The Daily Beauty: St Tropez Bronzing Mousse

by Sasha Wilkins on April 25, 2013 · 11 comments

St Tropez

Whilst I have not been backwards in complaining about our Narnia winter, but I must also admit that I had forgotten how much I love being wrapped up in winter camouflage. The levels of grooming required when shedding ones clothes (like a particularly grumpy snake) at the advent of summer are extremely annoying.

There are the pedicures – because I do not wish to trot around showing my hooves to the world, the hair removal – thank GOD I am blonde and, for me because I am so white I glow, the fake tanning.  So HALLELUJAH for St Tropez. I know I write about them every summer, but I still haven’t found another at home self tanner that is this good.

I LOVE this Bronzing Mousse. It is in my all time hero products list. I have the little can for travelling, and the big one sits in my bathroom cupboard. It doesn’t streak, doesn’t really smell, and looks like a lovely sun-kissed glow after one application. Add more and you look proper,  like you’ve just spent a week in, say, St Tropez. (See what I did there?) It also seems to last for ages. Which, if I had bought it, I would consider excellent value for money.

I’m still not sure if this is the way that you are supposed to use the mousse but I have excellent results this way: think Karate Kid. For those of you who are too young to understand this stellar movie reference, what this means is that I use the magic St Tropez tanning mitt to apply the mousse – which stops my hands getting stained (brown palms are so 2001), and then – this is the really important bit – I buff my skin all over with the same mitt to ensure an even coverage and no streaks. (The mitt also washes like a dream, rinsed under a tap.)

It has a lovely light fluffy texture, so there’s no heavy rubbing in, with the danger of missing a bit. It takes a matter of minutes to apply, fifteen minutes or so of hopping around naked whilst it dries to stop it transferring to sheets/clothes/dressing gown, and then you are done. It is tinted, so you can see a difference immediately, and that means that next day (I always do this overnight), a delightful steam of brown appears in the shower.

They’ve also just updated their line of complementary products including a Tan Extender – basically a moisturiser with a little bit of self tan to keep your glow going, an exfoliating mitt, and a great shower gel.

St Tropez

St Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse 120ml (small can) £10.50 here
St Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse 240ml ONE SPECIAL OFFER! £14. reduced from £24 here
The magic St Tropez tanning mitt £3.99

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Ray Adam April 25, 2013 at 09:42

I’m not one for self-tanning myself but apparently Michelle Mone (Ultimo) has developed a new one called ‘U-tan’.
Supposed to be amazing but obvs not for me!!!


Elizabeth April 25, 2013 at 11:38

I am a fellow Casper so I must give this a try. Had quite good results with their gradual tanner in the past but always shied away from the serious stuff for fear of streaks. Sounds like the mitt is the way to go!


Anna April 25, 2013 at 19:38

Thanks for the tip and fab special offer – have bought a bottle in true impulse purchasing fashion. Do you put it on your face though? Like you, I have very sensitive skin (no rosacea but always have a break-out at least on my chin which I try my best to manage) so I’ve never dared to use fake tan there in case a) it causes a worse flare up and b), infinitely worse, all my spots go dark brown!!


Kristin April 26, 2013 at 01:52

@Anna: I have rosacea so my skin is pretty sensitive and I have used this on my face for several years without problems. When I use it on my face, the unevenness of my skin coloring is relatively the same; everything is just darker. However, I have found that I have much better results evening out my skin color with makeup when I am “tanned”. Not sure why this works, but it makes me happy. Interested to hear what LLG has to say about using it on her face. :)


Samantha Heathcock April 25, 2013 at 21:56

May have to try this on my sun deprived limbs. I wore a white T-shirt the other day and realised my legs were the same colour as said garment. Not a good look!


Kristin April 26, 2013 at 01:42

I love this and have used it for the past three summers. I never got around to purchasing the mitt, so I keep a box of disposable latex gloves on hand, pull on a pair when I apply to my body, then remove them and use a makeup sponge to artfully add color to my hands, blending up into what I applied on my wrists. I just use an old, dry wash cloth to buff afterward. (I should get the mitt to reduce waste, though.) If not for this stuff, the reflection from my bone white legs would cause car wrecks when I go running; it’s a matter of public safety!


Christina April 26, 2013 at 05:52

Yes Yes Yes – This is the best product on the market. As a fellow whitey I understand. The thing that makes it for me is the Glove – this is a must have for all faux tanners. As I have recently been made redundant at $40 a pop (in Australia) I can’t justify the price until I find a full time job. So in the interim I use one from an Australian store called Sportsgirl. Its $12.95 and comes in at a very close second. The smell is a bit stronger but I still use the St Tropez mitt for that all over smooth / streak free finish.


Anne April 26, 2013 at 06:38

Oh this is so true for me. I’m about to do major exfoliation and then tan-application, ahead of my flight to Nice at lunch time.

A bit late obviously, but who has the wherewithal to do these things on a regular morning well in advance? Pas moi.



Ros April 28, 2013 at 08:52

I agree, it is THE BOMB of all fake tanners. The glove, as you say, is the secret weapon…


Ashleigh April 28, 2013 at 10:25

This tanner is incredibly, however insanely priced.St Tropez is a cult product, and once you start using it, you’ll never go back. St Moritz is also really good, but for half the price. If you’re a little stretched for cash, this one is a great go to for an equally as good tan. Thank you for the post. :)


Susieq772 April 28, 2013 at 13:30

Fantastic stuff for the porridge tinted among us. I’ve never found anything better, but if you are skint, Superdrug’s own brand mousse comes a close second. I’ve just tried the gradual tan firming range as well – I didn’t notice much firming, but the colour is great. They do a facial version for sensitive flowers too!


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