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I have pale skin that burns easily. This year I had planned a holiday in the sun and didn’t want to bare my white legs on the beach. A friend recommended I try St Tropez bronzing mousse as she promised it would give me a golden tan with no hint of orange! As I have never used a fake before I was a bit nervous, but decided to give it a try.
St Tropez bronzing mousse is widely available and I bought my bottle from Tesco. It is available in several sizes from a small 50ml bottle to the largest 500ml bottle. The smallest bottle costs around £8 and the largest around £30, making it one of the most expensive fake tans products on the shelf.
The pump action plastic bottle comes with full instructions for use. It is strongly recommended that you buy an application mitt at the same time to ensure you get an even, result. St Tropez also makes a mitt costing around £5, but you can get other brands that will do the job for less.
Getting that golden tan
Before using the product you should do is a skin test to ensure you are not going to have an adverse reaction to the mousse. This should be done 24 hours before you plan to use the mousse. Once I had ascertained that I wasn’t going to have any unwanted reaction I was ready to begin.
The first thing you will need to do is shower and exfoliate. It is recommended that you moisturise any dry areas and for me this meant elbows, hands and feet. Once dome it was time to apply!
Using the mitt I pumped about 3 squirts into my hand and began with long even sweeps to cover my legs and feet. I continued upwards until all my body was covered. There is little mess and hardly any scent from this mousse. The mousse is tinted so it easy to see where you have been.
I was really pleased with how quickly it dried and was soon able to put on my pyjamas. The mousse will take about 6 hours to *take* so applying before bedtime seemed the least inconvenient time.
By morning I was far more aware of that tell tale fake tan aroma and couldn’t wait to shower it off to see the results. Once I had showered I was really surprised at just how natural the results looked! There was no hint of orange but I did have a lovely, golden natural looking tan! I couldn’t have been more pleased.
Overall I would have no hesitation in recommending this fake tan. It lasted for about a week before I needed to reapply and again the results were brilliant. It isn’t something I would use all year as I am happy to be pale during the winter. However it did give me confidence to be able to get out my tanned legs on holiday!
I am the kind of girl that when I get to have a night out with my friends or family that I like to go the whole hog with fake tan and false lashes and the what not because I don't often get a night out and it feels nice to really make an effort when I do go out! I always used to use a gradual tan all over my body but it never took all that well on my legs for some reason so I started to use a cheap branded mousse for my legs. I was delighted at Christmas to open a St Tropez gift set off one of my friends as I had always seen the brand as THE top dog when it came to tanning but it was always just a bit expensive for me to risk buying it myself. In the set was some St Tropez bronzing mousse and this is my review of the product.
The St Tropez bronzing mousse that I have is a 120ml bottle. It is a white coloured bottle which has a black rim and a tropical looking blue clear plastic lid. To me the product is instantly recognisable as St Tropez and I would notice it on a shelf or on a display. The bottle features both black and blue writing but it manages to still look really simple and it is something that I am more than happy to have on my drawers in my bedroom. There is lots of information presented on the back of the bottle in quite a small writing which progressively gets a bit smaller so if you struggle with seeing things you may need your glasses on for this one but it is only really telling you that it is an expert product which will leave you with the ultimate looking tan.
Prior to using this product I have to admit to being a little bit nervous as I had heard that St Tropez can be quite a dark tan but as I was only going to be using it on my legs on this occasion I wasn't massively worried about something going wrong as I always wear tights with my dress too but like my legs to be tanned underneath for a better look. Prior to using this tan I had used the St Tropez body polish exfoliator on my legs and I do think this is a key part of tanning and it looking good as smooth legs are going to make a better base for a tan every single time. I also used the St Tropez body moisturiser that came in the gift set but you could moisturise with any moisturiser I am sure. I think the moistriser on my legs helps to get a smooth non streaky finish when I am using an instant tan which is obviously really important.
The pump for the mousse is quite large and so there are no issues in pressing it and getting the tan to come out. It is a good idea to give the bottle a good shake before using it as I find this makes it come out in a good mousse form as opposed to being a bit liquidy. The actual mousse is quite a foamy looking dark brown in colour and as it is such a dark colour you can easily see where you are rubbing it on your body. I like to use a tanning mitt to apply my tan as I think it goes on the best in this case but I would also advise wearing rubber gloves underneath as well because it can seep through the mitt depending on the kind you have and leave you with dark brown fingers which is a nightmare to remove!
The tan, I found, was really easy to apply to my legs using the mitt. I would recommend really rubbing the tan in well because although you may think you are rubbing more of it off your leg it does give the most even looking results when it has been applied properly with care and of course this takes a bit of time. I would say I spend about twenty minutes doing my legs to make sure they are looking even and then I spend another ten minutes or so just walking about without my pants on to make sure that it is dried before getting my pyjamas on! Baggy pants after tanning is an essential and so I do always tan at night when I don't need to get dressed again. The tan has a fake tan smell I suppose but to me it is nicer than the smell of the gradual tans and I don't find that it lingers in the same way as those do.
This tan doesn't look massively impressive when it is first applied and although the colour of your legs has obviously changed it doesn't look golden brown if you will. When I wake up the next morning though I am always amazed at the colour of my legs and love how golden brown and tanned they look! I always think my legs look a million times better with a tan and lets face it they could do with all the help they can get! A concern I had was that this tan may go on streaky but that isn't the case at all and it does look a good natural tan. I would advise you use moisturiser on your knees and feet though as these areas are the most prone to looking wonky on your legs when you apply tan!
I love the look of this St Tropez tan on my legs and to be honest I would like to repurchase. I've used my bottle around three times since Christmas and it still feels that there is a good bit in the bottle. It does say to use within six months but there is no way I am throwing it away just yet! A 240ml bottle costs £20.46 currently at Boots and I have to say that although it is a bit pricey it is an excellent product and especially so when used in conjunction with the body polish and moisturiser. It gives a natural, golden looking tan which in turn makes me feel more confident getting my legs out on a night out! Recommended!
Thank you for reading my review!
Over the last few years I've tried various different tans in different formula's but I always come back to this one, mainly because I trust it. It's a bit of a risk trying something new when you have an important event coming up.
St Tropez has an excellent reputation and is known for being one of the best fake tan's on the market. It is available in department stores, Boots and Superdrug and also online.
* The Bronzing Mousse is ideal for anyone looking to get a natural looking, streak free, golden glow that dries in an instant. Whether you're a first-time tanner or a total pro, the velvety self tan formula glides on and will ensure you know where to apply your tan for a perfect application, every time.
* The innovative AromaguardTM fragrance technology significantly reduces the tell-tale self tan scent and instead gives a beautiful subtle, yet refreshing fragrance.
I always exfoliate as recommended before applying any fake tan. This is important to ensure all dead skin is removed. I tend to apply the tan at night before going to bed so it can develop overnight. (BEWARE: your bed sheets will suffer!) I always use a mitt to apply the tan, you definately get better results this way and no orange palms!. The mousse is brown in colour so is easy to see on the skin, this is probably one of the best things about it. It glides on smoothly and dries fairly quickly. I don't think it's intended for use on your face but I put it everywhere and it works well and doesn't irritate my skin or cause breakouts. It is very easy to apply.
One thing I really don't like about the tan is the smell, it's hard to describe but it's not very pleasant and my boyfriend always complains about it.
In the morning I have a shower and rinse the product off which reveals the tan underneath. It's never streaky or orange. The colour is a natural, golden brown. I've found it's better to regularly exfoliate when the tan is fading or else is can become very patchy as it fades, it also sticks to the drier areas on your body.
VALUE FOR MONEY:
The bronzing mousse is available in two sizes:
* 120ml - £20.43
* 240ml - £30.64
I always tend to buy the larger bottle as it's better value for money. The tan isn't cheap so I tend to keep it for special occasions. The quality is amazing and the large bottle lasts me ages so I'm happy to spend the extra money on it.
One of the best tans I've tried so I definately recommend it and will always repurchase it!
St Tropez is by far the best fake tan in my opinion but it is also one of the most expensive meaning that I only use it for special occasions and use the cheaper brands for more day to day tanning.
My favourite way to tan using St Tropez is with the bronzing mousse as I think this is the easiest way to apply it and I also think it gives me personally the evenest and most streak free finish.
One of the things that I like best about the bronzing mousse is that is comes out of the bottle brown so that it is a lot easier to see where you are applying it which makes accidental streaks more difficult to achieve.
The mouse feels nice on my skin and as long as I have moisturised properly before applying it then it goes on really smoothly.
There is always the chance of going a little bit orange with fake tan but using this really minimises that risk as the colour has never went orange and instead has always been a lovely golden colour that looks natural (even though it obviously isn't in the middle of winter). I have Rosacea and this helps cover up some of the redness and it also doesn't aggravate my sensitive skin. It also makes my skin look so much more even and less blotchy.
It is simple to apply and one squirt gives out loads of mousse which will cover a whole arm or even nearly a whole leg. The mousse really does make streaks less of an issue as it is easier to apply and it feels so light on my skin.
The tan starts to develop within a few hours and you are supposed to avoid water for about 6 hours so the best time to apply this is in the evening before bed. It doesn't stain my sheets but they are purple coloured and I would be wary of putting this on and then getting in to bright white bedding.
The tan lasts for a few days before fading but just applying a light coating on top of your base coat every couple of nights will ensure that the tan stays for ages and continues to look good.
This costs £30 a bottle and while I think it is worth the money I unfortunately can't afford to spend that on it often so I keep this for special occasions and for those times when I just want to be looking my best.
~ St Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse ~
Being someone who doesn't really tan very easily I will admit to being a total fake tan junkie but I like being tanned as I feel healthier with it and look better!
I have tried lots of different fake tans and I do tend to stick to mousses now as I find them so much easier to apply than creams/lotions and sprays.
I was so pleased when this arrived in the post after I won a competition and whilst I had used St Tropez in the past I now generally stick to the cheaper fake tan products.
The packaging is now different, rather than a white coloured bottle these are now black with white writing. The bottle is rather plain to look at but I do like this about it as it doesn't make it look cheap. It simply has St.Tropez written down the side in capital letters, and it says bronzing mousse 200ml 6.7fl oz That is it from the front of the bottle. However on the back is a lot of smaller print writing telling us about the mousse, how to use, do's and don'ts and the ingredients. The cap on top is a very attractive turquoise/teal colour, this pop's off easily to reveal the black mousse pump dispenser underneath.
After using the cheaper fake tan products for years I couldn't wait to get this stuff on me, so when the weather was nice I applied it in the evening using an applicator mitt. Before this however I did need to prep my skin. In the run up to using it I was exfoliating every night in the shower to ensure my skin was nice and smooth and free from any flaking/dry skin. I was also slathering myself in moisturiser. I really wanted this to come out well so I thought the extra effort was worth it.
Usually I jump in the shower, quickly use a body scrub to exfoliate but never really pay particular attention to how I am doing it really, so I did do more than I usually do!
Knowing my skin was soft and smooth I showered in the afternoon then applied this a good few hours later.
I gave the bottle a good shake then proceeded to pump out two pumps of mousse onto the mitt, I started with my legs and was initially quite shocked to see that the mousse had a green tinge to it. I stopped what I was doing and checked online to see if the mousse was out of date/faulty or anything!
Some forums were saying it was off but St Tropez had written that their self tanning products contain a green undertone rather than a red which is what makes some fake tans turn out orange ... Phew! I was happy with that explanation so I went back and carried on.
I applied it to my legs, then arms, then the rest of my body. I was a bit dismayed to initially resemble The Incredible Hulk! But within 30 minutes or so the green had pretty much disappeared and I was looking incredibly dark ... If a little too dark!
Still it recommends you leave it on for 8 hours or more for best results which I had the intention of doing anyway, so I kept it on over night and wore dark pyjamas to bed!
It was nice not to smell like a cookie or biscuit factory, St Tropez contains their Aromaguard fragrance technology that helps to eliminate the tell tale smell by up to 70% and it certainly works, I could detect it slightly but nothing like it usually is. It has quite a nice perfumed scent to it rather than biscuity too.
As the self tan mousse is coloured you can see where you have and where you haven't applied it so this greatly helps in minimising any patches. I found no patches at all and I was thrilled with the end result but for beginners I would highly recommend a fake tan with a colour guide.
The fake tan dried quite quickly and I was able to get dressed but as usual I did still feel a bit sticky, however I have to be honest and say that this has never bothered me as I always apply my tan in the night and shower it off in the morning.
So, I woke up pleased to see that I was no longer Hulk coloured even though the kids found it very funny with me telling them in a stupid voice " You won't like me when I'm angry "!! I looked very dark and was initially a little worried so I went and had a shower. The water running off me was disgusting, it was a murky green bog like colour but the colour underneath was fabulous!
I was a golden tan colour which looked very natural. I dried off, slapped on some moisturiser to prolong the tan and got dressed. As the weather was gorgeous and sunny I put on a pair of navy and white stripy shorts and a white vest top and I have to say that I did look as though I had been on holidays!
The end result was brilliant with it lasting about 7 days before it started to fade .... but I reapplied it! I was/am thrilled with it. It's a brilliant product that is well worth the money.
It usually sells for anywhere between £16 - £32 depending on where it's bought and if there's any good offers. But as it does deliver such a great finish I would pay the top price for this in the future.
As a little goes a long way this product will last so you won't be spending £30 just for one tan, I have used it three times now and by shaking it, it doesn't feel as though I have used anything really so I expect to get a good few more uses yet.
I am super duper impressed with this stuff (if you can't already tell) and would recommend it to everybody!!
Thanks for reading :o) x
I bought this as it was recommended in the InStyle Best Beauty Buys one year and thought I might give it a go. As someone naturally very pale I wasn't sure how it would look but I must admit I've been very impressed by the results. It's very pricey (around £30 a bottle) but a small amount goes a long way. I've found it's perfect to use in the summertime to give you a bit of extra confidence before the usually pastey legs come out!
When it first comes out of the bottle it looks very dark, but once it's applied looks okay. I would recommend maybe using this before you go to bed as the guide-colour looks quite streaky, however once this is washed off in the morning the tan looks very convincing. I would also suggest using a tanning mitt or gloves to apply this as it soaks in quite quickly, also use moisturiser on the drier areas such as ankles, knees and elbows. I have also found this suitable to use as a facial tanner too.
The smell is quite pleasant when it is first applied, but I did find it had that 'biscuity smell' after 7 hours of it absorbing.
The tan lasts about 3-4 days and gradually fades, has minimal streaks (when applied by a mitt) and looks very natural. Definitely brilliant if you wish to avoid the Oompa-Loompa effect!
I am pale, I never tan, I just go pink. Rather than damaging my skin any more I decided I would start using fake tan as I do look better with a bit of colour. I have tried loads of them including the gradual ones but nothing seems to work for me. I needed a fake tan that doesn't streak, doesn't look orange and smells nice so I thought I would get a well known brand which I knew they used in salons. I picked this St Tropez bronzing mousse up from boots for about £30 for £240ml and couldn't wait to use it as I had heard very good things about this product.
The packaging for this product is the usual simple St Tropez designed bottle with a pump at the top. When I first got the product I had to pump it quite a few times before anything came out (just in case anyone thinks theirs is broken!) but you only need a few squirts for each limb. The fake tan itself is brown in colour which is great for applying it as you can see exactly where it is going and if you had missed any bits. The texture of it really is like a mousse (hence the name) but as soon as you put it on your skin it dissolves into a liquid but not so much that it runs.
I went on the St Tropez website before applying it as they have some really good application videos which are quite helpful. Then I got out my mitt (I would recommend using one for this) and started applying it from the feet to the face. With this fake tan, it doesn't matter if you go over the same bit twice, its only the areas you miss that will look streaky and as you can see it it's pretty fool proof. I then waited for it to dry which only takes about a minute and got dressed. It says on the bottle not to get wet or sweat for 4 hours, so I did mine before bed and washed it off in the morning. (You might want to do this every time you use it as it does look a bit funny when you first apply it as the guide is brown in colour.) So when I got up in the morning I hopped in the shower to wash off the guide and reveal my beautiful brown skin.
It looked great. There were no streaks, it was lovely and brown and it didn't look too orange. It says on the bottle it has innovative fragrance technology but it did smell a bit still although not quite as much as some other fake tans. I must say, the colour was a little bit too dark for me as it was a huge difference to my fair skin and it is a shame that the mousse only comes in the one shade but maybe they'll bring one for fair skin out eventually.
I also must stress that you really do need to keep on top of the exfoliation while using this as I found that if I didn't exfoliate and then put on another application the tan started to peel off my skin and leave me with white patches but that is the same for most tanning products.
All in all a fabulous fake tan, well worth the money and would definitely recommend it!
Now this 'new style' st tropez fake tan can be very misleading. I used to use the old style st tropez once or twice a week and it was one of the best fake tans that i have ever used. it was a lovely colour and always showed up instantly as soon as you put it on.
Now when I went to buy a few new bottles one day i notcied that they had changed the packaging to this new white bottle with new logo, i wasnt sure if it was the same st tropez as i had preiously used, but the lady reassured me that it was and they had this swanky new look and label.
i went a head and brought the bottle of st tropez and when i returned home i applied the fake tan to my face and body. i was very disappointed that no colour was shown whilst i was applying this fake tan like normal. but i thought maybe it wasnt instant anymore and would develop over time.
i left the tan to develop over night expecting to be lobely and bronze when i woke up in the morning, however there was no change in the colour of my skin. I was very confused by this so i re applied the fake tan again, the following day still no results.
now when you actually read the back of this bottle, it states that this fake tan has to be applied daily for a gradual tan.
i was very dissappointed by this as it says on the front of the bottle instant fake tan!
Right then girlies, I can honestly say I have been an avid self tanner for too many years now. I have tried almost every bronzing product there is, some more successful than others. About five years ago I decided to treat myself one Christmass to a St Tropez mini set. I'm not usually the most successful without a guide colour but it did really work. I developed an even colour which was brown like a suntan not orange!!! Now this was at a time when I didn't have lots of spare cash to treat myself regularly so I retreated back to the cheaper tanning mousse I was quite fond of but tended to have that slight orange tint to it.
That was until I discovered the St Tropez self tanning mousse. Wow, time to make funds available to treat myself as there was no way I could go back after this!
The night before a good tanning session, make sure you have shaved and exfoliated.
Right to get going make sure you have invested in a good tanning mit. This will prevent staining and make sure you distribute the tan more evenly. You have to give the can a good shake to make sure the colour is distributed evenly and doesn't just sink to the bottom of the can. Now you are ready to go. The handy thing is the mousse has a guide colour and goes on brown so you know exactly where you are putting the mousse. Take care to ensure areas such as hands, knees, elbows and feet are well moisturised and that you don't use too much tan on these areas.
For best results I do this at night just as I'm ready to put my PJ's on. Don't put a bra on after tanning and don't do anything that will make you sweat! I don't find I have an issue with stained bed sheets as it dries very quickly. By morning the colour may shock at first, remember this is the guide. This disappoints me though, once you shower the guide washes away and you are left with an awesome tan, no streaks and you haven't damaged your skin or health in general!!
For me, the browner the better, for work and everyday I find one application every 3-4 days with a top up on my face with a St tropez facial tanner. If its a night out I usually start applying two days before both nights for a deep colour. Another positive is the tan wears away evenly so you don't get that freckled look. Its also important to keep your skin moisturised to maintain the tan.
At approx £20 for the smaller tin and £30ish for the bigger, (depends on where you get it), this may sound expensive, but it really does go a long way and Boots and Debenhams have regular offers and I buy then. So shop around, this really is worth an investment
I'd tried the cheaper and more faddy style fake tans out there, such as the clear spray on ones and the gradual tanners and they'd always come up streaky and patchy. After one particular incident I found myself in the bathroom furiously scrubbing my stripey legs with a sugar and lemon mix to no avail. This was the last straw!
So I asked a colleague who always seemed tanned and lovely (and I knew used fake tan) what her secret was as I'd had such bad experiences and wasn't much of an expert. That's when she recommended the St Tropez Self Tan Mousse. I decided this would be my last attempt at self tanning - and I've never looked back!
The first thing to note - and possibly the best thing in my view - is that the mousse comes out in a very dark foam. The reason I think this is so good is that you can see where you've already tanned, and more importantly where you haven't. After all, it's the spots that you miss that turn streaky! I think this is a great feature for people who aren't that experienced in tanning as my previous attempts prove.
FOR BEST RESULTS ALWAYS MAKE SURE YOU EXFOLIATE FIRST SO THAT KNEES, ELBOWS, KNUCKLES ETC ARE SMOOTH. This goes for the whole body including face as the smoother the skin is better it sinks in. And don't over do it around the toes or they will look dirty and darker than the rest of you.
When applying you'll notice that you start to look a very dirty brown colour instantly - like you've been rolling in the mud. It can also be used on the face - they do sell a separate face tanning lotion, but I find this mousse works perfectly fine. It's best to start from the feet up and apply in upward sweeping motions.
The foam can get a little drippy if you leave it in your hand for too long so I'd advise standing on an OLD towel whilst doing this as the stuff will stain. I'd also always recommend applying using the rubber gloves so as not to stain your fingers and toes, and rub a little vaseline over your finger and toe nails for good measure.
Although it says you need to leave it for a minimum of 4 hours I always leave it on overnight and it always gives a good result. Contrary to popular belief I've never come out looking orange and I'm quite pale skinned naturally. When you shower in the morning the dirty brown residue comes off leaving you looking golden. It wasn't an incredibly dark tan, but I think the darker the skin the darker it will come out so it's all relative. Once, prior to attending a Saturday wedding, I applied on the Wednesday then again on the Friday and got a slightly deeper colour that I was really pleased with.
The only tricky bit is hands, but I tend to do those last by squirting some mousse onto the back of the hand and using a cotton pad/ball to apply. Application really doesn't take too long at all - 10-15 minutes at the most. You just need to make sure you leave it to dry before getting dressed to avoid transfer onto your clothes but that doesn't take too long either.
The price does put some people off but don't be fooled, a little really does go a long way. I bought the bigger size bottle for £30 and I've gotten at least 8 single applications out of it and there's about 1-2 left in the bottle. So it works out at £3 per tan.
Some people may choose to slap on more for a darker colour and get 4-5 applications for £6 per tan which is still a bargain compared to a salon spray tan. I've personally always gone for the more subtle colour so haven't tried that, but if you experiment a little I'm sure you could build it up for a darker result.
I think it was well worth the money as it's lasted so much longer than I expected and when this bottle runs out I'll definitely be buying another.
Fake tan is something that I personally believe is worth spending a bit of money on - there's nothing worse than streaky legs or looking like an oompa loompa!
I've used St Tropez mouse for years for a number of reasons - I find that the mouse is easy to apply and rubs in better than the lotion. It's tinted so you can easily see if you've missed any spots, I would recommend applying before you go to bed, as it needs a few hours to develop - you can't really apply it during the day if you need to go out at all, as you'll look like you've been mud wrestling! I always apply with a tanning mitt too to avoid bright orange hands. Recently they have improved the smell off the product, but there is still a bit of a biscuity smell.
It dries quickly so you can get dressed after a couple of minutes, but be warned the colour will transfer so be careful of light coloured clothes and sheets.
The finished look is natural golden tan and not too dark - I normally apply two nights in a row for the perfect colour.
It's worth the £25 (per 120ml), say no to streaks and buy St Tropez!
I am a massive fan of fake tan, I'm really against the use of sunbeds and staying out in the sun for hours on end, as I do not see why you would want to put yourself at risk of skin cancer. Not when you can get an amazing tan in a bottle without much effort at all!
I have really fair skin and I've tried many fake tans most of which have made me go orange only after one application, none are as good as this. Out of St Tropez range of fake tans I prefer the mousse as it glides on effortlessly and always gives a streak free even finish.
I wanted to find one that looked natural and St Tropez products contain an ingredient that activates the melanine in your skin and that's why you always get amazing results.
What I love about this product is that the results are always perfect, it absorbs into your skin rather quickly and there's no need to worry about applying over the same place more than once as it doesn't streak, the only time you would see a difference in colour is if you missed an area. I recommend that you ex foliate before you apply to get rid of the dead skin and to moisturise any areas that are dry (elbows, knees ankles and feet). On St Tropez website they have very helpful application tips to achieve a perfect tan and you may also need help from someone else who can apply to your back if your not very flexible like myself.
The tan starts to develop after a few hours, I tend to apply before going to bed and wait 20 minutes before putting clothes on. It may stain your clothes so I tend wear some old casual stuff and shower the next morning. There isn't much of a take tan smell when you apply, but after a while it does tend to smell, one of the reasons why I apply before going to bed but the smell isn't strong like most other fake tans, definitely bearable.
The price is a little steep, but it lasts a long time as a little goes a long way, you only need a few pumps at a time to cover larger areas. I got this product from Super drug for around £30. You can get it from most drug stores and some supermarkets.
Overall an amazing product and if your looking for something that gives a gorgeous natural result then this is your best bet!
I have a really fair skin and it is really difficult for me to get tanned as I get red when I'm in the sun!
So when my holidays in Spain got closer and closer, I decided to fake tan prior to departing, just to avoid that look by the swimming pool. You know that look: tanned people holidaying for a week, staring at you on your fist day by the pool, thinking "She surely arrived yesterday!".
My only worry was to look orange, as I could see girls in town with orange legs and faces, and that's the last thing I wanted to look like. I turned to my friend who recommended St Tropez products, saying they were the most natural looking of all brands.
In fact, St Tropez products contain an ingredient that activates the melanine in your skin (what gives you colour when you tan: the more melanine your body produces, the browner you look). This is why their products give such amazing results, because it adapts to your skin. You get tanned, but the same brown that you would become after a week or two in the sun!
I opted for the gradual tan mousse, as I wanted something natural rather than coming to work white on Monday, and coming to work brown on Tuesday!
The mousse glides on your skin, and is absorbed fairly quickly. Dont worry if you apply on the same area twice as it won't streak, it is only on the area you missed that you would see a difference, so make sure you apply it everywhere evenly. You only need to exfoliate thoroughly before to avoid streaks, and to moisturise "dry" areas (elbows, knees, ankles and feet).
You can see the tan developing after a few hours, and if you want a more immediate result, apply another layer after 20 mins to get a browner, deeper result.
I used the self-tanning videos on their website for tips on how to apply it perfectly, as they were so useful. I still needed the help of my friend to do my back, but overall you can do the rest yourself when you only want to top up your tan.
I absolutely love this product, it is a bit pricey when you buy it (£30 for a 240ml bottle), but it is true what they say: a little goes a long way! I've had the same bottle for a few months now, and just a few pumps are enough to cover large areas such as legs or torso.
I am a regular fake tan user and always had issues with other brands on some part of my body! That was until I found St Tropez mouse. Personally I prefer it to the St Tropez lotion as it gives a more natural, lighter looking tan. I think the key to getting a good result is to ensure that you exfoliate fully prior to application. This does not necessarily have to be done using the other St Tropez products (the publicised 3 step process) I often use a louver or scrubbing gloves all over. Secondly apply some moisturiser to any dry skin such as elbows, knees, ankles etc as this stops too much fake tan being absorbed resulting in an orange appearance. Finally I find it best to apply the mousse using a fake tan mitt as it protects the palms of your hands. St Tropez do their own version of this but I find that a cheaper version available at Boots or Superdrug also effective.
The Mouse becomes waterproof after 4 hours and so you can either shower off after this time, or if you prefer a darker result, leave over night and shower off in the morning,
Overall I find this to be an excellent product that I have used week after week over the past year. So many people comment on how natural my tan looks and many ask where I've been on my holidays.
I would highly recommend this to anyone whishing to add a bit of colour over the winter months.
In my opinion the best self tan product around. I have been using st tropez self tanning bronzing mousse for many years and have never had a tan disaster. I personally think its the skin preperation that is a key point into obtaining a real even fake tan. I usually use a tanning mitt to apply the mousse and this allows a real even coverage and doesnt end up all over your hands with this method. The product is light and fluffy and easily glides over the skin. The tan develops over a period of time (I usually do it before bed and then wash it off in the morning) for a warm glow. Fairer skin may wish to try it for a few hours to test which intensity they prefer. Use this product to give yourself a golden tan without streaks and can be easily achieved as a tan beginner.
St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse / This super-lightweight / easy-to-apply / velvety mousse delivers the ultra-even all-over tan you've always wanted / Infused with conditioning aloe vera and long-lasting colour / you'll have a perfectly natural looking / streak-free tan that dries in an instant / The innovative Aromaguard fragrance technology eliminates the tell-tale self tan aroma and instead gives a beautiful subtle / yet refreshing fragrance / Pump applicator.