In February 2020, researchers discovered that one of the reasons that whales migrate over such a huge distance is that it’s part of their skincare regime. Yep, you read that correctly.

For decades, researchers believed that cold water whales migrated once a year to tropical waters to give birth to their young, but a 15-year study in the Marine Mammal Science journal disproves this. The study found that whales actually travelled thousands of miles to warmer climes where they could bathe in water that was better at exfoliating their skin. That’s real #selfcare .

So in the spirit of our smooth-skinned, mammalian brothers & sisters, we’re looking into five of our ingredients that we think are worth travelling for.

Cupuaçu butter

Origin: Amazon Forest

The cupuaçu (pronounced coo-poo-assoo) is a tropical tree native to Amazon rainforest. It is related to the cacao tree and similar in some ways to cocoa butter, therefore it is sometimes used to make white chocolate. The trees can grow to heights of 20 metres, producing large and heavy oval fruits. These contain sweet and sour edible pulp and rows of nutritious seeds. Cupuaçu butter is obtained by cold-pressing these seeds.

Cupuaçu butter is a soft and nourishing emollient, which easily absorbs water. It stabilises emulsions, protects and moisturises skin and hair. Thanks to all these properties and its low melting point, it is often use as a vegan alternative to animal derived lanolin.

Cupuaçu butter consists of various beneficial fatty acids, including Oleic acid, also called omega 9, which possesses interesting skin-conditioning properties. Also the combination of palmitic and stearic acids, both present in cupuaçu butter is a naturally occurring plant alternative to synthesised commercially available stearic acid, which is a waxy emulsifier in cosmetics.

The plant polyphenols in cupuaçu butter act as antioxidants, which help destroy the atoms, or groups of atoms commonly referred to as free radicals that occur as a result of normal human metabolism and exposure to sunlight, pollution and cigarette smoke. Free radicals are highly reactive and can start a damaging chain reaction in our cells, the results of which have been linked with ageing and various cancers.

Cupuaçu butter can be found in these Tropic Skincare products:

Murumuru butter

Origin: Brazil

Murumuru butter is the white to yellowish fat obtained from the seeds of the murumuru palm tree. It's loaded with vitamins and has a high content of deeply moisturising oleic acid. The oil from the seeds is traditionally used to soften and protect hair. The murumuru palm trees grow in Brazil and around the Amazon and are a dominant tree in this region. It has a thick trunk and a shuttlecock-shaped bushy crown.

Highly moisturising, murumuru butter has a film-forming structure that's naturally glossy. These properties mean that it'll lock in moisture and help keep skin and hair protected.

The nutritious, edible fruits are an important local food source and materials made from the tree, fruit and seed kernels are commercially significant to the region. Hammocks are made from the tree's fibres.

Murumuru butter is one of the main ingredients in these Tropic Skincare products:

Tamanu oil

Origin: Polynesia

Tamanu oil is a treatment long used in Polynesia and Southeast Asia for the improvement of hair and skin. The oil—which is sometimes also called Laurelwood—is sometimes used on the face or elsewhere on the body for conditions such as acne, psoriasis, and scarring.

Researchers have also found that tamanu oil contains calophyllolide (a substance known to possess anti-inflammatory properties) and delta-tocotrienol (a form of vitamin E), as well as a number of antioxidants.

Tamanu oil is extracted from laurelwood nuts that come from a large tropical tree called Calophyllum inophyllum. Other parts of the tree (such as the leaves, root bark, and twigs) are also sometimes used as medicine. Tamanu oil has properties that help moisturize your skin. Because it is rich in fatty acids, the oil locks moisture in by acting as a barrier. Read more about the health benefits of tamanu oil here.

Tamanu oil is one of the main ingredients in these Tropic Skincare products:

Green coffee beans

Origin: Polynesia

Not to be mistaken for the coffee you drink, Green Coffee Extract is one of the most potent forms of natural antioxidants which fight against free radicals and is prized for its host of skincare benefits. The ‘Super Ingredient’ is extracted from green, unroasted, cold-pressed coffee beans and is rich in natural plant-based chlorogenic acid, ferulic acid and caffeine.

The chlorogenic acid, ferulic acid and caffeine increases blood flow, allow skin to reduce free radical damage, heal rough tissue and promote rapid cell regeneration.

Green coffee beans are rich in Chlorogenic Acid (reduces redness associated with excessive sunlight exposure), Ferulic Acid (provides antioxidants and sun protective benefits) and

Caffeine (limits photo-damage, decrease skin roughness and wrinkle formulation). Each of these antioxidants helps to stimulate a tired, dull complexion, tighten and tone the skin, and boost the skin’s youthful radiance.

As well as being rich in antioxidants, Green Coffee Extract is also rich in fatty acids and esters such as Arahidic Acid, Linoleic Acid and Oleic Acid which help to moisturise and hydrate the skin.

Green coffee beans extract is one of the main ingredients in these Tropic Skincare products:


Origin: India

Mango (Mangifera indica) is a large evergreen tree. The young trees produce a dense canopy of red-brown leaves; when the trees mature, the leaves become dark green. It bears small, fragrant flowers and a succulent fruit. The mango is a vital food source for millions of people in the tropics.

Mangoes are an excellent source of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants - calcium, potassium, vitamin A, E and C and several B vitamins. In fact, it's one of the most nutritious foods in the world.

Mango fruit is an excellent source of Vitamin-Aand flavonoids likeβ-carotene, α-carotene,and β-cryptoxanthin. 100 g of fresh fruit provides 180 IU (54 μg) or 6% of recommended daily levels of vitamin-A. Together; these compounds have been known to have antioxidant properties and are essential for vision. Vitamin-A is also required for maintaining healthy mucosa and skin.

Mango extract is one of the main ingredients in these Tropic Skincare products:

Açaí berry

Origin: South America Rainforest

Açaí (ah-sigh-EE) berries are a grape-like fruit native to the rainforests of South America. They are harvested from Açaí palm trees.

The Açaí berry is an aid in preventing early signs of aging. It helps with skin regeneration and, in a report from the National Institutes for Health (NIH), water extracts from the Açaí berry were evaluated in its positive effect on wound healing.

Look for skin care products that include acai oil. It is a natural alternative to chemical-based products and you’ll be feeding your skin with nutrients galore. As we age, our skin moisture decreases and wrinkles can look deeper. Oil plumps the skin and passes through the lipid layer, improving the absorption of other ingredients.

Besides being so rich in antioxidants, acai oil contains fatty acids that help the skin look tight. In topical formulations, nutrients like fatty acids protect the skin from environmental aggressors and reduce the appearance of aging. This super-fruit is also abundant in vitamins and minerals.

Açaí berry oil is one of the main ingredients in these Tropic Skincare products:


Origin: Mexico

Guava fruit is rich in vitamin C and antioxidants. The fruit enzymes found in Guava can assist in the removal of dead skin cells leaving the skin looking fresh and brightened.  

The common guava has four times the amount of vitamin C as an orange and is also rich in folic acid, giving its enzymic benefits.

Native to Mexico, Central America and South America, Psidium guajava is a small tree in the Myrtle family. Guavas are cultivated in many tropical and subtropical countries, with various species grown for commercial use. The fruits can be a variety of colours such as yellow, maroon or green and have a pronounced and typical fragrance, similar to lemon rind but less sharp.

Guava extract is one of the main ingredients in these Tropic Skincare products:


Origin: Central America

More than just a delicious fruit, papaya is a source of nutrients with a number of health benefits. The many benefits of papaya can be attributed to the high content of vitamins A, B, and C.

Papaya fruit proteolytic enzymes, such as papain and chymopapain also have anti-aging, antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties.

Papayas have gained popularity as a natural home treatment, and for their use in skin and hair products. Papaya is rich in antioxidants, such as lycopene, that may defend against the visible signs of aging. The enzymes papain and chymopapain in papaya can decrease inflammation. The protein-dissolving papain can be found in many exfoliating products. These products help reduce acne by removing dead skin cells that can clog pores.

Papaya enzymes is one of the main ingredients in these Tropic Skincare products:

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