Up until a couple of years ago, I had my holy grail wonder spot treatment. A potent blend of powerful essential oils that didn't dry out the skin (hallelujah!) - Liz Earle's Spot On. Anyone will know how hit and miss spot treatments are - some are way too harsh, some dry out the surrounding skin, others cost mega ££ and the rest are just plain useless! Spot on seemed to fit the bill on every one of these common gripes, except for one thing... it's now discontinued. What?! Suddenly spot on is not so "spot on".Apparently, they can no longer source one of the main ingredients, so after my last bottle running out and to avoid desperately paying £40 for it on eBay, I went looking for an alternative... and boy did I find a good one!
Desert Essence is an American based brand which I hadn't heard of before, who actually introduced both jojoba and tea tree oil to the US. They aim to bring the best of nature's offerings in to their products and also avoid using the common nasties such as SLS and parabens in their products. When I stumbled across their blemish touch stick, I rejoiced a little as it seemed strikingly similar to my Liz Earle love, and it didn't disappoint!
Featuring in the ingredients are an extensive number of essential oils, very similar to those in Spot On, including the common acne fighting wonders: tea tree, lavender and witch hazel. In addition, the touch stick is free from parabens, mineral oil, fragrance, silicones and is not tested on animals - what more could you want?
So, does it live up to Spot On? Definitely. Not at all drying, and so effective yet very gentle. Of course, it has an oily texture, but more of a "dry oil", similar to jojoba, making the perfect base for makeup. You can reapply it as often as you like with no detriments to your skin which I really like, and it's the perfect size for keeping in your bag just in case of any skin emergencies! Application on-the-go is also a breeze thanks to the roller ball applicator, which I'm assured is hygenic due to the antibacterial nature of the main essential oils. With generous reapplication about 4 times a day, my spots are completely gone within 2 days. Incredible. I bet you're waiting for the catch now. I was too, the product just seems too good to be true! I guess the only minor thing I could pinpoint is the scent. It isn't fantastic, bearable by all means, just strongly tea tree scented. For the effects it has on my skin, I couldn't care less about the scent, and I'd rather it be this way than full of artificial fragrance anyway.
The Desert Essence blemish touch stick is a perfect dupe for Liz Earle's spot on - same rollerball applicator, similar ingredients and amazing results, score! Although the blemish touch stick is American, you can pick it up from this seller in the UK on eBay for just £14, which I think is really reasonable for a spot treatment. Also, the bottle seems so much bigger than the Liz Earle one - I've been using mine for around 3 months now and have literally used a cm of it! A definite holy grail for me.
I would highly recommend the touch stick to anyone struggling with spots, of any skin type really! I can see it being perfect for everyone, especially if, like me, you're mourning the loss of its Liz Earle counterpart.
Do you have a "holy grail" spot treatment?