I went into science because, from a little girl I was excited about putting things together and coming out with something new to try. When I was a teenager I started making up my own potions at home and they were used by family and friends.
It was during my first trip to Africa in 2008, that I was inspired to create Thea.
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 it, but I loved it and discovered what I really wanted to do... run my own business, doing something I loved.
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….At that moment Thea 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, Thea Skincare was born.
My name is Althea, so when I found out what it meant, I said yes, this is what I will name my brand. I shortened it to Thea, as it's easier to remember and has the same meaning as my own name.
The name Thea is 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). Thea is named after the Greek Goddess of natural beauty.