This post has been a long time coming. The first time I mentioned the LJH Tea Tree Essence, it was in my routine post last September, and I was already on my second bottle. Almost a year later, I’ve gone through countless bottles and repurchases – so I guess this is a HG for me. Also, I do this thing where I buy up the rest of the range when a product surpasses my expectations, so this is a review for the whole LJH Tea Tree range.

LJH Tea Tree Essence 90 Review

Lee Ji Ham LJH Tea Tree Essence 90 Solo

I used to have a lot of trouble getting hold of this, in fact the complete set was purchased from Memebox Korea via Avecko, a Korean buying service. So when I saw it on KoreaDepart (one of my favourite sites to buy Korean products) on sale for 40% off, I was so tempted to get a carton of ten. Reined myself in and got three bottles instead.

Nice hygienic bottle with a dropper though this size is typical of serums, not essences. At 50ml for USD30, it is not the cheapest around. The sale at KoreaDepart now makes it a lot friendlier on your wallet at USD18.

A clean, sharp scent that doesn’t bother your senses nor linger.

Tea tree oil has always been used to treat acne, thanks to its disinfecting, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. If you’ve experienced acne as a teen, you would also have experienced tea tree oil as a strong, drying, and stinging solution to those pesky face intruders. In fact, the 90 in LJH Tea Tree 90 Essence stands for the concentration of tea tree extract in the product, so this essence is 90% tea tree extract.

This alone would have made me and my puberty-scarred sensitive skin hide away in the darkest corner of the house, but thankfully for said skin, I was too curious and decided to give it a go.

The first time I used it, I swear, I could hear church bells ringing. Because I was ready to marry this essence.

Lee Ji Ham LJH Tea Tree Essence 90 Closeup

The LJH people must have magic in their science labs. Otherwise, how could they create the most soothing, hydrating and calming essence with all the bacteria-killing goodness of tea tree? The LJH Tea Tree Essence 90 has become my go-to safety product – where if my skin was flaring up with dry eczema patches or just random redness, I just pile this on. Though with its water-light weight, all of that sinks into the skin in seconds.

Lee Ji Ham LJH Tea Tree Essence 90 Swatch

Just look at that slideeeeee. I merely tipped the angle of my hand to capture the thinness of it, but that drop of product managed to roll right off.

Lee Ji Ham LJH Tea Tree Essence 90 Swatch drip

Ever since I hit my early twenties, I’ve been getting more hotspots around my cheeks with redness sprouting for no reason. This essence helps to reduce that, but even if my skin was fine, this remains the second step in my post-cleansing routine to basically soothe and hydrate my skin. My skin just feels healthier and more resilient with it.

Main ingredients

Tea Tree Extract: Disinfecting, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory antioxidant. All the antis we love.
Sea buckthorn extract: Strong antioxidant that helps skin heal. A popular treatment for eczema.
Trehalose: Plant sugar with antioxidants. A humectant agent, which helps your skin holds on to water.
Centella Asiatica: Antibacterial, anti-psoriatic herb that promotes skin repair.

Full ingredients: Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Extract, Cellulose Gum, Sodium Hyaluronate, Trehalose, Centella Asiatica Extract, Hippophae Rhamnoides Extract, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Tremella Fuciformis (Mushroom) Extract, Buddleja Davidii Extract, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Extract, Methyl Gluceth-20, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Bambusa Textilis Stem Extract, Pinus Palustris Leaf Extract, Caprylyl Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Butylene Glycol.

LJH Tea Tree Cream 80 Review

Lee Ji Ham Cosmetics LJH Tea Tree Cream

As infatuated as I am with my Beauty of Joseon Dynasty Cream, not only is it now near impossible to find, but it’s also a little heavy for day use. I adore it as a night cream, but my hunt for a light yet hydrating day moisturizer remains eternal. I had high hopes for this LJH Tea Tree Cream 80, because for some unknown reason, my brain associated a high tea tree extract content with a super light formula. Sadly, that was not the case.

Lee Ji Ham Cosmetics LJH Tea Tree Cream Packaging

Same as above. KoreaDepart for life, yo.

Zero points for coming in a contamination-friendly jar. 50ml for USD15, on sale for 56% from USD35.

Not noticeable.

A medium-heavy cream with a gel translucency.

Lee Ji Ham Cosmetics LJH Tea Tree Cream Texture

Bleah. Okay fine, it was alright. Nice. It was just really meh, and felt a little too greasy on my skin without really moisturizing, if that makes sense. Even when I spend ages patting all the product in, it felt like it was just caked and sitting on my face without, you know, really sinking in to do its job. It was utterly forgettable and I will not be repurchasing it. It was basic, not basic-essential like the Dr Jart Ceramidin Liquid Toner, but basic like it just discovered Snapchat.

Lee Ji Ham Cosmetics LJH Tea Tree Cream Swatch

Full ingredients: Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Extract, Glycerin, Cyclopentasiloxane, Betaine, 1,2-Hexanediol, Cyclohexasiloxane, Glyceryl Stearate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Potassium PCA, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Cetearyl Glucoside, Cetearyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Opuntia Ficus-Indica Stem Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Hippophae Rhamnoides Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Flower/Leaf Extract, Buddleja Davidii Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Stearic Acid, Sodium Polyacrylate, C18-21 Alkane, Trideceth-6, Panthenol, Potassium Sorbate, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol.

LJH Tea Tree Mist Toner 70 Review

Lee Ji Ham Cosmetics LJH Tea Tree Mist
I got this as part of the Memebox set. I tend to shy away from such mist bottles as I prefer aerosol sprays that are able to do the really fine mist without messing up your makeup. From past experience, normal plastic bottles that you always see used for mists are never able to do that. In fact, the only spray I know that sprays finely without being in a tin can is the Caudalie Beauty Elixir, which is also why I’m currently on my 5th repurchase. I didn’t really have high hopes for this, and pretty much relegate it to a spritz now and then between my routine, rather than taking it out with me.

Despite having over 70% tea tree extract, the mist is more hydrating than astringent and really helps to soothe the skin. Especially sensitive and irritated areas. However, since I rarely use this on the go, I’d rather pat on the more efficient LJH Tea Tree Essence 90 than spray this on. Will not be repurchasing.

Lee Ji Ham Cosmetics LJH Tea Tree Mist Nozzle

Main ingredients

Tea tree extract, niacinamide, cucumer extract, aloe leaf extract.

Niacinamide: (Quoting self from this post) A superstar ingredient featured in most of the top asian beauty favourites like the Missha First Treatment Essence and almost all CosRX stuff products. Also known as vitamin B3, this cell-communicator helps with your skin’s moisture barrier, increase ceramide and fatty acid levels in skin. Helps reduce PIH (post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation) marks and scars too. SUPERSTAR, I SAY.

Cucumber extract: Soothing antioxidant that contains Vitamin C and reduces discolouration.

Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract: (Quoting self from this post) Great for soothing skin. Anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and contains lots of goodies like fatty acids and vitamins A, C and E.

Full ingredients: Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Extract, DI-Water, Niacinamide, Sorbitol, Humectants, Disodium EDTA, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, 1,2-Hexanediol, 
Illicium Verum (Anise) Fruit Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, 
Butylene Glycol, Rhus Semialata Gall Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Enantia Chlorantha Bark Extract, Oleanolic Acid, Butylene Glycol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Fruit Extract

LJH Tea Tree Sheet Mask Review

Lee Ji Ham Cosmetics LJH Tea Tree Product Range

Same as above.

Not a lot of essence saturated in mask. At USD1.60 per sheet, it’s not the cheapest.

Ah, the one that started it all. There were rumors that the LJH team developed the Tea Tree Essence 90 because the sheet mask (which was developed for their patients) did so well, but don’t take my word for it. Anyhoos, this is one of my HG sheet masks that I can always rely on to fix my face when things go south.

This isn’t one of those sheet masks that come drenched in essence, and the material isn’t all that great. Just the standard frills-free cotton sheet. In an air-conditioned room, it lasts for about 10 minutes before drying up – which doesn’t sound great, but trust me when I say that 10 minutes is all it needs to revive and calm your skin. I frequently repurchase this.

Main ingredients

Tea tree extract, sea buckthorn extract, trehalose, centella asiatic, and ginkgo leaf extract.

Ginkgo leaf extract: Powerful anti-fungal antioxidant that calms inflammation and redness.

Full ingredients: Purified Water, Butylenglycol, Ethanol, Grapefruit Extract, Tea Tree Leaf Extract, Peg-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Centella Asiatica Extract, Artemisa Herb Extract, Ginkgo Leaf Extract, Disodium Edta, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance.


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