Coconut Vanilla Flapjack Recipe

October 11, 2020 0 Comments

Is there anything more comforting than a gloriously gooey flapjack? Well, this little number has been given an all-year-round flair, as it brings the flavours of a tropical summer to a classic winter warming treat.

We’ve teamed up with plant-based food blogger, Amy Lanza (@nourishing.amy), to share our recipe for this coconutty concoction, inspired by the scents of summer and familiar favourites found in our relaxing Tahitian Vanilla and Coconut luxury bath foam

Taste testing your baking skills with these flapjacks while winding down in the bath is also strongly advised. 

Read on to find out how to make your very own at home.

Coconut Vanilla Flapjack Recipe

Makes: 8

Time: 35 minutes plus cooling

Ingredients you’ll need:

100g vegan butter or margarine

50g coconut sugar

3 tbsp maple syrup

1 tsp vanilla

160g oats

50g desiccated coconut

A pinch of salt

40g chocolate

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Planet Diaries – BUYING BUTTER BETTER: ONE SHEA AT A TIME

October 10, 2020 0 Comments

Shea butter is oiling up its own chain of supply and fortifying the fields in which it grew, anointing the planet and its people with a more cohesive, conscious future. But, how does using shea mean showing up for women and wildlife in Western Africa?

WHO IS SHEA?

From caressing the complexions of ancient Egyptian royalty to cushioning the pockets of some of the poorest African communities, shea butter has been bettering lives for thousands of years. It has the same chemical makeup as sebum, thus effortlessly mimicking the body’s own natural hair and skin lubricant, while also stimulating the production of collagen and elastin in our cells. While improving skin health may seem – on the surface – why we love shea here at Tropic, the merits of shea tree harvesting take root right at the heart of our ethical epidermis.

The Shea Belt stretches from the far reaches Read the rest

UPCYCLING SUGGESTIONS FOR YOUR LITTLE JOY JARS

October 9, 2020 0 Comments

It’s the little things that make a big difference when we commit to making the world a better place. That’s why we’ve got a few ideas about how you can keep loving your little Joy Jars when their Tropic treasures inside are no more…

  • Make a mini terrarium.

  • Fill with shiny shells.

  • Fill with bath salts and essential oils for a luxurious, languid moment in the tub.

  • Grow your own gratitude jar – write down things you are thankful for and pull them out when in need of comfort.

  • Store some beads to make jewellery for friends and family.

  • Keep dried herbs and spices in cute labelled tubs.

  • Store loose earrings or buttons or hair pins.

  • Make your own jam.

  • Store your seeds for the garden, or even better, pot a few in here and see how they grow!

  • Use to shake and serve salad dressings.

  • Light a candle inside.

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Teach The Unreached

October 8, 2020 0 Comments

The value of education weighs heavy in many of our pockets, but going to school means more than just punctuation and equations – it’s the formula for the freedom to choose.

What did school mean to you? The feeling of your friends rallying around you with reassuring touches and warm, gleeful grins when you said something funny? The golden hue of relief and pride when you’d score a goal, or manage a nifty catch on the playground? One person giggling at the teacher in class, and the whole room erupting with the unstoppable, blissful roar of a gaggle of giddy children? Wet play and hop scotch and fizzy drinks at school discos? Questionable rice pudding on plastic trays? The “we’ll never live this down” array of costumes in school performances, or playing the recorder (really badly) in your bedroom? 

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Raspberry and Almond Cake Recipe

October 7, 2020 0 Comments

Ketchup and chips, gravy and mash, hummus and crisps… there really have been some iconic (and quite frankly irresistible) culinary couplings throughout the years. After trying this cake, however, you’ll never forget to invite your new favourite pair – raspberry and almond – to a dinner party again. Set to impress guests, sweet toothed-partners and hungry children alike, this is one for the repertoire that won’t go unnoticed.

We’ve teamed up with plant-based food blogger, Amy Lanza, to share our recipe for the tantalising treat that is her Raspberry and Almond Cake, inspired by the notoriously sumptuous ingredients in our iconic Skin Feast and Smoothing Cleanser

Read on to find out how to make your very own at home.

Raspberry and Almond Cake Recipe

Makes: 20cm round cake (serves 10-12)
Time: 50 minutes plus cooling

 

Ingredients you’ll need:

230g plain flour

80g ground almonds

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