Skincare for me, has been a long process of trying products (many products), both good and bad, until I find something that suits my dry skin and keeps the breakouts at bay, as much as possible. Because of this, I often will find the products that do me well and stick to them. Well, my steadfast skin routine has been turned upside down, after I was invited to a Tropic party!
I had heard of Tropic Skincare from a couple of friends, but as I was happy with the routine I was using, I didn’t feel the need to investigate more. But, when I was invited to an evening with a few friends, to go through products and have a bit of a pamper(!), I was intrigued and of course wanted to go and see what the fuss was about.
I came away from the evening excited, hopeful…and with a little dent from my bank account (my account is used to that by now!). So, I have two products to share with you, but before I do this, I really want to tell you a little more about the brand.
You may have already heard of Tropic, as Susie, the owner of the company, appeared on The Apprentice (BBC) back in 2011. She was one of the final four contestants and although she did not win the show, Lord Alan Sugar saw potential and went in to partnership to create Tropic Skincare.
Our lovely ‘Ambassador’ Rachel, who ran the party, explained that Tropic products are completely cruelty free, vegan and free from harmful chemicals. This is particularly important for me as I am in the process of moving all my beauty products to cruelty free, but Rachel also went on to say how the company are eco-aware – less packaging and again, no harmful chemicals that could damage the environment.
‘ALL OUR PRODUCTS ARE FREE FROM:
• parabens • SLS/ALS (sodium/ammonium lauryl sulphate) • unsustainable palm oils • formaldehydes • phthalates • alcohol
• MI (methylisothiazolinone) • petrochemicals • mineral oils • gluten • lanolin • triclosan • beeswax/honey • harsh preservatives • toxic chemicals • microbeads’
So, let me show you what I purchased!
The one product I was hoping to find while attending this party, was a new exfoliant. I had bought a sample size of the Dermalogica Microfoliant to prepare my skin for the wedding, but since then the product has become clumpy from sitting in our bathroom, where the moisture has got in. Exfoliation is an important part of my skincare routine, because of my dry skin, but I often have to quickly moisturise after!
First of all, this product smells INCREDIBLE. It reminds me of a citrus sweet, like a starburst! It really does smell good enough to eat. It does in fact contain orange, lemon and lime essential oils, as well as various other oils and moisturising elements, which means that the skin does not feel dry or tight after use. The oils leave the skin feeling soft and silky, something I’ve not experienced with any other exfoliant!
It is also worth mentioning at this point, that Tropic have full ingredient lists in plain English, so you don’t have to interpret the labels! The product is stored in a sealed bottle, so my previous problem of ‘clumping’ isn’t an issue.
The recommendation is to use the Face Smooth 1-3 times a week; I have used this for 2 weeks now and love the results, plus this hasn’t caused any breakouts!
This second product I just had to have, because it came along at the perfect time. Since the summer heatwave, I have been struggling with eczema on my arms, in particular along the elbow creases and wrists. I have always had eczema on my legs and my good old faithful E45 cream keeps that at bay, but this recent bought of eczema is rather unusual, as I haven’t had it in these areas since I was young, probably under 10 years old. To make matters worse, the sweat (gross, I know) in the crease of my elbows made it worse each day and night (I’m sure this was the cause in the first place) and no amount of my usual moisturising would help. I had no time to visit my doctor and I wasn’t a fan on using steroid creams when I was younger, but my friend who I attended the party with had told me about this particular balm. I then heard amazing things from various people at the party about it, and so when it was passed around for us all to sample, Rachel made sure I had enough to apply to the affected areas on my arm!
It felt instantly soothing and within 12 hours, the inflammation had reduced significantly.
I was amazed. Luckily, I had added a mini balm to my order at the party, so when the following week, my arms became increasingly sore and itchy, I was rest assured that once my order arrived, I would have instant relief.
And boy, was I relieved! I knew I had to share my results, so I documented my use of this balm.
I didn’t consistently use the balm every day, as I haven’t been at home much and of course, I left it at home! So I haven’t taken many photos, but as you can see, it provided almost complete relief overnight.
Of course, I cannot say for certain if it would work for everyone, but it certainly worked for me. The Tamanu Balm claims to be the ‘all-in one-skin saviour’ that can remedy dry and damaged skin, from scars and burns to even my eczema! It contains Tamanu oil ‘a remedy trusted for centuries in the Polynesian islands to stimulate skin renewal‘ (Tropic, 2018), as well as cocoa and monoi butters to help hydrate and sooth.
I will say though, the scent might not be for everyone! All the products I sampled at the party smelt amazing, but this one… not so much! It’s quite a unique herbal scent, but it dissipates quite quickly and to be honest, it works so well for me, I do not care!
I even applied this to a cat scratch I had obtained from work (they get so itchy!), it really helped to reduce the itchiness and inflammation. I love a good multi-purpose product!
So, have you ever heard or tried Tropic Skincare? What products have you tried? I was so blown away by the samples and the products I purchased, I have a desperate need to expand my small collection!
Disclaimer – these opinions are my own and based on my own experiences, if you have a skin complaint, please make sure you visit your doctor and patch test products before use.