Benton Tea Tree Mist

the claim

The Benton Tea Tree Mist contains Tea Tree Leaf Water, Hyaluronic Acid and botanical extracts to provide instant hydration while leaving skin refreshed and clear.
 
Benton Tea Tree Mist
 

the science

Tee Tree Oil  is an essential oil with a fresh camphor scent derived from the Melaleuca Alternifolia tree, native to Australia. Aborigines have been using its healing qualities for thousands of years. Tea Tree Oil is the product distilled from the leaves. When dispersed in water, it becomes Tea Tree Water. Due to its antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiviral and antifungal properties, Tea Tree Oil has been typically used in low concentrations to treat conditions such as acne and skin infections. A study from the University of Minnesota found Tea Tree Oil to be just as effective as benzoyl peroxide at treating acne but without the negative side effects of redness and peeling. Its ability to remove excess oils from skin by pushing out stale sebum deep within pores prevents blackheads and acne forming. Furthermore, natural astringent properties are also said to diminish the appearance of large pores.

The salt form of Hyaluronic Acid is known as Sodium Hyaluronate (HA). It helps to hydrate the skin through an ability to bind to water and fill the spaces between connective skin fibres, achieving a plumping effect. Humectants that appear quite strongly in the formulation which enhance moisture include Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Pentylene Glycol and Polyglutamic Acid.

Aloe Vera and Hollyhock Root Extract moisturise the skin as well as boosting anti-inflammatory content to enhance the soothing effects of the mist. As well as being an excellent source of antioxidants, Portulaca Oleracea Extract contains omega-3 fatty acids, making it effective at stimulating cell regeneration. High levels of Vitamins E, C and beta carotene help it to brighten skin tone and reduce sun induced damage. Exotic botanical extracts like Guava and Japanese Pepper contribute antioxidants to assist in the prevention of free radical damage.
 
Benton Tea Tree Mist
 

the ingredients

Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Water, Water (Aqua), Butylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Maleleuca Alternifolia (Tea Trea) Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Althaea Rosea (Hollyhock) Root Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Beta-Glucan, Polyglutamic Acid, Aspalathus Linearis Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Psidium Guajava Fruit (Guava) Extract, Zantholxylum Piperitum Fruit (Japanese Pepper) Extract, Pulsatilla Koreana Extract, Usnea Barbata (Lichen) Extract
 
Benton Tea Tree Mist Ingredients
 

the packaging

The Benton Tea Tree Mist is packaged in a plastic cylindrical clear bottle with fixed spray dispenser and protective clear lid.
 
Benton Tea Tree Mist Packaging
 

the analysis

An ideal assessment is returned from both the CosDNA and EWG databases, rating the mist safe with an ideal low hazard warning.
 
Benton Tea Tree Mist CosDNA Analysis
 

the application

Apply it whenever necessary. Spray over the desired areas and pat for better absorption.
 

the scent

The Benton Tea Tree Mist has a mild scent.
 

the cost

A 80ml bottle of the Benton Tea Tree Mist costs around AUD$20.00.
 

the availability

Benton products are available at Korean skincare boutiques including Style Korean. I received mine from directly from the brand in exchange for my honest review.
 

the expiry

The mist toner expires 6 months after opening and has a two year shelf life.
 
Benton Tea Tree Mist Expiration
 

the performance

The Benton name is inspired by the movie The Curious Case of Benjamin Button in which the protagonist reverses the ageing cycle and grows younger with time. This reflects the company’s desire to restore skin back to its original, healthy condition without harmful ingredients. And this is another product that fulfils that objective.

The mist comes consistently packaged with the brand’s other tea tree products so is easily recognisable. The solid plastic bottle is both attractive and hygienic. The mist is vacuum sealed so the dispensing mechanism contributes to product preservation by suppressing oxidation. It is not possible to remove the spray nozzle from the body of the container. The inner tube appears to be sized slightly longer than the height of the bottle so as to assist with collection of the last drops when near empty. This product is not new, just repackaged, although it is new to me as I have never tried the 40ml version. The size and packaging solution has been improved but the formula remains the same.

The mist looks like water and has a scent that doesn’t resemble tea tree as you might expect, rather it smells a little like almonds to me. Either way, it is a light scent that is without added fragrance. The spray is quite fine although if you hold it too close or insufficiently press the trigger, it can lose its softness. The trick is to depress it fully and place it a little less than arm’s length away. Benton also advises that the mist is suitable for all over the body, anywhere you experience dryness or lackluster skin.
 
Benton Tea Tree Mist Texture
It is instantly refreshing the moment it touches the skin, delivering an immediate cooling effect. I am quite generous with the amount I apply and if excessive, I pat it in like I would a regular toner. It leaves my skin feeling refreshed and calm, the effects of a super soothing formula. I don’t suffer acne but do have a little redness around my chin. Also, having combination skin, my T-zone is prone to oiliness. Both redness and oil balance appear to respond positively to this mist. They are both temporary improvements but improvements nonetheless.

The mist also provides hydration, giving the skin a boost in moisture and providing a slightly more plump appearance. Prominent ingredients that contribute to this effect are Hyaluronic Acid, Glycerin, Aloe Vera and Hollyhock Root Extract, as discussed in the science above.

Although you can use this in place of a regular hydrating toner, I prefer to apply it randomly throughout the day, commencing with a pre-sunscreen spray and then spritzing to revitalise tired skin as needed. Sometimes, I am guilty of over spritzing mists (particularly in testing phase), so it is comforting that the formula is so gentle. My skin has reacted positively to this product no matter the sequence or frequency of application.
 
Benton Tea Tree Mist Before and After
Without lab conditions, I found it difficult to capture before and after improvements on mild redness so decided to show you the immediate effects of spraying the mist on my left hand and comparing it to my right. From the image above, you can see that after 3 pumps, the left hand looks brighter, fresher, more even and maybe even has tighter looking pores. Although you could argue that the light is a factor, I can assure you, the difference was real, its effects visible for around 30 minutes. I tested it the other way around, (spray on the right hand) to make sure the difference was not just the natural appearance of my skin and the same results were observed.

I really like using it throughout the day and I love the packaging. It would definitely suit all skin types as confirmed by ideal CosDNA and EWG reports. The scent is light and short lived so shouldn’t be a bother to even those with sensitivities. The anti-inflammatory strength of this product, powered by tea tree, would also make it ideal for acne prone and irritated skin types.
 
Benton Tea Tree Mist Spray
 

the conclusion

Highly portable with a gentle composition, this tea tree mist is a real winner for me. It would be a great addition to any routine, providing regular doses of support throughout the day to those with acne and inflammation. Alternatively, it’s a great refresher.
 

the summary

Pros Cons
CosDNA and EWG declared safe formula Only available online for Australians
Revitalises dull skin with a hydration boost
Soothes and calms inflamed skin
Helps to balance facial oils and calm acne
Hygienically packaged in a vacuum sealed bottle
Suitable for all skin types

 

the references

Benton website
Tea Tree Oil webMD
Tea Tree Oil Wikipedia
The Tea Tree Skin “Miracle” – The 7 Benefits of Tea Tree Oil Body Ecology
16 Beauty Benefits of Tea Tree Essential Oil for Skin, Hair & More Beauty Munsta
Tea Tree Oil Paula’s Choice Cosmetic Ingredient Dictionary
Sodium Hyaluronate Truth In Aging

 


 

the disclaimer

Please read in context with my disclaimer.
 
This product was provided to me free of charge by Benton for review. This post only includes my honest opinion and experience of this product and is in no way influenced by Benton, any of its representatives, stockists or any other third party.
 


 

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