Welcome to 2010 we heart this readers! We’re back and ready to go with all sorts of ideas to make this year our best yet. We’re kicking things off with our latest Green Monday installment and today we have a review of one of the yummiest, spa specialty lines out there, Deserving Thyme.
Living in Palm Springs gives Stef access to all sorts of luscious speciality and spa brands. Her most exciting find was this naturally fabulous, eco-conscious line of bath and body treats. Seriously, their Brown Sugar Scrub is to die for. And as a lip balm junkie, that has tested hundreds of brands, the Deserving Thyme Lip Care Balm with SPF 15 makes my Top Three Favorite Balms Ever List without a doubt. Here’s wht member Lesley to give you the low down on Deserving Thyme and their Mega Moisturizing Hand & Body Lotion. ~Tyna
At this cooler time of year (yes, even in LA!), just when we need to take extra care of ourselves, it can be hard to find the time to maintain our regular grooming routines. What with partying and shopping (not to mention working and going to the gym), it’s difficult to keep up, and before you know it, it’s all gone to hell in a handbasket and you’re dealing with cracked heels, chapped lips and crepey thighs.
So the Mega Moisturizing Hand & Body Lotion ($22), part of the Canadian company’s aromatherapy line, couldn’t have arrived at a more opportune moment. My parched skin was crying out for some TLC. There are two versions of this lotion: the Lemon, Lavender and Rosemary, and the Orange, Tangerine & Mandarin, which is the one I tested.
I’d never tried this brand before, but I’m a sucker for anything with the word “natural” in the blurb. According to the press release, Deserving Thyme, which also makes soaps, candles, linen sprays and more, “reflects a healthy attitude towards body care… [and] strives to produce products that offer real benefits and continually researches the newest botanicals and natural ingredients to ensure a responsive and responsible product line.”
The Mega Moisturizing Hand & Body Lotion, like all Deserving Thyme items, is made with pure essential oils, plant extracts and antioxidant-rich vitamins. All oils are 100% aromatherapy grade Essential Oils and therefor are potently scented, as well as highly reparative and extremely nourishing for the skin.
You will also find Deserving Thyme uses plenty of Vitamins A and E which helps to protect skin cells and collagen. As expected from a green line, Deserving Thyme products contain no common allergens, comedogenic (pore clogging) materials or synthetic colors. And of course, their products are not tested on animals.
The pump-top bottle itself is nothing special, and the labeling is pretty straightforward, so it’s safe to say that most of the money has gone into the product rather than the packaging. And, as endearing as fancy fonts and pretty bows are, I’d say that’s a good thing.
The lotion has a nice consistency: It’s very fluid, and sinks in easily. Nonetheless, it packs a moisturizing punch, thanks to the addition of shea butter, not to mention meadowfoam, sweet almond, green tea and cucumber. (Should I be eating this rather than slapping it on my body?)
And, boy, the scent! Believe me, you will smell citrusy (tangerine, in particular, lingers a while). If you like the whiff, then great, this really will make you stand out from the crowd. If not, you’re out of luck. Personally, I like the fragrance, although I think it’s more suited to the summertime. If you’re in need of a mid-winter pick-me-up, this is your scent!
Testers: Did the Mega Moisturizing Hand & Body Lotion leave you mega happy and super smooth? Readers: have you indulged in the Deserving Thyme line while enjoying a trip to the spa?
Lesley’s clever words can also be seen on LA Weekly’s food blog Squid Ink.
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