Wednesday, May 18, 2011

[Review] St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Lotion (Part 1)

... Part 1 because I didn't follow the instructions to a T and I feel like I should give a follow up review at a later date....

As mentioned before, I picked up some of the often raved about St. Tropez Self Tanning Lotion during Sephora's last 15% sale.  I gave it go two weekends ago on my legs, because I was hoping to wear my shorts to a friends BBQ and didn't want to blind anyone with pastiness....   I also was hoping to catch some natural rays while outdoors...

Here we go!

Product:  St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Lotion  (price $40 for 8oz)  sephora says.....

What it is:  An original, salon-inspired formula that delivers a rich, long-lasting, deep-bronze tan.

What it does:  The original, salon-inspired formula is specifically created to deliver a richer, deeper tan. Infused with aloe vera and long-lasting color, simply smooth it on for an ultra-even tan. The innovative Aromaguard™ fragrance technology eliminates the tell-tale self tan aroma by a minimum of 70%.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
- Parabens
- Sulfates
- Phthalates
- Triclosan

Sephora is the exclusive beauty retailer for this product.
Why I bought it:  I've read multiple raves for this product... other bloggers, magazines, and online articles naming top self tanners.  I also heard good things about the smell factor - which is usually my deal breaker with most self tanners out there...  I also love that it's made without a lot of icky cosmetic chemicals (parabens, sulfates, etc)...

Instructions for Use:
-Exfoliate then moisturize dry areas thoroughly (elbows, knees, ankles and feet). Help protect light eyebrows and the hairline with a little extra moisturizer.
-Then, smooth on from top to toe taking great care not to rub as this can make your tan uneven.

-Once you've got coverage, wait until touch dry before getting dressed.

-Wash hands. Then try not to get wet, or perspire, for at least four hours.

-For optimum results, leave for 12 hours.

-To maintain, re-apply each week, nourishing daily with moisturizer and smooth with regular exfoliation for ultimate results.

Thoughts:   The application process was a bit tricky for a first time user.  The bottle says "smooth on... taking care not to rub as this can make you uneven".... I didn't "rub in" the lotion, but while smoothing it over it looks really streaky.  The formula comes out a dark brown (milk chocolate) color, but it does absorb into the skin rather quickly, so it was difficult to tell if I applied evenly or if I set myself up for streakage (since it looked streaky on). 
I waited about 10 minutes until touch dry, and threw on some old yoga pants.   After checking here and there the dark color was absorbing in and no longer looking streaky or like I was covered in paint.  After 3 hours, I was scared that if I left it on all night, I could wake up with unfixable streaks and the need for a new outfit.  I hopped in the shower and rinsed off being careful not to over exfoliate.  After the shower, my legs looks nice and tan... albeit a bit "self tanner orangy tan"...
The next morning, the orange glow was gone and my legs looked like the had a day's worth of even color. 
The smell... its really pleasant!  It actually didn't smell the "normal self tanner smell" until the following evening when I was sweating it out at yoga class.  It actually smelled pretty good during the application process.
Overall, big win....  looking forward to trying it again for a longer time period!

Anyone else try it?  Love it, Hate it?  Leave your reviews or self tanning tricks in the comments below!


  1. Hmmm.... I might have to try it as I realized this weekend that my legs were super white. Thanks for the review.

  2. I am dying to try this stuff!!! Love the blog :)

  3. I haven't tried it yet, but I've heard GREAT things about it. Glad you agree!

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