Aug 262014

Therapi Orange Blossom Cleanser GiveawayHave you tried Therapi Orange Blossom Honey Gel Cleanser but wouldn’t mind winning a new bottle? You’ve never tried it, but heard a lot of good reviews and wouldn’t mind if you have won it? In any case, you’ve come to the right place, because Therapi is giving away their praised Orange Blossom Honey Gel Cleanser!

The entry for the giveaway starts on 26.8.2014 and will close on 2.9.2014. There are no geographical restrictions: the giveaway is open world wide! The winner will be randomly picked and announced in this post. The winner will send us his/her email address, in private. If the winner does not come forward until 9.9.2014, we will randomly select another winner.

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And we have a winner!

Therapi Orange Blossom Honey Gel Cleanser Winner

Congratulations, Alexandra, you’ve won much coveted and praised Therapi Orange Blossom Honey Gel Cleanser! Please, send us an email at with your full address, so you can receive your gift! It’s not obligatory, but we would appreciate if you could send us your short review of the Therapi Orange Blossom Honey Gel Cleanser.

We thank everyone who participated in our giveaway.

We thank for graciously hosting this giveaway!

Aug 202014

Let’s start our Therapi Honey Skincare reviews with their Orange Blossom Honey Gel Cleanser.

Therapi Orange Blossom Line

Therapi Orange Blossom Line

Therapi Orange Blossom Honey Gel Cleanser is from Therapi’s Orange Blossom/Balancing line, created for normal skin. I, myself, have an oily, acne-prone and sensitive skin. While this cleanser is gentle enough to be used by almost any type of skin, and won’t strip the skin of its oils, nor will leave the skin dried out, it does, however, consist of a few ingredients, which may not be suitable for every skin type, but I’ll analyze the ingredients later on.

Therapi Orange Blossom Honey Gel Cleanser is packed in an elegant, 100 ml white glass pump bottle for easy application, as well as for keeping the ingredients in tact – this is especially important with natural organic cosmetic products. The glass bottle can be re-used once empty as well. Two pumps will do when cleansing the face. The smell is pleasant; the association I get is orange candy or orange bubble gum.

Therapi Orange Blossom Honey Gel Cleanser

Therapi Orange Blossom Gel Cleanser

Therapi Orange Blossom Honey Gel Cleanser has a light orange color. Its consistency is that of a light gel, which, when spread on the skin, turns into a white, light cream-like consistency. I’ve tested its strength while using liquid foundation, BB cream and mineral foundation (not all at once, mind you, hehe). The cleanser is efficient, so you don’t have to rub it too strong or for too long, but it does not remove make up completely, so I use toner/hydrolate after cleanser as well.

Therapi Orange Blossom Honey Gel Cleanser

Cleansers could be used both in the morning an in the evening, however, I would suggest you use a cleanser twice a day only every now and then; too much cleansing can strip the skin of its natural oils, stripping the skin’s moisture barrier.

Therapi Orange Blossom Honey Gel Cleanser’s most precious ingredient is – honey – and the cleanser consists 11% of it. Honey is a natural moisturizer, as well as an antibacterial agent. Honey is the ingredient which will leave your skin smooth, soft and nourished. Sea Buckthorn Oil is an antioxidant, rich in essential fatty acids. Yucca Vera extract has anti-inflammatory properties, as well as being saponin – a  natural foam-forming detergent. Orange oil, from orange peels, has anti-toxin properties and works as natural exfoliator. Neroli oil, with its pleasant citrus smell, balances sebum production and has soothing properties.

Calcium gluconate  (gluconolactone is an antioxidant polyhydroxy acid -PHA,) acts like an exfoliator, promotes cell turnover and plumper, hydrated skin as well as it might reduce dryness. While gluconolactone can be found in honey, gluconolactone could also denote a food aditive (E575) – these kind of food additives are surely not on my favorite list. Decyl glucoside and Lauryl glucoside, usually derived from coconut, act as cleansing agents. Some could find these two cleansing agents irritating.

I’ve been using Therapi Orange Blossom Honey Gel Cleanser for over a month now. While all the natural ingredients and its consistency deserve praise, my skin had a reaction, a negative one: itchiness, a bit of redness and a few acne and that most certainly is not good. What could be the source of this? I suspected something like this could happen when I received the cleanser and saw ingredients list.

Cocamidopropyl betaine. A coconut derived surfactant (a detergent, which washes off oil and dirt), a foaming agent. Coconut oil on itself can be comedogenic ; even more so certain -propyls. Cocamidopropyl betaine is usually found in shampoos, soaps, bubble baths and cleansers. This ingredient can be an irritant, and can even cause contact dermatitis (American Contact Dermatitis Society named cocamidylpropyl betaine Allergen of the Year in 2004). Cocamidopropyl betaine received a not so flattering 4 on EWG. With Yucca Vera extract, acting as saponin, and two cleansing agents – Decyl glucoside and Lauryl glucoside – it would be far better if Therapi Honey Gel Cleanser did not contain this ingredient.

Another ingredient I’ve been side-eying, with a good dosage of skepticism, in natural organic products for quite a while now: Sodium benzoate. A preservative, accepted by EcoCert and, obviously, Soil Association. Benzoic acid (a preservative), a precursor to Sodium benzoate, is a known comedogenic ingredient. But more on this at some later time.

So, the final verdict on Therapi Orange Blossom Honey Gel Cleanser? Cocamidopropyl betaine has got to go. All other ingredients, the natural ingredients, from honey to aloe vera, and Buckthorn Oil to Orange oil work in synergy; the cleanser, while not for heavy makeup, cleanses well and leaves the skin smooth immediately upon using. But Cocamidopropyl betaine has no place in such a product. Keep in mind: just because my skin had unfavorable reaction to this ingredient, your skin may not; great reviews of Therapi Honey Gel Cleanser prove this. At any rate, I would not advise any natural brand to use this ingredient.

Would I continue using Therapi Orange Blossom Honey Gel Cleanser and purchase it myself, even two other cleansers from Therapi? I’d love to, and I am very curious about Lemon Myrtle Honey Gel Cleanser and especially about Rose Otto Honey Gel Cleanser, but as I said, Cocamidopropyl betaine has got to go first.

The price for 100 ml is 30€. It might be a bit on a pricey side, for a cleanser, however, the ingredients, not counting in Cocamidopropyl betaine, of course, are worth it and 100 ml, with only two, at most, pumps needed for one cleansing session, would last for quite some time.

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, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Sweet Orange) Peel Oil*, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil*, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Oil*, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Neroli) Flower Oil*, Sodium Benzoate, Calcium Gluconate, Parfum*, Limonene+, Linalool+, Citral+  * Organic   + Naturally occurs in essential oils

Have you tried Therapi Orange Blossom Honey Gel Cleanser? Did you like it? If you haven’t had the chance to try it, make sure to check back as we will be giving away Therapi Honey Gel Cleanser in the up coming days!

In case you’ve missed:

Therapi brand presentation and an interview with Therapi founder
Therapi Orange Blossom Honey Gel Cleanser Giveaway
Therapi Lemon Myrtle Honey Moisturiser Review
Therapi Lemon Myrtle Honey Moisturiser Giveaway
Therapi Rose Otto Facial Toner Review
Therapi Rose Otto Facial Toner Giveaway

For more information on Therapi brand and where to buy it, please, take a look at our Therapi dedicated page.

Therapi Honey Skincare Orange Blossom Honey Gel Cleanser has been provided to Nature of Europe by as a PR sample for the purpose of an honest review. 

Aug 132014

Therapi Honey SkincareTherapi Honey Skincare is an up and coming new organic cosmetic brand that’s been creating a lot of (bee) buzz in the past few months among green beauty bloggers and natural organic cosmetics connoisseurs. Already available at Love Lula, Therapi Honey Skincare established itself, in a relatively short time, as a luxurious and quality natural organic cosmetic brand, that is surely destined to take a permanent place among natural organic cosmetics clientele.

Therapi Honey Skincare is a Soil Association certified organic cosmetic brand, available in three lines: balancing Orange Blossom line for normal skin, nourishing Rose Otto line for dry skin and purifying Lemon Myrtle line for combination/oily skin. As the name suggests, the main cosmetic ingredient in Therapi Honey Skincare products is – honey. With many other extracts, essential oils, vegetable oils, aloe vera and hydrolates, the Therapi Honey Skincare creates an excellent combination of nature-given ingredients, and the three lines can be mixed regardless of the type of the skin: Rose Otto Toner can be used for any skin type, just as gentle Orange Blossom Cleanser can be as well, for example.

Therapi Honey Skincare 1

Therapi Honey Skincare: moisturizers, cleansers, toners

Therapi Honey Skincare won “Best New Skincare Launch in 2014″ in the Beauty Shortlist Awards, gold in the Green Parent Magazine Beauty Awards for their Rose Otto Propolis + Ultra Radiance Cream in category for Best Night Moisturizer, and has Orange Blossom Honey Moisturizer and Orange Blossom Honey Gel Cleanser shortlisted for the Soil Association Organic Beauty Awards for 2014.

Times, when natural organic cosmetics came in rather unappealing packages, are slowly but sure over. Therapi Honey Skincare products come in a luxurious white glass containers, which give a vintage feel of an apothecary: minimalist, yet appealing and important as far as keeping the natural ingredients in tact (sans moisturizer – but more on this in our detailed reviews); the ever present homage to bees is not missing either.

Therapi Honey Skincare sent Nature of Europe some of the products for us to test and review, and you should expect the reviews (and be careful not to miss the giveaways, too) in the up coming days and weeks.

Tanya Hawkes, an energetic and lovely founder of Therapi Honey Skincare brand, never shy of pristine approach with her customers and green beauty bloggers alike (who, quite often, are one is the same, actually), was gracious enough to take the time out of her busy schedule and do an interview with Nature of Europe. We kindly invite you behind the scenes of Therapi Honey Skincare.

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Nature of Europe: As a beekeeper with 25 years experience, your first passage into incorporating nature’s’ liquid gold’ – honey – was with your brand Apples & Pears. The next step in your journey of offering honey-based skincare products was – Therapi Honey Skincare. Please, tell us a bit more about this journey of yours.

Therapi: Apples & Pears was born out of my love for bees and honey. Therapi was born out of my love for pure organic skincare. The catalyst in developing a honey-based skincare range was my own increasing struggle with hyper-sensitive skin. Having spent years sourcing amazing organic oils, botanical extracts and butters to use in our original lip balm line, it was only a matter of time before we developed a skin-food range using the amazing properties of honey and propolis.

Nature of Europe: Bees are natural-born and perfected-through-time chemists.

Therapi: Bees have co-evolved with flowering plants for over 100 million years and have become sophisticated organic chemists; synthesizing and perfecting botanical ingredients into ever more complex and extraordinary compounds. Ancient cultures have traditionally used and prized these precious substances as medicines and super-foods. Western medicine now routinely uses honey dressings for many complicated slow to heal wounds.

Nature of Europe: What are the honey benefits for skin? How does propolis fit into skincare formulations?

Therapi: Honey acts as a natural humectant in skincare, it attracts and retains moisture to keep skin soft and hydrated. The vitamins, minerals and enzymes it contains provide essential nourishment and improve cell production. It also acts as an antibacterial agent that works well for purifying blemish-prone skin, as well as reducing redness and inflammation. Propolis is a powerful antioxidant and has been shown to promote collagen production and improve skin tone and elasticity. We use this in our Propolis+ Ultra Radiance Cream.

Nature of Europe: Therapi Honey Skincare offers three lines of skincare products: Balancing Orange Blossom line for normal skin, nourishing Rose Otto line for dry skin and Lemon Myrtle for combination/oily skin. What was the process of choosing these three essential oils to combine them as most compatible with honey?

Therapi Honey Skincare Ranges

Therapi Honey Skincare: Rose Otto Line, Orange Blossom Line, Lemon Myrtle Line

Therapi: When formulating new products we strive to bring together the very best natural and organic ingredients through a process of natural synergy. We take our inspiration from traditional wisdom as well as from the latest innovations in green chemistry. Rose Otto, Orange Blossom and Lemon Myrtle were carefully chosen for their natural affinity with the three main skin types. I also happen to love them all!

Nature of Europe:  Where do you source the cosmetic ingredients from and what is the process of creating Therapi Honey Skincare products?

Therapi: I love natural ingredients – especially honey, beeswax & propolis. In the winter when the beekeeping season is over, I’m most happy locked in the lab mixing and blending different combinations of wonderful smells, colours and textures. I’m also constantly on the look out for amazing plant-derived raw materials and we go to incredible lengths to source the very best we can find from specialist producers. We also work with a very talented cosmetic chemist who is equally as passionate about natural and organic skincare as we are.

Nature of Europe: What is your favorite product from Therapi Honey Skincare? While I tested only Rose Otto Toner from the Rose Otto line (and it’s no secret I absolutely adore roses, especially as a cosmetic ingredient), I have to say I absolutely love this toner!

Therapi: I have three favourite products! However, there is one product in the range that was specifically formulated for me and has really made a huge difference to my skin. My skin is naturally dry and doesn’t seem to retain moisture well. I wanted a super rich and nourishing night moisturiser with honey, rosehip oil and shea butter in the formulation. I also wanted to use propolis because it is particularly good for mature skin. I find it really does work small miracles!

Nature of Europe: The importance of honey as an all-round medicine has been known for thousands of years. By creating Therapi Honey Skincare, you also bring forth much needed attention to the utmost importance the bees represent for our planet, our very survival.

Therapi Honey Skincare Bees

Therapi donates at least 5% of its profits to bee conservation projects.

Therapi: Bees are highly sensitive environmental barometers, they are the proverbial ‘canary –in-the–coalmine’. Their modus operandi is one of symbiosis with nature and mutual collaboration. Their co-dependence with flowering plants makes them very susceptible to change. Agri-chemicals, pollutants, climate change and even beekeeping are all major stressors. Therapi aims to champion bees and promote biodiversity – the natural capital on which all life depends.

Nature of Europe:  The reception of Therapi Honey Skincare has been, rightfully so, amazing. Not to be impatient, but I have to ask: what are the plans for Therapi Honey Skincare brand? Products range expansion?

Therapi: Therapi has had an amazing first year – we have received several awards and have had some fantastic coverage in the press. We’re constantly talking to our customers and our stockists and hopefully next year we will be adding three new products to the range – all honey based but it’s top secret so that’s all for now!

Nature of Europe:  Thank you, Tanya, for chatting with Nature of Europe! Wishing you much success with your Therapi Honey Skincare brand!


For more information on Therapi Honey Skincare brand and where to buy it, visit our Therapi Honey Skincare dedicated page. For more information on cosmetic ingredients, visit our cosmetic ingredients glossary.

Therapi Honey Skincare Orange Blossom Honey Gel Cleanser Review
Therapi Orange Blossom Honey Gel Cleanser Review
Therapi Orange Blossom Honey Gel Cleanser Giveaway
Therapi Lemon Myrtle Honey Moisturiser Review
Therapi Lemon Myrtle Honey Moisturiser Giveaway
Therapi Rose Otto Facial Toner Review
Therapi Rose Otto Facial Toner Giveaway

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