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  • Choosing the right product for you

    Lotion, Mousse or Spray?

    Self Tan Classic Group

    With an extensive range of tanning products to suit everyone, our wardrobe of products provide the perfect choice for every skin tone. With such an extensive choice, it can be difficult to narrow down the perfect product for you. So starting with “format”, St.Tropez’s mousse, spray and lotions are all designed for developing an even and natural-looking tan, but each product is unique in its own way. Learning about the key differences between each product can help you decide which one is right for you.

    1. St. Tropez Bronzing Mousse
    The decadent bronzing mousse is St. Tropez’s bestselling product. With a velvety texture and lightweight feel, St.Tropez’s signature mousse goes on evenly and dries quickly. Because you can see where the product is already applied, you can avoid missing spots or going over the same area twice. The tinted formula and ease of application make the St.Tropez mousse the perfect choice for beginners. For best results, apply it with the matching St.Tropez Applicator Mitt. Fingertips work too, but the mitt protects your hands to avoid stains and ensures even coverage of the product.

    2. St.Tropez Bronzing Spray
    Designed for creating professional-quality colour at home, the St.Tropez bronzing spray is a great alternative to traditional salon spray tans. The super-fine mist feels light, dries quickly and develops evenly. Your back and any other tricky areas can be fully covered in seconds with the spray’s convenient 360-degree technology. The St.Tropez bronzing spray can be used at any angle, avoiding streaks and patches is easy. You can apply it the same way you would use a spray-on sunscreen or body lotion. Keep in mind that while St. Tropez’s spray is a very user-friendly product, you might want to stick to the lotion or the mousse if you are a beginner. Working with your hands is easier when you are just starting out because you have complete control over your coverage.

    3. St. Tropez Bronzing Lotion
    St.Tropez’s rich bronzing lotion is ideal for creating and maintaining a deeper and darker tan. Because cream-based products can be applied like regular moisturisers, they work equally well for both self-tanning pros and complete beginners. Use it in the summer or when you want dramatic results. To get perfect coverage, lightly smooth the St.Tropez bronzing lotion on your skin. No need to rub it in. Too much pressure can cause patches and streaks.

    All three tanning products contain the innovative Aromaguard technology for eliminating the tell-tale tanning smell. Every formula also comes enriched with pH-balancing moisturisers, aloe vera and other ingredients that nourish your skin while you tan. Pick your favourite based on your tanning needs and level of experience, or try all three for a complete St. Tropez tanning collection.

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  • First time tanning

    We sent Karen - our never tried tanning before Facebook fan - a selection of products to get her started and tell us all how she got on.

    We popped our Self tan Starter Kit in the post- as it's ideal for first time tanners, containing a Polish and Moisturizer to prepare her skin in advance and our bestselling Classic Bronzing Mousse.
    Here's how Karen got on: "Before I tried it I was really quite nervous in case it turned out horrible, but I was quite surprised with my first attempt.
    I watched the Kate Moss video of her applying the mousse and I did exactly the same to myself. My daughter who has tanned before said that I didn't need to apply it in circular motions but I said if it says to do that, then you do it, if you want to get the proper results, and if it goes wrong then it has nothing to do with not following instructions.
    Anyway, I followed the instructions to a t, and low and behold I think I did a pretty neat job, my daughter was impressed too, so much so, that she has used it also, and followed instructions and
    hey presto, she's happy with her self tanning as well. So, you could say that as a first time tanner, I was impressed with the whole process being easy and straightforward and giving results that are (not quite like Kate Moss, im not a professional), but results that I am proud of, and my fear of self tanning has vanished."

    St.Tropez Self Tan Starter Kit

    View Kate Moss Get The Look Video >>

    Buy a Self Tan Starter Kit >>

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  • Tanning Advice

    Thinking of getting a professional spray tan? Our tanning advice below will give you the full run down of how to prepare for your treatment, the treatment itself and maintenance.

    A St.Tropez Tanning Treatment gives you a flawless tan with professional results. You'll get to choose from our professional salon mist or lotion treatment for a natural looking, streak-free tan to suit every skin tone.

    To find your nearest salon, simply enter your postcode into our salon locator >>


    • We recommend you have a patch test 24 hours prior to your St.Tropez tanning treatment.
    • It is preferable not to apply any type of perfume, deodorant or aromatherapy oils on the day of your treatment as these may reduce the results.
    • Waxing or shaving should be completed at least 24 hours prior to the treatment to reduce sensitivity. For laser hair removal please seek advice from your practitioner.
    • For Spray Tanning, the evening before or morning of your treatment, exfoliate your entire body using St.Tropez Tan Enhancing Body Polish. Pay special attention to dry areas of your body such as hands, elbows, knees and feet.
    • Wear dark, loose fitting clothing as not to disturb the tan when getting dressed. Please be aware the guide colour can stain light hair, man-made fibres and wool.


    • Original Lotion Application – Approximately 1 hour. You will receive a full body exfoliation and moisturisation of the relevant areas and a professional application of St.Tropez Bronzing Lotion.
    • Spray Tan Application – Approximately 15 minutes. After selecting the appropriate St.Tropez Bronzing Mist, available in Classic, Sensitive, Dark and new Express you will receive a professional full body spray application. The Bronzing Mist will dry on your skin in just a few minutes so you can dress straight after the treatment.


    • Your tan will begin to develop immediately after your treatment.
    • Do not shower or bathe for a minimum of 4 hours after your treatment. The ideal development time is 8 hours.
    • During the development time, do not participate any activity which may cause perspiration.
    • It is fine to leave the guide colour on overnight and wash in the morning.
    • Some guide colour may transfer to bed linen. This will wash out of cotton but not so easily from man-made fibres or wool.


    • With the correct aftercare your tan can last longer, apply St.Tropez Tan Enhancing Body Moisturiser daily to hydrate your skin and maintain your tan for longer.
    • Exfoliate your skin with St.Tropez Tan Enhancing Body Polish every 3 days to ensure your tan fades evenly.
    • Do not rub, but pat your skin dry after showering or bathing.
    • Avoid swimming pools as chlorine can bleach the skin so your tan will fade faster.


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  • Self tan Luxe Dry Oil


    As the UK’s leading tanning brand we continuously strive for excellence. Investing a considerable amount of time and resource into research and development allows us to deliver break-through innovative products that meet the demands of our most important advocates – our customers. We are therefore extremely excited and proud to introduce our most luxurious tan yet….


    We look for inspiration from every industry all over the globe which helps us maintain our position as the number one tanning brand. Over the past couple of years oils have been popular on a global level and a gorgeous bronzed shimmering skin finish is always in fashion. This is especially apparent in Brazil where warm toned, delectable healthy flawless, glowing bronzed skin is the norm.

    Inspired by Brazil our Self Tan Oil has been in development for over two years; initially we were told it was impossible as oil and water cannot be mixed; they just separate back into layers but twenty seven formulations later and a lot of perseverance from our development team a breakthrough was finally made. The result is an indulgent, luxurious dry oil that leaves skin flawlessly glowing and radiantly soft… I am sure you will agree it was worth the wait.


    St. Tropez Luxe Dry Oil delivers the long-lasting, streak-free and entirely natural tan you have come to expect from St.Tropez tanning products, plus a host of skin benefits. It is clinically proven to moisturise and hydrate skin for up to 7 days and includes Brazil Nut Oil to help nourish skin and protect it from the dryness often associated with tanning. This indulgent self tan contains 100% natural DHA and is also 100% natural fragranced with essentials oils including Neroli, Lemongrass and Grapefruit. Let’s also not forget the beautiful skin enhancing shimmer which leaves skin looking radiant and helps to guide application.


    Combining an oil with self tanner leaves skin nourished, soft and supple for up to 7 days as well as giving skin that beautiful natural tan. Due to the nature of the hydrating nature of the oil you can also expect your tan to last longer.


    As always when applying Self Tan we would advise a full body exfoliation the day before application. Try our Tan Enhancing Body Polish which contains spherical beads to ensure skin is perfectly prepped. Immediately before application use a small amount of moisturiser to protect any dry areas from absorbing too much tan. This includes your hands, elbows, knees ankles and feet. Shake the oil before and during use to evenly disperse the shimmer particles. Tip a small amount into your hand and work in until absorbed. A tan applicator mitt can be used to help work the product into skin. Once you have even coverage use any residue to lightly glaze over the back of well moisturised hands and feet. Wash palms after use. Wait 4 – 8 hours before showering off the light shimmering guide colour to reveal a golden tan. To maintain; moisturise daily and exfoliate once or twice a week.


    There is often a misconception that an oil product is heavy and greasy. Throughout our development process we had to ensure the perfect combination of naturally derived tanning ingredients and nourishing oils were delivered at exactly the right levels. The result is a non-greasy, quick drying, duper hydrating and indulgent self tan that doesn’t leave you feeling sticky.


    On average a self tan will last around 4 days depending on the individual’s skin natural rate of exfoliation. We do however, always advise that you moisturise daily and exfoliate once or twice a week as this will extend the life of your tan.


    St.Tropez Self Tan Luxe Dry Oil is available from mid-March on St-Tropez.com, Selfridges, Sephora, Boots, Superdrug and at leading salons nationwide.
    £25 RRP

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    St.Tropez is proud to reveal our most decadent and fabulous 
    long-lasting tanning experience yet…


    Combine a campaign fronted by supermodel and St.Tropez Global Ambassador Kate Moss, the latest in intelligent self-tanning technology and a luxe Brazilian inspired dry oil with multiple skincare benefits and you get St. Tropez Self Tan Luxe Dry Oil.

    Undeniably the most innovative self-tanning solution yet, this luxurious new beauty hero delivers the long-lasting, streak-free and entirely natural looking tan St Tropez is famous for, plus a host of unexpected extras: From the chic, frosted-glass flacon to the sophisticated, 100% natural Neroli, Lemongrass and Grapefruit essential oil fragrance, this is self-tan, but not as you know it.

    Moreover, with its deluxe, fast-drying, non-greasy and easy-to-apply dry-oil base, St.Tropez Self Tan Luxe Dry Oil is clinically proven to leave skin supple, nourished and perfectly conditioned for up to seven days, whilst also lending limbs an instant shimmering glow for those occasions when you need to look great from the word go. Once it has fully developed, just wash of the subtle shimmer that acts as a guide colour to reveal a golden tan.

    St.Tropez Self Tan Luxe Dry Oil uses a 100% natural tanning agent and is also paraben, sulphate and phthalate free.

    The St.Tropez Self Tan Luxe Dry Oil, 100ml is exclusively available online now and in St.Tropez Retailers from March 2014.


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    Get the Look Brits 2014 Tans


    Last night the Music Industry's finest put on their glad rags to attend the Brit Awards 2014. These glam ladies lit up the red carpet with a little help from ST.Tropez, our tanning experts Jules Heptonstall and Michaella Bolder tell us how they achieved their looks.

    Laura Whitmore 

    "I layered two coats of Classic Bronzing Mist the evening before Laura attended the Elle Style awards and The Brits. This gave Laura healthy glowing skin, on the evening of the event I mixed Gold Illuminator with Tan Enhancing Body Moisturiser and a dabble of Light to Medium Instant Tan down the front and back of Laura's legs to give a Dramatic and Sexy finish. The Sheer Red Hesan Hejazi dress complimented her unique finish."


    "Foxes likes to keep her look Fun and Fresh, to compliment Foxes personality I sculpted her body using Self Tan Express Mist - this Tan develops quicker and meant she could be ready and irresistibly bronzed hours before she left for the event. Foxes went for a stunning Mark Fast fuchsia pink floor length dress so we kept her skin finishing simple and doused Louisa's arms in Tan Enhancing Body Moisturiser for her arms to appear sheer and glossy."

    Michaella Bolder


    Hannah Reid

    "On Hannah I applied two generous coats of St.Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mist to her body to give her skin that all over rich golden glow that complimented her Ellie Saab dress perfect. For Hannah the attention is all on her décolletage and arms – I gave her St.Tropez Gold illuminator to add that luminosity to her skin."

    Sara Cox

    "Sara has just finished her long stint with Radio 1 to move to Radio 2 – all attention on her as she walks the red carpet at this years Brits. Sara had two coasts of St.Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse to give a velvety and rich golden hue to her skin. Her Diane Von Furstenberg dress is all about legs – so I ensured she moisturises with St.Tropez Tan Optimiser Body Moisturiser to give her pins hydration before heading out."

    Jules Heptonstall


    Fancy a Professional Spray Tan? Head to our Salon Locator to find your nearest salon >>
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  • Instyle Award Winner 2014


    InStyle Award 2014


    Our Self Tan Classic Bronzing Mousse is the proud winner of Best Self Tan for Body, as voted for by 198 industry experts.

    Top make-up artist Sarah Reygate told InStyle "I encourage all my clients to use self-tan to prevent sun damage. This mousse is effortless to apply with a mitt, it simply glides on and createds a golden sunkissed colour that suits everybody."

    St.Tropez Bronzing Mousse 120ml


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    6 Months Before

    GET SERIOUS ABOUT SKINCARE: Start a good cleansing and moisturising regime, and consider consulting a dermatologist or making appointments for monthly facials to figure out the best treatment plan.
    EAT WELL: Start paying attention to your nutrition to ensure a healthy glow.
    SHAPE UP: Want to get in shape? A few sessions with a trainer may help to jump-start your routine. Try practicing yoga; the postures are great for toning and
    relieving stress.
    EXPERIMENT: If you want to grow out your hair, try a new colour or cut, talk to your stylist and start experimenting.

    3 Months Before

    EXPERIMENT AGAIN: Book in hair and makeup trials -Try out different styles and take pictures so you can decide what you like best
    BOOK: Decide on a hairdresser and makeup artist then book them in for your wedding date.
    GOLDEN GLOW: Book a personal tan consultation. Visit our Salon Locator which will and find the nearest salons to you. We recommend you have a couple of trial runs to discover the perfect shade for you.

    1 Month Before

    NAILS: Book in a nail appointment and choose your colour – TIP: buy the polish just in case the salon doesn’t have it in stock in the day!
    PEARLY WHITES: If you want a sparkling big-day smile, cut down on tea and coffee and try a whitening toothpaste.
    SKIN PREP: Ensure you skin is free of any previous applications of self tan and begin to prepare the skin for your tan. We recommend that 2-3 times a week you should complete a full body exfoliation using our St.Tropez Tan Enhancing Body Polish and Tan Remover Mitt to create a smooth canvas, followed by moisturising using St.Tropez Tan Enhancing Body Moisturiser to keep the skin hydrated and supple.

    2 Weeks Before

    TRIM: Keep your hair looking fresh by trimming off the dull ends.
    CONFIRM: Confirm big-day beauty appointments and take note of your beauty schedule for the day
    SELF TAN: If self-tanning, start regularly applying self tanner to build up a good base of even colour – remember to apply St.Tropez Tan Enhancing Body Moisturizer to any dry areas including the elbows, knees and ankles to avoid patchiness. Moisturise daily and exfoliate 2-3 times a week to ensure an even, hydrated colour.

    The Week Before

    FINAL FACIAL: Have your last facial - but only if you've been doing it regularly and you know will not cause irritation.
    GLOSSY LOCKS: Do a deep-conditioning hair treatment for softer, shinier hair, or do a salon gloss.
    HAIR REMOVAL: Get any waxing done and final eyebrow shaping, to avoid irritation.
    SPRAY TAN: Time to glow! We recommend that you book your spray tan, 2 days before to ensure you have the perfect golden glow.

    The Day Before

    HYDRATE: Drink lots of water & keep hydrated.
    RELAX: Take time out to relax and enjoy the last of your pamper treatments!

    Finally after all the beauty prep…enjoy your big day!!

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  • Happy Birthday Kate!

    Kate Moss St.Tropez

    St.Tropez celebrate 40 years of supermodel Kate Moss

    40 things you probably didn’t know about the UK’s favourite fashion and beauty icon.

    As world famous fashion icon and St.Tropez brand ambassador Kate Moss’ 40th birthday approaches, St.Tropez the world’s leading tanning brand has put together a snapshot in celebration of this milestone. From when she was first discovered, to her favourite TV programme as well as her favourite beauty tips, these top facts tell you all you need to know about the iconic model...

    40 facts about Kate Moss:

    1) She was first discovered at New York’s JFK airport at the age of 14
    2) She makes plum jam from fruit grown from her Cotswold estate
    3) She supports Chelsea
    4) She had 15 bridesmaids at her wedding to Jamie Hince
    5) If she could be an animal, she would be a lioness
    6) She’s appeared in a White Stripes video
    7) She’s a tea addict and drinks between 10-15 cups a day
    8) Her favourite cheese is Stilton
    9) She has a brother named Nick, who was once a model
    10) She’s graced over 300 magazine covers
    11) She’s featured on the cover of Vogue 33 times since her debut in 1993
    12) She is now a contributing editor at British Vogue
    13) She stripped naked to be the face and body of St.Tropez self-tan
    14) She bought her own engagement ring in 2008 because her fiancé, Jamie Hince, couldn’t afford it at the time
    15) She is godmother to Jude Laws’ daughter Iris
    16) She prefers Lord of the Rings to Harry Potter
    17) She is OCD about not mixing silver and gold
    18) Her half-sister, Lottie, is also signed by Storm, Kate’s model agency
    19) She doesn’t take selfies
    20) In 2005, a naked portrait of Kate, painted by artist Lucien Freud was sold for £3.9 Million pounds
    21) She had her figure immortalized in solid gold in a £1.5 million pound sterling statue for the British Museum
    22) She doesn’t like texting as she’s a self-proclaimed ‘grammar snob’
    23) She changes phone accessories to match her outfits
    24) Her favourite app is Dumb Ways to Die
    25) She was featured on the front cover of the 60th anniversary issue of Playboy magazine
    26) The St.Tropez shoot happened on the coldest day of the year although it looked like it was shot on a sunny beach
    27) Her ultimate beauty product is black kohl eyeliner
    28) She sang with Bobby Gillespie and Jason Spaceman for their ‘Spiritualized’ album
    29) Manolo Blahnik made her wedding shoes five times to make sure they were perfect
    30) Her fashion line is set to return to Topshop in 2014 and will be sold in 40 countries worldwide
    31) Her beauty icon is Jerry Hall
    32) She doesn’t think number 13 is unlucky
    33) She takes fashion inspiration from Mick Jagger
    34) Her biggest fashion regret are dungarees
    35) She first used St.Tropez 15 years ago on her first trip to Ibiza
    36) She featured in Paul McCartney’s most recent video ‘Queenie Eye’ with ex-lover Johnny Depp
    37) She loves Eastenders
    38) She never gets rid of her clothes, they’re all in storage for her daughter Lila
    39) Her ultimate festival essentials are hotpants, wellies, salt spray & St.Tropez tan
    40) She’s not a natural blonde

    One thing that hasn’t changed throughout Kate’s stellar career is her love of St.Tropez which she has been using for the last 15 years. She says: “St.Tropez has such a wardrobe of products, it’s a natural looking tan and makes me feel more confident, you just feel better when you look in the mirror and you look much healthier.’

    Happy Birthday Kate from all at St.Tropez!

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  • Golden Globes 2014

    Margot Robbie - Get The Look

    Margot Robbie

    As the stars took to the red carpet for the Golden Globes, LA sparkled and glowed with a little help from us! Make-Up Artist Jennifer Streicher tells us how to get Margot Robbie's beautiful bronzed skin.


    “First, we did a an all over application of the St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse the day before. This provided a gorgeous and natural sun-kissed base. I mixed Instant Tan Wash Off Body Lotion in Medium/Dark with the Skin Illuminator (gold) and applied liberally. After a few minutes I went back over a few key spots with just the skin Illuminator (tops of shoulders, chest and collarbone). This was a very tricky process while she was wearing a white dress so I lined the dress with tissue while I applied. I thought this look turned out gorgeous – she looked glowing!”


    ”This was all about the "body" so I felt that St. Tropez products were a must and played such an important part of this look. The Self Tan Bronzing Mousse (£20.43) is an essential and provides a great base for the rest of the products”

    To enhance your tan before an outing, apply the St.Tropez Instant Tan Wash Off Face and Body Lotion in medium/dark (£10) with the applicator mitt. Get even more golden with the St.Tropez Gold Skin Illuminator (SALE £6.13) by applying to cheekbones, shoulders, and shins for a luminous glow.

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