“ Brand: St. Tropez / Type: Tanning / What it does: Tans, „
Really good if you have never used a fake tan before, i got the tan remover wipes too but did not need them.body polish is great makes your skin really smooth and shiny, tan is a little tricky to apply but it all is!leaves an amazing colour. slighty on the expensive side but it is completely worth it!!moisturiser is good too. amzing product!
I've always heard nothing but good things about St.Tropez so one day I thought I'd treat myself to it, (considering its quite highly priced). Personally what a waste of so much money! The price of the tan and the advertisements I thought it would be top quality but it was awful. You are provided with a body scrub (to clear your pores for an even colour), a body moisturizer (to hydrate the skin) and then the tan itself. So I used the body scrub in the shower and honestly I've bought a £3 body scrub that has done much better. I will however compliment the smell of it. It was a lovely aroma. Same for the moisturizer, nothing a much cheaper version would do but again the same smell which is nice. Then we got to the tanning I used my own pair of gloves as none were provided in the extravagantly priced pack and applied the tan, starting from the bottom working my way up. I applied it in the evening to set in before going to bed so it wouldn't rub off. Wore a baggy t-shirt and shorts. First problem straight away, the smell is extremely strong and isn't the nice smell like the scrub or moisturizer. I woke up in the morning to find the scrub didn't work as their were little dark dots where my pores were, (and yes I used it properly), I had streaks down my legs, which could be to do with the way I applied it yes but its difficult when the tan doesn't show up for hours as you don't know exactly where you've already applied it. And the colour well, lets just say I failed at my attempt to never look fake. My friends have been and got in done at a salon and theirs turned out much better but still, for the amount of money I don't think its worth it.
Product:- Saint Tropez Instant Tanning System
Purchased From:- Boots Store
......................Saint Tropez Instant Tanning System...............
Due to the never ending winter that we are experiencing (not that I am moaning - I adore winter time). My skin has mutated from olive brown to a very, very pale almost translucent white, more akin to the Corpse Bride than an English Rose, which is what I had falsely informed myself my skin resembled. Whilst staring at my ghoulish reflection and pondering my dry skin courtesy of cold walks to and from work and an overheated office. I decided to take action and familiarize myself with Fake Tan; although wary of transforming into an Oompa Lumpa I felt that I owed it to my skin to inject some sunshine glow into its much neglected surfaces.
So, with a tanned goddess image in mind I headed to the Local Boots store and was overwhelmed with the array of Fake Tanning options on offer. Almost a whole aisle was dedicated to the Tanning products - which led me to believe that there is some huge mass tanning secret that the sisterhood is all in on yet which has seemingly passed me by. I stood amongst the alien bottles and potions and recalled that St Tropez was recommended to me once by a colleague who is always impeccably turned out with bronzed, glowing skin at all times of the year. So... I seized the day and my hand reached out towards the magic potion and accompanying products in a neat box and I ran to the till.
Once I was home in the safety of my bathroom, I opened my purchases which consisted of:- x1 240ml Bottle of Body Polish, x1 240ml Body Moisturizer and x1 120ml Bronze Mousse.
The packaging didn't overwhelm me if I am honest, the 3 items were all in white, plastic bottles which are cylindrical in shape and adorned with the St Tropez Logo. The Body Moisturizer and Body polish Label was black with Saint Tropez in large white font down the centre with a black plastic flip lid and the Body Mousse had a blue label with Saint Tropez in white font across the centre.
I thought that the packaging was rather basic but functional for usage bearing in mind that the bottles were gripped by my grubby hands during the tanning process and were very simple to wipe clean with a baby wipe. The Packaging itself didn't stand out against other products within the boots aisle and it was only due to the memory of a recommendation that I bought the item instead of far nicer packaged items. The branding of the product is very obvious but I think a packaging overhaul is long overdue.
This is where the fun commenced, according to the instruction booklet the Body Polish was first on the agenda, with trepidation I pressed the black lid inwards and squeezed the polish out into my palm, surprisingly the polish was a turquoise blue! With gritty exfoliating crystals and was of a quite runny consistency. There was a slight scent which I couldn't underpin other than to say that the product emitted a fresh, clean smell. I stepped into the shower and grabbed a pre-purchased Saint Tropez black body mitt and combined the polish with warm water and exfoliated away. The Polish was easy to use, effective and not too oily. My skin felt scrubbed and slightly moisturized at the same time. I paid particular attention to elbows and knees as per the instruction booklet.
Next up was the Body Moisturizer; the moisturizer was creamy in texture and was of quite a thick consistency. The Moisturizer was very easy to apply and again smelt clean without being overpowering. The moisturizer soaked into my skin without leaving a greasy residue and served to prime my skin for the application of the Tanning Mousse. I washed my hands and moved onto Stage 3.
The Tanning Mousse: - I put on the Laytex gloves which were provided in the Kit and moved towards the The tanning mousse which is easy to extract from the bottle due to the squirt and pump action bottle. The Mousse was rather light in consistency and reminded me of hair mousse but dark brown in color - there was a faint scent with the Mousse which smelt neither clean nor like chocolate but wasn't unpleasant, more of a chemically smell.
The Mousse was very easy to apply but I found that I had to blend the product smoothly into my skin to avoid any patchy areas and that at times it felt like a never ending battle between looking like I had a creosoted fence panel effect on my legs or smooth, dark brown seamlessly blended legs. The Mousse looked very, very dark and patchy especially on my face and it was with trepidation that I stood in the bathroom waiting for my skin to feel dry before I got dressed and prepared to go to bed. I would highly recommend waiting for the product to dry as I found that the Mousse stained my clothing but easily washed out.
I was quite surprised by the array of Chemicals used within each product - but considering you are effectively dyeing your skin, perhaps my surprise was naive. I was relieved to spy some "natural" products within each item for example:- chamomilla recutita (matricia ) flower extract which is used to soothe and calm skin, aloe barbadenis leaf juice which again is renown for it's soothing properties. prunus armeniaca (apricot) kernel oil, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, & helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, the three oils are each a great sources of nutrients and vitamins for thirsty skin.
Body Polisher: Water, polyethylene, propylene glycol, sodium laureth sulfate, crylates coplymer, glyceryl stearate SE, coamidopropyl betaine, panthenol, chamomilla recutita (matricia ) flower extract, allantoin, hydrolyzed glycosaminoglycans, peg-100, stearate, methylchloroisothiazolinane, methylisothiazolinone, methylparaben, propylparaben, mica, silica, aminomethyl, propanol, fragrance (parfum), benzyl salicylate, titanium dioxide (CI 77891), green 3 (CI 42053).
Whipped Bronze Mousse; aloe barbadenis leaf juice, dihydroxyacetone, ethoxyldiglycol, pentylene glycol, glycerin, decyl glucoside, ppg-5-ceteth-20, cetyl hydroxyethylcellulose, pheoxyethanol, methylparaben, butylparaben, ethylpraben, propylparaben, sodium bisulfite, fragrance, amyl cinnamal, benzyl salicylate, citronellol, coumarin, eugenol, alpha-methyl ionone, geraniol, hexyl cinnamal, hydroxycitronellal, butylphenyl methylpropional, limonene, linalool, citric acid, blue 1 (CI 42090), red 40 (CI 16035), Yellow 6 (CI 15985).
Body Moisturizer With L-Tyrosine: Aloe barbadensis leaf juice, prunus armeniaca (apricot) kernel oil, glycerin, stearic acid, myristyl myristate, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, orchis mascula flower seed extract, aleutrites moluccana seed oil, glyceryl stearate, dimethicone, tyrosine, panthenol, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, chamomila recutita (matricaria) flower extract, cucumis (cucumber) fruit extract, hypericum perforatum extract, aesculus hippocastanum (horse chestnut) extract, humulus lupulus (hops) extract, equisetum hiemale extract, arnica montana flower xtract, citrus grandis (grapefruit) seed extract, sambucus nigra flower extract, valerinana officinalis extract, calendula officinalis flower extract, triticum vulgare (wheat) germ oil, glucose, tocopheryl acetate, retinyl palmitate, ascorbic acid, tocopherul linoleate, propylene glycol, triethanolamine, carbomer, pehnoxyethanol, methylparaben, ethylparaben, butylparaben, propylparebem, disodium edta, frarance (parfum) amyl cinnamal, benzyl salicylate, eugenol, alpha-isomethyl ionone, hexyl cinnamal, hdroxyisohexyl 3-cyclohexene, carboxaldehyde, hydroxycitronellal, butylphenyl methylpropional, limonene, linalool.
The Product guide recommends leaving the Tan to absorb into the skin over a 12 hour period, so I slept with my tan on and awoke to a dark, patchy face and even patchier skin!. I jumped into the shower and used the gentlest of body washes and was aghast to see that the water which ran into the plughole was brown! Alarmed that my tan was literally being washed away, I hurried my shower and awaited the end result. I was pleasantly surprised to see that my tan was still quite dark and that the arms and leg area was patch free but my legs were definitely lighter than the rest of me. The dreaded patchy areas were my ankles and my face. Despite exfoliating and moisturizing my ankles, I obviously didn't do a very good job of applying the Tan to my feet and ankle area. My face was extremely patchy and looked like I had been mud wrestling, I scrubbed as much of the Tan off my face as I could and settled for a darker than usual Foundation until the patchiness faded. Again, I don't think this is a fault with the product and the problem more than likely lay with my application of the product. The Tan lasted for around 4 days which is within the 3- 7 days recommended time frame set by Saint Tropez.
St. Tropez is a self-tan brand, specialising in self-tan, skin finishing treatments and bronzing cosmetics. The business was established in 1996. St Tropez has a range of 30 products which include cosmetics, self-tanning products, skin perfecting & finishing products. This summer St. Tropez has launched a range of new products including new dual gradual tanning products for legs, and an evolved cosmetics range for summer 09. St. Tropez works closely with the Prince's Trust and helped to raise £90,000 with its sponsorship of its first Spring Ball in 2009. It also participates in the charity's Million Makers scheme, provides training via its staff for young people looking to gain additional skills in the workplace and has launched a Beauty steering group - lead by CEO, Michelle Feeney. (Source - Wikipedia).
.............Value for Money........
I personally didn't think the product was great value for money when there is a plethora of Tanning products on the market and friends have since recommended Boots own N07 range which is less pricey and achieves the same result.
The product is very user friendly if the instructions are followed and overall the whole application process took me about an hour to complete. The product's packaging wasn't the most appealing to me but this is incidental. The Exfoliant really worked and I am tempted to use the product on its own just for the body scrubbing benefits. The Lotion wasn't greasy and again was very user friendly. I just didn't like the tanning effect although this was due to my poor application.
Due to the price and the other products out there which are priced more competitively, I won't be using the Tanning Mousse again. I was impressed that there were some natural products in the ingredients interspersed with the chemicals and feel that if you want a high end product which can deliver when used correctly and have the cash flow to use the product repeatedly then this might be just right for you. Sadly for me, it's not a repeat purchase.
I've been using this range for years; though it's quite pricey and a little labour intensive to apply, the results are far superior to any other product I've tried (though fake bake is also quite good).
In this kit you get an exfoliate, Moisturiser and tanning product. The tanning product comes in either a mouse, spray or lotion. Vie tried all three and personally prefer the spray as it's quicker to apply than the lotion and gives you a darker colour than the mouse. For ease a quick summary of my findings:
Lotion = Thick consistency, gives a much more intense colour than the mouse or spray, however will transfer to you bed sheets whilst the tanning lotion is on. (I've always found it to wash was out easily - though it can stain some fabrics, so be careful) During application, it will look patchy as if you have smothered yourself in chocolate. Don't worry, when washed off, providing you have followed the instructions carefully you will not have any streaks. (Just be careful on dry areas such as elbows and hands!)
Whipped Mouse - Being a thinner consistency than the lotion it does smooth on more easily; as it touches the skin in sort of melts into a watery substance that can be easily applied. It's less messy than the spray as there is less chance of dripping, but thinner than the lotion so gives a more subtle tan. One drawback is the shelf life of the mouse isn't very long and it can turn a bit green if left unused!
Spray - The spray is sort of in between the lotion and mouse. It gives medium colour and the spray action makes it easy and quick to apply. On the downside St Tropez need to sort out the spray nozzle as does drip! I always have to lay a towel down before applying and it does take a bit of practice to ensure the dark brown mist doesn't cover the bathroom. That said, it does wipe off surfaces easily and with practice becomes less messy!
Once you've chosen you tanning product, the packs come with an exfoliator to use before tanning (very important if you want the tan to last!) and a moisturising cream. The St Tropez exfoliator isn't anything special and you may already have an exfoliator in you bathroom. It's quite abrasive, bright blue in colour and smells a little clinical, however it is designed to be used with the tanning range and therefore unlike some exfoliators than contain oil it wont react with the product.
The same goes for the moisturiser, which you can use to dilute the tanning lotion when applying to hands or dry areas or as a barrier cream (around the hair line).
Overall, the results are excellent; however you do need to take quite a bit of time to ensure you get the best results. It isn't cheap and can be messy; however its one of the only tanning products that I find doesn't streak.
St Tropez is one of the most famous names in tanning so you expect it to be one of the best. This set does seem like great value for money compared to buying each product separately but i personally only think it's worth buying the tan...if you want a dark look. I tried the exfoliator but think there are much better products on the market for a more reasonable price - in fact sugar mixed with olive oil is a better exfoliator than this. I ended up scrapping the exfoliator and just using some exfoliating gloves which seemed to do a much better job. The moisturiser is ok but nothing to rave about. As for the tan, well i'm very fair and this did look quite dark in places. It also smells a bit like digestive biscuits! I put it on at night as they suggest and then washed it off in the morning but by this point it had made my bed smell and stained the sheets. I did have a good colour but i probably wouldn't use this product again as i was scared to wear anything white or light coloured afterwards - it even stained my towels!
I bought this St Tropez Tanning Set recently when I saw it on offer and how pleased I am that I did! Wow! It is a fantastic product and if only I had found it sooner! I have fairly light skin and was pleased to find that this seemed to give me a healthy tanned glow without looking over the top and orange!!!
Each bottle is for a different step of applying the fake tan, exfoliate, polish and tanning lotion. The tan takes a few hours to develop properly but it is worth it at the end as you have a lovely even streaky free natural looking tan. Overall I was extremely impressed and with my first experience of St Tropez I can definitely say I will be back for me. I might have to stretch this set out as long as I can though as it has cost me more than I would normally wish to spend on fake tan but it is still worth it in my opinion!
I have very fair skin and have always struggled to get a tan. I felt so pasty and pale in the summer months. Plus, we all know the dangers of too much time in the sun. I had tried many self-tan products in the past, but had never been impressed. I didn't seem to be able to apply them without them becoming streaky or patchy. A couple of summers ago I decided to treat myself to a St Tropez spray tan treatment at the local beauty salon. I would go so far as to say the results were so good I became almost addicted and returned each week for a new coat of paint! The spray tan sessions were £30 each so it became an expensive habit! I decided to try doing it for myself at home with St Tropez products and purchased this kit. I was not disappointed. It's easy to apply, does not streak and looks totally natural. It does not adversely affect my sensitive skin. You exfoliate with the polish, apply the tanning mousse and then moisurise daily. Easy as that. St Tropez products don't have that nasty fake tan tell tale smell. You can see why the celebs use it. Great product, and it works.
I would highly recommend St Tropez for people with pale skin who do not want to go too dark yet want an overall even colour. Recently I had a wedding to attend to and tried to build a gradual tan using johnsons holiday skin which unfortunately for me went very streaky. I exfoliated it all off and started again this time using St Tropez and the results were flawless. The disadvantages to the tan is the strong smell which lingers even after you shower and it catches on to everything you touch whilst the colour develops so my bed clothes etc had to be changed. Another downpoint is that it takes a good few hours to develop and whilst it does you look like you have been rolling around in the mud! Great if your letting it develop overnight but if your in a rush you may want to try something a little more instant!
St Tropez is a well known company specialising in sun-less tanning products which is popular amongst celebrities and working class alike.
St Tropez tanning system consists of three products which help create the most even, long lasting tan. These are part of a three step scheme which should be followed for optimum results.
First is St Tropez Body Polisher:
This should be used prior to applying the fake tan. The exfoliant contains round beads so as to not rip or tear the skin. It gently removes any dry patches of skin which would suck up all the tanning lotion and create blotchy parts if left. Remember to pay extra attention to elbows, knees and feet.
Second is St Tropez Body Moisturiser:
The moisturiser is to again avoid any blotchy patches when applied to dry areas it soaks in nicely and contains aloe vera base which replenishes skin. The moisturiser can also be used on tanning beds to accelerate tanning, along with the self tan to create a lighter shade or as a general moisturiser.
Third is Whipped Bronze Mousse:
This is where the tanning comes in, St Tropez instead of a dye or stain contains dihydroxyacetone which reacts with the amino acids on the skins surface causing it to brown. I've found this means a streakless, longer lasting tan. The tan lasts around 4 days before fading totally.
St Tropez is available from their website but its best to buy the pack from ebay as it can be found for anything between £15-£20 as opposed to the hefty £29.99 in shops.
Self Tanning Kit: Body Polish 240ml, Body Moisturiser 240ml, whipped bronze mousse 120ml /