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Tropic skin care range seminar at the Mount Murray Golf Club given by founder of firm Susan Ma, centre, red dress, a former candidate on the BBC's Apprentice show

Tropic skin care range seminar at the Mount Murray Golf Club given by founder of firm Susan Ma, centre, red dress, a former candidate on the BBC's Apprentice show

  • by Jackie Turley
 

A former contestant on The Apprentice has visited the island to promote her skin care products and encourage women to join the growing team selling them here.

Susan Ma was a runner-up in series seven of the BBC show, but despite that went into business with Lord Sugar after his wife gave the thumbs up to her Tropic skin care range.

It has been on sale in the island since April with Claire Hewitson leading a team of ambassadors offering pamper experiences so people can try out the items before buying them.

Susan gave a presentation about her business at the Mount Murray Golf Club, in Santon, on Sunday, saying that women of all backgrounds could become an ambassador and earn some extra money.

And from it, five people have joined Claire’s team.

Claire said: ‘It was a really interesting afternoon. It was so informative.’

She described Susan as being ‘such a nice person’ as well as a perfectionist.

Susan started cooking up products in her kitchen. Her aim was – and still is – to produce products that are 100 per cent plant derived, and both effective and affordable.

At the age of 15, she was selling them at Greenwich market – with the money she made paying for her to go to university and even pay off her parents’ mortgage.

The three principles at the heart of the business are pure, honest and effective.

She started by developing a skin care range and has also developed make-up.

Each product goes through a lengthy development process which involves collaboration with cosmetic chemists as well as a great deal of reading and researching ingredients. It takes at least 200 attempts to get the final result.

Unsurprisingly, Claire, who has worked in direct sales for nine years, said that she loved the products.

She discovered Tropic thanks to a friend’s recommendation: ‘She told me about it and I went on the website to have a look.

‘I joined the first day I could because of what I read. It really inspired me.’

And she said that interest in them has quickly grown: ‘I managed to get three pamper experiences booked in before the kit had even arrived.

‘That’s how much I was enthused by it all.’

Tropic is also on sale at the artisan market in Douglas market hall, in North Quay, on Fridays and Saturdays.

Anyone interested in hosting a pamper experience should call Claire on 458702.

 

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