As I mentioned in my previous post, How to Groom Your Dog from Home – Pamper and Bond with Your Dog, my favorite shampoo is from the Spa by Tropiclean line. I decided to do this review to talk more about it and the other products from that line because I love them so much and I’m sure you will too. There are several reasons why I love these products but one that really stands out is that the shampoo is the best smelling shampoo for dogs that I’ve ever come across in my 10+ years of buying dog shampoos. So without further ado, let’s get to it!
My Introduction to Tropiclean Spa
I actually stumbled across this line of grooming products a few years ago when I kept noticing dog groomers advertising blueberry facials. I thought it sounded frivolous but fun and couldn’t help but look it up since I had already stopped taking my dogs to groomers at that point. As I’ve already mentioned and will probably keep telling you, I’m obsessed with Amazon.com. So I hopped on the Amazon.com app and searched for blueberry facials for dogs and Tropiclean’s Spa Lavish Tear Stain Facial Cleanser popped up.
It had a lot of reviews and most of them were favorable so I had to check it out.
Now, before I go any further I want to give you a quick backstory. We added Ivy, my white powderpuff girl, to our family and though the pictures from her breeder didn’t show tear stains, we had a problem with them almost right away – even when she was just a tiny 10 week old puppy.
My vet checked her eyes to make sure she didn’t have any eyelashes that curled back into her eyes which would irritate them and cause the tear stains but none of them did. With no medical explanation for why she was getting tear stains, I turned to the internet. I tried different foods thinking it was a food allergy, bottled and purified water in case it was something in our well water, and various wipes and cleaners that were supposed to remove them.
The only thing that has ever worked to stop Ivy’s tear stains was when we tried Angel’s Eyes. The problem with that, is it’s actually an antibiotic and your dog can’t stay on them. Just like people can’t take antibiotics all the time, dogs can’t either.
In the end, what works for us is to keep the area under her eyes trimmed and to keep the area clean. To this day, I never figured out why she gets tear stains or how to stop them and I’ve tried a lot of products that claim to do just that.
Okay, back to my review. When I saw this facial cleanser for dogs, a light bulb went off. A product made to cut through the gross gunk that gets on my dog’s face that is safe for her to use and is also tearless – that was something I had to try. I’m a big reader of reviews, especially when it comes to new products I’m interested in buying for my dogs. After reading through probably close to all of the reviews, I knew I wanted to try Tropiclean’s Spa Lavish Tear Stain Facial Cleanser.
While reading through all those reviews, several people mentioned using other products from the same line. Since I needed new shampoo and conditioner for my monsters anyway, I figured why not try them too. I picked the Fresh Shampoo because the reviews kept saying how good it smelled and the Nourish Conditioner because that was the only choice for conditioners.
The day I got my Amazon.com order was a spa day at our house and I was definitely not disappointed by any of the products I tried from the Spa by Tropiclean line.
Tropiclean Spa Fresh Pet Shampoo
The first product I want to talk about is my absolute favorite from this line, the Fresh Pet Shampoo. My favorite thing about this shampoo is the smell – it smells like Bath and Body Works Warm Vanilla Sugar. Not only does it smell good while you’re bathing your pet, but the scent lasts at least a week which is the longest a shampoo scent has ever stuck around in my experience.
The scent is a little deceiving since the bottle says it’s oatmeal and cucumber, but if you take a look at the ingredients it makes sense. The top 3 ingredients are: water, cucumber, and vanilla. Since cucumbers don’t have a very heavy scent, it makes sense that the vanilla scent sticks out really well.
Speaking of ingredients, that’s another really awesome thing about this line of grooming products (the whole brand really). Tropiclean uses natural ingredients to not only clean, but also moisturize your pet’s fur. Plus, their formulas are soap free, which means they don’t use harsh chemicals that dry out your dog’s skin and fur.
Check out the ingredients and see what I mean:
Water (Aqua), Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber), Vanilla Planifolia (Vanilla), Vitamin E, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Mild Coconut Cleanser, Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Avena Sativa (Oatmeal), Actinidia Chinesis (Kiwi), Camellia Sinensis (White Tea), Zingiber Officinale (Ginger).
This shampoo is gentle on my dog’s fur and skin and smells phenomenal which makes it a big win in my book. I just finished our current bottle when I took the pictures for my previous post, How to Groom Your Dog from Home – Pamper and Bond with Your Dog, and I will definitely be ordering more. That’s the real test for me, I’m always game to try new products but I only re-order the ones I really like.
Tropiclean Spa Tear Stain Facial Cleanser
Tropiclean Spa’s Tear Stain Facial Cleanser was the first product I found from this line and it was this product that led me to try the shampoo and conditioner as well. While this product never worked as a tear stain remover for my dog Ivy, it does work really well as a facial cleanser to remove the gross gunk that accumulates from her tear stains.
So will it get rid of the rusty red stains left on your dog’s fur from tear stains, probably not. In my experience it didn’t, but it does work really well as a facial cleanser which is why when the bottle runs out I will buy another one.
Just like with the Fresh Shampoo, Tropiclean uses natural ingredients to formulate this facial cleanser which makes it nourishing and gentle for your dog’s face. Even though this facial cleanser is supposed to smell like blueberries, to me it smells just like the Fresh Shampoo. That’s completely OK in my book since I’m in love with that scent. Again, it’s probably due to the ingredients since vanilla is the 3rd ingredient like with the shampoo.
Check out the ingredients:
Water (Aqua), Mild Coconut Cleanser, Vanilla Planifolia (Vanilla), Vaccinium Cyanococcus (Blueberry), Actinidia Chinesis (Kiwi), Vitamin E, Avena Sativa (Oatmeal), Camellia Sinensis (White Tea), Zingiber Officinale (Ginger).
In conclusion: this didn’t remove my dog’s tear stains (at this point I don’t actually expect anything to since I’ve yet to find that Holy Grail), but it does effectively cleanse my dog’s face without irritating her eyes which is why I’d still definitely recommend it to others.
Tropiclean Spa Nourish Pet Conditioner
Most dogs don’t need a conditioner, especially when you use a shampoo that’s as moisturizing and gentle as the shampoos from Tropiclean’s Spa line. My powderpuff has thick, long hair that has a tendency to tangle and mat, so she does need a conditioner as well. There are several other breeds like yorkies and poodles that would benefit as well.
Until I tried Spa Nourish Pet Conditioner, I hadn’t found anything special as far as conditioners go. They all seemed to add a little moisture and slip to Ivy’s fur but nothing stood out. Like with the shampoo and facial cleanser I’ve already talked about, I really like the ingredients in this conditioner and I really think that’s what sets it apart from the competition.
Take a look at the ingredients:
Water (Aqua), Cetyl Alcohol, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Plumeria (Frangipani), Stearyl Alcohol, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger), Vitamin E, Avena Sativa (Oatmeal), Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber), Vanilla Planifolia (Vanilla)
Tropiclean’s Spa Nourish is a pet conditioner that I wouldn’t mind using on my own hair. The ingredients are natural and seem to actually improve the condition of my dog’s fur, not just sit on top of it. Unfortunately, the plumeria in this conditioner cancels out the scent from the shampoo. It still smells really good and lasts just as long. For any dog that has long, tangle-prone fur, I definitely recommend this conditioner.
Several Choices to Pick From
Tropiclean Spa has a bunch of formulas and scents to pick from if the vanilla scent of their Fresh Shampoo isn’t for you. The also have:
Renew Shampoo – has a fruity floral scent
Comfort – has lavender for aromatherapy calming effects
Pure – tearless and hypoallergenic for pets prone to allergies and sensitive skin
White Coat – cleans white coats to keep them bright and shiny without depositing color or using harsh cleansers or bleach
For Him – smells like men’s cologne, the guy shampoo for dogs
Along with the assorted shampoos, you can also get the matching dog colognes for these scents:
I didn’t realize you could get these or I would have bought the Fresh cologne to match my favorite shampoo a long time ago. Now that I know, I will definitely be purchasing it as well.
The last product in Tropiclean Spa’s line is Spa Paw and Pad Treatment. It’s supposed to soothe and treat dry, damaged, and cracked paws. I think this product would be great for dogs who are active outdoors all year. In the winter their paws take a beating from the snow, ice, and salt on the ground and in the other months from walking on sharp rocks and rough terrain. My dogs are not the outdoorsy type, but when I get a border collie (sometime in the future) I will probably try this product since she will be going on lots of adventures outside.
Something I found impressive when I was researching this company, is that they always used natural ingredients in their grooming products, even before everyone else was. They say they were green before it was a thing on their website. That really resonates with me because it shows that they cared about what went into their shampoos the whole time, not just when other companies started doing it.
If you’re interested in learning more, check out this video about the company:
My other favorite thing about this company is they actively give back to the community and to pets in need. They help various organizations including Gifts of Love and Landon’s Helping Paws.
They also started a program in 2017 Called First Impressions where they donate grooming products to shelters. This is a big deal because good smelling, clean dogs are easier to adopt than stinky, dirty dogs. Lots of people think to donate things like food and blankets to shelters but they overlook the grooming products which are important too.
Tropiclean is a great company that actually cares about the products they make and how they impact your dog’s health and well-being. I’ve also used and am a huge fan of their dental products and I’m very interested in their natural flea preventatives as well. We didn’t actually get fleas or ticks last summer since we’ve moved to a more urban area than we lived in before but if we get them this year, I will definitely try them out.
As you can tell by now, I’m a huge fan of Tropiclean’s Spa line and of their products in general. Have you tried any of their shampoos? Which is your favorite?