Tea Tree Oil- Has anyone had experience formulating pet products with Tea Tree Oil?

I have research that says Tea Tree Oil is the cure all and I'm not saying this because I'm Australian. However, I have read some different stories on the forum, can anyone tell me about their experiences with this EO?
Dr. Catherine Pratt
(B.Sc with HONS I , Ph.D Analytical/Organic Chem and Microbiology), Cosmetic Chemistry IPCS)

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  • MicroformulationMicroformulation Member, Professional Chemist
    edited March 24
    Make a product, follow all their recommendations for the required level of TTO and in the end you will likely hear "can you mask the scent of the TTO?" The raw material is poorly accepted due to odor.
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  • BelassiBelassi Member
    Can only use it in a pet shampoo at vet-approved percentages.
    I have a Tea Tree shampoo in my line, it's popular. I add a herbal fragrance by Mane and the combined aroma is fresh and woodsy. Finish is a pearlescent green. 
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  • thanks guys, @Microformulation I don't know why they do not like the scent? I am not a big fan but you can buy lemon scented TTO. Although @Belassi you are saying that the shampoo is popular. Did you change mask the TTO smell? with herbal fragrances?Can I ask how much TTO you used?

    So you coloured it green, is that from the Spirulina spp? Hahaha!

    Remember I made a serum with spirulina and was naive to what it would do? You said that it would change and become unstable. Its about 3 to 4 weeks now and my client is loving it. The smell has certainly changed. Next time I am thinking of using a Malador for the primary perfume to mask the spirulina and then a secondary fragrance. It now smells like vegetables that having been in a box for a while, but my client loves it and is taking it to the states. Maybe I should make another one first Ahhh!

    How did your spirulina product eventuate?
    Dr. Catherine Pratt
    (B.Sc with HONS I , Ph.D Analytical/Organic Chem and Microbiology), Cosmetic Chemistry IPCS)
  • BelassiBelassi Member
    The herbal fragrance doesn't mask but complements the TTO. I think it's about 0.2% TTO content...
    The spirulina shampoo slowly degraded over a few weeks, the colour changed from a blue-green to a light green, and the viscosity reduced markedly. When first made, it was super nice.
    Cosmetic Brand Creation. Concept to name to IMPI search to logo and brand registration. In-house graphic design inc. Pantone specs. Cosmetic label and box design & graphics.
  • ozgirlozgirl Member, PCF student
    I played around with lemon scented tea tree essential oil as a potential fragrance in a couple of cleaning products but abandoned this when I found out that it is difficult to guarantee a constant supply. Apparently it is only harvested once a year. Also due to the high citral content it is prone to oxidation.

    Also I imagine that the lemon scented tea tree would have different properties to standard TTO.
  • MicroformulationMicroformulation Member, Professional Chemist
    We had the same issue. Down Under (I believe) promoted the Lemon TTO and we got a sample. The client was unimpressed. When the procurement person called for pricing, they couldn't even quote a lead time for materials. 
    markfuller@microformulation.com Microformulation.com Microformulation Cosmetic Consulting provides Custom Formulations for both large Commercial accounts as well as smaller entrepreneurs. We can provide Naturally compliant Formulations under the NSF, NPA, Whole Foods and USDA Organic Certifications. BS.Pharm Albany College of Pharmacy, Union University.
  • That is so bizarre! I made up 10 fragrances for a US client. He wanted 6 to use in a new line of his. He actually picked a tea tree fragrance, I nearly fell off my chair as there was a whole load of ladies that were smelling them as well. They didn't know it was tea tree?
    Maybe it is just about where it is sourced from? I have smelled some that were revolting, they have to be premium quality.
    Mmm still not sure if I should use it though?
    Dr. Catherine Pratt
    (B.Sc with HONS I , Ph.D Analytical/Organic Chem and Microbiology), Cosmetic Chemistry IPCS)
  • WillWill Member
    I don't know about pets, but I made a Beard Balm with TTO (0.5%) and added 0.25% of Clary Sage Oil and 0.25% Atlas Cedar Oil, and it's been selling like crazy at the barbershops.

    At the beginning when I used TTO by itself customers didn't like as much.. but since I started combining it with other essential oils it's been a success..
  • #Will this is great! and #Bellasi my serum has turned light green (with spirulina) and I think it stinks, but the client still loves it and says it smells like roses as I put in Rose Bulgarian at the start, not it needs a truck load of roses, it smells like a box of off vegetables that have been left in an alley for a week. Yuk! Anyway we are all different and this is what is on trend Mmmm
    Dr. Catherine Pratt
    (B.Sc with HONS I , Ph.D Analytical/Organic Chem and Microbiology), Cosmetic Chemistry IPCS)
  • BelassiBelassi Member
    my serum has turned light green (with spirulina)
    You're obviously getting the same experience that I had. It's a real shame, I have not found any way of stabilising it -- I strongly suspect this is the reason there are no products on the market.
    Cosmetic Brand Creation. Concept to name to IMPI search to logo and brand registration. In-house graphic design inc. Pantone specs. Cosmetic label and box design & graphics.
  • #Bellassi what did you try to stabilise it with? Have you tried Chloraphyll or Blue green algae. If you are looking for the colour, I have used Chloraphyll but I only just got Blue-green algae. I think Chloraphyll was good in my case, I think you said you had a problem with it?? Good to know about your case.
    Dr. Catherine Pratt
    (B.Sc with HONS I , Ph.D Analytical/Organic Chem and Microbiology), Cosmetic Chemistry IPCS)
  • I heard that Tea Tree is a weed in the states? is this right?
    Dr. Catherine Pratt
    (B.Sc with HONS I , Ph.D Analytical/Organic Chem and Microbiology), Cosmetic Chemistry IPCS)
  • ZinkZink Member
    I've read to use max 1% in dog applications as it has some toxicity for em.
  • Thanks #Zink!
    Dr. Catherine Pratt
    (B.Sc with HONS I , Ph.D Analytical/Organic Chem and Microbiology), Cosmetic Chemistry IPCS)
  • MaxMax Member
    Hello, we have been using 0.5% for years, no issues so far even for export (we are also in Oz), pet products.
  • Cool thanks #Max
    Dr. Catherine Pratt
    (B.Sc with HONS I , Ph.D Analytical/Organic Chem and Microbiology), Cosmetic Chemistry IPCS)
  • i have tried time and time again to use spirulina in a hairspray (mostly for color - it's "mermaid" inspired) and the lovely sea green lasts about a day, then it turns funky colors and then the product looks gross, yellowy and yucky. 

    spirulina is a b*tch to work with! it's totally unstable and smells... fishy.
    PLUS it does not dissolve in water - just suspends.
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    Dr. Catherine Pratt
    (B.Sc with HONS I , Ph.D Analytical/Organic Chem and Microbiology), Cosmetic Chemistry IPCS)
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