Tea tree oil has a fresh and powerful smell. It is used to keep the scalp and skin clean and spotless thanks to its antimicrobial (antibacterial, antifungal and antiseptic) properties and its ability to balance sebum’s production and soothe irritation.
Melaleuca alternifolia is a small tree belonging to the myrtle family and native to Australia. it has a characteristic papery, shredded bark and grows white flowers during the summer. Its foliage conceals the glands from which the essential oil is extracted.
You may have asked yourself the question: "Is tea tree tea?" Absolutely not. It is said that the plant was so named by the first British explorers who arrived in New South Wales, Australia, after seeing Bundjalung people making infusions with the leaves. In fact, the Bundjalung people (indigenous to New South Wales) used tea leaves as a medicine to treat colds and promote wound healing, among other things.
Lush buys tea tree oil from Australia - which is not really a surprise as it’s the only place where you can get it!