Struggling with acne-prone skin but not ready to part ways with confidence-boosting makeup? Why not give this cruelty-free cleansing water from Benton a try? Armed with 70% tea tree leaf water and tea tree oil, it claims to rid your skin of makeup at the end of a long, busy day while soothing any acne flare-ups underneath. But is this true? Let’s find out.
(Psst, spoiler alert: this made it on my personal Top 3 Benton Products List last year!)
200ml / 6.76 fl.oz.
Sturdy transparent plastic bottle with a flip top cap which shuts with a satisfying, secure click. There is also a sliver of space left uncovered of any labels, which makes it easier to determine the amount of product left in the bottle.
PERIOD AFTER OPENING (PAO):
HOW TO USE:
- Use this cleansing water as a makeup remover or as a morning cleanser.
- Wet a cotton pad with the product and gently wipe the entire face.
- Place the wet cotton pad for a while on the parts that need thorough cleansing and then gently wipe.
*NOTE! Using an eye makeup remover is recommended to erase eye makeup.
Mild tea tree scent. No fragrance listed, but as it does contain 70% tea tree leaf water and tea tree leaf oil, it’s not surprising. I actually quite like the hint of a soothing herbal scent.
Tested using at-home pH strips to be around pH 5-6, but said to be pH6 officially by Benton.
Clear, watery liquid. When used with a cotton pad for makeup removal, it absorbs quickly and easily into the material, and leaves a fresh, clean, and non-tacky finish.
MY SKIN TYPE:
Sensitive (prone to redness and irritation), combination-dry, acne-prone and dehydrated.
OVERALL THOUGHTS & EXPERIENCE:
So, I’ve tried this cleansing water once during Benton’s pre-launch as a tester, and I recall finding it to work better as a morning cleanser or even a clarifying toner (though I’d advise against the toner part now as this product does contain ingredients that should be washed off) on me. Notably, I found it annoying how much it stung my eyes whenever I tried to remove my eye makeup, though Benton definitely advises against this… Curiosity, y’know? 😅
However, after I emptied this Cleansing Water and proceeded to cycle through other options, I just missed it too much in my routine (I find it quite effective at reducing my closed comedones AKA whiteheads!) especially as I find it very affordable for such a big bottle of product. So, I gave in and repurchased another bottle, where I find its cleansing prowess acceptable for light makeup, which is fine considering how gentle it is on my often irritated skin.
Sensitive, acne-prone skin types looking for a budget-friendly cleansing water that also soothes the skin. However, keep in mind that this works most efficiently to cleanse sunscreen and light makeup only and not heavy, waterproof makeup!
4/5 as a makeup remover, but 5/5 as a gentle morning cleanser.
Benton Tea Tree Cleansing Water