I was recently given the opportunity to test out three products from the Tropic Skincare range. Including the Organic Hot Bamboo Smoothing Cleanser, the Vitamin Toner Spritz and the Eye Refresh Herbal Roll-On.
I was introduced to this brand by fellow blogger Sarah (who writes Sugarpuffish). For those not already familiar with the brand, Tropic was launched in 2007 by Susan Ma, creating skincare products derived from 100% plant extracts. In 2011 Susan appeared on hit TV show The Apprentice. Susan may not have won the show, but Tropic was enough to impress Lord Alan Sugar enough to invest and become a 50/50 business partner.
First up, the Smoothing Cleanser with an Organic Bamboo Cloth. Which contains Golden Jojaba, Avocado, Green Tea, Eucalyptus and Camomile. It also contains Lemongrass which is the strongest scent to me. It comes in an airtight pump dispenser. I've been using between 3-4 pumps, massaged on to dry skin, before added a few drops of water to loosen it, then using the Organic Bamboo Cloth to remove the cleanser and buff the skin.
The cleanser melts away all the dirt, makeup and grime from the day and it smells absolutely wonderful. The thing that makes this slightly superior to other hot cloth cleansers I've used though has got to be the cloth! From the name 'Bamboo cloth', I expected it to be quite abrasive but it's so wonderfully soft, yet manages to exfoliate well. I found it much more effective than muslin cloth. Plus, because it's thicker than muslin, it holds the heat that little bit longer, giving the skin an extra streaming. After use the skin feels clean, smooth and soft. Definitely a repurchase product.
The Smoothing Cleanser retails at £15 for 120ml and includes one Organic Bamboo Cloth.
The Vitamin Toner Spritz is Aloe Vera, Rose Water and Orange Blossom based. It also contains Vitamin C and extracts of Cucumber, Pomegranate, Cranberry and White Tea. It smells fantastic and is really soothing on the skin, particularly after shaving.
They recommend spritzing on to cotton wool pads and sweeping over the face & neck. Personally I like spritzing into my hands and patting it on to the skin. Not only making the product more economical but for guys in particular, it means no nasty bits of cotton wool stuck to your face! Another repurchase product!
The Vitamin Toner Spritz retails at £12 for 120ml.
The Eye Refresh Herbal Roll-On is designed to de-crinkle, de-puff and de-shadow. It contains Ginseng, Eyebright, Arnica and Cucumber. It's a handy roller ball pen, which feels lovely and cool, especially first thing in the morning. I've been using this in addition to my current eye cream. I'd say for people in their 20's, then this would be enough on it's own. 30+ then use it in addition. Particularly good as a midday freshen up, if like me, you work on computers all day and get dry, tired eyes!
The Eye Refresh Herbal Roll-On retails at £15 for a 15ml roller ball.
What's unique about Tropic Skincare, which I love, is the way they print both the regular INCI ingredients listing but also a much more easier to read, plain English version. Which is great for those who can't read Latin i.e. most people!
I've been using the products for the last 4 weeks and well, after using them, I can see why Lord Alan invested! Whether he uses them personally or just has a nose for great products, I'm not sure. Although I must admit, I do like the idea of his Lordship cleansing, while enjoying the aromas of Green Tea and Lemongrass, before polishing it off with the hot bamboo cloth. Maybe following up with a spritz or two of the toner?
All these products and other from the range are available from tropicskincare.com