January traditionally heralded the season for holiday promotions, and how I yearn for an exotic getaway currently. However, with Covid-19 lingering, such dreams may have to wait, leading me to seek adventures in skincare with Tropic Skincare instead.
Truth be told, Tropic was off my radar until a conversation with Michelle Buchan about skin care during perimenopause and menopause piqued my interest. Serving as an independent ambassador for Tropic Skincare, Michelle’s passion for the brand and her radiant appearance piqued my curiosity, prompting her to share some product samples with me.
I’ve been candid about my views on menopause skincare in the past, yet I recognize the importance of pampering our skin during these changing times. I’m as eager as anyone for that miraculous glow-up.
Could Tropic Skincare be the source of that desired radiance?
What is Tropic Skincare?
Tropic Skincare stands out as a celebrated beauty brand, offering a comprehensive collection of products that span across makeup, skincare, body care, hair care, and even items for babies.
Ideal for the January spirit, the brand prides itself on being entirely vegan and cruelty-free, incorporating natural ingredients from across the globe. It steers clear of harmful substances like paraffin, petrolatum, petrochemicals, parabens, and other synthetic additives – it’s baffling to think why these would ever be included in skincare products in the first place. Who would want ingredients reminiscent of a petrol station slathered on their skin?
The components used in their products are ethically obtained from various parts of the world, including the lush Amazon rainforest, the exotic islands of Polynesia, and the wild landscapes of Australia. These ingredients are then carefully crafted into Tropic Skincare’s offerings at their workshop in Surrey.
What’s even more commendable is that every purchase contributes to United World Schools’ mission to bring education to children in some of the most impoverished areas globally.
What Did I Review?
Michelle sent me the Skin Discovery Kit – Nourish, a limited-edition set featuring:
- Smoothing Cleanser complexion purifier – which comes with a bamboo face cloth. This oil-based, creamy formula features jojoba oil, green tea extract and aloe vera juice and has won several awards. It comes in two versions: scented and (you guessed it!) unscented;
- Skin Dream age-defying firming cream concentrate – another award-winning product with plant-ceramide complexes to keep moisture in and free radicals out, a bio-retinol derived from the blackjack flower and bakuchiol, and murumuru butter to give your skin those vital fatty acids;
- Elixir age-defying omega oil – with omega-rich ingredients – rosehip, moringa, jojoba, plum kernel and kiwi seed oils – to nourish and hydrate and vitamin E to stimulate collagen. And yup, it’s another award-winner…
- and Rainforest Dew hydration serum – more awards here for this serum, which contains hyaluronic acid and matcha tea extract to counter any redness.
The blurb promises: “Akin to the most nourishing snacks you’d take on a journey to keep you going strong, the minis in this skincare gift set have been carefully selected to keep skin hydrated, strong and ready to face all of life’s adventures.”
Instructions say to cleanse, then it’s serum, moisturiser and finally the Elixir.
What did I think of Tropic Skincare?
I’ll start by addressing the products that didn’t quite hit the mark for me, specifically the cleanser and the Rainforest Dew hydration serum.
Here’s a confession that might just banish me from every beauty-related Facebook group out there: cream cleansers and I do not get along. Despite never having a good experience with the Liz Earle variant, this one proved no different. While it’s a decent product that doesn’t leave your skin feeling parched or tight, my preference leans towards foamier options, likely a result of those Camay soap commercials from my childhood.
The issue with the Rainforest Dew hydration serum wasn’t that I disliked it. Following the instructions, I found myself needing at least six drops for it to spread over my skin adequately, often even more, which seemed to benefit my hands more than my face. It’s a peculiar habit of mine with oils, and I’m open to advice on what I might be doing wrong.
The Elixir was a different story entirely – it was love at first application. Unlike other oils, it effortlessly swept across my face, leaving it feeling nourished and silky smooth. It was as if my skin had taken a long, refreshing sip of water. Plus, its subtle and lovely fragrance was a bonus. I incorporated it into both my daytime and nighttime routines, applying makeup over it with ease, and dare I say, my skin even had a glow. It’s clear why it’s a top-seller.
Moving on to the Skin Dream moisturiser, I found myself initially captivated by its scent, reminiscent of Gü Free From Chocolate & Vanilla Cheesecake – absolutely divine. Its comforting aroma was so soothing, it even seemed to improve my sleep.
The cream itself strikes a perfect balance, being luxurious without the heaviness often found in night creams. It’s gentle and light yet remarkably effective at hydrating and nourishing the skin. I’ve found it hard to find another nighttime moisturiser that compares.
But perhaps the most convincing endorsement for Tropic Skincare doesn’t come from me. On Instagram, I posted a photo discussing my battle with frontal fibrosing alopecia after using Tropic products for a few weeks. Among the comments, one from Midlife_Misadventures_50 stood out: “Before I read the detail I thought you were showing us a new skin product – your skin looks beautiful.”
What more is there to say?