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Tropic International Inc.  (TRPO)
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Our home mist tanning system delivers a full-body application in 12 seconds resulting in a tan that develops gradually over a period of five to eight hours and lasts from between five and eight days. The packages we market contain everything an individual needs to complete 10 full-body tans in the comfort of their own home.

Our tanning system was designed for home use to provide users with a salon quality tan. It consists of an application unit, a tanning kit and a pre-tan kit. The tanning kit includes our proprietary tanning solution, which is a clear fluid with a slight yellow tinge that contains a blend of DHA or dihydroxyacetone (a chemical approved by the Food and Drug Administration (the “FDA”) for use in the cosmetics industry), skin moisturizers and conditioners. DHA is a color additive that darkens the skin by reacting with amino acids in the skin’s surface. To be clear, however, the FDA’s approval of DHA is restricted to external applications only; the agency advises against inhaling, ingesting or applying DHA to the lips and eye areas; and the use of DHA in tanning booths, including misting devices, as an all-over spray has not been approved by the FDA since safety data to support its use has not been submitted to the agency for review and evaluation.

Our proprietary tanning solution is packaged into specially designed cosmetic bladders and housed in aerosol cans, which allows users to dispense it directly with no cross-contamination of propellant or any other material. In addition to six 2.6oz cans of the solution, the tanning kit contains a spray applicator and one touch-up can, while the pre-tan kit contains exfoliating wipes or gloves (selected by the user at the time of purchase), plastic head and foot covers and plastic protective gloves.

Our system may affect persons of different sizes in different manners since the amount of tanning solution dispensed from each of the unique, non-clogging mist nozzles on the unit cannot be user-adjusted. The nozzles are manufactured using a plastic injection molding process in order to ensure that they all perform in an identical fashion and are designed to emit a consistent amount of solution. As a result, during each tanning cycle the nozzles dispense a total of approximately 1.6oz of tanning solution from the cosmetic bladders. Due to this consistency, the recommend minimum and maximum user heights for our units are 4’5” and 6”, respectively. We have not made any provisions to accommodate users who fall outside of this height range, since we believe that such persons only represent an extremely small proportion of our potential customer base.

Our application unit has been engineered to apply our tanning solution evenly through unique, non-clogging mist nozzles and deliver a sufficient amount of the solution in 12 seconds to provide full body coverage. Over-spray is minimal or nonexistent, and the cordless design of the unit allows it to be used in multiple locations and deliver multiple applications on a single lithium ion battery charge. Each unit contains an internal counter that indicates when there is only enough tanning solution remaining to complete two tans, and consists of a simple design that allows for the easy removal and replacement of the solution.

Constructed of lightweight durable plastic in a neutral tone, the application units are visually appealing, compact in size and come fully assembled, requiring only a primary battery charge of approximately four hours to begin the tanning process. The units also include a unique adjustable hanger bracket that permits simple height adjustments and both visual cues and audible electronic tones that provide important information to users as follows:

when the start/stop button on the unit is pushed, the light-emitting diode (LED) on the unit flashes the color blue for 10 seconds;

if no further action is taken by a user during the 10-second period, the unit automatically powers down; however, if the user again pushes the start/stop button, the unit emits an audible beep signalling that the tanning spray will be activated in six seconds;

at the end of the six seconds, the unit emits an “up-tone” sound and begins to mist;

during the 12 second tanning cycle, the unit emits an audible beep every three seconds in order to orient the user and suggest that they rotate 90 degrees in each three-second period (for a total of 360 degrees in 12 seconds);

following the fourth audible beep, the unit emits a “down-tone” to signal the conclusion of the tanning cycle; and

finally, when the reset button is pushed, the unit emits an audible beep to signal that the unit’s tan count has been reset to 10 tans.

The lithium ion battery included with each application unit can be fully recharged in approximately eight hours once fully depleted through a conventional North American wall socket. The batteries are provided to us by an electronics supplier based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, who acquires them from a manufacturer in China. We do not have an agreement in place with the supplier regarding the purchase and sale of specified quantities of batteries; instead, we purchase them on an as-needed basis using conventional means.

Our application unit has been certified by QPS Evaluation Services, Inc. (“QPS”), a nationally and internationally accredited third-party testing, certification and field evaluation body, under certificate number LR1209. This certification provides an increased assurance of quality and safety to consumers by demonstrating that the unit has been tested to and meets the requirements of applicable Canadian and Unites States standards, since QPS’s labels and marks are accepted as equals to those of the Canadian Standards Association and Underwriters Laboratories.

Because we are committed to supplying products of superior quality and design, we provide a limited one year warranty on our application units. If a unit stops operating due to defects in materials or workmanship during this time, we will either repair or replace it for free.

In addition to the application units, we also sell tanning solution kit refills that take less than five minutes to replace. Each tanning solution kit refill contains six 2.6oz cans, which is a sufficient amount of our proprietary solution to provide 10 full-body tans. To the best of our knowledge, empty cans of our tanning solution can be recycled in the same manner as conventional aerosol cans in all jurisdictions that offer recycling alternatives to conventional waste collection.

We currently sell our home mist tanning system for the base price of $300 and our tanning solution kit refills for $100, each plus applicable shipping and handling. The complete system also includes an operating manual, instructional DVD and simple power adapter.
   

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