I like to support new and small brands, which I admire in the competitive beauty marketplace. With this in mind, I had hoped that today's review, which is of Thea Organic Skincare Coconut & Jojoba Hand Crème, would be a rave but I'm afraid that I wasn't wowed.
For those unfamiliar with the brand, Thea Organic Skincare was launched in 2011. It was inspired by founder Althea's visit to Africa and it was this trip, combined with a science background and love of natural and organic ingredients that has led to an extensive product range today, with all products pH balanced, paraben and sulphate free and suitable for all skin types including sensitive.
My initial impression was that the packaging of Thea Organic Skincare Coconut & Jojoba Hand Crème isn't aesthetically pleasing and doesn't feel modern or luxurious. Having said this, I really liked the presentation- a hardy, rubberised bottle (which is a travel friendly 50ml) with a functional pump dispenser that releases just the right amount of product, avoiding wastage.
The name emphasizes the ingredients but if you're expecting a tropical coconut fragrance, you'll be left disappointed. There is no discernable scent.
I'd describe the texture, which is very lightweight, as akin to a lotion rather than a rich & conditioning cream. Again, the functionality of the pump dispenser lent itself well to the texture. Whilst I appreciated that it was easily absorbed & left no greasy residue, I didn't find it to be sufficiently nourishing. It adds a very light moisture to hands which would only suit those with no concerns over dryness.
Overall, at £12.95 for 50ml, I'm afraid that I wouldn't repurchase simply because there are more affordable hand creams which offer greater nourishing benefits.