Product Review | Xen-Tan Fresh Tanning Mouse 

I don’t know about you but I am so ready for summer now. I’m desperate to put away the winter jacket and get into my shorts and floaty dresses. One thing I’m not ready to do is expose my milk bottle legs. Yay for fake tanning products then! 

It was definitely time to shop my stash and dig out my sample of Xen-Tan Fresh Tanning Mouse rrp £33.99 for 236ml. Yes that’s pricey but I’ve done some digging and found that currently have this on offer for £17.99. That’s is by far the cheapest I have seen it available for. 
This celebrity favourite tanning brand has won numerous beauty awards including from the likes of Harpers Bazaar and Elle Beauty. 

The brand was developed by US tan enthusiast Dera Enochson after she found the already available tanning products were not fulfilling her desire to achieve that much coveted natural looking olive skinned tan. 

Xen-Tans lightweight foaming mouse claims to provide a buildable natural looking tan whilst also providing antioxidant, cellular protection and moisturising skincare benefits from a range non toxic ingredients including Green tea, Aloe Vera, Ginko Biloba and Vitamins D and E. So how does it perform? 

I certainly found this easy to apply. I used a tanning mitt which I found helped to blend the formula evenly into my skin. 

It dries down very quickly so I was able to get dressed after about five minutes. I didn’t experience any product transfer onto my clothing. 

This isn’t an instant tan, the colour develops   over time. You are advised not to have any contact with water for at least three hours after application.


  • No horrible smell. It is supposed to be grapefruit scented though I feel it has a cocoa type smell to it. 
  • Easy to apply. 
  • Can use on face.
  • Added skincare benefits.
  • Doesn’t leave dark looking pores. 
  • No staining. 


  • Does feel a little bit sticky. 
  • No guide colour.

Below is a before and after shot after using 1 layer of application and allowing to develop for several hours. The difference is very subtle. Where I do notice the the tan the most is on my shins. They are very white in the first picture. 

    I am happy with this level of tan for everyday wear. It is very natural looking and certainly doesn’t have that fake orange look to it. Zen-Tan do advise applying a second layer for a darker tan. 

    I found this a really easy to use product. My only negative is the lack of guide colour to ease application. I did miss a patch on my foot, whoops! Good job a shoe will be covering that! 

    If you have any recommendations for easy to apply fake tans do let me know as I’m always open to trying out new ones. 

    St Tropez In Shower Gradual Tan 

    This is one product I have been meaning to try out for a while. I have not one but two 50ml sample sizes from beauty sub boxes, typical me though I kept forgetting to bring it into the bathroom with me. Now I’ve finally temembered to use the St Tropez In Shower Gradual Tan £14.50, 200ml available from boots I thought I would share my experience.

      To use, after washing you apply the lotion in a circular motion to your wet skin, wait three minutes and then rinse off with warm water (no soap). Sounds easy doesn’t it? 

    In theory yes, the problem I had though was reaching my back, I just about managed it. I also felt a bit silly standing around butt naked in the bathroom, but hey ho it’s only for three minutes right? 

    As far as tanning actually goes this does work, one application was enough to top up my holiday tan. Expect a light glow rather than a dramatic heavy tan. For me this is perfect as I’m not a fan of anything too dark, I’ve had some horror story experiences with too dark tanners. This though didn’t do that. 


    What I will say is this, don’t moisturise afterwards, especially with a spray lotion. It runs and you will get a streak. How do I know? I learnt this the hard way after  my first attempt at using this. Yup I had a white trail down the inside of one leg whoops! As the tan lasts I had to wait till this faded, so not ideal. Let’s call that user error though not a fault of the product itself. 

    I suggest using this in the evening, allowing it to develop overnight, before applying any moisturising lotion. It also gives a chance for the mild tanning lotion smell to fade. 

    Overall this is a good product once you get used to using it correctly. This isn’t an instant tan so takes planning if you a want to be tanned for any particular upcoming events. So not one for last minute prep. It is an easy way though to incorporate tanning into your everydayroutine provided   you can spare the 5 minutes to use it that is (application 2 mins, waiting time 3mins). 

    I will be purchasing the full size of this to use, next time I’m looking for a special occasion tanning product as I like the type of tan effect it gives. £14.50 is a bit much for me to justify spending on what is ultimately an extra and not a nesscesity to my daily routine. I like the product enough to part with the cash as a treat for special occasions. Christmas parties, weddings, blogging events? This will be my go to. 

    What are you thoughts on fake tanning? Would you try this type of product out or do you prefer traditional tanning lotions?