The mousse texture of this liquid-to-foam self-tanner is intriguing, but its fluid nature during application makes it all too easy to get uneven, streaky results.
Making matters worse is the formula, which contains several fragrance chemicals known to cause irritation. Exposing skin to these irritants impairs your skin’s ability to produce healthy collagen, causes dryness, and hurts your skin’s ability to heal. Given the number of self-tanners that provide beautiful results without exposing your skin to irritants, there’s no reason to consider this overpriced entry. Please see our list of Best Self-Tanners for options.
By the way, given that the self-tanning ingredient (dihydroxyacetone) is listed third, this product provides more color than the “gradual” name implies.
This super light-weight mousse simply glides on to give all skin types a gorgeous touch of self tan. Infused with conditioning aloe vera, you’ll get a natural looking, golden color for effortless glamour, every day. Our innovative Aromaguard™ fragrance technology eliminates the tell-tale self tan aroma by a minimum of 70% and instead gives a beautiful subtle, yet refreshing fragrance.
Water, Ethoxydiglycol, Dihydroxyacetone, Pentylene Glycol, Glycerin, Ppg-5-Ceteth-20, Decyl Glucoside, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Cetyl Hydroxyethylcellulose, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Citric Acid, Fragrance, Benzyl Salicylate, Cinnamal, Cinnamyl Alcohol, Citronellol, Eugenol, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Geraniol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Hydroxycitronellal, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Linalool, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde
St. Tropez (pronounced "Saint Tro-pay") claims first and foremost to be all about getting a safe, sexy tan from self-tanners, but loading up your skin with fragrance that causes irritation runs a close second!
It isn't often that we rate self-tanning products poorly; after all, the vast majority of them use the same one or two ingredients (dihydroxyacetone and/or erythrulose) to turn your skin tan. And, most of them are formulated in pleasant, although basic, lotion, cream, gel, or liquid (aerosol) bases to make application smooth. Generally, the formulations of self-tanning products are a minor detail; much more important is your technique in applying it.
We rate almost all of St. Tropez's self-tanning options poorly because they contain numerous fragrance chemicals known to cause irritation. Examples of such ingredients are eugenol, citral, linalool, and limonene.
If a leave-on product contains only one or two of these fragrance chemicals and only low amounts, it's not a deal-breaker for your skin, but when several of them are present, even in low amounts, the combination can add up to an incredibly irritating product that hurts your skin.
What kind of hurt? Daily, chronic irritation from the litany of fragrance chemicals in these St. Tropez products can damage healthy collagen production, lead to or worsen dryness, and impair your skin's ability to heal (Sources: Inflammation Research, December 2008, pages 558–563; Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2008, pages 124–135 and November-December 2000, pages 358–371; Journal of Investigative Dermatology, April 2008, pages 15–19; Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, March 2008, pages 78–82; Mechanisms of Ageing and Development, January 2007, pages 92–105; and British Journal of Dermatology, December 2005, pages S13–S22.)
Given that this group of products is unusually expensive and that it puts your skin at risk of irritation: Why bother? Besides, there are hundreds of self-tanners and bronzers that do not contain these problematic ingredients—so you can enjoy a sunless tan knowing that you're continuing to take the best possible care of your skin!
For more information about St. Tropez, call (800) 366-6383 or visit www.sttropeztan.com.