*Disclaimer- This product was obtained at no cost to me as part of a testing panel chosen in a social media campaign held by Benton Cosmetics. I was provided the product with the intentions to share my experience, and no monetary compensation was given.
About the brand:
Benton as a brand carries a lot of history in the kbeauty community, some not so good. However, the commitment and attention to their kbeauty customers is one that has evolved and strengthened over the years making them a strong cult favorite to many. Benton no doubt takes pride in their all natural formulas and a long list of “free from” claims to support it.
Quoted directly from Benton’s site:
Healthy Recipe “Our skin will reach its critical point from using stimulating harmful ingredients in a number of products. However small the amount would be in a product, the total amount of such ingredients in a variety of products can reach the point causing irritation or skin problems. We carefully select healthy ingredients from the development stage and use natural preservatives so that even sensitive skin can use our products. Please check the ingredients for your skin which cannot speak up”.
Quoted directly from Benton’s site:
Natural Perservatives EURO – NApre “There are increasing usages of natural preservatives due to the problems caused by the artificial preservatives. Some natural preservatives causes more stimulation to the skin than the artificial preservatives due to the lack of skills on creating a natural preservative. The natural preservatives that Benton uses are extracted by the ultrasonic extract method from C&B Cosmetic’s special technology. This natural preservative is not only effective in skin care but also does not cause any irritation or stimulation to the skin”
As you can see from my unboxing clip ~ Benton has done it’s due diligence and is transparent about the short six month shelf life and I take this as a good reminder to be aware of any formula changes that could lead to stability problems later. I have tried and loved many of their products without any problems with stability.
~ Though I am confident in the use and safety of parabens, I appreciate Benton’s attention to detail and investment in ingredient quality, while mindful of product stability. You can find more & a charming story about the origin of the Benton name here
My Review: Benton Tea Tree Cleansing Water
What is it?
This Tea Tree Cleansing Water is a no fuss packaging ng 200 mls of product with the simple formula you would expect. The product boasts 70% tea tree leaf water, and is also infused with tea tree leaf oil. The cleansing water takes on the derived tea tree scent but is faint and one that I’m quite fond of. The texture of course is watery with only a slight film that dries down, leaving the expected state of cleansed skin.
Full list: Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Water, Water (Aqua), Butylene Glycol, Dipropylene Glycol, Glycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Polyglyceryl-6 Caprylate, Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate, Sodium Chloride
Some information on my skin/type:
My skin is dry, often dehydrated and reactive with frequent redness. I am freshly 40 with a focus on soothing and creating my healthiest skin barrier.
Reactive skin is prone to redness/inflammation not caused by topical ingredients, it’s internal, or like mine an autoimmune response. Though I have dry skin, it is easily and frequently in a dehydrated state due to a plethora of reasons, including the dry Colorado air. These variants contribute and complicate my reactive skin, responding with bouts of facial, neck, chest, and even arm inflammatory episodes. Ingredients often pegged for oily/acne prone skin can frequently be found with anti inflammatory, soothing staples I look for, such as Tea Tree oils/extracts found here, making this a promising staple should I need a ultra gentle cleanser, when even water is an irritation or redness trigger.
As I suspected this performed well for my skin. I am pleased with it’s cleansing abilities and it is soothing on my dry, frequently red reactive skin. The cleansing water powered through my light makeup, eliminating the need for an oil cleanser. I suspect it may struggle with waterproof or take some unnecessary tugging for sensitive skin warranting an oil cleanser option.
Benton reports the ph level of the product at 6, which confirms it’s gentle formula.
My ph test with disposable strips came out at a 5, still sitting at that optimal low ph gentle enough for my dehydrated skin.
Again, I am pleased with the skin friendly, slightly acidic claims that are indeed reflected in the results.
- I did notice a slight residue most likely from the tea tree oil, but my dry skin fully absorbed it leaving my skin calm and adequately cleansed.
As a wash off product I feel as though I have had adequate testing time to share some final thoughts: I think Benton has a great no fuss, gentle product that is suitable for a variety of skin types/problems including, redness, irritation, oily & or dehydrated skin. I suspect this gentle formula would even be a great option for those with sensitive skin. That being said, the formula & packaging are simple, the ingredients widely available & easy to source, but without the price tag to match. I find $17 usd steep for a wash off product of 200mls. Hopefully we’ll see a price decrease soon. I really enjoy the product and so thankful to have the opportunity to test, and share my findings with you. I would recommend this product to family and friends at a sale price once available . I am happy to finish the product and think it will be a great gentle first cleanser or astringent toner with the warmer months ahead.
Thank you so much for reading! Much love, Jan xoxo