Product Type: St. Tropez Sun Care
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St. Tropez Instant Tanning System
Member Name: Loubielou22
St. Tropez Instant Tanning System
Date: 09/02/10, updated on 10/02/10 (148 review reads)
Advantages: Banish the Corpse Bride look
Disadvantages: Resemeble a creosoted fence panel
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.
Summary: Not for me but quite a nice product.
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