Being a zexy shade of albino, I’m a total freak for self-tan. I’ve tried just about every brand on the shelf but celebrity favourite St. Tropez had eluded me. I finally got to give it a bash the other day when their self-tanning mousse was sent my way:
Application-wise, using this baby was a breeze. The mousse turns into a light bronze fluid the moment it hits your skin. It’s very easy to spread and has a nice tint so you can see exactly where it’s going. When I was done, I washed my hands with a little soap, applied a bit of hand cream and cuffed* each wrist to ensure I didn’t create a visible tan line. My bod dried super fast and within three minutes of application I could slip into a little dress without feeling sticky in the least!
What really impressed me, however, was the smell – or lack of one! St. Tropez has a very light, fresh floral scent and makes use of something called ‘Aromaguard technology’ to minimise that horrid ‘developing’ smell by up to 70%. Initially I was a bit sceptical. Most of the self tan’s I’ve used have resulted in a ‘sweaty potatoes’ smell of varying intensity. With St. Tropez’s mousse, however, I couldn’t pick up even a hint of a smell! In fact, I used it in the morning of a day where I had to go to a beach wedding in the avie and by the time it got to 2 o’ clock, I still couldn’t smell a thing! As a result, I decided to just sommer throw on my rokkie and go to the wedding without bothering to shower it off and nobody was the wiser. Check it out:
Colour-wise, I liked that the result was very natural-looking. However, as it was a bronzing mousse (which is usually higher in DHA, self tan’s active bronzing ingredient) I expected a slightly darker result. (To give you an idea, it was darker than Caribbean Tan’s lightest shade, A, but not as dark as their medium colour, B.)
In all, if you’re looking for a very dark self-tanner, this isn’t it, but if you want a light very believable-looking shade of bronze without a hint of orange or yellow, this is your baby. I also liked that it didn’t streak and took a good five days to disappear, wearing off nice and evenly without going patchy towards to the end.
Price-wise, St. Tropez self tanners don’t come cheap but you can kind of justify the expense in that you need to use very little to cover your whole bod so I reckon it would take a while to finish up. Want to try one yourself? You’ll find St. Tropez products in selected salons and can also buy their products in their SA online store over here.
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*When you’ve finished applying self tan and have washed your hands, you can end up creating a very visible line around your wrists. To prevent this, wash your hands, rub a teensy bit of hand cream to your palms and then use your index finger and thumb to create a ‘cuff’. Place this around your wrists and make a pulling down motion to blend the self tan on your wrists down over the back of your hands. This way you’ll ‘blur’ any tan line and end up with a more even-looking result.
I’ve used this self-tan three times now and can tell you with confidence that you really can’t smell any weird developing smell. I don’t know how they do it, but it’s very, very clever and super useful. This is now my go to self-tan for days when I’ve woken up and realised ‘Oh my God, I need a tan now’ as I was too dronk the night before to remember to slap one on before getting into bed. I love that I can put it on in the morning and create an instant bronze hue thanks to the colour guide which then develops into something ‘real’ by lunch time. Very, very cool…