“ Brand: St. Tropez / Type: Bronzer / Subcategory: Lotion / What it does: Bronzes, destresses, „
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ST TROPEZ AUTO BRONZANT LOTION
I use this product again and again as I think it gives a really natural dark tan, not the dreaded fake orange look! Colleagues and friends often ask if I have been away which I think is a great testimony to the natural look.
It is a dark tan so if you only like a faint tan then this is not the product for you. You do need to apply this lotion with a tanning mitt to avoid the giveaway stained palms! Because the lotion is a chocolate brown colour it is easy to see whether you have covered an area evenly, so it's straightforward to avoid streaks.
You definitely have to avoid any liquid for at least 4 hours as this will leave patches in your tan, which is definitely not a good look! The bottle has instructions on the back about how to achieve the best tan.
The downsides are the price which is quite steep and although not overly strong, it still does have that fake tan smell.
I do always recommend this product to friends; I wouldn't use it daily as it would be too expensive however, if you have nights out or special occasions planned then it is great to start prepping a few days beforehand.
When I first started using fake tan I always stuck to the one I knew and loved, (L'Oreal Sublime which I have previously reviewed) it was a reasonable price, worked well, and so why would I want to try a different one that costs almost twice as much?
Well my friend always pays around £20 - £30 for a bottle of bronzing lotion from the expensive brands, this St Tropez being one of them. She always looks much more bronzed than me but I prefer to go for a more subtle looking tan and do not want to look 'fake', tango'ed' or 'orange' as so many people put it! So when she told me to treat myself and try the St Tropez and it will still create a nice subtle looking tan as long as I just don't put as much on as she does or as often, I was still not interested and that was simply because of its price.
A 120ml bottle costs £20.43 from Boots, and a 240ml bottle costs £30.64. This to me is quite pricey as I am used to paying around £10 for a bottle of fake tan. However, around Christmas time Boots got St Tropez gift sets in and then I was tempted. One of the gift sets included the 120ml bronzing lotion, a 120ml moisturiser, a 120ml sized body polisher, gloves for when applying the bronzer and a nice cream shiny tray to keep them in, all for only £25. As the gift sets across Boots were in the promotion 3 for 2 and I was already getting some christmas presents in then I thought I may as well treat myself and bought myself one as it was a good offer.
I could not wait to try the bronzing lotion out so the next time I was having a night out I applied the body polisher whilst in the shower the day before, then applied the moisturiser when I got out. I waited a while for my skin to dry before then applying the bronzer incase it turned patchy on my skin from mixing in with the moisturiser.
It states on the bottle the golden rules for the perfect tan are to exfoliate with St. Tropez body polish before moisturing dry areas thoroughly with St. Tropez body moisturiser (elbows, knees, ankles and feet.) I moisturised everywhere however.
The bottle also states to shower off to reveal a perfect looking tan. I do not do this and just get dressed when it is dry and it seems to be ok. I then shower and just re-apply again the next day a few hours before i go out. I only ever really apply fake tan for a night out or something special as I cannot be bothered to keep applying this a few times a week as it states you should to maintain the tan. For those of you that do want a constant tan though then I would recommend applying this around three times a week.
I should note that when I wake up the next day I always look much more tanned than the night before, as it was still developing then. So do not expect an instant result and give it time to develop. (This is why I apply it the day before I am having a night out as well as on the day.)
Also, I would definitely recommend using the gloves you get with it. You do not get them with the bottle if you buy it separate, I got mine as part of the gift set, but you can buy the St. Tropez gloves separate from Boots for a few pounds. If not your hands will become stained and look much darker than the rest of your body. My gloves ripped very easily when applying the lotion so I now use a mitt instead which I prefer much more to the gloves.
I was a bit scared when applying it at first as the lotion was a very dark brown colour, not what i was used to compared to my usual fake tan, and it also seemed to dry on my skin very quickly, so I had to be quick when rubbing it in. At first I didn't think the lotion smelt that bad, as fake tans so often do because of the ingredients used in them. However, when it dried I could smell it slightly more on my skin, and my boyfriend can always tell when I have applied some as he said it smells quite strong! I must just get used to the smell after applying it so often!
I have just ran out of this bronzing lotion after getting it last November. I would have ran out of this much sooner though if I kept applying this a few times every week. Therefore if you apply fake tan regularly then be prepared to pay around £20 every month or two. I would pay £20 for a bottle of this again as I do like the results and it leaves me with a natural looking tan for a few days after applying, but only because I would not use it up quickly as I do not apply it that much. If I start using fake tan on a regular basis then I will go back to the L'Oreal one which I also love.
St Tropez is one of my all time favourite products as it allows me to achieve a natural looking tan without causing any harm to the skin. The St Tropez range is ideal for all skin types and allows you to develop and maintain a natural tan quickly and easily.
St Tropez is introduced to the consumer in three steps -
Step One - Exfoliation (Explained in one of my earlier reviews)
Step Two - Tanning
Step Three - Moisturising
Today I will try to explain Step Two - Tanning....
The St Tropez Auto Bronzant Lotion is by far the best tanning product I have used. The tan is achieved very easily and with such natural results (Not like the orange glow you get from other cheaper brands) although the Bronzant may seem rather expensive at first usually over £12.00 for a 120ml bottle it is definitely worth its weight in gold.
Before applying the product it is best to partake in Step One Exfoliation (please see my other review) by exfoliating the skin prior to tanning you skin is in much better condition and able to produce a better looking tan. The tanning product works by combing active ingredients which react with the bacteria and amino acids present on skin, due to the product being Aloe Vera based it is very soothing and also the green pigment present means no tangerine incidents. The product is also non greasy and dries fully within a few minutes I usually find by the time I have worked upwards and reached my face my lower body is dry. The product is treacle colour which allows you to see where you have applied; this means no scary white patches!
The best way to apply this product in my opinion is with the hands, I have tried the St Tropez Mitts (Basically a small mitt worn over the hand to rub in the product) however felt I couldn't work the product in to the skin as well. So using the pump action bottle squirt two pumps of product in to the hands and begin from your feet upwards. It is best (I find) to work the product using circular motions to avoid streaking (it is very hard whatever motion is used to achieve any streaking with this product). Avoid applying to much product on to the knees, elbows and ankles as it can tend to soak in and the skin becomes darker than the rest.
Once the product has been fully applied 'development time' is only 4 hours (I tend to put the product on just before bed and wake up to a beautiful glow) When fully developed the tan may look slightly dirty this means it is time to wash any residue off in the shower. Try not to use soap first time round and pat skin dry with a towel rather than rubbing - Now you tan is complete!
Always exfoliate prior to tanning (St Tropez Body Polisher is best)
Pat skin dry after washing rather than rubbing
Exfoliate every 2 days after tanning to help you skin to maintain an even, beautiful colour
Top up tan even 5-7 days to preserve colour
Moisturise ever day morning and night once tan is applied
Always leave tan at least 4 hours to develop completely
Wash hands very very very well after application (Try St Tropez Tan Remover - See my review)
Overall I feel this product is a real gem, it gives you that just back from holiday look at a tenth of the price. Find this product on sale online, in major department stores and also supermarkets - shop around for a bargain!
I used to be a big fan of tanning. I'd sit out for hours in the sun and I'm embarrassed to say I even went through a period when I used tanning/sun beds. A few years ago I realised how much damage I was doing to my skin and the dangers involved with using sun beds and gave up both. This was a hard thing to do because I'm naturally quite pale and pasty and feel a lot better when I have a little bit of colour to my skin. After vowing to never do either again I had two options, I could either put up with my pasty complexion or go down the fake tan route.
I always had issues with using fake tan because of past experiences using various different brands and formulas. The colour was always orange and unnatural, the formula streaked and most of the products I tried had a horrible smell that I really couldn't stand. After looking around on the net I narrowed down the possibilities for products to try that claimed to give natural results and applied evenly. Two made it to the list, one of which was a product called Brazilian tan from Rodial and the second was from St Tropez. I ended up going with St Tropez simply because it was the cheapest out of the two and I'm really glad I did because I've been using it ever since. The product I'm using at the moment is the brilliant St.Tropez Auto-Bronzant Lotion which is my favourite out of the products I've tried from the range.
About the Brand
St Tropez is a very well known brand that was established in 1997 and offers a range of self tanning products, make up/cosmetics and products to both prepare skin for tanning and maintain your tan once it's been applied. They also began the Skin Smart campaign which campaigns for stricter regulations on sun beds in the UK.
What is Auto-Bronzant Lotion?
Auto Bronzant lotion is a self tanning product that's designed to give you a rich, deep tan without the tell-tale fake tan smell. The product is available in two sizes, 120ml or a larger 240ml. The self tanner comes packaged in a white, plastic bottle with a black pump applicator. The St Tropez logo is printed on the front and a product description, how to use and ingredients list is printed on the back. You can order directly from the St Tropez website where the 120ml is priced at £20.00 and the 240ml is £30.00. Both can be purchased from various other different sites and shops for cheaper but the cheapest place I've found is ebay. The last smaller bottle I purchased cost me under £10.00 with postage and I recently managed to pick up a larger bottle for under £20.00, again with postage included so it's worth shopping around because there are some great deals to be had.
How to use
The instructions on the back of the bottle advise exfoliating before using and adding a small amount of moisturisor to areas where self tan tends to stick more such as knees and elbows. I follow both of these steps and notice a huge improvement in the results I get when I do. I normally use a mitt which is like a fingerless, foam type glove to apply the tan to avoid staining the palms of my hands. I'm currently using a St Tropez one that I picked up a while ago for around £4.00 but Boots and superdrug make similar unbranded versions that cost less and does the same job. The pump applicator makes the product extremely easy to dispense and control. I find it's best to start off with a small amount and add more as you go so things don't get messy. The product is a very dark brown, fairly thick liquid that looks very similar to melted chocolate when it's pumped out of the bottle. As you start to apply to skin it sheers out and leaves an allover bronze tint wherever you've applied it. Rubbing it in and blending it is easy when using the mitt and the fact that it's a coloured product helps a lot with making sure there are no streaks or missed bits. A small amount goes a long way, I find a pump for each leg, one for each arm and a couple for other areas is plenty to give me an even, natural looking tan.
Skin is immediately bronzed after application but does continue to develop and deepen over the course of around four-six hours. I tend to apply mine after a bath or shower early in the evening so it has plenty of time to dry before going to bed and in the morning I wake up, shower and I'm left with a deep but believable and natural looking tan. There is absolutely no orange tint in sight and no streaks or patches. Knees and elbows tend to be a bit darker than other areas even when I exfoliate and moisturise before application because my skin is drier in those areas, but this can be sorted out easily by gently exfoliating to remove excess product/colour. I do still get a bit of the fake tan smell with this stuff but it's not nearly as bad as others I've tried and I find it disappears quite quickly which is great. I've also found the product works well at actually staying where I've put it and not transferring or rubbing off on to sheets or clothing and when I've accidentally spilt the dark brown liquid on towels or fabric I've found it comes off easily in the wash and doesn't stain. My tan generally lasts quite well for around three days before I need to touch up/reapply. It wears evenly and again doesn't streak or leave patches on my skin and it quite easily removed with a little bit exfoliation.
The product is also suitable for facial use which I was a little bit nervous to try because my skin is sensitive and tends to break out with most products I try but I've tried St Tropez on quite a few separate occasions now and I've had no issues at all which surprised me. As with body application, I find it leaves my face with a lovely, natural looking tan but if you are going to use it for this purpose remember to use it sparingly. Adding more product at a later stage is a lot easier than removing it all and starting from scratch.
Would I recommend?
I would recommend this and the St Tropez self tanning range in general. Their tanning products are definitely the most natural looking I've used and have the least offensive scent. I know the products aren't particularly cheap but I've found a 120ml bottle lasts me almost two months with regular use which I don't think is bad at all. I really am glad I discovered St Tropez products, they've changed my mind about self tanners and although the finished result doesn't really compare to an actual tan I think it's the next best thing if you're concerned about skin damage but still want natural looking, bronze skin.
The bronzing lotion gets 5 stars from me!
St Tropez is my favorite tanning product, having fair skin I have to be careful what I use. A lot of products I have used can come out streaky but I never have this problem with St Tropez.
I first got it for Christmas a few years and and I've used it ever since. Its a brilliant alternative to sunbeds which I used a lot as a youngster.
The application of st Tropez is a little messy, you basically apply the thick lotion to the desired areas (for me head to toe). This is the only downside as I find it takes a while to dry, smells and is very sticky. Also be careful of the orange hand syndrome so wear gloves. Once you've over come the dreaded application I tend to sleep over night in it and wash it off in the morning (leaving me with st tropez sheet, which my mum hates!) you are left with a brilliant long lasting tan. It lasts about 5 days on my skin and leaves me with a lovely sun-kissed glow. If I want to be browner I will apply over a series or about 2 or 3 days.
No matter how much I apply I never get streaks and I never become 'orange'. This is well worth the money for a lovely looking tan.
"Wow Michaela, have you been on holiday?" No.
"Omg, Michaela, you're so tan, where have you been?" My bathroom.
"Woah, your tan is amazing, I wish I could get a tan like that!" Thanks, and actually, you can...
As you may or may not know, anything beauty related gets me drawn in hook, line and sinker. Self tanner is definitely one of those things. I've gone through plenty different self tanner brands and not one of them has given the results this has. I've also had spray tans and fake bake applied professionally - this still beats them all.
I was first introduced to St Tropez Auto Bronzant Lotion last Christmas and have used it ever since. Before that time, I was a fan of sun beds, or as I now like to call them 'cancer beds', but I have now come to realize that I don't need to put my health at risk to have a wonderful glow all year round. The bottle that I'll be reviewing is the travel sized bottle as it is the latest one I have (don't you love when you unknowingly complain about absolute garbage and the next day your best friend buys you exactly what you needed?), but this makes no difference to the product itself, just the packaging it comes in.
The travel sized bottle comes in a little travel kit which includes the body polisher and moisturiser. The bottle of Auto Bronzant itself is small and made of squeezy white plastic with a black plastic lid. The lid is one of those lids that you press down at one side and then it pops up and there's a hole where the product comes out. I apologize if that didn't make sense, but I don't know the name for that type of lid - who really cares anyway? The front of the bottle is printed with the brand name, product name and the amount of product included in the bottle, whilst the back of the bottle has the directions, a warning and the ingredients. It also has the St Tropez website and the contact numbers for the company. It's very simple and easy to use packaging.
The first time I used this, I unscrewed the the lid to smell it and have a look at it, that was where the initial shock kicked in. Most false tanners that I had previously used had been either white or bronze, but this was like melted dark chocolate in a bottle! It has a distinct scent which is sort of indescribable, but it's one of the better smelling false tanners I've ever used. I was slightly scared to apply such a dark lotion to my skin, but I had faith in the product as I had heard such good things about it, so I decided to go ahead anyway.
The instructions clearly read -
Step 1) - Prepare skin with BODY POLISHER.
Step 2) - Use BODY MOISTURISER on dry areas.
Step 3) - Smooth AUTO-BRONZANT evenly onto skin; let it absorb - do not over rub.
FOR BEST RESULTS, apply at bedtime and shower in the morning. May appear streaky as product dries - this is normal & showering will uncover an even tan.
IMPORTANT - after use wash palms or use St Tropez Self-Tan Remover. Avoid water for at least 4 hours after use. Avoid direct contact with fabric until dry. May stain light hair, wool, or nylon. For external use only. Keep out of eyes. If irritation occurs, discontinue use.
Idiot proof instructions, do you agree?
I prepared my skin with the body polisher and moisturiser until I was ready to apply the tanner itself. I squirted some of the tanner into my palm and started applying it to my legs (I always start from the bottom and work my way up), thankfully, it didn't go on like chocolate, but left a lovely bronzed look all over my legs (and the rest of my body). I washed my palms straight away and then danced around a bit until it dried - thankfully I remembered so draw the curtains, otherwise there may have been a very embarrassing video of me on youtube the next day. It was very quick to absorb, that only took around 5 minutes, and was 100% dry after around 20 minutes. 100% dry to me is when I can no longer feel it on my skin.
After a good snooze, I woke up and showered the excess off, moisturised with the Body Moisturiser and then danced around some more - I couldn't believe how good this tan looked! It was a light-medium tan with a lovely glow and looked completely natural. There was no streaking whatsoever and I was left with a huge grin on my chops.
I reapplied the tanner that evening as I had read on the St Tropez website that for a deeper tan, to reapply for the next few days until the correct tan is achieved. I then continued to moisturise everyday after my shower with the Body Moisturiser as it helps prolong your tan. This process left me tanned for 4 days before it started to fade enough to notice. This is a pretty damn good length of time for a false tanner to stay on your skin and look good without becoming patchy.
I now use this at least once a week to top my tan up and everyone always asks where I've been, my response? "Boots and my bathroom."
I now buy the 240ml bottle of this from Boots for £28. I can't comment on how many applications the 240ml bottle has lasted me as my best friend always steals a pump or two when she's round to top up her tan, but the 30ml bottle which comes in the travel kit lasts 2 full body applications.
This tanner can be used on the face, but I advise that you mix it with some moisturiser before applying to your face so that you don't look too dark.
Overall, this has got to be my favourite self tanner in the world and I really wouldn't swap it for anything. I'm actually just about to go apply it now, I'll talk to you when I'm tanned ;)
Thanks for reading!
Right up until I used Xen Tan, St Tropez was the leading brand for me It contains a "colour guide tint" that you wash off the following day, this is to make application easier. This version is quite thick and gloopy so its not as easy to apply. Its also quite sticky and takes some time to develop. I find the best thing to do is apply it and hour or so before you go to bed and then you wake up with a nice tan. It does stain the sheets like most fake tans but this can easily be washed out. The colour lasts for about 5 days, and the only disadvantage is that it dosnt come off evenly, it sort of pixelates on your skin under the creases of your arms so you end up looking a bit patchy. The colour is really nice with olive undertones for a more natural looking tan, and it dosnt look orange at all. At around £25 its very expensive but it does last a while.
This is the Ghd of fake tans used by all the celebraties because of the lovely nateral tan effect it gives.
As mentioned bellow use gloves or you will get the tell tale signs of fake tan... ORANGE HANDS!
Unlike cheaper brands it rubs in well and evenly to make your tan look natural. The only time I have ever got streaks was when I absolutly slapped it on before a night out... not a good look!
I would say it does take a few hours to sink and deffinatly avoid liquid for about 3 hours. Many of my friends have worn it out and after it raining or spilling a drink they have had speckled patches, again another give away that your tan is not natural.
If youre unsure about spending a large amount of money on this then you can get little sets to test but I gaurentee after doing testing it out you'll be buying the larger size.
In the past I have tried many different types of fake tan products, and this seems by far the best.
It comes in an easy to use pump dispensing unit. I think there are 2 sizes available. Best to apply it using latex gloves so that your hands don't stain as it is quite strong stuff.
One application gives only a very subtle effect, but you can keep applying until you get the level of colour you want, then reapply every couple of days. Do be careful to blend well around hairlines, elbows etc, otherwise it can build up and look conspicuous.
I prefer to apply just before bed, as I find it leaves you feeling rather sticky, and it does have rather a strong smell which I am not keen on.
Be careful too that it doesn't stain your clothes. After applying I usually put my bedclothes on and it does mark them - but it does also wash out without any issues.
With the constant reminder from the media that the sun's rays are not good for us, many women are turning to fake tan. St Tropez have a brilliant range of self tanning products, my favourite is the Auto Bronzant Lotion. Although slightly pricier than most fake tans on the market, it is one of the best!
It gives a rich, luxorious bronzed look. It developed in around 3-5 hours. I tend to use it before bed and then when I wake up in the morning, I wake up with a glorious tan! The tan dries very quickly which keeps stained clothes and bedsheets to a minimum.
Because the lotion is brown, it makes it easy to see when applying, which prevents streaks. Which in turn, gives a much more natural looking tan and allows you to keep away from the orange look! And instead gives a much classier tanned look.
Although this is one of the pricier tanning products on the market the results are the best so is definately worth paying out for.
You simply rub the lotion inot the areas on your body you want tanning ( I wouldnt recommend using this on your faceyou can get a special one for your face which is more sensitive). The lotion comes out really dark brown which is much easier than it being clear because ou can see where you are spreading it. If you can try and get hold of some thin rubber gloves (like doctors use) because then you dont get it all on the palm of your hands which can be a giveaway as to whether your wearing tan or not. Then when applied wait a while for it absorb into the skin and not to rub off onto fabrics or clothing. I would reocmmend applying this in the evening before bed rather than in the morning as it does rub off onto fabrics if you dont let it dry properly. Then when you wake up in the morning the tan will have fully developed. The first time I sued it I was so surprised by how even it was and rich the colour was. You may ahve areas which look blotchy such as on your knees or ankle for example. However when you have a shower that morning simply use a dialy exfoliant to remove any excess and the streaks seem to dissappear!!! leaving a beautiful tan which looks natural. The tan lasts around 5 days until you notice it fading, then simply reapply. The key to getting this right is exfoliating daily! If skin is mooth amd mositurised the look will be much more natural and go on smoother. The downside to this is the smell, it can smell slightly nutty the day after which is slightly annoying, but not majorly noticable to other people. Definaetely worth the money and looks brilliant when applied properly.
The St Tropez autobronzant is a thick lotion which you apply on your face and body, and then leave to absorb for 4 hours before washing off to reveal your tan. It promises to be 'non-greasy' and 'quick drying' with a 'relaxing aromatic scent'. It comes in one shade only, but you can reapply two nights in a row to deepen the tan. I have really pale skin that doesn't tan at all naturally, so I have to be careful what fake tan I use as I can be left with orange coloured skin!
Packaging and Price
The packaging is quite simple and whereas most fake tanning products come in a brown or orange bottle, it is distinctive as it comes in a white bottle with black writing. When buying, look carefully at the bottle to check you have the right product though as the St Tropez body polish comes in a very similar bottle! The bottle has a pump at the top.
The prices are as follows:
120ml - £17.50
240ml - £26.50
I don't think I've ever any of St Tropez's products on special offer in Boots or in any discounted stores, so you may be stuck buying them for full price, unless you buy from Ebay where they often sell for half the RRP.
Preparation For the Lotion
Before you first apply the tanning solution, it is recommended that you exfoliate your skin and apply moisturiser in areas where your skin is most dry, such as elbows, ankles, wrists and knees. Although St Tropez also do exfoliator and moisturiser products, cheaper versions from places such as superdrug do the job just as good. So first I exfoliate my skin in the shower using a boots own body scrub, then I apply some creamy body lotion. I apply body lotion all over and then apply extra in the parts which are extra dry. When doing my face, I dab vaseline over my eyebrows and along my hair line, as I find that this helps stop me having orange eyebrows and brown marks framing my face!
One thing I should point out is that it is not a good idea to apply the lotion straight after you come out of the shower as your pores are opened up from the steam and you will be left with brown dots all over your skin!
To apply I use St Tropez latex gloves, a mitt to apply to my face and hands and an applicator for my back. It is important that you cover your hands with gloves so that you are not left with bright orange palms. When I first started using this lotion, I used to just wash my hands every couple of minutes, but I was still left with orange palms and worse.. brown fingernails!
The lotion itself is a chocolate brown colour and when applied to the skin looks very dark and streaky. Don't be alarmed though as this looks nothing like the end result. One big advantage with it being a wash off tan is that you can see where you have already applied. I find it really easier to apply to my back in particular because of this, whereas with some fake tans you are often left with white patches as you can't see where you have missed out!
There is a very helpful section on the St Tropez website (www.st-tropez.co.uk) which details how best to apply the tan.
The lotion takes forever to dry, I usually wait 15 minutes before getting dressed and it is still slightly wet then. It will get on your clothes so make sure you wear something you're not afraid of staining. It is very sticky for quite a while afterwards so make sure you apply it a good couple of hours before you go to bed otherwise it will be horrible to lie in!
When I wash the lotion off in the morning, I'm greeted with healthy looking golden skin! The colour makes a big difference to my pale skin, if you have darker skin you may need to apply two nights in a row. In the summer I tend to apply two nights in a row to look even more tanned.
To keep your tan maintained it is recommended that you moisturise all over your body everyday. This works and helps your tan to fade evenly. If you don't moisturise the tan will wear off horribly leaving white and brown patches all over the place! My tan lasts for about 5 days before it has faded enough to apply again, although if you use a gradual tanning lotion, such as Johnson's Holiday Lotion it can last longer.
The biggest drawback for me about St Tropez lotion is that you have to leave the product on for at least four hours before washing it off. I tend to put mine on before I go to bed and sleep in it, but this is not pleasant at all, especially if you share a bed with someone! I tend to find that it comes off really easy on your bed sheets and pillowcase leaving you with brown stains in the morning. If St Tropez were to develop a home product which you could wash off after one hour then this would be a big improvement and a lot easier, as at the moment it's a very messy product!
The smell is quite strong, especially when you first apply it. It's not too unpleasant but it is a very fake smell. After you wash the lotion off, the smell does fade but you can still smell it for a good few hours after which it disappears completely.
Another drawback I have found is that it tends to wear off faster in certain areas, such as the hands and face. This is probably due to the fact that this areas are washed more thoroughly and is probably the same with all self tanning products. Also if you wear an underwired bra then you can be left with white bits under your chest! The only way I have found to combat this is apply product more often to these areas.
Occasionally, I am left with slightly brown elbows where I have not moisturised my skin enough, I find that there is a cheap way of getting rid of this and that is by rubbing estringent to the area!
The tan is expensive, but worth it if you want to achieve the flawless, professional look. It lasts longer and fades more evenly than most other fake tans out there. The colour is deep and I love how it gives colour to my pale skin, it is great for boosting your confidence!
Unfortunately like all things it has it's disadvantages, it is messy and the smell a little strong. But all in all a great product which I recommend to everyone who uses fake tan!
St Tropez Self Tanning Cream
Prepared to look my best for the birth of this child (whenever that might be) I have gone the whole hog and done everything possible to myself in order for me to appear more glamorous than ever. One step in my bid for glamour has been getting out the St Tropez fake tan and after one application I am certainly looking a lot healthier.
I have had a bottle in my cupboard for a little while now and I used to apply it on a regular basis. I find that with a tan you can appear far sexier, slimmer and definitely more like you have been out in the sunshine (which with my swollen feet I most certainly have not). I paid around £10 for this 120ml bottle of the self-tanning cream, which is a good price for something of this quality. You can find St Tropez for sale in most places and the prices can vary slightly, I find it always best to keep on the look out for a special offer as otherwise it can seem rather expensive if you are using it regularly.
The main aspect of using any fake tan is to make sure you have exfoliated extremely well before applying anything. Making sure you concentrate on the dodgy areas such as the knees, elbows, neck and anywhere else dry skin can be a problem. If you dont exfoliate then the self-tan will appear a lot thicker and darker in these places and you can look very patchy in appearance. I tend to always stick to the St Ives apricot scrub rather than buying the St Tropez one as I find the St Ives works a lot better for my skin as the scrub seems to be slightly more aggressive.
Making sure that after exfoliating is done I have rinsed myself well and the moisturised all over with a fairly thin but not too thin moisturiser. I find using thick moisturisers take forever to soak into the skin and you do have to wait for the moisturiser to have fully sunk in before applying the St Tropez otherwise the cream will move about and is far easier to rub off.
Applying the St Tropez couldnt be easier but I would advise on wearing a pair of rubber gloves to stop the palms of your hands becoming orange. I start from my toes and work all the way up to my face making sure every inch of my body is covered in the dark brown cream that is the St Tropez fake tan. It is easy to see where you have applied this stuff to because of the dark brown colouring that the cream is. Where as some fake tans are just a clear cream and you can often miss parts of your body if you are not careful this cream allows you to see exactly where you have applied.
Another good thing about using St Tropez compared to other self tanning creams is that even if you apply the cream and it appears to be streaky you dont have to worry because as long as the St Tropez is applied all over when you shower the cream off the tan itself will not appear streaky at all. This is the reason I think why St Tropez is the number one self-tanning cream available and most of the celebrities will choose to use this over the other brands.
The idea is to leave the cream on for at least three hours before rinsing it off. You are able to sleep in the cream but be prepared for messy sheets, even though it washes out with no problems at all the mess is still a little shock and I would advise to apply it with plenty of time before going to bed so you dont have to deal with the mess it makes. I tend to leave it on for a little over three hours to try and get the best results from it. Before rinsing off it is quite scary how brown in colour the skin appears but once the cream itself has been rinsed away it reveals a fabulous streak free natural looking tan. St Tropez claims to work with your own skin tones to give you the best looking tan as close as possible to what your own natural tan would look like and this I really do believe to be true.
I have always found that I have no streaks when using this product and the tan does appear very real like. There is no orange glow rather that of a wonderfully skin kissed skin. If you have applied the cream correctly you should end up with an all over perfect looking tan.
I am always dead pleased with the results that I get when using this product and that is why I would never dream of using a different fake tan ever again. The product is so simple to use if done correctly and the results truly are amazing.
The tan itself usually lasts around two to three weeks as long as you keep your skin lovely and soft by moisturising every day otherwise the tan may appear patchy as your skin begins to get dry. The results really do speak for themselves on this product and I would recommend it to everyone wanting that perfect looking tan from a bottle. It is so much better than sitting out baking in the sun for hours, as it is not doing the skin and harm at all. The bottle has a good number of applications in it and will last you for a good many months if used correctly. Go on give it a go this summer!
St Tropez is a great range that contains all the products needed for a fantastic natural looking all year round tan.
It claims to work instantly for a streak less application that will last for days.
It comes in an 8oz bottle with a handy pump action, which makes it a lot easier to use.
I paid £26.50 for this, which I know does seem like a lot.
I initially brought the St Tropez mousse however this brought me out in a rash so I had to discontinue using it. My friend used this lotion so I borrowed a little bit and I didnt have the same reaction so decided to give it ago. I did love this at first because it brought me out in such a dark tan and I even had one done professionally, which cost £25, I thought after it was a waste of money because it really is easy enough to do it at home and get the same results.
This is in my opinion the best way to use it:
Exfoliate really well, I use a body brush to really scrub myself
Moisturise all dry areas, such as the knees, feet, elbows etc. I have found that putting a little moisturiser on my face made the tan look more natural.
Put on rubber gloves
Pump loads of the tanning lotion into your hands and apply it in circular motions, Now the trick to using this right is to not be afraid of it, Ive found the harder you try to put it on evenly the worse it will look when you wash it off. Its really intimidating because its a thick brown paste that makes you look like you have rolled in mud.
I find it dries really quickly so start at you feet and work your way up. You should literally look brown and smeary.
Once you have applied it everywhere just have a good look all over and make sure you havent missed anywhere like armpits and the back of your arms and legs.
To do your back you could buy the applicator but I get my boyfriend to slap some on.
Take off your gloves and squirt a little on the back of your hands, then rub the backs of your hand together to distribute the tan. I wouldnt recommend putting too much on your hands and feet as these tend to take to the tan really well and usually go quite brown.
You will start to look more smeary and uneven as it dries but trust me it will be fine.
I sometimes use my hairdryer on a warm setting to make sure the tan is dry before getting dressed. Although so far none of my clothing has actually stained. I would recommend just putting something like a baggy t-shirt on as you dont want do rub any areas off.
I would also recommend using this at night because it works best if you leave it on for 12 hours and its a waste to put it on an wash it off any earlier.
When you wake up the next morning simply shower it off.
I recommend moisturising because after exfoliating the day before your skin might be quite dry and you dont want your tan to crack or go patchy.
You will find that it rubs off on your sheets so be prepared to wash them the next day. I usually use a little vanish and they always come out sparkling. I always find that the next day isnt the best for your tan because mine normally develops a little through the day and you do get a lingering smell of it. I also feel a little greasy.
St Tropez sells the whole range of products needed to achieve your tan, including a body polisher, moisturiser, gloves, application tool (for your back), gloves and tan remover.
Even though these products are all designed to work with the Tanning lotion and are all very nice they are also rather expensive, the body polisher is £15.50, the moisturiser is £12 and the gloves are £2.50 for five pairs.
If I was to recommend one of these products it would be the moisturiser because it has been specially designed so that you can very the colour of your tan with it. It does smell really nice and is good to put on your dry areas.
The body polisher is a really vibrant blue and is very harsh, a little too harsh for my skin so I prefer to use St Ives.
It is recommended that you exfoliate every three days and moisturise everyday to keep your tan looking its best.
Now heres my true verdict:
The tan often goes streaky; even after all the practise Ive had with it, which can be very frustrating if you were planning on showing a little skin.
When it goes right it looks absolutely fab, and in my opinion looks a really natural colour.
Its great because if you want a really deep tan you can build it up by applying it on consecutive days but I have always found it to look dark after just one day.
It is relatively un messy to use because its so thick it doesnt drip on the floor like sprays can but you have to wash you sheets every time you use it and you do feel really sticky all evening with it on. Trust me you wont be popping out anywhere once youve put it on, you will not want to be seen.
It is relatively good value for money, depending on how much you use it.
Fake tan is really high maintenance so be prepared to spend hours exfoliating and moisturising.
I have found the spray better for me but I think its worth ago if your interested in using it and you like to go really brown. Also its great if you usually use sun beds but are interested in trying something else. I actually find this cheaper than sun-beds because one bottle used to last me a month if I put it on once a week. Its especially good now because of all the tanning moisturisers out there that I think are great for prolonging the colour you get from St Tropez.
This is definately a products for the high maintenance girls out there. If you dont mind taking the time to get it right and you dont mind the maintenance of it give it a go. Not a very good product for people who are allways on the go and dont have a lot of spare time on their hands.
Although I got on fantastically well with the Whipped Bronze Instant Self-Tanning Mousse from St Tropez I'm always up for trying new products and it appeared to me that more people use the normal 'lotion' as opposed to the mousse. Is it better? Let's see.
ST TROPEZ TINTED SELF-TANNING LOTION
The bottle for this lotion is quite different to the mousse. This lotion is presented in a smart, thick white plastic bottle with a black pump action nozzle. It proclaims itself as being 'Step 3' (and we all know what that means!) St Tropez like to make out that only their Step 1 and Step 2 could POSSIBLY precede Step 3 but I disagree - Step 1 is essentially just an exfoliator and Step 2 is a moisturiser. I would imagine that anyone willing to fork out money on a fake tan probably owns AT LEAST one exfoliator and moisturiser already ;)
The instructions offer some assistance, "Step 3: Smooth St Tropez Auto-Bronzant evenly onto skin; let it absorb - do not over-rub. For best results apply at bedtime and shower next morning. May appear streaky as product dries - this is normal and showering in morning will uncover a beautiful, even tan. To deepen tan, apply 3 nights consecutively. For a lighter tan, blend to desired shade ONLY with St Tropez Body Moisturiser. To maintain your colour, apply 1 to 3 times weekly. To maintain your tan, moisturise daily and use St Tropez Body Polisher every 3 days."
I can't comment on applying a lighter tan as I've never tried it but I do use moisturiser to blend the tan subtly into my feet so I presume it would work on the whole body. The other instructions seem sensible enough so let's get started!
Unless you want to use their Step 1 and 2, I suggest you do as I do, which is: The day before you intend to apply the tan, remove any unwanted body hair. You shouldn't really do this on the same day as applying the tan because the pores can remain open and the tan will become patchy/dotted.
(If you're applying this during the day you can do this any time, but if you're doing it before bed then try and schedule it for a couple of hours before you intend to go to bed.) Have a warm bath or shower and exfoliate your whole body (including your face if you wish to tan that too). I use either Clinique's Sparkle Skin, Origins' Cocoa Therapy scrub or Origins' Paradise Found.
Once out of the bath/shower apply a light, quickly absorbed moisturiser. If you apply something rich and thick you'll be diluting the colour of the tan. I recommend Palmer's Cocoa Butter (in lotion or oil form) as it is cheap but very effective and can be applied in a very thin layer. Wait for a good 30-60 minutes until the moisturiser has completely absorbed and your body has cooled down.
Finally, after all that preparation we're ready to begin. I sometimes find it easier if I have a helping hand from my boyfriend, but as I can just about reach all areas of my back it's not absolutely essential. The lotion looks like very thick rich chocolate sauce when you squirt it out so don't be alarmed, the tan is nothing like the colour of the lotion - it's merely a tint so that even application is easier to judge.
This lotion differs to the mousse in that you need to massage it slightly to activate it. I also believe that this gives you slightly more time to work with it (before it starts staining your skin). Before you apply it, put on some vinyl gloves (can be bought very cheaply from Tesco) and squirt some lotion directly onto them. You'll need to rub your hands together briefly to emulsify the lotion. This makes it turn a lighter colour and more creamy in its consistency. As advised in the instructions, don't over-rub it as this will start to remove the tan. It sounds tricky, but if you are fairly swift you'll have no trouble. A mirror and good lighting helps the application. I don't always stick rigidly to this order but I find it a lot easier and methodical if I do:
Lightly moisturise the tops of your feet.
NECK - Squirt a tiny blob of the chocolatey sauce onto the fingertips of one hand (remembering to rub your hands together slightly). Spread it quickly around the neck and up to the hairline using both hands.
BACK - If my boyfriend is helping me he'll do this. It requires smoothing the lotion from the neck line down to the base of my spine. If I am applying it alone I'll struggle through it until I have the required area covered evenly.
ARMS - Do these next as you don't want any funny marks left from not blending the adjoining areas together quick enough. I do about a half squirt into the palm of my right hand and spread it quickly and evenly over my left arm. I try and apply a rough but fairly even layer and then spread it round my arms by wrapping my fingers round my arm and moving swiftly rotating my hand round my arm ..going from the bottom to the top and then blending the shoulder with the area I covered on my back. Repeat for the other arm.
CHEST AND STOMACH - Squirt a full pump into one hand. Use both hands to spread from the middle of your chest up towards your neck and then down towards your stomach. I do it this way because I find it gives a more even tan - not collected at the bottom nor the top or my torso.
SIDES - Squirt one half squirt and rub palms together and then spread it on my sides (to blend the stomach and the back). This area is easy to overlook, but don't forget it or you'll have a white side profile!
BUM - Slightly less than one squirt required for this - use both hands and blend into the surrounding areas.
LEGS - Take one leg at a time but do them as a whole, not thigh then calf because that makes it harder. Squirt two full squirts and rub palms together. Then in a swift action cup your thigh between both hands and rub all the way down to your ankles. Without over-rubbing, make sure every part of your leg is covered (it's easy to neglect the backs). Repeat for the other leg. Once this is complete, check that you have subtly blended the thigh into the bottom and ankle into the foot without the foot looking too dark. If it is too dark, dab it with a tissue or apply more moisturiser.
FACE - If you wish to tan your face, make sure it's fully cleansed and dry. I find the application easy as you just squeeze out a small amount and make sure it's blended in subtly as you would your foundation.
If everything has been applied correctly you should have no streaks and no dark patches - just a slightly darker tint to your normal skin tone. I disagree a little with St Tropez - I think if you have streaks before bed you'll have streaks even after your morning shower. So if you see streaks, dab them with a towel or tissue until they're blended.
I have found that it's a lot better to apply a very thin layer and top it up if you wish the next day. Applying too much makes it uneven and/or streaky.
You may have noticed the smell while you were applying it. If not you'll notice it when it is in the process of developing. I quite like the smell as fake tans go - I couldn't really describe it very accurately but St Tropez describe it as a 'relaxing aromatic scent' and I suppose that's not too far off the mark. It's not a chemical smell like some of the spray tans you can buy.
You MUST NOT have any water contact with the parts you applied tan to until the next morning. If you do, you'll have white splash marks and look rather strange. You must also avoid perspiring for 24-48 hours after application because that can also make the colour run.
If I have applied my normal thin layer evenly then I will have no streaks and just a slight brown/golden colour to my skin. If I have applied too much I'll actually notice that my skin looks muddy brown and blotchy when I look in the mirror. If applied correctly it does actually dry quite quickly (10 minutes max). However, in saying that I wouldn't be thrilled to have to put clothes on after applying the tan because although dry, it is slightly sticky for a few hours and I would think it might rub off accidentally. I tend to just wait as long as possible before dressing. I find the lotion quite unpleasant to sleep in so I prefer to apply it in the morning and then shower in the evening.
If you do like to develop your fake tan overnight there may be some slightly brown marks on your bedsheets in the morning; but don't stress (unless of course it's something entirely different!) St Tropez is only vegetable dye and will come out in a normal machine wash.
After 8 hours (or whenever you wake up if you've applied overnight) I get in the shower and see a rather alarming brown liquid go down the plug hole and wonder how on earth there can be any tan left - but when you dry yourself and moisturise you can see a nice non-orange tanned glow. If I have been careful in the application I can achieve a subtle sun-kissed tan with no streaks (even subtly blended feet - the blotchy ankles are always the giveaway of a fake tan!) I also experience very soft skin due to the Aloe Vera content. This is one of the best parts for me - I love soft skin! However, I have noticed that my skin's even softer with the application of the St Tropez mousse.
Although I don't always use it on my face, the tan does come out really nicely even though you only use a very small amount. You can always top it up if you're confident it'll look good.
I would estimate that the tan stays for about 3-5 days. It fades evenly in the same way a sun tan would (providing you exfoliated well before application and continue to do so every few days).
I have used my 240ml bottle over 10 times now and there is about half a bottle left so it's quite good value for money as long as you don't use it constantly all year round!
PRICE AND AVAILABLITY
The RRP for this is about £30 but mine was only £17.99 for a 240ml bottle from tightsplease.com so it works out relatively cheap each time I use it.
I'm not so keen on getting a real sun tan as I'm too paranoid about turning into an old prune one day. I don't think this would be suited to really pale skinned people because it'd be a hassle adding the correct amount of moisturiser each time but personally I think the colour really suits my skin tone. It looks very similar to the colour I go when I tan naturally in the sun.
It is cheaper than the Whipped Bronze Instant Mousse version because I can't find that discounted anywhere! However, when comparing the two I prefer the mousse version (d'oh!) because the colour is slightly more bronzed than brown, and it sinks into my skin so quickly I can dress after just 10 minutes.
I would recommend this to anyone who wants a natural looking fake tan but if you've got a bit of money to spend then I'd definitely recommend the mousse one over this.
See www.sttropeztan.com for more info on this and all their other products.
carly_pussycat - dooyoo UK ©
St / Tropez tinted self-tanning lotion works instantly for a streakless application that will last for days / This aloe vera based lotion is non greasy and quick drying, with a relaxing aromatic scent / Conveniently formulated in one maximum strength shade that can be custom blended with St / Tropez body moisturiser to your own desired shade / Finally you can enjoy a year round tan /