Happy Friday! Today I want to talk about a staple product in my day time skincare routine the past couple of months, which is the Boots Tea Tree & Witch Hazel Jelly Moisturiser. If the name doesn’t give it away, today’s product is a Boots exclusive, as it’s one of their own-brand skincare products. I picked this up earlier this year and stored it away, but when the heat waves started rolling in a couple of months ago, I pulled this out of storage to replace my previous moisturiser.
If you’re interested in reading Boot’s description for the product itself, feel free to check it out here. The product retails at full price for £4.79, which I consider to be really affordable. You get 50ml of product in the tub (tube?), with a shelf life of 18 months. This is more than enough time for most people to work through the product, although I’m not sure how much I’ve worked through so far. The packaging is opaque so you have to guess by the weight, but it’s not much to work with.
Speaking of the packaging though, I like the sturdy plastic with the lid that takes some effort to pop off. It reassures me a lot to know that my product safe, so although I’ve only traveled with this once: I bought this during a visit home to my parents and brought it back with me, I didn’t have any issues with the packaging being flimsy, unstable, etc. The size of the bottle/tub itself is quite small but a little on the thick side so it may take up space a little bit inconveniently in a travel bag, but if you only plan to sit this on your vanity with the rest of your skincare, I wouldn’t worry about this too much.
The last comment I want to make about the packaging is the dispenser – it’s not completely unfamiliar to me as I watch YouTube videos from time to time and seen products like this, but it was the first time I got my hands on a skincare product using this type of dispenser. The best way for me to describe it is to call it a ‘push’ dispenser, as you push down on the lid, and from the hole in the centre, product is pushed up.
I adore this type of dispenser. So as far as ergonomics go, it’s takes some effort to push onto, which for me provides a lot of control on how much product I dispense. It took a bit of getting used to, but with practice I feel like I have a lot of control and waste very little product anymore. Hygienically speaking, this is fantastic, since my from my understanding, this keeps the product inside the tub away from the outside air, so the product should last a long time. It’s also very easy to keep the lid clean too, as it’s easy to wipe down – and because it takes some force to dispense product – you are unlikely to accidentally dispense the moisturiser while cleaning it up. So I absolutely love this method and I’d love to see more brands and products consider this type of dispenser.
As far as the moisturiser’s claims go, I’m going to quote from the back of the bottle:
“The easily absorbed gel formulation containing antibacterial Tea Tree Oil and skin calming Witch Hazel will:
- Give long lasting shine control for up to 12 hours.
- Help reduce the appearance of spots.
- Moisturise without blocking pores or leave skin greasy.”
If you’re a long-term reader, then you can probably jump the gun a bit and figure out why I was attracted to this product. My oily-sensitive skin has been a bit of nightmare to keep happy during the hot and humid British summer, and I needed a moisturiser that could keep my excess oil in check and help reduce the acne that was inevitably going to pester me. So the claims above about combating shine, reducing the appearance of acne (I’m extremely self conscious about this sometimes) and the pore-friendly formula just made this product seem like a good fit.
So I’ve sort of over-looked this so far, but the thing that made particularly intrigued sits in the name of the product, and it’s the focus on the “jelly” part. This is down to interpretation, but in my head when I read this, I immediately thought “thick, heavy, and over-the-top” but at the same time, because it says “gel” on the back, I decided to give this a go.
The formula itself relatively matches my preconception: as it dispenses in a thick blob. It definitely has some truth to it to call it a ‘jelly’. It’s clear which is fantastic – coloured formulas tend to leave me a tad nervous about a tint, but this moisturiser doesn’t have that. However, while it dispense true to my imagination’s expectations, when smoothed out onto the skin itself, it smoothes out over the skin in a light-mildly thick layer, which is noticeable for the first minute that it’s applied. But this isn’t something to be concerned about as it absorbs fully and the slightly bouncy/sticky consistency it has initially completely disappears.
So the application of the product left me feeling a little bit conflicted at first: I really didn’t know what to think about it feeling like an obvious layer on my skin, but as time passed, it bothered me less and less – it doesn’t actually leave my skin feeling heavy long-term and I haven’t noticed any issues in regard to pore-clogging, so I’m inclined to think their claim is true for me.
As for shine control, it definitely helped with my forehead and chin areas, but my nose remains an oily mess after a couple of hours. I don’t really fault the product for this, my nose is the oiliest area of my face (with my forehead and chin in joint second place, and my cheeks in 3rd), so I don’t think it’s fair to condemn this product. It helps my nose area a little bit, but it’s not as beneficial as the other areas of my face. The oil on my cheeks tends not to show up when I use this product, where as it’s usually the last area of my face to start looking like a greasy mess.
As far as reducing the appearance of my acne, I find that’s where a claim doesn’t ring true for me: I use colour correctors for my redness and find they make the impact I need, and while this jelly moisturiser provides the moisturisation and shine control I need, toning down my acne isn’t the case for me. I don’t consider this to be particularly problematic though, as I use other skincare for tackling acne as part of my skincare routine.
One of the major factors I particularly love about this jelly moisturiser is that a little does and can go a long way: the combination of the dispenser and the layer it smoothes onto the skin, makes it a great product as it makes the most of the product instead of forcing you to use more. You’ll likely know that I immediately have respect for products that fit the ‘a little goes a long way’ policy, even if the product itself doesn’t agree with me.
Overall, I’m really happy with the Boots Tea Tree & Witch Hazel Jelly Moisturiser, and intend to use it up, whether that’s before the summer ends, or more likely, during next year’s summer. It’s a highly affordable product with both oily skin combating benefits and gentle enough for sensitive skin, so if you have a similar skin type to me, I suggest considering this product.
Thank you for taking the time to read my blog post, it really means the world to me. I hope you are happy and healthy, and the weekend is relaxing and rejuvenating.