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Comparison Review of Benton Honest TT Mist and LJH Tea Tree 70 Mist Toner

RoseRoseShop sent me the Benton TT Mist for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own. The LJH Mist was purchased by me.

I had initially decided to do a comparison review of these two products because I expected them to be very similar. After all, they both contain high amounts of tea tree water – 70% in the LJH mist, 80% in Benton- and let’s be honest, who wants to read two FULL reviews of nearly identical mists?

However, after spending some time with both products (7 weeks with Benton and 4 with LJH), I’ve realized that not only are these products very different from each other, they are also some of the most overachieving mists I’ve used! My initial expectations were completely off base and I couldn’t be more thrilled!

Without further ado, here are the two tea tree mists:


At a Glance

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BENTON HONEST TT MIST

Size: 40ML
Price: $5.96 on RoseRoseShop, $8.48 on Jolse, $12.13 on Cosmetic-Love,  $6 on Memebox (get another 8% off all Memebox orders from TopCashBack)
Packaging: Soft plastic, non-aerosol spray tube
Fragrance: None detected
INGREDIENTS
Acne Triggers & Irritants: Butylene Glycol (1) is an acne trigger
Full IngredientsMelaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Water (80%), Sodium Hyaluronate (7%), Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Extract (5%), Butylene Glycol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Glycerin, Althaea Rosea Root Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Beta-Glucan, Polyglutamic Acid, Aspalathus Linearis (rooibos) Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Psidium Guajava (guava) Extract, Zanthoxylum Piperitum (Japanese pepper) Fruit Extract, Pulsatilla Koreana Extract, Usnea Barbata (lichen) Extract

 

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LEEJIHAM (LJH) TEA TREE 70 MIST TONER

Size: 100ML
Price: $27 on HKCPlaza (currently 60% off), $33 on Birchbox, $33 on Glow Recipe (get $5 off your first order), $33 on Memebox (get another 8% off all Memebox orders from TopCashBack)
Packaging: Hard plastic, cylindrical spray bottle
Fragrance: Tea tree scent of light – medium strength
INGREDIENTS
Acne Triggers & Irritants: Butylene Glycol (1) is an acne trigger
Full IngredientsMelaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Extract (70%), 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


Performance

The production value of the LJH mist is really high in every way! The packaging looks unexceptional in photos but is much more impressive in person. It’s larger than I expected, made of a sturdy plastic, and looks quite sleek. The misting mechanism is top notch as well, releasing a consistent, finely dispersed amount of product with each pump. On the skin, the LJH mist has a lot of slip, absorbs quickly, and doesn’t leave any residue. It’s a very well formulated product from both an ingredients and cosmetic elegance point of view. It does smell very slightly of tea tree, which I dislike but I feel like most people wouldn’t give it a second thought.

By contrast, the Benton TT mist did not make the best first impression. The soft plastic tube, while practical in its portability, is mostly unremarkable, and the mist that comes out is way too dense and forceful! I actually stopped using it as a mist, for the most part, choosing instead to spray into my hands then patting onto my face. Also, the liquid that comes out feels exactly like water, which made me extremely suspicious that this mist would be a repeat of the CosRX centella water toner, which not only felt like water but was about as effective as water.

Here’s a video that shows how different the mists that each of these products produce are:

However, after spending some time with both mists, the Benton mist has completely won me over while the LJH mist sits mostly unused in my stash.

The LJH is not a bad product by any means. It’s a light-to-medium strength astringent toner with some moisturizing properties, likely from the niacinamide it includes. I think it would be a great product for oily but dehydrated skin types, but it’s not something that suits my skin type very well. I also think it has slightly too much slip, but that’s probably a personal hangup.

The Benton mist on the other hand, is neither astringent (this is a VERY good thing for dry skin) nor hydrating, but is remarkable in how effectively it calms my skin. My skin is very prone to redness and inflammation, especially on my cheeks and around my nose. Using this Benton TT mist not only reduces visible redness immediately, but after a few weeks of consistent usage, my face has been generally less prone to redness. If you’ve got sensitive or easily irritated skin, I can’t recommend this enough. It is also extremely gentle (again, it feels like water) and has become the first product I reach for on days when my skin is irritated, sensitive, and/or over-exfoliated.

In short, the Benton mist is perfect for my skin’s needs! I don’t even mind the lack of moisturizing power, because I’ve got tons of other products in my routine to do that. What I don’t have is another product that can soothe my skin nearly as effectively. The only complaint I have with this product is the misting nozzle.


 

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Size Comparison

The Takeaway

Despite a rocky start, the Benton TT mist has earned a long-term spot in my skincare routine. It is neither astringent nor moisturizing, but has remarkable anti-inflammatory effects on my skin. The LJH mist would be a good product for oily but dehydrated skin types (I think) but does not suit my skin type.

Benton Honest TT Mist (1)


Disclaimer: The Benton TT mist was provided to me for review purposes by RoseRoseShop. The opinions expressed are my own. The LJH Mist was purchased by me. This post contains affiliate links. See here for my full disclosure policy. 

 

15 thoughts on “Comparison Review of Benton Honest TT Mist and LJH Tea Tree 70 Mist Toner

  1. Twinkle

    So glad you reviewed the Benton mist. Benton was one of the first brands I tried and while I haven’t loved some of their recent releases (so-so on the Honest Cleanser and the High Content Lotion), I was immediately curious about the mist!

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    1. V. Rex Post author

      Benton was one of the very first brands I was obsessed with but I’ve kind of gotten away from them for the same reason. I’m hoping they follow up this mist with maybe a few other tea tree products!

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  2. Angela and Renee

    Surprising results! I’m a fan of LJH the brand and haven’t tried anything Benton. I have similar issues (dry skin, can get red around cheeks and nose). Have you tried LJH Tea Tree 90 Essence? Wondering how the power of Benton compares to that. –Angela

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    1. V. Rex Post author

      I used the LJH tea tree essence a long time ago, but didn’t use it for very long because it made my face feel strangely tight. It’s something I’ve been meaning to give another shot, maybe when it gets warmer outside!

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  3. Graceful Face

    I felt the exact same way about the Benton mist! It felt exactly like I was spraying water on my face, but you can’t argue with the results — definite calming, reduced redness, reduced breakouts!

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    1. V. Rex Post author

      I saw your review!!! The effect on acne sounds amazing! Also, I kept spraying and sniffing at the mist for an embarrassingly long time after reading your review and I think you are right about the scent but it is SO faint!

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    1. V. Rex Post author

      Hmm, I’m not sure but that is a good idea! The plastic material is very cutable, so if the top doesn’t unscrew I suppose I can also just snip it at the bottom.

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