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We are delighted to announce that one of our much loved brands here at Boyfriend, Tropic Skincare have officially become the first brand in Europe to receive a Protect Land + Sea Certification for their dedication to planet-preserving ingredients with their latest Sun Care range.

The certification, awarded by Haereticus Environmental Laboratory (HEL), means that the range does not contain any scientifically established* harmful environmental pollutants. (*Although some chemical components commonly used in sunscreen were found in the waters surrounding coral reefs in Hawaii, Australia and the Virgin Islands, more tests are still being carried out to establish the exact effect of those compounds on coral reefs. The original tests carried out were in laboratory and not entirely reflective of real life conditions, as the concentrations used to carry out the tests were much higher than those found in nature. The biggest causes for coral bleaching are still global warming which causes water temperature rise – a shift as low as 1C or 2F can have a massive effect -, desalination due to melting ice caps and increase in rainfall, overfishing and pollution. This does not detract from trying to find more sustainable and eco-friendly solutions for highly effective sun protection). This seal of approval supports Tropic’s Infinite Purpose, to help create a healthier, greener, more empowered world, highlighting their continuous commitment to building more sustainable relationships with our ecosystems.

Tropic’s ethos focuses on a shared commitment to protect ecosystems, which is why they wanted to produce a sun care range that empowers people to make more environmentally-conscious choices and gain a certification their customers can trust.

Protect Land + Sea (PL+S) Certified Products are independently tested by HEL to ensure they don’t contain anything on the HEL list of pollutants. PL+S Product Certifications also only last for two years, as new science and synthetic chemicals are always being generated. This regular re-evaluation of Tropic’s ingredients means that products are constantly being reviewed, and customers know they can trust the PL+S logo to represent recent environmental standards.

Thousands of people ask me what products I recommend that are safe for the environment,” explains noted forensic eco-toxicologist, Dr. Craig Downs. “Reading the ingredient labels can be intimidating, with chemicals that have strange industry names and multiple titles. The PL+S certification makes it easier for Tropic customers to quickly identify that their products do not contain chemicals that can be serious ecological pollutants.” 

For the new cutting-edge hybrid range of sunscreens, broad-spectrum sun protection is provided by reef-safe chemical filters, which in Great Barrier and Sun Stick have been combined with mineral protection from zinc oxide and titanium dioxide to establish a hybrid of mineral (inorganic) and chemical (organic) barriers. Each product in this cruelty-free, marine-friendly range comprises a lightweight, transparent and hydrating formula which has been designed to be worn all year round. 

Dr. Downs has stated that “the individual consumer can be a powerful activist and advocate for ecological conservation. Your purchase and use of an ecologically-responsible product can make a real difference!” These game-changing new products go above and beyond sun protection with an abundance of natural skincare benefits in each new addition. Found in each hybrid product is green algae extract, a powerful antioxidant against environmental stress. This high-performance ingredient not only protects the skin from heat, heavy metals, and free radicals but also offers defence against high energy visible light (HEV), including blue light. Coconut and banana flower extracts also serve to soothe and calm any areas of irritation. The Skin Shade products provide more lightweight coverage to create a transparent, water-proof and fantastically dewy sheen. They’re packed full of antioxidant-rich, protective ingredients to keep skin shielded from free radicals and UV rays.

GREAT BARRIER Sun Lotion, available in SPF 15, 30 and 50, RRP £28.00 for 200ml or £18.00 for 100ml [SPF 50 only]

With Green Algae, Vitamin E and Coconut Extracts, this water-resistant sun lotion pairs mineral sun protection with reef-safe chemical filters, offering broad-spectrum protection against harsh UV rays. Vitamin E delivers anti-inflammatory benefits, which is ideal when skin is exposed to high temperatures in the summer months, while also repairing and rejuvenating skin and Coconut Extracts, leave skin conditioned and with a delicious fresh, summery scent. Trust me that even if you’re not a big coconut scent fan (like me) you’ll like this. It’s not strong but smells like absolute tropical heaven.

SUN DAY Facial UV Defence SPF 50, RRP £24.00 for 40ml or £10.00 for 15ml

Formulated with Banana Flower Extract, Hibiscus Extract and Hyaluronic Acid for a weightless, hydrated, transparent finish.

Developed to double up as a multi-tasking makeup primer, banana flower and hibiscus extracts offer next-level pollution protection and anti-inflammatory benefits while Hyaluronic Acid keeps skin hydrated even in the Summer heat. Great as an everyday, year round city block for all skin tones!

SUN STICK SPF 50+, RRP £20.00 for 17g

Key ingredients are Green Algae and Vitamin E to help defend against pollution and free radicals to keep skin in the best condition and Tamanu Oil that offers transformative skin regeneration properties, helping to reduce the effects of sunburn while it protects.

This pocket-sized sunscreen offers on-the-go protection for the skin’s most vulnerable areas; from the tops of your shoulders to your nose and toes, a quick swipe is all you need to ensure safety from UV rays thanks to the combination of high-performance chemical and mineral filters.

SKIN SHADE Tinted Facial Sun Cream SPF50, available in shades Light/Medium and Medium/Dark, RRP £24.00 for 40ml

Hero Ingredients are Passion Flower Oil Extract which is rich in Omega 6, to keep skin moisturised, Australian Aniseed Myrtle and Wild Hibiscus Flower Extract for antioxidant protection.

This lightly tinted, 100% mineral formulation is a must-have for anyone that simply can’t cope with organic sunscreens. Offering sheer, dewy coverage and broad spectrum protection, it’s packed full of antioxidant-rich, protective ingredients to keep your skin shielded from free radicals and UV rays. Unfortunately not a wide shade range, as it’s 100% mineral, so not ideal for darker skin tones.

SKIN SHADE Sun Cream, available in SPF 15, 30 and 50, RRP £28.00 for 200ml or £18.00 for 100ml [SPF 50 only]

Enriched with Exotic Kahai and Roucou oils, which are rich in omega fatty acids to help keep skin super-soft and nourished and Australian Kakadu and Illawarra Plum to soothe and calm sun stressed skin.

These 100% mineral SPFs will shield skin from harmful UV rays, which are packed full of nourishing oils and antioxidant-rich extracts for all-round protection.

{Return 5 empties of any sun care products in the range and receive a 15ml Sun Day for free! In 2019, Tropic sent 0 waste to landfill, and are helping customers live a lower impact lifestyle with a packaging returns initiative available for some products already. The game changing Colour Palette is completely refillable, minimising waste from your beauty routine; its innovative design has prevented over 3 tonnes of plastic entering landfill so far, compared to Tropic’s previous makeup collection. Tropic are striving towards their goal to offer refillable packaging across the skincare range by the end of 2020, having already released refill versions of their powerful range of serums and facial oils.

Tropic is a certified CarbonNeutral® company. From product deliveries, to powering HQ, and even the Tropic team’s commutes to work, all carbon emissions are accounted for and offset by double to go the extra mile. Through this initiative, Tropic have funded conservation work in the Amazon rainforest and helped to protect 65,000 hectares of forest from unsustainable palm oil conversion in Indonesia.}

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