To say I was a little bit nervous, as I headed towards London’s South Place Hotel in the fading twilight on the last Tuesday of March, would be quite the understatement. I was hugely flattered to be on my way to Tropic Skin Care’s SS17 event, and excited to meet members of their lovely team. At the same time, though, I was harbouring an ever-growing sense of fear about going, the usual catastrophes that maraud future social engagements already reaching fever pitch in my anxious mind.
Needless to say, it was more than OK in the end. I was immediately put at ease by the friendly welcome of the team and the fact that there was plenty to keep my fidgeting fingers busy, from sipping a tropical cocktail to documenting everything on Instagram Stories. The products from Tropic’s Spring/Summer collection were scattered about a long, marble-topped (of course!) table, along with intriguing beakers of oils and measuring jars filled with sugars and seeds that I was sure would be used as ingredients of some sort later on in the evening.
Tropic Skin Care founder, Susie Ma, walked us through the business’ journey with palpable passion – from its humble beginnings as homemade concoctions sold at a local market, to the investment and expansion which has made it the success that it is today. It was a truly riveting talk, which only made me love the brand more.
Next, it was time to don our aprons and get our hands dirty. Pausing every now and again to scoff the absolutely delicious vegan canapés going round, we got to work making our own DIY body scrubs. While I’ve dabbled in making fresh face masks in the past, I hadn’t yet given body products a go. Now, I’m not sure I’d bother buying any again (perhaps with the exception of Tropic Skin Care’s Body Smooth, of course). With just a few ingredients, you can make an exfoliating, nourishing scrub, as gentle or course as you’d like it to be.
The first step was for us to choose our exfoliants. For mine, I went with a mix of brown sugar and ground bamboo, sifting the two together until they were well combined. The next step was to add a base oil, to hold everything together and add moisture to the scrub. For this, I opted for avocado oil – known for its skin healing properties – with an additional dash of coconut oil, adding the oils slowly until I reached my desired consistency.
At this point, the scrub is ready to use, and I’ll definitely be making a recipe of this type again. Tropic were good enough to provide us with some extra treats in the form of Vitamin E and a range of active oils to choose from. As I’d never heard of it before, I went for Kahai oil as my active oil. Kahai oil is rich in vitamins, having a nourishing and revitalising effect on the skin. Lastly, from the gorgeous scents we had to choose from, I went with Tropic’s refreshing signature scent.
The brown sugar in the scrub is tough on dead skin, while the oils help to heal and leave moisture wherever it’s applied. I’ve been generously applying my scrub on legs, feet, arms and chest with gentle, circular motions, before washing it away in the bath. There’s something very rewarding about knowing I made it myself – my very own creation, unique and luxurious.
Tropic Skin Care sent us away with a gorgeous tote bag weighed down with new products from their Spring/Summer range to try, and I couldn’t be more excited. I’m finally getting a chance to try out their famed ABC routine; having previously tried their Skin Revive Nourishing Cream Concentrate, I now have the cleanser and toner to precede it. They were also kind enough to gift us some products from their sun protection range, which I’m sure will come in useful rather soon!
Thank you so much to Tropic for hosting us at their (and my) very first bloggers’ event. You can check out their newly launched products here.