St.Tropez Gradual Tan In Shower Lotion Review

St.Tropez tan

St.Tropez tan

St. Tropez is one of my favourite brands for tanning products, so when I saw they had a 3 minute in shower tan I knew I had to put it to the test.

The gradual tan in shower lotion £14.50 is designed to be applied to the skin whilst it is wet, after 3 minutes it is rinsed off and begins to develop throughout the day. No feeling sticky or left with a biscuity smell – Sounds perfect!

What St. Tropez say about the product

“Our best-selling lotion, for a natural, sunkissed glow. This nourishing lotion gradually builds in just 3 minutes, as part of your daily shower regime. Apply for 3 consecutive days to achieve a healthy looking tan to suit all skin tones.”

How To Use

  • Wash as normal in the shower
  • Turn the shower off and apply a generous amount of the product to wet skin in circular motions
  • Wash palms of hands
  • Wait for 3 minutes
  • Rinse the product off with warm water only.
  • Pat dry the skin

The Product

Although quite strange at first, it was actually really easy to apply to wet skin. The product is quite thick and massages on to the skin easily without any drips. I had read reviews where people hated waiting the 3 minutes for it to develop in the freezing cold, however I have not found this to be a problem. I usually put on a hair mask at the same time and it is surprising how quickly the time passes. The product also rinses off easily once the time is up and doesn’t leave any sticky residue or a smell behind.

The tan then starts to develop throughout the day to produce a natural glow. I have yet to find any streaks or build up around common problem areas such as the ankles and wrists. The tan is extremely subtle so it really is just a hint of colour following the first application. Using the product on consecutive days does build it up but it is still extremely subtle. My skin is fair and it has definitely given me more of a healthy glow.

Final Thoughts

I enjoyed using the St. Tropez gradual tan in shower lotion. It is so quick and easy to apply and is ideal for someone who is new to tanning or has very fair skin. I dont think that this product would make much of a difference for darker skin tones so if you want more of a noticable, instant boost of colour then you might prefer an alternative product such as St.Tropez self tan express bronzing mist £26.00. Another downside is that you have to use a generous amount of this product so it can end up quite costly as it gets used up quickly.

I would not repurchase this product as I want to see more of a difference to  the colour of my skin. There is a newly released version of the in shower lotion in the shade medium which I would like to try to see if it does make more of a difference than the original version.


Aqua (Water), Dihydroxyacetone, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Diethylhexyl Sodium Sulfosuccinate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Glycerin, Decyl Glucoside, Ethoxydiglycol, Sodium Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Parfum (Fragrance), Propylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Chloride, Coco-Glucoside, Glyceryl Oleate, Isohexadecane, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-DI-t-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Glyceryl Laurate, PEG-18 Glyceryl Oleate/Cocoate, Polysorbate 80, Caramel, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Decylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium Hydroxide, Geraniol, Linalool, Limonene, Alpha-isomethyl Ionone, Coumarin.

Key Ingredients And What They Do

  • Dihydroxyacetone (DHA) – This is the active ingredient in tanning products, derived from plant sources such as sugar cane.
  • Sweet almond oil – moisturises and softens.

Have you tried the St Tropez gradual tan in shower lotion? What did you think of it?

Lily x

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