5 November 2011

REVIEW: Betty Hula


Before you all get very excited and think I have jetted off to Hawaii (really could do with some sunshine though), today's blog post is going to be about the natural skincare range 'Betty Hula'.
Lately on twitter, I have seen a lot of bloggers tweeting, discussing 'Betty Hula'. Now of course, curiosity got the better of me, and I begun researching. Betty Hula are a UK company who produce home made products, using the finest of ingredients and techniques. This stylish, modern range is filled with exotic, delicious Hawaiian scents, pampering the senses whilst unwinding. The range is perfect for all skin types, and its recipes ideal for dry, damage and sensitive skin. Betty Hula pride themselves in using natural ingredients, their main 3 being:
  • She Butter
  • Aloe Vera
  • Cocoa Butter
Taking into consideration the properties of the ingredients, and their benefits, Betty Hula products are designed not just to moisturise the skin, but also target wrinkles, fine lines, relieving and soothing eczema, dry/tough skin and stretch marks

Betty Hula saw my interest and kindly offered me the chance of sampling some of their products. The products I received are:

  • Shea Butter Moisturising Cream Champagne and Spice
  • Shea Butter Moisturising Cream Rum and Blackcurrant
  • The Secret Anti Ageing Oil

Shea Butter Moisturising Cream 
'Champagne and Spice' and 'Rum and Blackcurrant'

From my research of Betty Hula, and their products, I built up a scent in my mind of what these products would smell like, and I was right; fruity, sweet, rich and warming. 

  • Champagne and Spice - I found this cream to smell very warming, it reminded me of my mum's Christmas candles, which are always a glorious smell during the festive season. The smell of the cream I also found very strong, lasting allday which I thought is quite nice, although if worn during the summer months, may attract bees/wasps, due to the sweetness?  
    • Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Cetearyl Alcohol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Gel, Glycerin, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Polysorbate 60, Parfum, Tocopheryl Acetate, Phenoxyethanol, Benzoic Acid, Hexyl Cinnamal, Dehydroacetic Acid, Coumarin, Benzyl Salicylate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Citronellol, Polyaminopropyl Biguanide, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Amyl Cinnamal, Linalool, Limonene, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Hydroxycitronellal, Geraniol, Citral.
  • Rum and Blackcurrant - This cream is very fruity; sweet, tropical and delicious! I found this cream instantly reminding me of a soda I use to drink as a child, and I use to love it. Although, again like Champagne and Spice, due to the sweetness of the cream, during the summer months may attract unwanted buzzing friends? 
    • Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Cetearyl Alcohol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Gel, Glycerin, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Polysorbate 60, Tocopherol, Parfum, Phenoxyethanol, Benzoic Acid, Benzyl Salicylate, Dehydroacetic Acid, Citronellol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Polyaminopropyl Biguanide, Eugenol, Limonene, Amyl Cinnamal, Hexyl Cinnamal, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Hydroxycitronellal, Geraniol, Citral, Coumarin.
The consistency of both creams I found to be very thick (which is what I like in a moisturising cream). I also found the cream to work exceptionally well into the skin, and leave no oily, greasy residue.

Cost: Both of these creams come in at a whopping £14.99 for 120ml (on the Betty Hula website), £12.99 in Sainsbury's (currently on offer at £6.49 until 8/11/11). I personally think these creams are a little on the expensive side for what they are, and I think you can perhaps find alternative creams on the high street that do a similar job for a lot less, only difference being, it wouldn't be natural skincare!

The Secret Anti Ageing Oil

This product has been widely discussed amongst the press, and has been nominated for a  Sainsbury's Beauty Award. The product has been specifically created in a bid to to help repair damaged and tired skin cells, combate dryness and reduce wrinkles. Although I would love to review this sample, I would not be able to provide an honest and genuine response, as I am only in my mid 20s, and I don't feel the need to use anti ageing products to reduce the appearance in wrinkles. I have therefore have given this product to my mum, who has agreed to trial and review it for me. (Stay tuned for an update soon)
    • Ingredients: Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Cannabis Sativa (Hemp) Seed Oil, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Boswelia Carterii (Frankincense) Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Cymbopogon Martini (Palmarosa) Oil, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Andansonia Digitata (Baobab) Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Buxus Chinensis (Jojoba) Oil, Parfum, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Citronellol, Hydroxycitronellal, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Benzyl Salicylate, Cinnamyl Alcohol.

Cost: This oil comes in at £15.99 for 50ml (on the Betty Hula website), £12.99 in Sainsbury's (although currently on offer at £6.49).

Overall Thoughts

Betty Hula pride themselves in providing natural skincare products for all skin types. All the ingredients used are natural, soothing and caring towards the skin. However the biggest disadvantage, and drawback to this product is the pricetag, which is a shame as the range is really nice. Would I purchase (at full price)? Unfortunately no, however at the Sainsbury's half price cost, probably!

If you are interested in purchasing Betty Hula products, then check out the following:
  • Betty Hula
  • Sainsburys - (products currently half price until 08/11/2011)
  • Feel Unique
  • Chemist Direct

PS: Although these are PR samples, as always my review is 110% honest, genuine and true


  1. oo sounds lovely! So need to try and find these near me! :)

    Lucy xx

  2. Serenity of Beauty5 November 2011 21:49

    @LucyLou - Not going to lie, I had to drive to a neighbouring town to actually find these products. My mum wants them, so purchased both of them for her.