It was during my first trip to Africa in 2009. I spent several weeks in a remote village on Lake Malawi. I lived with the villagers in a mud hut without any electricity, running water or sanitation as we know i and I loved it.
One day, I sat by the lake just watching the local villagers. I suddenly noticed that they were using fine grains of sand, that lined the shore of the lake, to rub all over their bodies to exfoliate and condition their skin.They then took natural rocks and stones to remove the hard skin from their feet and bathed in the lake… then I realised what I really wanted to do with my life.
At that moment Althea's Skincare was conceived. So, on my return to the UK, I set about this long arduous journey to formulate a collection of high quality natural and organic skincare products and in late 2011,Althea's Skincare was born.
Having a Masters in science and working for blue chip companies like Avon and Courtaulds, in product development and cosmetic formulations, has been a great asset and gave me the core skills that I needed to put my collections together. I've acheived this using the best natural and organic ingredients,mainly from Africa and Asia.
Since I was little girl, I loved science and Mr P my chemistry teacher, whom I have remained in close contact with for over 40 years, is one of my greatest mentors. My name is Althea, so when I found out what it meant, I said yes, this is what I will name my brand.
The name Althea's of Greek origin. Thea (also written Theia), is the Greek goddess of light. She is the daughter of Ouranos (heaven) and Gaia (earth), the wife of Hyperion (Titan god of light), and mother of Helios (the sun), Eos (the dawn), and Selene (the moon). Althea is named after the Greek Goddess of natural beauty.