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St. Tropez Tanning Essentials Self Tan Bronzing Lotion

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 What else you need to know: St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Lotion is an Allure Best of Beauty Award Winner.
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Questions & Answers for St. Tropez Tanning Essentials Self Tan Bronzing Lotion

Question
I have tried a lot of self tanners and I was wondering if this is going to stain my hands when I put it on?
asked 2 years, 9 months ago
squishgirl
(Massachusetts)
on Self Tan Bronzing Lotion
9 answers
Answers
answer 1
YES, it will discolor your hands! BUY THE MIT!T Latex and non-latex gloves leave streaks in my experience. The most effective application for me is the mitt. Wash in between uses for optimum results. I use dish gloves to rinse the mitt out to prevent loosing color on my hands. Hope this helps.
answered 1 year, 6 months ago
chrissym6
(orange county ca)
answer 2
Yes, it stains your hands (really bad). However, with the St. Tropez Tan Remover product, it comes off very easily.
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
starlight629
(Maine, United States)
answer 3
This will absolutely stain your hands. I use St. Tropez remover in blue pump bottle. You might mix with a little soap - scrub with an old wash cloth, and then with a makeup sponge reapply tanner to the back of your hands.
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
wcvct
(Fairfield,CT)
answer 4
If you wash your hands well it does not stain. I am super specific about tanning so I use a sponge brush (on a stick from the art store) and put it on the backs of my hands and rub them together. It works wonders. GREAT product.
answered 2 years, 8 months ago
jenimac
(Richmond, VA)
answer 5
I think all self tanners will stain your hands, this is what i do, get a box of disposable gloves. put your tanning cream on and then pull off the gloves carefully, i can use the same pair several times. next take the back of your hand and rub it gently on arms or your legs just to pick up a little colors. i saw this on a youtube video, then rub the back of your hands together to get a little color on them too. good luck
answered 2 years, 8 months ago
msgirliegirl
(Alta, Montana)
answer 6
Yes, this product will stain your hands almost instantly. There's a mitt you can purchase to prevent that, but I'd recommend using disposable plastic gloves instead.
answered 2 years, 8 months ago
abby749
(Maryland)
answer 7
As long as you wash your hands with soap and water right after there is no stain.
answered 2 years, 9 months ago
maryjudy
(Las Vegas NV)
answer 8
the color did stay on my hands after, but i was stubborn and didn't want to buy gloves just to try this. so i was careful to only used my palm and the lower parts of my fingers to apply it. it didn't get into my nails or anything. i had heard that windex takes the color off but since i didn't have it, i used palmolive (the soap for dish washing) and it came off pretty fast.
answered 2 years, 9 months ago
letiziav
(ny, ny)
answer 9
Yes this will stain your hands so you need to purchase the mitt or you can buy disposeable vinyl or latex gloves available at drugstores.
answered 2 years, 9 months ago
lubella
(Fall River, MA)
Question
smell and fading
How does the smell compare to other self-tanners? I have used Jergens gradual (which definitely has a distinct smell) and banana boat self-tanner (not as bad) but they are mediocre. Also, how well does it fade? Does it get splotchy even with moisturizing?
asked 4 years, 5 months ago
begirl05
(toledo, oh)
on Self Tan Bronzing Lotion
7 answers
Answers
answer 1
This is a great product HOWEVER I don't know how they can claim it doesn't smell - it absolutely stinks! It is highly perfumed! It may not have as strong a self-tanner smell (although I definitely smell it) but I find I can only use before bed, or if I am planning not to leave the house - it's that offensive.
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
wcvct
(Fairfield,CT)
answer 2
This will fade nice, however, this is heavily perfumed, so if you are sensitive to strong smells, this will overpower you. The self tan odor is not that noticeable, but I do not like the very strong perfume smell, which is one of the reasons I prefer another self tanning brand, which I feel is much better overall anyway.
answered 2 years, 9 months ago
lubella
(Fall River, MA)
answer 3
The old formula was ok. This one is loaded with fragrance to mask the tanner fragrance. its how they market it. if youre sensitive. this is NOT for you! (im an esthetician)
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
nycguy
(ny,ny)
answer 4
Smells great... you can put it on, dress after a couple of minutes, & be around people. It does NOT smell like self- tanner. It fades evenly, & yes, you can moisturize the next day w/out splotching.
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
Willie
(Eden Prairie, MN)
answer 5
ugh i hate jergens. this is the least offensive of all tanners out there. the smell takes a long time to kick in and even then it really isn't bad at all. i also dont get any rashes with this so def give it atry
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
Vonns84
(boston, ma)
answer 6
I know what you mean. A lot of other sunless tanners smell very strong. St. Tropez smells nice, though. If you can believe it! Haha. It does smell a bit like a tanner, but it's very subtle. It smells more like clean body lotion. I used it a few days ago and it seems to be fading evenly. If you use a good lotion everyday after you "tan" it will help keep the skin soft and prolong the tan and help it to fade much more evenly. If your skin is dry it is more likely to fade in patches. Just make sure to use body lotion everyday. :)
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
mixedvixen77
(Fairfax, VA)
answer 7
The scent is not like the typical self-tanners. It is a soft, pleasant scent. The fading is actually one of my favorite qualities of the St. Tropez self tanner. It fades evenly without creating any splotchy spots. The splotches are what I hated from every other self tanner I tried.
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
beautyjunkie1
(Oklahoma)
Question
HONESTLY, could you recommend a cheaper alternative?
I am no penny pincher when it comes to beauty, but 40.00 seems steep to me when I look at the reviews saying it only gives 3-4 full body applications. Not to say it is not worth it- but I wondered if anyone has used something that gives similar color at a lower price?
asked 4 years, 4 months ago
DivaMomma1124
(Chicago, IL)
on Self Tan Bronzing Lotion
7 answers
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answer 1
I feel like I'm a tanning expert lol, so that being said, I would recommend fake bake. If you go to their product website, you will find that you can always buy the lotion and get another product with it. Or you can just buy the lotion which is around $24. So about half price as st tropez. I know celebrities like jennifer lopez and jennifer anniston supposedly love it. I know that lindsay lohan used to use it, or probably still does, although, she's not a great example since well, she does look orange at times. It's also longer lasting, but if I had to choose which I prefer, I would have to go with st tropzez. but my favorite line is by xen tan...another celebrity secret!
answered 2 years, 9 months ago
lubella
(Fall River, MA)
answer 2
We all come in different shapes and sizes. My bottle has lasted more than three or four full body applications. Besides, sometimes you may only want to put more on a particular area, like the legs for instance.
As the other reviews have said, it is worth the splurge. It is cheaper and safer than a tanning salon. Nothing I have used has delivered such good results and I have tried expensive ones and the cheaper. Try it once. If you hate it you can get your money back! Just return it. :-)
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
happynapper
(PA)
answer 3
This is the best stuff I've ever used, & to me, worth every penny. My bottle is over a month old, & I've been using it every 3-4 days (on different body parts at a time). You use very little & have to rub in well, so in my opinion, lasts a long time. Try it!
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
Willie
(Eden Prairie, MN)
answer 4
it gives a ton more than 3-4 applications. and to be honest, this really is the BEST self tanner out there..... i also heard that Famous Dave's tanning lotion is good and i think is a bit cheaper. mystic tan is a hit or miss. i have good results with the gradual tanner and also with the spray on clear solution in the salon.
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
Vonns84
(boston, ma)
answer 5
Clarins, Clarins, Clarins...quick drying jel or new jar product...does not smell as good.. not much cheaper but excellent, natural, never streaky color. Drugstore brand..L'oreal Sublime gel also gives pretty good results about ten dollars.
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
mommyz
(Reisterstown, MD)
answer 6
I have tried self tanners under $10 as well as the $100 ones. Nothing comes close to the color that st. tropez gives. This product is worth every penny !!!!!!
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
vk13088
(NY)
answer 7
You know what? I've used self tanners by Clinique, Vichy, Biotherm, Lancome, and several of the less expensive drugstore lines, and not one of them comes close to this one as far as the colour tone and the scent. All of them had that hideous corn flake smell that just hangs in your nose, and none of them had as nice of a tone as this one. I'll start skimping on something else but this was worth it. (And I can be pretty cheap.) Remember, you can return just about anything you buy from Sephora.
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
lifeisreallygood
(Calgary, AB)
Question
which to choose from?
I'm going camping for 5 days and want a golden tan with any bikini line i wont get a shower but i will jump in the lake and sweat what will be a good tanner that will last that long through all that and look good so if you have any suggestions please let me know
asked 4 years, 4 months ago
angelbabe
(mccall, id)
on Self Tan Bronzing Lotion
6 answers
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answer 1
The longest lasting self tanner out there is by fake bake, which is available through their website. It's another celebrity favorite and does give great color and cheaper too.
answered 2 years, 9 months ago
lubella
(Fall River, MA)
answer 2
St. Tropez is great, & I think it will last 5 days, especially since you won't be showering & using soap or exfoliator. The bottle is small enough to take w/you. I just went on a 2- week road trip w/6 different stops, & reapplied every 4 days or so. Perfect!
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
Willie
(Eden Prairie, MN)
answer 3
Use the daily moisturizer with self tanner for a continuous week before your vacation, use at night once during your vacation.
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
mommyz
(Reisterstown, MD)
answer 4
As long as you apply at least 4 hours before you get wet you should be good. You will have some run off, but you will retain color too. The best thing to do is apply at night after you shower and then shower again in the morning.
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
Mars913
(Helena, AL)
answer 5
St. Tropez products are awesome.
I have tried the bronzing lotion and it's really great. The mousse looks like it'd be even better!
Just a suggestion :)
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
JBYA
(NY)
answer 6
You can use this, but you have to wait at least 4 hours after it is applied before you can get in the water or make sure you are not sweating.
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
peaches915
(Apex NC)
Question
How do you do your back?
I have been wanting to try this forever, but can't figure out how I'm supposed to do my back adequately, so have yet to purchase. I live alone, so having someone help me is not an option.

I'm thinking about trying the spray version, but always feel like the lotions are more natural looking, so would prefer to try this if I can figure out how to apply it properly.

Any magic tricks to share that don't involve a friend (or yoga!)?
asked 4 years, 4 months ago
elea26
(Austin, TX)
on Self Tan Bronzing Lotion
6 answers
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answer 1
I get a pretty good application just reaching over my shoulders, then around my waist. Just the area around your bra is tough, but when you think about it, that's usually covered. I get it applied enough so that it doesn't look funny the next day.

I do have pretty long (monkey) arms :)
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
bonnwerl
(Aliso Viejo, CA)
answer 2
No, sorry. This product needs to be rubbed in well, so you have to have someone else do it.
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
Willie
(Eden Prairie, MN)
answer 3
good question. its a pain to get your back unless youre super flexible. they have long stick things that look like a body brush but instead of a brush its a sponge soy ou can get those hard to reach places. just check on amazon. or you can use the canister spray for your back
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
Vonns84
(boston, ma)
answer 4
Don't use this, it's really difficult to get even on the FRONT of your body, worst $40 I have ever spent!
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
mommyz
(Reisterstown, MD)
answer 5
Try a Lotion Applicator Back Brush from Bed Bath and Beyond. They are only $5.99 so really cheap to try. You can find them other places too as well as online.
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
Mars913
(Helena, AL)
answer 6
Buy the BackStroker or Back Buddy. It's a 6 inch wide by 2 feet long non-absorbent material that allows you to apply the self-tanner on your back evenly without the help of another person. Both brands have websites. I ordered the BackStroker because is was less expensive than the Back Buddy and I have no complaints.
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
empd
(Cincinnati, OH)
Question
is it safe enough to be used on the face?
asked 4 years, 3 months ago
kakashigurl
on Self Tan Bronzing Lotion
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
all self tanners are formulated with an ingredient (it's the second ingredient after water) that causes the chemical reaction, which in turn creates the tan color. This ingredient will almost always cause breakouts in someone that is acne prone. It is best to use self tanners meant for the face if you are acne prone. Dior makes a great one
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
angelcostume
(San Francisco, CA)
answer 2
I use this on my face and so far there's been no problems. I was very leary at first because I have sensitive skin and am prone to breakouts. This product has done nothing to irritate my skin or cause breakouts.
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
luvsephora77
(Hobart, IN)
answer 3
Yes, I use it on my face. just be sure to blend it into the hair line well and some on the ears. use just about a pump for your face but I would mix it with a little bit of moisturizer first and especially for your eye lids and under your eyes.
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
laneee
(Houston, TX)
answer 4
Yes only on natural spots.
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
1hotsushi
(san francisco)
answer 5
absolutely!
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
Vonns84
(boston, ma)
answer 6
I have used the Self Tan Bronzing Cream (in the tube) on my face and it works fine. Great product - love it, would not use anything else!
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
hannelore
(Warren, Ohio)
Question
What would you recommend lotion OR mousse???
I am currently using the mousse but i want a deeper color. does the lotion really give a deeper color than the mousse? and how long would it typically last?
asked 3 years, 10 months ago
ladyyjay
on Self Tan Bronzing Lotion
6 answers
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answer 1
I have used both and do not find the lotion gives a darker color. I like the Mousse better, but for no other reason than personal preference. I feel like they have given me equal results in color. Although I understand there may be a new product in the line-up that gives a darker color. Check out the website or your local Sephora for details.
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
nclori
(Cary, NC)
answer 2
I use the lotion and I LOVE it! I have tried other mouses and I find this lotion gets me the darkest. It usually stays dark for a couple days and gradually fades after that. After a full week the color fades completely if you don't reapply.
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
laureninpa
(Philadelphia, PA)
answer 3
The color you receive from the mousse and the lotion are comparable. I prefer the lotion because it seems to last a little longer for me and doesn't smell quite as much. Happy tanning!
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
burnsie087
(Boston, MA)
answer 4
i use the lotion, i feel like it can get a more even color than the mouse
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
prettychick
(Revere, Mass)
answer 5
I haven't tried the mousse but the lotion didn't develop much color at all. Maybe the mousse would work better, good luck! I am sticking to Clarins.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
cjd110
(Iowa City, IA)
answer 6
I prefer Lotion
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
minkadove
(Las Vegas, NV)
Question
Fair skin?
I have very fair skin. I used Jergens subtle glow and others and everything I have tried makes my skin turn almost a dark yellow orange/gold. Even when I apply very little. Can you make this blend well on fair skin?
asked 4 years, 4 months ago
sgrnspc56
on Self Tan Bronzing Lotion
6 answers
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answer 1
This is formulated carefully and shouldnt turn you yellow or orange. You really can't compare drugstore stuff t this because the cheap stuff, well it's cheap for a reason! There is another line that i feel is much better than st tropez actually....xen tan....different formulas ranging in gradual, to medium, to dark. You should really look into it!
answered 2 years, 9 months ago
lubella
(Fall River, MA)
answer 2
My skin is olive, so I don't really have an answer for you. Sorry. :(
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
Willie
(Eden Prairie, MN)
answer 3
NOOO!
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
mommyz
(Reisterstown, MD)
answer 4
I am very fair skinned as well and I haven't found anything other than this either. $40 is a lot, but I usually only apply when I know I am going to wear a skirt and show my legs which makes it last a whole lot longer.
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
Mars913
(Helena, AL)
answer 5
Use the ST. Tropez mousse
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
LRapp2
(New York, NY)
answer 6
this is awesome for fair skin (i should know I glow like the moon!) just apply a little lotion to help with the dry spots and your golden brown :)
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
Sarola
(Spokane, WA)
Question
I usually take my shower at night and apply self tanner, but I see that people say if you put it on at night you have to wash it off in the morning?
What if I dont wash it off in the morning?
asked 4 years, 3 months ago
Tee23
(Staten Island)
on Self Tan Bronzing Lotion
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
I've used it @night after my shower w/no problem. You don't have to wash it off in the morning.
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
Willie
(Eden Prairie, MN)
answer 2
I don't wash mine off in the morning and it's been just fine!
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
ericnmel92
(Milton, FL)
answer 3
if you don't wash it off in the morning the bronzer is likely to bleed onto your clothes and you'll be a reallly dark odd color bc of the way the color developed overnight. after you shower a lot of it washes off so youre left with a glow
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
Vonns84
(boston, ma)
answer 4
You will look like you took a dip in a mud bath...the daily moisturizer with self tanner does a much better job during the day time as it actually has a pleasant smell and goes on clear. The only thing is that if you wash your hands often you will not get color on the back of your hands.
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
mommyz
(Reisterstown, MD)
answer 5
My experience is that the color is strongest on initial application but builds over time. If you are going out for an evening (that does not involve sweating - such as dancing) apply and don't wash. Otherwise, wait the 4 hours and rinse. If you leave it on during the night, you are risking your sheets so be mindful of that.
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
onestepbetter
(Redondo Beach, Ca)
answer 6
I have used it overnight to tan, and it worked great! The tanning lotion has some colour in it so you can see where you put it on your body. If you have lighter-coloured skin and you don't wash it off, you look dirty, like you've been rubbing dirt on your face and body. You could probably wash most of it off with a face cloth in the morning, but the shower is much easier. Good luck!
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
juniperberry
(Edmonton, AB Canada)
Question
React with salicylic acid?
I use Neutrogena's Body Clear bodywash daily to keep my back clear...will it cause this self tanner to come off faster than normal?
asked 3 years, 5 months ago
funkycoldmadina
(Charlottesville, VA)
on Self Tan Bronzing Lotion
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
will fade over time
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
sierra18
(Hatfield, Ma)
answer 2
I use salyaslic products on my face and the bronzed did not last in conjunction with that product.
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
jenndunn
(Bakersfield california)
answer 3
Yes. Salicylic acid is an exfoliant in a way. So it is going to work on removing that top layer of skin as well as the oils and bacteria. Unfortunately that will weaken the self tanner's color and make it fade faster. I would try to use a different body wash if you are self tanning. One good thing about the St. Tropez is that it temporarily masks those marks and blemishes!
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
jbostar2
(West Des Moines, IA)
answer 4
Well, it might fade earlier than usual, since the salicylic acid in the body wash exfoliates yourskin to keep it clear of the acne, I have used this during summer when Im using acne stuff on face and body and it fades but naturally. Hope this helps
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
skyeyez79
(Virginia Beach, VA)
answer 5
i do not use neutrogena body clear currently but I have in the past. I have used acne medicine with salicylic acid and have had no adverse effects with the st. tropez lotion. Neutrogenia body clear also has a low dose of the medicine so you should be fine. The only thing that would affect this self tanner (or any self tanner) will be exfoliating. Hope this helps.
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
joannaptown
(Ohio)
answer 6
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answered 3 years, 5 months ago
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(San Francisco, CA)
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