and dry for a second before applying foundation.

There is dimethicone listed on the ingredients, but it doesn’t top the list like it does with so many primers. I would say that if you’re someone who doesn’t like the feel of silicone-heavy primers on your skin, you might enjoy this one more. It has sort of a cooling effect when first spread onto skin and dries quickly, and feels very lightweight on skin … this is what I’ve come to think they mean when they say it makes skin feel “purer”. It just sort of leaves skin feeling a bit smoother, but doesn’t have the heavy or greasy-feeling slip of silicone.

On the ingredients, you’ll also notice denatured alcohol (ingredients posted below). A lot of people worry that the presence of alcohol means that a product is drying or damaging for skin, but in this case it’s preceded on the ingredients list by glycerin, which is soft and moisturizing and should cancel out any of those bad effects. I wanted to mention the alcohol because it’s likely the reason this product can feel as lightweight and as “wet” as it does yet also dry really quickly.

I’ve been enjoying using this, and do like how it feels on my skin. It’s not the most powerful product in terms of mattifying and minimizing the appearance of pores and I have yet to test it’s strength in the warmer summer months, but it’s been a good daily product to layer on my skin prior to makeup that helps my skin look a little better and feels very light and thin. I would recommend this to people who have small-to-moderate issues with pores and/or oil, but those with more extreme needs should probably look elsewhere.

I’ll also add that I enjoy the thin bottle it comes in, which wastes no extra space and is easy to store either on its side or standing upright. It’s not a huge deal, but storage is always an issue for me. The Pore Minimizer is a bit expensive at full price, but The Body Shop offers frequent sales that definitely make this product more accessible, and personally I bought this during one of their buy-2-get-2-free deals.

The Body Shop Tea Tree Pore Minimizer
The Body Shop Tea Tree Pore Minimizer

Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau (Solvent/Diluent), Glycerin (Humectant), Alcohol Denat. (Solvent/Diluent), Silica (Absorbent), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Emollient), Isododecane (Solvent), Talc (Absorbent/Bulking Agent), Pentylene Glycol (Solvent), Sodium Polyacrylate (Film Former/Viscosity Increasing Agent), Glyceryl Stearate (Emulsifier), PEG-100 Stearate (Surfactant), Dimethicone/Bis-Isobutyl PPG-20 Crosspolymer (Skin-Conditioning Agent), Bertholletia Excelsa Seed Oil (Emollient), Caprylyl Glycol (Skin Conditioning Agent), Glyceryl Stearate Citrate (Skin-Conditioning Agent), Phenoxyethanol (Preservative), Melaleuca Alternifolia Leaf Oil/Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil (Natural Additive), Calophyllum Inophyllum Seed Oil (Skin Conditioning Agent), Xanthan Gum (Viscosity Modifier), Epilobium Fleischeri Extract (Skin-Conditioning Agent), Disodium EDTA (Chelating Agent), Limonene (Fragrance Ingredient), Potassium Sorbate (Preservative), Citric Acid (pH Adjuster), Citral (Fragrance Ingredient), Leptospermum Petersonii Oil (Fragrance Ingredient), Tocopherol (Antioxidant).

The Pore Minimizer costs $18 for 1.0 fl. oz. and is available at The Body Shop.

Have you tried it? Do you like it?

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    1. Hi Kat! It’s hard to find that balance between lightweight texture and effectiveness, isn’t it? If you end up giving it a try, I’d love to hear what you think!

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