Melaleuca alternifolia (Tea Tree) leaf oil

What is it?

Melaleuca alternifolia leaf oil, also known as tea tree oil, is an essential oil extracted from the leaves and branches of the Melaleuca alternifolia, a species of tree in the myrtle family.  

What does it do?

This botanical adds herbal flavor to some of our toothpastes and a fresh, clean mouth feel. Tea tree oil has a warm, spicy aroma that is also used as a fragrance in some of our deodorants.

How is it made?

Our Stewardship Model guides us to select ingredients which have been processed in a manner that supports our philosophy of human and environmental health.

For use as a flavoring agent, tea tree oil is extracted from the Melaleuca alternifolia leaves through steam and decantation. The oil is then used for flavor or fragrance.

What are the alternatives?

There are other herbals used in our botanical line, but there is no natural alternative to tea tree oil.  Synthetic flavors are available, but would not meet our Stewardship model.

Is this the right option for me?

Tea tree oil has historically been used in personal and oral care products and is considered to be Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) by the Flavor and Extracts Manufacturers Association (FEMA) (FEMA# 3902).  

Tom’s of Maine recognizes that no two people are alike, and even with naturally derived ingredients, some individuals may develop an allergic reaction that is unique to them. As with any product, be sure to discontinue use if you experience discomfort or other indications that the product may not be appropriate for your individual body chemistry.