The Many Wonders of Mellaleuca Alternifolia Oil

–A.K.A. good old Tea Tree oil. Tea Tree oil is the best kind of oil you could possibly keep on your dresser/vanity. Sure olive oil is useful (removes your eye makeup, used as moisturizer) and sure Argan oil is a nice facial moisturizer because it’s easily absorbed and lightweight… but neither of those oils can do as many things as Tea Tree oil can. I suppose it’s unfair to compare oils that serve different purposes, but I’m just saying that if you had to only pick one oil to use for your beauty needs (though I can’t imagine why you would ever have to lol), make it Tea Tree.

Some will be familiar with Tea Tree oil as that ingredient in some makeup products that promises to aid in eliminating pimples. Others will also know that using pure Tea Tree oil on a blemish does the trick, too. That’s because Tea Tree oil has antimicrobial and antiseptic properties that ward off and kill bacteria. It’s nature’s natural sanitizer!

TTOI keep a bottle of pure Tea Tree oil in my bathroom at all times and I often rub a drop in between my palms before I apply foundation with my fingers. The brand of this particular 30mL bottle is JASON and I get it at Healthy Options for 995.00 Php, but you could also go for the Body Shop’s Tea Tree oil, which comes in a smaller 10mL size and sells for 395.00 Php. Both are pure Tea Tree oil anyway and the price/mL difference is minimal. I do like to get a larger bottle though, because I use it for a multitude of things!

I’m going to hand it over to Tati of GlamLifeGuru now to tell you about those many uses because she’s devoted two Tip Tuesday videos to the wonder-oil already, aside from mentioning it in other videos as well. These videos are both under two minutes but are super informative! This first one shows you how to make an acne-fighting spray that you can use on more than just your face:

Wasn’t that great? I actually use the same mixture to clean my yoga mat. ;)

Wanna hear six more ways to use Tea Tree oil! See the second video after the jump! 

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Thrifty Tip: Anti-blister Stick

Hello! I’m writing this post entirely on my new iPhone, which was a Christmas gift from my dad. I’ve never had one before so I’m very excited and thankful to have it! :) Let’s see how well it works for putting up quick posts. On to today’s quick tip!

On the left in the photo above is a Anti-Blister protectant stick. It’s meant to be used on areas of your feet that tend to rub against the edges of your shoes uncomfortably, eventually causing blisters or wounds. What this clear balm does is reduce the friction between skin and shoes, making it less likely for you to wound yourself.

Now these little balm sticks can be quite a bit pricey at around 700 – 800 Php each. The one I have isn’t even available locally (got it in Hong Kong) and the Schick brand ones you can find here are even pricier. So my mom one day suggested that I try using a clear deodorant stick of a similar consistency instead. Genius and so very obvious at the same time!

I just happened to have the Alba botanical deo stick lying around. It was a deo that I had tried in an effort to go natural, but did not end up liking as a deodorant at all. It’s a clear stick deodorant, which is exactly what you’ll need to substitute the anti-chafing stick– you don’t white residue all over your feet, yeah? I’m pretty sure different clear deo sticks will have different consistencies, so look out for one that’s on the firmer side so that it doesn’t melt away quickly.

So, did it work? Yup! It was a pretty good substitute and it smelled good too (this despite the stick claiming to be fragrance free–not complaining). The only down side is that my Alba Botanica stick is HUGE so it’s not as convenient to carry around, but I’m sure there are smaller options out there!

And that’s my quick thrifty tip! Clear deo stick as anti-chafing gel replacement. It’s cheaper, smells good, and (most importantly) it works! :) Hope that was helpful!


**Edit from my laptop: Not bad for a phone post! Had to conter the photo on my laptop though. Will figure that out next time! :)

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