First Botany: Hot Shot & Tea Tree Oil

Hello beauties! I know I haven’t been around much lately, life-stuff has been well, you know how it is! I miss going through and reading everyone’s blogs and interacting with my followers! 🙁 And this upcoming week is finals! Wish me luck!

Tonight I have two separate reviews of First Botany Cosmeceuticals products:

20160228_221358Hot Shot Massaging and Slimming Gel

I wanted to try this product for its anti-cellulite and slimming claims. Product description via Amazon:

ANTI CELLULITE CREAM : […] fights unwanted fat on the abdomen, thighs, hips and buttocks skin, eliminate the appearance of cellulite and burn away unwanted fat cells. This botanical slimming gel will be absorbed into the skin. The ingredients start to dilate blood vessels and break down the fat cells. You will be left with a supple and more toned skin.

NATURAL ORGANIC INGREDIENTS : It is derived from a most unique formula that helps in burning fats and accelerates the metabolism and slimming process. It effectively minimizes the appearance of slackened skin due to weight gain and aging. It is Made in USA with 87% Organic Ingredients. […]

NATURAL MUSCLE RELAXER : One of the ingredients in this gel is Chamomile which helps with variety of ailments, including muscle spasms and as a pain relief cream, muscle massager or as a muscle rub cream. Chamomile contains 36 compounds called as flavonoids that possess anti-inflammatory properties. Capsicum is also an active ingredient. Capsicum helps fight the swelling and helps increase micro circulation. Also it causes thermogenesis that fights with cellulite. […]

MASSAGE CREAM : Hot gel massage Lotion can be used alone through general massage of the target fatty and cellulite problem areas. […] effective when used on fatty areas and on cellulite. It is designed to address fat in problem areas such as the tummy, flank, thighs and arms. It penetrates the epidermis, causing a heating effect. Massaging target areas stimulates blood circulation, helping to dissolve the fat in the applied areas, which assists the body in removing it through its normal process.”

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The gel is a sort of apricot orange color and comes in a plastic jar. The scent right out of the jar is a very strong heady herbal and mint, attributed to the essential oil ingredients. It does have a great list of ingredients:

“Aloe Barbadensis (Organic Aloe) Leaf Juice, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Mentha Arvensis (Menthol) Crystals, Capsicum (Capsicum Annuum) Oleoresin, Cinnamomum Camphora (White Camphor) Essential Oil, Ocimum Basilicum (Sweet Basil) Essential Oil, Piper Nigrum (Black Pepper) Essential Oil, Anthemis Nobilis (Roman Chamomile) Flower Essential Oil, Chamomilla Recutita (German Chamomile) Flower Essential Oil, Cinnamomum Zeylanicum (Cinnamon) Leaf Essential Oil, Cymbopogon Winterianus (Citronella) Essential Oil, Eucalyptus Globulus (Eucalyptus) Leaf Essential Oil, Helichrysum Italicum (Helichrysum) Essential Oil, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Essential Oil, Citrus Paradisi (Pink Grapefruit) Essential Oil, Juniperus Communis (Juniper) Berry Essential Oil, Cymbopogon Flexuosus (Lemongrass) Essential Oil , Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Essential Oil, Pinus Sylvestris (Pine) Needle Essential Oil, Ravensara Aromatica (Ravensara) Essential Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Essential Oil, Mentha Spicata (Spearmint) Essential Oil, Origanum Vulgare (Wild Oregano) Essential Oil, Glycerin, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Carbomer, Triethanolamine (TEA), Tetrasodium EDTA”

The gel rubs into the skin clear, and goes on cold, but after a couple of minutes the thermogenics kick in and it starts to heat up, like a tingly icy/hot kind of thing. I found the tingling quite pleasant, actually, and not annoying or uncomfortable.

On skin, the herbaly minty scent kind of lingers, similar to a sports muscle cream or vapor rub. I’ve been using this product for a little over three weeks now on my thighs and what I call my saddlebag arms, and though there has been slight smoothing in some areas, I’ve noticed more cellulite pronounced in areas they weren’t before on my inner thighs – not sure if it’s because the gel was burning away the other areas or not. Other than that, there hasn’t been significant change or noticeable slimming though. It has, however, helped some with tight and achy muscles on occasion.

For the anti-cellulite and slimming claims, they didn’t really work for me, maybe it needs more time, but I would say that it is an okay product for muscle tightness and achiness though.


 

20160306_231846Australian Tea Tree Essential Oil

Tea Tree essential oil is one of those multi-use versatile products that every household should really have. It comes in super handy for a variety of ailments and uses.

From WebMD:

“Tea tree oil is derived from the leaves of the tea tree. The tea tree was named by eighteenth century sailors, who made tea that smelled like nutmeg from the leaves of the tree growing on the swampy southeast Australian coast. Do not confuse the tea tree with the unrelated common tea plant that is used to make black and green teas.”

Product description via Amazon:

“Tea Tree Oil, known by the botanical name Melaleuca Alternifolia, is known to possess antiseptic properties. The First Botany’s Melaleuca oil is one of the best natural Australian oil and is extracted from the leaves and twigs by steam distillation. Tree Tea Oil is a key ingredient of soaps, creams, lotions, and disinfectants throughout the world.

Tea tree Essential Oil Uses: • Helps to soothe sunburns. • Helps to fight toenail fungus and athlete’s foot • Can be used as an effective Remedy for acne, skin infections, skin tags, warts and rashes • Can be used as an all-purpose cleaner and in homemade kitchen cleaner • Add few drops of tea tree Oil in shampoo to fight with lice naturally • Known to Possess antiseptic qualities for burns • Keeps bathroom fresh and also can be used to freshen laundry and carpet. Can work great as homemade natural deodorant • Helps to keep fleas away by adding a few drops in the pets’ crates or beds. • Known to Naturally improve bad breath and can be used in homemade toothpaste recipe. • Can help against ticks and molds • Helps to soothe insect bites. • Can help against ringworm and Psoriasis and other skin conditions • Few drops added to humidifier can help to relieve asthma and other breathing conditions • Also helps to relieve earaches • Homemade Tea tree oil soap can help to beat body odor.”

It has been a while since I’ve used tea tree essential oil, and to be honest, I don’t remember it smelling quite like this. The scent of this one is very strong with that cool burn to the back of your nose similar to menthol/camphor, but not those scents exactly. While tea tree oil is supposed to be a wonderful antiseptic, this one smells more like a household or commercial disinfectant, which has me questioning it. However, I’m not a chemist and can’t vouch for its authenticity. 20160306_231906

It’s a clear oil, not thick at all – very liquidy, much like water. In fact, you’d probably think it was water, if not for the very strong scent.

In the past, I’ve used tea tree oil on my eczema and though it’s not a “cure” it did help in managing the symptoms and flare ups when I was using it regularly. I’ve used this particular tea tree oil on minor cuts and sores, with no ill-effects, but no noticeable speed up in recovery/healing either. If I am able to compare it soon to a more well-known (to me) brand, then I will update this review with my findings.

Some side effects as noted by WebMD:

“Tea tree oil is POSSIBLY SAFE for most people when put on the skin, but it can cause skin irritation and swelling. In people with acne, it can sometimes cause skin dryness, itching, stinging, burning, and redness.

Applying products to the skin that contain tea tree oil along with lavender oil might not be safe for young boys who have not yet reached puberty. These products might have hormone effects that could disrupt the normal hormones in a boy’s body. In some cases, this has resulted in boys developing abnormal breast growth called gynecomastia. The safety of these products when used by young girls is not known.

Tea tree oil is LIKELY UNSAFE when taken by mouth. Don’t take tea tree oil by mouth. As a general rule never take undiluted essential oils by mouth due to the possibility of serious side effects. Taking tree tea oil by mouth has caused confusion, inability to walk, unsteadiness, rash, and coma.”

As always, just a reminder, never use essential oils undiluted on the skin either.

I’ve also previously reviewed a Dead Sea Mud Mask by First Botany.


*Disclaimer: These products were given to me complimentary in exchange for honest and unbiased reviews. These evaluations and reviews are an accounting of my true opinions and experiences, and are written in the same manner as if I had bought them at full-price, been given as gifts, or received as samples


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