Tropic Skincare - First Impressions

Saturday, 12 September 2015
When you tell your IRL friends about your blog they either really get it, or they really don't. But let me tell you a story about one of my friends. I've known my friend Sarah for a few years but we got really friendly in our second last year of high school and have been best pals ever since. And I get on really well with her family too. A few months ago Sarah was telling me about how one of her mum's friends had become a skincare rep for a brand called Tropic who sell cruelty free skincare and make up. I had a look and whilst everything looked nice it was the middle of the semester and my budget was a bit tight. So can you imagine my surprise when I met up with Sarah recently and she handed me a bag full of Tropic skincare and said 'me and my mum both agreed you had to try these'. They'd contacted the brand rep and got me some samples for my blog! And Sarah's mum had also included some of her old products as well for me to try. How lovely! I was so blown away and almost cried!

Tropic's products are cruelty free and leaping bunny certified. Leaping bunny was a big help when I first made the switch to cruelty free living as it was a symbol that I knew I could trust. The products are also all vegan and made using natural ingredients. So they're basically perfect for me. They started off with skincare but now sell a range of products including make up. Luckily I got to try out quite a few products. Here are my first impressions of some of the products:

Smoothing Cleanser - I am really impressed with this cleanser. It's really lightweight and a tiny little bit of it is enough. I use two pumps and rub it into dry skin before buffing off with the cloth that comes with it. I love how the cloth also matched the colour of the bottles! So far I've really enjoyed using it and it makes my face feel really clean without drying it out too much. 

Skin Revive Nourishing Cream - All of these products seem to have the same scent and it's a really nice, kind of a herbal scent. It makes me think of natural ingredient and when it comes to skincare I like to be as natural as I can be. This is basically a moisturiser and I quite like it. It's quite light so maybe if you have really dry skin it wouldn't be the best but I have normal to oily skin so this is perfect for me.

Vitamin Toner Refreshing Spritz - I love toners. This one is no different. I spray a wee bit on some cotton pads(reusable ones available on my Etsy here) and wipe my face with it between cleansing and moisturising. This just helps to tighten your pores and keep your skin clearer. Some people argue this is pointless but I've personally found it makes a big difference. 

Eye Refresh Herbal Roll On - I love these things. I wear glasses and use screens a lot, both at my actual job and when writing my blog, so my eyes will often feel quite tired. As this is really small and light it's perfect for keeping in my bag and using to refresh a bit during the day. It has a really fresh smell as well as all the other products.

Eye Revive Firming Cream Concentrate - To be honest I never really use eye creams just because I don't really feel like I need one at my age! Ask me if I'm still saying that in a few years, scary how old I'm getting! I've used this a few times and it seems good but to be honest I don't feel like I can be an effective judge of that!

Exfoliating Cleansing Block - This is a great product. I love body scrubs as I have quite dry skin on my body so I'm always on the look out for ones to try. I love Lush's Buffy which before this was the only solid body exfoliator I'd seen. This has a similar scent to all of the products on the range which is very clean and fresh. The block is quite gritty which gives for a good scrub. I've been keeping it in the soap rack in my shower and it seems to be drying out quite well so not much of it is going to waste. I'm really impressed with this product and I think for £5 I would definitely be buying another one.

So far I'm really impressed with the quality of these products and how much Tropic skincare seem to care about their products. I am definitely going to try more from the brand, I've already been eyeing up their lipsticks!

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