Just a quick reminder about where Tropic originated from…
Founder of the company Susan Ma appeared on ‘The Apprentice’ in 2010, she didn’t win but after the show she sent Lord Sugar’s wife a package of products, Mrs Sugar loved them and convinced her husband to invest in her cruelty free, organic and vegan cosmetic company. The rest is history and to this day it’s still the only business he’s invested in that hasn’t actually won the competition! Mrs Sugar must be a force to be reckoned with!!
Tropic Skincare is a cosmetics company that produces it’s products from entirely natural products and 100% pure plant extracts, meaning no nasty parabens or synthetics.
Now whilst I fully support all cruetly free and vegan cosmetic companies, I will sit on the fence with a brand until I’ve tried it for myself. Sadly so few companies meet the standards of premium high street brands but charge premium prices. It can make it very hard for a make-up artist like myself to make the switch from brands I know and trust – despite their less environmentally friendly attributes.
When I was approached by Rebecca Bowden from the company about trying out some of the products I of course said yes. I am pleased to say I can offer entirely cruelty free make-overs at the moment but my product range is a little limited so I’m always looking to add to my collection.
Rebecca sent me a lipstick, 4 eyeshadows, a lip balm, body wash and this face smooth. Of course couldn’t wait to try it all. Reviews of all the other products to follow but for now I want to tell you about my favourite first… Face Smooth brightening polish has made such a huge difference to the look and feel of my skin I will never turn back! In fact I’m wanting to bulk buy it for christmas presents, I know all the ladies in my life will love it just as much. When you open the pot, the smell is divine, quite a strong citrus scent, really uplifting for the morning. It’s yellow in colour and a scrub like texture.
How do you use it?
You use the face smooth 2 – 3 times a week. I use it before I wash my face. I use it in the shower in the mornings as that’s the most convenient time for me. I use about a teaspoons worth on my face and that seems about right. It’s a heavy scrub and as you rub it on it really feels like it’s doing something, unlike many I’ve tried. Initially it feels a little too rough but you soon love that about it. Rub your face in circular motions paying close attention to any dry patches as the natural oils will help to rejuvenate those areas. Then once you’re done simply wash off, it does seem to just melt away but it can leave a quite oily greasy residue which I personally prefer to use another light face wash to help remove, but only use a very small amount of wash as you don’t want to undo all the good work the polish has done. You’re then left with the smoothest feeling skin, it’s just lush!
I’ve felt that since using this scrub my skin has been miles better, the redness reduced and pores are far smaller. I wear a lot less make-up too, which is a big deal when make-up is your profession. I’ve just felt that I haven’t need to!
What’s in it?
Acai Berry – Rich in omega oils, minerals and Vitamins E, C and A, this super-berry works to visibly boost skin radiance.
Organic Rice flour – Traditionally used in the Far East to treat blemishes, wrinkles and pigmentation, Rice Flour has soothing and calming properties for the skin. Also helps to reduce skin redness and pore size.
Sugar Cane – Rich in natural alpha hydroxy acids that gently exfoliate and rejuvenate the skin. Promotes a brighter complexion.
Sweet Almond – Packed with powerful monounsaturated acids that promote skin elasticity. An excellent emolient that dramatically softens and soothes the skin without clogging pores.
Vitamin E – A powerful antioxidant that helps to protect skin cell membrane from free radicals and oxidation. Essential in maintaining youthful, nourished and healthy skin.
Chamomile – Contains skin healing and anti-inflammatory properties as well as reducing skin puffiness. Effective for use on sensitive skin.
Golden Jojoba – the most similar in composition to the skin’s own oils, this luxuriously soft, liquid wax cleans clogged pores and restores skin’s natural pH balance.
Sweet orange – A sweet, fresh and tangy smell that calms the mind, bringing happiness and delight. Also acts as an antiseptic.
Lemon – A refreshingly bright and uplifting scent to invigorate the senses.
Where can I get it?
It’s £15 to buy direct from their website or from Rebecca directly via her site www.tropicskincare.co.uk/shop/rebeccabowden she would be very happy to help you with your purchase! She’ll certainly be hearing from me very soon!
Have you tried out any Tropic products? I’d love to hear from you.
Thanks for reading