Recently I received a trial sized pack of EssenHerb’s Tea Tree 90 Toner Pad. While I like toners and have been using them in one form or another since I was a teenager, the only pre-packaged toner pads I ever used were the acne fighting ones. Normally I use a bottle and cotton rounds. I have no real problem with the prepackaged ones in general, I have just never gravitated towards them. As for Tea Tree oil. I have tried it on my hair before, but not as a skin care product, so I was intrigued.
First of course, let’s take a look at the product claims so expectations can be made.
Interestingly, finding the site proved complex. I generally like to get my product information from the company website instead of a secondary one, but in this case the website I found that looked like it traced back to the company was all in Korean. Alas I can not read Korean. Not even a smidge.
So I had to go to a secondary site, in this case that also proved interesting. I found several sites that offered the trial size that I was testing. I also found a couple of sites offering a full sized bottle of the toner in a bottle without the added pads. I found a cream whose packaging and branding were nearly identical to the image on the front of the pack. Finally I found a site offering the full sized product for a retail price of $31.57. This is where I got the product description. Incidentally if you are interested in just the toner without the pads it retails for $22.47 and you can click here to get you to that site. (and yes those are the prices on the site, I’m guessing it was converted from a different currency and no one wanted to round out the numbers.)
So the product info:
(This is a) Dual Function: Whitening & Anti-wrinkle Ultra-adherent calming pad with tea-tree toner that helps balance oil & water, moisturizes and soothes your irritated skin. 90% Melaleuca Alternifolia(Tea Tree) Leaf Extract, 1% Oryza Sative (Rice) Bran Extract, Contains Botanical Complex Extract
Pretty simple in its claims, but what I found intriguing was the how to use section which is:
How to use: Place on forehead, cheek and chin, remove after 10 to 15 minutes, then tap lightly to absorb. or On a busy morning, put the pad on your skin and try to remove the pad after the hair dryer. Helps makeup boosting.
Normally, I apply the toner to the cotton round and wipe it around my face. I was unprepared for the mask like timing of this product. I will say though, that the toner pads included in the package are designed for the sit and leave on application method rather than the simply apply to the skin method. If you try to wipe them across the skin, the thin pads roll up and are absolutely useless. they are simply too thin to use in that format.
I will say that I don’t often have an extra fifteen minutes in the morning to sit with toner pads on my face. Their secondary recommendation for busy mornings involving a hair dryer to speed up the process is interesting, and I will admit, I tried it.
First I tried the regular method of applying the toner pads to my skin and letting it sit for fifteen minutes. I will admit I did not do this in the morning, but rather at night when I had a little more time and wasn’t trying to get out of the door. It feels very much like having sections of a sheet mask on your face. As they dry, the edges tend to curl up a little. Mostly they stay moist though, it is just the edges that dry out towards the end of the fifteen minutes.
After sitting for fifteen minutes, I removed the pads from my face and patted in the remaining serum. My skin felt a little sticky but either the serum soaking the pads evaporated or my skin soaked it in as they were no longer dripping wet when I removed them.
Next (on a different evening) I tried the blow dry the applied toner pads. I did not care for this method as even on low heat I didn’t like directing that much direct heat to my skin. It shaved off a little time for the toner pads to sit, but it was cumbersome and somewhat annoying to have to haul out the hair dryer for my face. Also as I pull my bangs back with a headband when using skin care, the blow dryer just insured they were standing up when I was done.
Finally, as I used all of the toner pads, I applied some of the serum to my regular cotton rounds and applied it to my face in traditional toner style.
As a toner (with the cotton rounds) it is not bad. I liked the scent of the tea tree oil and my skin felt nourished. I applied extra and patted it into the skin as well and I did like it. When leaving it to sit with the pads on my face left the sections under the pads feeling a little sticky and over saturated and the rest of my face sort of dry. I think it is a pretty decent toner serum over all, but I can’t get down with those pads. If I was specifically targeting a dark spot, I might get more use out of them, but I tone my face in both the morning and the evening and not only is this more of a spot treatment, it is a lengthy one. While I might consider purchasing a bottle of the toner on its own to see how the tea tree essence works with my skin, I am going to have to pass on these toner pads. this product is not for me.
Quick note, one of the products I use consistently is the Makeup Eraser. It is reusable and long lasting and one of the things I started using after I stopped using makeup wipes. Anyway, I am posting a couple of codes you might find useful if you are interested in trying it out. Both are from Makeup Eraser. They come in a range of colors and styles and they help keep you from ruining your washcloths. Hope they help anyone shopping.