A little while ago, Dev and I were in LUSH picking up a few items and exchanging five of their black pots for a free fresh face mask. If you’re not quite sure what I’m talking about, I wrote a blog post about their recycling program a couple of years ago. Click here to read it (after you read this).
Anyways, this post isn’t about LUSH, it’s about Thursday Plantation, but I bring up that day because the girl helping us asked me what kind of skin I have and I almost immediately blurted out normal/dry. She walked away to pick out a face mask for me and Dev turned to me and said “I don’t think you have dry skin”. To which I asked defensively, “why do you say that?”. To which he responded, “You get pimples a lot”.
At first I felt kind of hurt and offended that he said it. Like…thanks for noticing and pointing my flaws! But then I realized, he’s not wrong…
I do get pimples. But I would argue that they pop up mainly when it’s “that time of the month”. My skin is MOSTLY dry – about 3 weeks of each month – and oily for roughly a week when Aunt Judy is in town. It’s during this time that progesterone levels drop and estrogen levels rise, which can stimulate sebaceous glands to secrete more sebum. Sebum (funny word, huh?) is an oily substance that lubricates the skin. Too much of it can clog pores and result in pesky breakouts.
Which is why I have admitted to the fact that YES, I get pimples. And YES, my skin gets oily. But it’s purely a result of my bloody hormones (pun not intended) and not a constant issue. So…to address my fluctuating skin issues, I have started to incorporate the Thursday Plantation Tea Tree lineup into my skincare routine during my wondrous (can you feel my eyes rolling?) “time of the month”…
About Thursday Plantation
Thursday Plantation has been in business for roughly forty years. Their range of health and beauty products are created using the power of plant oils to restore the skin. They’re all free of synthetic parabens, sulphates and harsh detergents. Their line of Tea Tree products is distilled from Melaleuca alternifolia leaves, a plant native to the coastal regions of northern New South Wales and south eastern Queensland, Australia. Tea Tree Oil is recognized as a powerful anti-blemish solution because of it’s antiseptic properties and ability to combat bacteria.
Fun sidenote: 100% pure and naturally sourced Tea Tree Oil can be used to help heal minor cuts and abrasions.
These are great because they are biodegradable! But they have a different feel than most other makeup wipes I have used. I would describe them as delicate. They’re thin and somewhat remind me of a very soft and wet dryer sheet if that makes sense. That’s probably a horrible description, but they do have a strange texture and a tremendous amount of stretch to them.
Warning: DO NOT use these anywhere near the eyes. In fact, don’t use any of the Thursday Plantation Tea Tree products near the eyes. It’ll make them burn like hell!
They do feel a little more dry than I would like, but they do a good job of refreshing the skin. I personally don’t use them to remove my makeup. But they’re great for a quick cleanse after the gym to control sebum production and preventing dirt from clogging my pores.
I don’t like the feeling foam cleansers, so this isn’t my favourite product of the bunch. But that’s not necessarily anything against the brand itself. I’m just not a fan of ANY face foams in general.
I’m also so used to having a face cleanser that removes all of my makeup, including eye liner and mascara. So not being able to use this near my eyes makes it a little strange to use. I’ve learned that it works best as the second step in a bit of a double cleanse action. I’ll use a micellar water first to remove that majority of my makeup, and go in with the face foam after to ensure my skin is squeaky clean.
It does make it feel slightly stripped, so moisturizer is extremely important for me afterwards! But remember…I typically have dry skin so it’s not unusual for my skin to feel parched and tight. Tea Tree Oil, however, is the best acne treatment (for me) as it is naturally moisturizing and helps and helps to balance skin’s oil production. It’s a much better option than say…salicylic acid, which tends to suck ALL the moisture from my skin. I can definitely tell that it won’t work for my skin when I’m not on my period, but during that one nasty week of the month, it’s great!
I honestly believe pimples are inevitable at the stage in my life. However, this product has reduced the severity of them and helped get rid of them faster. In addition to 100% pure Australian Tea Tree Oil to remove excess oils, and witch hazel to tighten pores, this toner contains soothing aloe vera and calming lavender. It’s also alcohol-free to maintain the skin’s pH level.
I’ve never experienced any irritation or noticed increased dryness, so I am quite happy with this product! It’s helping to cleanse my hormonally affected skin, while making my pores smaller (essentially ensuring there are no holes for dirt to settle into…because clogged pores = pimples). I would highly recommend it to anyone struggling with breakouts.
I really like this face cream! It’s lightweight with a cream-gel hybrid texture and absorbs quickly into the skin. I also don’t notice any stinging when I apply it near my eyes, so I assume the Tea Tree Oil content is much lower than the other products.
It’s especially nice to use after the face foam and toner to rehydrate my skin while still treating the blemishes. It makes my skin feel moisturized and plump, without leaving it feeling greasy.
So there. I’ve recognized the fact that Devon juuuuuust miiiiight be right. As hard as it may be for me to admit defeat, I think it has been a great life lesson and a skin-changing moment that I will be very grateful for, as I learn more about my hormonal acne and get these pesky blemishes under control.
Do you struggle with breakouts when you’re on your period? Let me know I’m not alone!
If so, what products do you use to treat them?
Abundance Naturally is the exclusive distributer of Thursday Plantation products in Canada. They can also be purchased from Well.ca and Amazon.ca. But the best part…all of these products are relatively affordable!