It seems like forever since I changed up my cleanser, I’m trying so hard to go through them one at a time instead of having about 5 on the go at once…I’m doing well, I’ve only got two on the go right now! One of which is the Tropic Smoothing Cleanser which I received in my #NWMeet 2.0 goodie bag.
100% natural, made with green tea extract, golden jojoba, and eucalyptus leaf oils, vegan-friendly, cruelty-free and handmade fresh in good ol’ Great Britain, there’s a whole lotta good in this cleanser, but how effective is it?
The cleanser itself is really luxurious, thick and creamy, not exactly what you’d imagine an oily skinned girl like myself is looking for. However, I have found in the past that my skin has responded well to really rich cleansers, it keeps my face supple, and nourished, which actually stops the glands from producing excess oil. Go figure. And the Tropic cleanser is no exception. The cleanser comes in a very sleek and hotel-stylish pump action bottle that looks very fancy pants in my bathroom. It claims to melt away makeup and impurities to promote a clear, smooth and refreshed complexion.
As it’s super rich, I only use it once a day, of an evening. I figure that's when the most dirt, grease and grime has built up on my face (sexy!) so that’s when I’m in need of a thorough cleansing. Two pumps is enough to cleanse my face and neck. I apply to dry skin (still taking off my make-up with The Body Shops’ Camomile Makeup Remover beforehand), in circular motions which, after one long bloody day is so relaxing. The cleanser smells amazing, the eucalyptus scent is pretty strong so it’s really refreshing. Then, I take it all off with the Tropic bamboo cleansing cloth, soaked in warm water. The cloth, oh! The cloth! It’s like having your face stroked by a soft, warm, not-going-to-claw-your-eyes-out, kitty. Once the cleanser is removed I splash my face with fresh cold water, then pat dry.
My skin feels like it is physically breathing after using this cleanser, everything feels open in a good way and super clean. I did notice a couple of tiny spots appearing after the first couple of days, but within a week they had cleared up and none have appeared since. This cleanser is super rich and would be ideal for someone with really dry skin. A while back I had these weird dry patches cropping up on my t-zone and they’ve cleared right up since I started using this cleanser!
One thing I will say is that right now, with this really hot and humid weather we’re having, it’s too rich for me. The sun and heat is sending my skin into overdrive and all my usual products are too much for my skin to handle. My skin as become excessively oily which is a pain in the ass, and causing me to look as sweaty as I feel. Urgh. Come autumn/winter, this little baby will be perfect to keep my face frostbite free, but for the summer, it’s going to have to go on it’s own little holiday to the back of the drawer.
That being said, I’m not put off using it at all, I actually think it would work really well with my Clarisonic for a really deep cleanse. If you have normal to dry skin, this is certainly going to put some life back into those cheeks! I’ve been eyeballing the Tropic range, and have already added their clay mask, organic nail nectar, and their mineral foundation to my wish list!
How vegan-friendly, cruelty-free is your skincare routine?
Until next time,