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Posted by: Seraffa, Wednesday, September 12, 2012, 1:56pm
Just wondering if (since the older thread 2 years ago) anyone has contact allergy or reactions to Australian Standardised tea tree oil in any form. Please weigh in.
Posted by: gardengirl, Wednesday, September 12, 2012, 2:00pm; Reply: 1
It doesn't help my acne at all. In fact it exacerbates it. I now use diaper cream and that takes care of my eczema and acne issues, that and Dr. Bronner's bar soap, followed by a slather of coconut oil and then the diaper cream as spot treatment. I also tried the tea tree oil combined with a vitamin E cream and still no good.
Posted by: ruthiegirl, Wednesday, September 12, 2012, 2:05pm; Reply: 2
It's certainly possible to be allergic to any natural substance. However, tea tree oil can also cause irritation if it's used in too strong a concentration, even in those who aren't allergic or sensitive to it. TTO is a VERY strong oil, and a little  goes a long way.
Posted by: Averno, Wednesday, September 12, 2012, 2:05pm; Reply: 3
Bronners tea tree oil soap gave me a rash and the aroma gave me an "alarm" vibe. All before BTD/GT and better health, so not sure whether it was triggered by a general health issue since passed. Maybe I'll buy a bar and try again just to see.
Posted by: chrissyA, Wednesday, September 12, 2012, 2:14pm; Reply: 4
Tea Tree oil (all essential oil, for that matter) is extremely powerful and must be diluted in a carrier oil prior to application. No more than 15 drops of essential oil per ounce of carrer oil. If it is applied directly to the skin, it can burn the skin as well as create or execerbate many other conditions. Examples of carrier oil are grapeseed, jojoba, sunflower, sweet almond...

Hope this helps  :)
Posted by: ruthiegirl, Wednesday, September 12, 2012, 2:15pm; Reply: 5
If you got a rash from the TTO soap, then it sounds like TTO isn't good for you personally. Dr Bronner's TTO soaps are already diluted appropriately.
Posted by: deblynn3, Wednesday, September 12, 2012, 2:30pm; Reply: 6
I used St. Ives in years past. I liked it then, now it would dry my skin to much. I use the soap my sister makes.
Posted by: Seraffa, Wednesday, September 12, 2012, 3:14pm; Reply: 7
Quoted from ruthiegirl
If you got a rash from the TTO soap, then it sounds like TTO isn't good for you personally. Dr Bronner's TTO soaps are already diluted appropriately.


I agree. Don't let your curiosity get the better of you on the soap.We have to take care of our AB's around here.
Posted by: Seraffa, Wednesday, September 12, 2012, 3:16pm; Reply: 8
Quoted from deblynn3
I used St. Ives in years past. I liked it then, now it would dry my skin to much. I use the soap my sister makes.


Do you think the carrier fats in the soap make the difference with the tea tree oil?
Posted by: Averno, Wednesday, September 12, 2012, 3:38pm; Reply: 9
Quoted from Seraffa


Do you think the carrier fats in the soap make the difference with the tea tree oil?


I use the other bronner fragrances, no problem.  So, ixnay on the TTO for me.
Posted by: deblynn3, Wednesday, September 12, 2012, 4:14pm; Reply: 10
Quoted from Seraffa


Do you think the carrier fats in the soap make the difference with the tea tree oil?


most likely,  my sister's soap is for healing dry skin, although my skin isn't that dry.

it's patchouli and rhassoul clay, says on package - with detergent free glycerin soap, oatmeal, jojoba oil, rhassoul clay, patchouli essential oil and vitamin E oil.  She also makes a lavender one. I plan to getting some when we go down next week.  I seem to have good results with jojoba oil.

   Thymewisper.com           If your looking for soap for other skin types or want to know what other carrier oils used.
Posted by: gardengirl, Wednesday, September 12, 2012, 4:31pm; Reply: 11
Just for the record, I don't use the Dr. Bronner's tea tree oil bar soap - just almond or lavender. I think the reaction of the tea tree oil on it's own and in creams, along with the scent, has put me off it forever.
Posted by: ruthiegirl, Wednesday, September 12, 2012, 4:43pm; Reply: 12
I buy the lavender Dr Bronner's liquid soap. I keep a pump bottle of that by my bathroom sink. I also keep a pump bottle in my shower (for washing face and hair) and I add about 20 drops of TTO to that container (8 oz) as it works well on my scalp- I used to have problems with itchy scalp but the TTO really helps with that.

Bar soap I buy at the local farmer's market, and use on my body in the shower.
Posted by: Possum, Wednesday, September 12, 2012, 10:02pm; Reply: 13
I have definitely had reactions to tea tree oil... ::) But then, most people would expect that from me?! It is high in salicylates...
Posted by: Amazone I., Saturday, September 15, 2012, 6:09am; Reply: 14
get clogs from it...can't stand it at all.... :-/ :o :B

here I always use 50:50% niauli oil and lavender oil...... has the same effect...even much better ....but take care or use it with jojoba oil  or only in very little amounts....(pray)(kewl)
Posted by: Drea, Saturday, September 15, 2012, 3:15pm; Reply: 15
I'm on the other side of the spectrum: I can use tea tree oil, full-strength, on my skin, no problem! Must be because I'm a secretor... :)
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