Consumer’s Guide to The Best Tea Tree Oil

Are you looking for the best tea tree oil product? While there are many different products to choose from, you should choose a tea tree oil that will provide the highest quality ingredients in the purest form.

Tea tree oil, which is the essential oil from the Melaleuca alternifolia plant, has been shown to have antioxidant and antimicrobial properties. These properties are partly due to an ingredient called terpinene 4 OL.

The difference between many tea tree oil products is the actual concentration of terpinene 4 OL that you’re getting in the bottle.

Here are some tips to help you choose the best tea tree oil:

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Due to the wide variety of manufacturing practices used by companies that make tea tree oils, you may find a wide variety of products to choose from.

The best tea tree oils will be highly purified products that are properly packaged and provide high concentrations of active ingredients at fairly reasonable prices.

The following criteria can help you choose the best tea tree oil products:

Determine the % of Terpinen 4 OL

  • Terpinen 4 OL is the primary antiseptic agent in tea tree oils.
  • *The higher the percentage of terpenes, the stronger the antiseptic properties.
  • Look at the bottle labels to see if the percentage of Terpinen 4 OL is listed; some products may or may not list this information.
  • You may find terpinene concentrations can range from 10% to 40%. Some people may be sensitive to higher concentrations, so you should be aware of possible tea tree oil side effects. If you think you may be hypersensitive to this type of product, it’s recommended a skin patch test be conducted before using a higher concentration.
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All Tea Tree Oils Should Come Packaged to Prevent Light Exposure

  • Studies have shown that the active ingredient in tea tree oil (terpinene-4-ol) can rapidly oxidize and become useless when exposed to light.
  • Light exposure can also increase levels of para-cymene (a hydrocarbon found in tea tree oils), a known skin irritant, according to the Environmental Working Group Cosmetic Database.
  • You can avoid possible skin irritation by using tea tree oil packages that block light exposure.

Ensure You’re Getting 100% Pure Tea Tree Oil

  • Some oils come mixed with other essential oils, such as eucalyptus or peppermint oils. These diluted mixtures may affect how well the product will work.

The Best Tea Tree Oil is a 100% Organic Product

  • It’s your personal choice whether to purchase products that are 100% Certified Organic. It’s believed that organic products may offer higher levels of purity and terpinene 4-OL concentrations.
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How much does it Cost?

  • Prices may depend on the following:
    • The size of the bottle you’re buying
    • The overall strength of the product (look at the percentage of Terpinen 4 OL)
    • If the oils are 100% pure or mixed (diluted) with another substance
    • You may find two-ounce (60 ml) bottles ranging from $10 to $20 and larger 32-ounce bottles priced at over $100.


There are many different products to choose from. Here’s a list of some of the best tea tree oil products:

Now Foods 

NOW Foods Tea Tree Oil, 4 Fluid Ounce + 1 Glass Dropper
  • ESSENTIAL AROMATHERAPY - Tea Tree is renewing with a potent, warm spicy scent associated with purification and cleansing. Uplift your mood and reduce negative energy and its influence on your mood with premium oils ideal for purifying the air.
  • NATURALLY SOURCED/RESPONSIBLY MADE - This oil is extracted through steam distillation of leaves and twigs. Made in state-of-the-art laboratories, naturally derived and subject to purity testing in-house, vegan and never tested on any animals.

This is an organic, essential oil made from steam-distilled leaves and provides 100% pure tea tree oils. It comes in a 1-ounce bottle, and you can find it for about $12 a bottle.

Thursday Plantation 

This is a popular brand that produces dozens of different products made from tea tree oils. I’ve used this brand a number of times and found it a really good quality product that provides a high concentration of terpinene 4-OL.

Good n’ Natural

Aura Cacia 100% Pure Tea Tree Essential Oil | Certified Organic, GC/MS Tested for Purity | 7.4 ml (0.25 fl. oz.) | Melaleuca alternifolia
  • WARM NUTMEG-LIKE AROMA - Revered as an aroma that has purification power, tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) is one of the most prominent essential oils used in cleansing applications. From counter sprays to toilet cleaners, tea tree essential oil is a must-have in the home. In aromatherapy, tea tree essential oil is employed for its physical nature, rather than its aesthetic qualities. However, many appreciate its underlying warm, nutmeg-like aroma.
  • ORIGIN AND SOURCING - Aura Cacia Tea Tree Essential Oil is native to Australia and New Zealand. It has evolved through careful cultivation to maximize its many benefits, resulting in an essential oil that is highly effective and easy to use.

While I haven’t personally used this product, it’s received positive reviews on This is a 100% pure tea tree oil made from Australian Melaleuca alternifolia leaves. This sells for about $14 for a 2-ounce bottle, but you may be able to find it cheaper at various online retailers.

Pure Essentials 

Organic Essential Oil - Clove Bud (Tree) by Puressentiel for Unisex - 0.17 oz Oil
  • This Organic Essential Oil of Citronella has a formula for anti mosquitoes
  • purifies the ambient air

Pure Essentials is another product that’s gotten a lot of positive reviews on I’ve never used this product either, but it does look fairly decent with 100% tea tree oil, and it’s pretty cheap at under $6 a bottle.

Many of these products may be found at your local health food store, and you can even do an internet search to locate more products.

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