Sunday, 4 May 2014

Therapi Honey Skincare; Buzzing with Goodness and Love


December and January were good months for making some fabulous connections with like-minded souls within the natural skincare arena and Twitter is always one platform where I often find those connections the strongest. It seems weird that you can make such strong links with people you’ve not physically met before but somehow over a period of time and through other introductions you can actually get to know someone quite well.



The lovely Galina from the blog, A Curious Russian in London, introduced me to Tanya Hawkes from Therapi Honey Skincare following her review of their range in December 2013. I was taken by the passion Tanya has, not just for the skincare she makes but also for the bees she keeps. Tanya is a beekeeper and her deep love of them is evident from chatting to her.

My husband is very fond of bees too; always has been and would love to keep them if only we had enough space to do so. In fact he has a great respect for the insect world in general, always fascinated by them and how they live. I on the other hand (until meeting my lovely husband) have always had a love-hate relationship with insects. I wasn’t really encouraged to explore them as a child; rather I grew up with a bit of a phobia of them. I’d be the child flapping their hands and arms around like a mad thing whilst under attack from a wasp or a bee ! And that fear didn’t really leave me until I met my hubby.

When we first began our relationship may years ago, he had a bedroom which shared a bee hive ! Yes, you read that correctly. He had a fireplace in his bedroom and the bees had decided to take up residence in the chimney ! Oh great. Just what this gal needed. The bees would often get confused and pop out of the chimney to say “hi”, and yes, you’ve guessed it, out of bed I’d leap flapping around like a mad idiot, shreaking at him that “there’s a bee, there’s a bee!”

I think he seriously thought me mad as a hatter at first, but then realising that I genuinely had a fear of them, he helped me to understand what bees were really like and how they genuinely weren’t interested in me – particularly when flapping my arms about – and that I really just needed to “chill out!”

Over time I came to understand their gentle nature; that they weren’t up for stinging me unless I posed a threat to them. Why would they? They would die! Wasps on the other hand are another matter, but what’s wonderful about my husband’s attitude to bees, and insects in general is that I’ve grown to respect them and haven’t passed on my fear of some of them to my children. They have a deep fascination for the insect world and we actually made a masonry bee house in an Upcycling challenge with Groovebulb last year.

As I’m sure you’ll know, honey is exceptionally healing and has been used for thousands of years in natural medicine. It is liquid gold and the worry now is that our humble bee is deeply under threat. For the gal who started off scared stiff of these creatures, that thought concerns me particularly as I’ve become more and more endeared to these lovely beings. I’m also more interested in conservation now, not living beyond our means, and living a more sustainable lifestyle, so my interest in protecting our wildlife gets stronger over time.

I think there’s lots we can all do to help whether that’s planting more bee-friendly flowers in our gardens, sponsoring a bee hive or making sure we support the work organisations like the Soil Association are doing to protect our native bees. If we don’t and they are wiped out we would be without much of the food we have come to rely on. The picture without bees is a very bleak one indeed.

So when I hear about natural skincare brands who are utilising the healing power of honey and propolis, I get quite excited. And when that range is made by a bee keeper herself, I feel doubly so.

Tanya kindly sent me their Lemon Myrtle Gel Cleanser and the Lemon Myrtle Moisturiser for my combination / oily skin. The Lemon Myrtle range contains honey, purifying extracts of citrus, witchhazel and antibacterial lemon myrtle to regulate oiliness and condition the skin. Each product has been carefully formulated to promote a clear, soft and smooth complexion. So what did I think of the products I was sent to try out?

The first thing to say is that their range comes in beautiful white glass bottles. They look exceptionally chic and I loved using them. In addition to the Lemon Myrtle range, Tanya popped in a sample size of the Balancing Orange Blossom cleanser and moisturiser for me to try out too. They have 3 ranges; Lemon Myrtle for oily / combination skin, Orange Blossom for normal skin and Rose Otto for dry / normal skin.

Lemon Myrtle No.1 Honey Gel Cleanser, 50ml, £25.00

I love a facial wash cleanser particularly in the morning and this one was lovely and refreshing to use. Although it says it gently foams, I didn’t really find this. It is a lovely consistency and is gentle yet deeply cleansing on the skin. Your skin is left clean but soft and hydrated. I was very impressed with it and over time I noticed that my skin really appreciated the products and my pores appeared smaller again.

It smells lovely; fresh, citrusy and reminds me of summer. The orange blossom cleanser is stronger smelling and I felt that Tanya could actually up the aroma in the Lemon Myrtle cleanser without issue, but that’s just my opinion.

Ingredients:
Aqua, Mel (Honey)*, Lauryl Glucoside, Decyl Glucoside, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Gluconolactone, Xanthan Gum, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) Oil*, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder*, Yucca Schidigera (Y. Vera) Extract, Backhousia Citriodora (Lemon Myrtle) Peel Oil*, Leptospermum Petersonii (Lemon Tea Tree) Oil*, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil*, Juniperus Communis (Juniper) Fruit Oil*, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil*, Sodium Benzoate, Calcium Gluconate, Parfum*, Limonene+, Linalool+, Citronellol+, Geraniol+ * Organic   + Naturally occurs in essential oils


Lemon Myrtle No.3 Honey Moisturiser, 50ml, £30.00

This moisturiser is a lovely consistency. Light yet creamy. It sunk well into my skin leaving is feeling deeply nourished but not greasy in any way. It was a lovely base for make-up too. I loved the subtle smell of Lemon Myrtle and it woke up the senses in the morning. I would love to try the toner with the other two products in the range to see how they perform together, but in this instance I just used the other spray toners I had at the time which worked well.

Ingredients:
Aqua, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witchhazel) Water*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Cannabis Sativa (Hemp) Seed Oil*, Polyglyceryl-3 Rice Brannate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Cera Alba (Beeswax)*, Alcohol*, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil*, Mel (Honey)*, Lecithin*, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract*, Myrtus Communis Leaf Extract*, Olea Europaea Leaf Extract*, Olea Europaea Fruit Oil*, Amorphophallus Konjac Root Powder, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder*, Backhousia Citriodora (Lemon Myrtle) Leaf Oil*, Leptospermum Petersonii (Lemon Tea Tree) Oil*, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil*, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Oil*, Gluconolactone, Sodium Benzoate, Calcium Gluconate, Parfum*, Limonene+, Linalool+    * Organic   + Naturally occurs in essential oils


Once again this natural and organic skincare range which is Soil Association accredited is a fabulous find. Unless you are vegan, this range would be a perfect addition to your bathroom cabinet, particularly if you are prone to sensitive skin no matter what your skincare type. I’ve really enjoyed trying out the range and I’m tempted to try out the Orange Blossom range too as I loved the smell. Gorgeous !

If you’d like to find out more about Therapi Honey Skincare, you can pop across to their website. You can buy direct from them or their range is stocked by Naturisimo and Content Beauty. Therapi are on Facebook and you can follow them on Twitter.

Have any of you experienced the fabulous Therapi Skincare range? If so, do leave me a comment below. As always, I love to hear from you.

Until next time xx

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Disclaimer: I was sent a 50ml bottle of Lemon Myrtle Gel Cleanser and a 50ml pot of Lemon Myrtle of their Honey Moisturiser to try out. All opinions are my own thoughts and feelings on the products I have tried. I genuinely love this range of skincare.


12 comments:

  1. I have heard so many good things about Therapi from various bloggers, they are definitely on my wishlist x

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    1. Hi Karen - So had I and I felt very blessed when I was given the opportunity to try some of the range out :) I haven't seen many reviews of the Rose Otto range so it would be interesting to see what that was like. I love that it is gentle even with the Lemon Myrtle range, so it won't strip your skin of their natural oils. Definitely a thumbs up from me. I hope you get the chance to try it out, I think you'd like it a lot xx

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  2. I have tried the Orange blossom and Rose Otto ranges and I like you am very impressed with Tanya's products and passion, the propolis moisturiser is such a wonderful product for very dry sensitive skins I adore it! Xx

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    1. I've read your fab reviews Ana and I am always warmed by the love of this range. It is very special and exceptionally gentle. Like you this range is on my "must have" list. Not all make it :) xx

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  3. I'm dying to try this brand, looks amazing!<3 xx

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    1. Hi Jana x How lovely to see you here visiting my humble blog. Thank you for stopping by :) I don't think many people wouldn't love this skincare range. It is so gentle and yet so effective too. Honey skincare at its best. I hope you get to try it soon xx

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  4. I have this range on my wishlist - sounds amazing! x

    Evelyn @ We Were Raised By Wolves

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    1. Hi Evelyn - Wow, another new visitor to my blog. How lovely and on my birthday too :) I really loved using it over several months and really noticed a positive difference to my skin's appearance. I truly hope you get the chance to try it. Thanks for popping by xx

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  5. I've seen quite a lot of love for Therapi on my twitter line, and the Lemon Myrtle sounds great. I think Danny @ Holistic Green Beauty has just reviewed some of the Rose range. Lovely post :)

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    1. Hi Hephzibah xx Lovely to have you stop by :) I read Danni's posts on Therapi Honey Skincare's Rose range and it sounds lovely. Just too rich for my skin. I love the simplicity yet gentle effectiveness of this range. Glad you enjoyed this post. You get a mention in my Circaroma post as I'm keen to join in the "In My Backyard" post xx

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  6. This feelin of "...deeply nourished but not greasy in any way..." is exactly what I'm looking for in a moisturiser, and this your description of Lemon Myrtle. I think that's an omen!
    By the way I think the scene of you in the same room with the bee hive would look great in a movie!

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    1. Thanks for popping by and your comment. I think you'd like the Lemon Myrtle range a lot. Not sure about me in a movie though ;) x

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