I’ve written previously about Therapi, an organic skincare line based on high-grade botanicals and bee products, created by beekeeper Tanya Hawkes. There are three ranges – Lemon Myrtle, Orange Blossom and Rose Otto – aimed at normal, oily/combination, normal and normal/dry skin respectively. All products are formulated in-house and they contain up to 99% certified organic ingredients of the highest grade available – primarily cold-pressed organic oils, bee products (honey, beeswax and propolis) and active botanical extracts. The entire range is free from SLS, parabens, petrolatum, silicones, formaldehydes, artificial fragrances and colourants
You can see what a reader thought about the Orange Blossom range for normal skin here. Having read nothing but glowing reviews I thought it was about time I put Therapi to the test myself.
THERAPI ROSE OTTO ULTRA RADIANCE CREAM REVIEW
With my verging on crocodile skin during the winter, I headed right for the richest product in the range – Therapi Rose Otto Ultra Radiance Cream*. And as you can see from the name it contains my beloved rose so resistance was futile. The formula for this moisturiser includes five different organic rose extracts, organic shea butter and organic plant oils including almond, jojoba, rosehip, beeswax and propolis extract. This stuff is rich baby.
Propolis is a natural resin produced by those busy bees, which they use in building their hives. It’s a time honoured ancient remedy used in many civilisations including by the Egyptians who used it in the mummification process. Modern research has shown wound healing properties, the ability to inhibit fungal and bacterial growth and high antioxidant levels. So go bees!
The texture of the Rose Otto Ultra Radiance cream is thick verging on balm-like. I noticed half way through the pot, the texture became grainy, which disappeared as soon as it was rubbed in to the skin. This is perfectly normal with unrefined shea butter especially when the weather changes so don’t be concerned if you experience the same. In the winter, my skin practically aaaahed when I put it on, it feels ultra nourishing and the fragrance is so soothing. The instructions state to use it as a daily moisturiser morning and night. That would be far too much for my skin. Extremely dry or mature skin would lap this up. It has no SPF so I use it as a night time moisturiser or when I feel my skin needs some extra pampering.
My favourite way to use the Therapi Ultra Radiance Cream is as an AMAZING GLOW GETTING treatment. I do this treatment twice a week or whenever my skin is looking a bit blah.
The first time I tried the treatment, several people who I’d never met before complimented me on my skin. In short I LOVE Therapi Ultra Radiance Cream. I would buy it bunches of roses if I could.
Therapi Rose Otto Ultra Radiance Cream, 50ml, £35 www.therapi.com
Therapi Rose Otto Ultra Radiance Cream ingredients (90% organic): Aqua, Rosa Damascena Flower Water*, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil*, Polyglyceryl-3 Poly Rice Branate, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Fruit Oil*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*, Cera Alba (Beeswax)*, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Mel (Honey)*, Propolis Extract*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Rosa Damascena Flower Extract*, Pelargonium Graveolens (Rose Geranium) Flower Oil*, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder*, Lecithin*, Magnesium Sulfate, Gluconlactone, Sodium Benzoate, Calcium Gluconate, Parfum*, Citronellol+, Geraniol+, Eugenol+ *certified organic