St. Tropez Self Tanning Mousse Revisited for 2011

By Lynnie | April 15 2011 | 12 Comments

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I’ve been trying to remember when I last used a non-gradual, non-rinse off version of St. Tropez. It was donkey’s years ago, I reckon, and I’m fairly sure that the associated greenish hue and rank smell while it was developing meant that I really struggled to get to the bottom of it. Oh, and for anyone wondering why I didn’t just chuck it out, well, it was really bloody dear and I was a broke student.

’nuff said.

My recent dalliance with it was the result of a last minute supermarket sweep-style mission in the airport Boots while my flight was closing. What can I say, I live life on the edge. But then I didn’t bother using the stuff on my hols in the end so the dirty looks from cabin crew and fellow passengers were suffered for nothing.

Once home, I was curious as to whether a new bottle might mean a new formula or improved tanning experience, so sure I had to give it a lash. I’m happy to report that it’s neither as smelly nor as swampy-coloured as I remembered. St. Tropez are on to something with their new Aromaguard technology, and the mousse actually smells quite pleasant without being overpowering on application – my untrained nose smelled rose and maybe vanilla, but apparently it should have picked up iris, fresh fruits and violet.

Well, whatever. It’s definitely an improvement on soggy stale biscuits.

There’s not so much as hint of green off it anymore, either. The mousse looked terrifyingly chocolatey right out of the pump, but smoothed on with my trusty mitt there was nothing but a golden glow in evidence. No need to hide away from civilization while St. Tropez develops anymore – huzzah!

It also felt velvety-smooth and even moisturising on skin and was dead easy to blend on my just-outta-the-shower-skin; I put a dab of light body moisturiser on my elbows, the crease under my arms, my knees, ankles and feet after drying myself, but that was it.

Now, it didn’t stay completely pong free. As the tan developed, I could detect that tell-tale tan aroma, although it was still far more subtle than any other tan I’ve tried to date. That would encourage me to continue to use it, because when I do bother to do self-tan, I always put it off to the last possible moment and then end up stinking up the plane/bus/car/ferry/train.

Oh yes: between the developing tan and the holding up of cross-Atlantic flights, I’m a dream to travel with!

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12 Replies to "St. Tropez Self Tanning Mousse Revisited for 2011"

  • roxette says:

    I will be self tanning for the first time in yonks tonight with a wow brown tan i got at the Adjustment Bureau, Thanks beauties xxx

  • joanne says:

    was the colour nice Lynnie? this was on sale in debenhams a while back along with Rockstar mousse got that instead. not tried it yet though

  • reidy89 says:

    I just got a mail the Famous Daves tanner is coming to BOOTS!!! It has made my day. Their mousse is the very best tan I have ever tried. Instant colour- dries in seconds and no smell! I get compliments every time I wear it without fail! May even put that in the other post regarding the products we get complimented on!

  • PinkPanther says:

    I’ll be tanning this weekend for first time in ages. Going to Vegas on Tuesday, and while I love the pale and interesting look, I’m actually blue at the moment. I also reckon it will help cover my cellulite and I can’t invisage covering my entire body in Mac Face and Body every day. Was just gona use Dove gradual tanner but might be tempted by this..

  • Baglady says:

    I’ve never tried the mousse but I might next time. I much prefer using a proper tan once a week rather than a gradual tan every day to get it over with. I hate gradual tanners, they smell just as bad.

  • PinkPanther says:

    I use the gradual ones becasue I’m so fair that normal ones can turn me a weird colour very qucikly. I like the control you get with gradual ones

  • ams says:

    roxette that tan is really nice – its quite dark though so be v. careful with your hands! maybe mix with a bit of moisturiser!

  • roxette says:

    thanks for the tips ams.I used to use Fake bake all the time so am a tiny bit nervous, change doesnt usually agree with me :)
    Did my exfoliation and moisturising this morning so will lash it on tonight and get into me jimjams.

  • Lynnie says:

    joanne – yep, it turned out quite light when I showered off the deepened guide colour so v natural, about the colour I’d get with 2/3 applications of the medium-to-dark Everyday.

  • Fee says:

    There is a new ‘natural’ version of St Tropez with something called ‘Vegetan’ (eek) – I take it this isn’t that one?

  • Baglady says:

    Maura just did tan testing on Four Live, Decleur won.

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