Antibacterial and antiseptic
Tea tree oil is is antibacterial and used to keep hair and skin clean and clear. Its antibacterial quality means it is particularly effective as a deodorant ingredient.
Tea tree is a small tree belonging to the myrtle family and it is native to Australasia.
Aboriginal tribes have been using the leaves of this plant as a medicinal tea and traditional remedy for many years. The foliage contains an abundance of aromatic essential oils. Some of the paperbark varieties are exploited commercially for the high germicidal value of the leaves and the oil extracted from them.
Tea tree leaves are collected from Australia; once collected, the oil is obtained via steam distillation.
The oil smells warm, spicy, and fresh. Tea tree has been scientifically proven to be antibacterial, antifungal and particularly effective against the types of fungi we call yeasts.
This quality is also particularly useful in deodorants, to limit the growth of body odour producing bacteria, so it is used in three of our deodorants for body and feet. Skin that has been subjected to imbalances due to overzealous deodorising products can be exposed to yeast infections due to a lack of protective microflora. Tea Tree oil is particularly effective against these yeasts, gently deodorising the skin and giving microflora a chance to return.