Friday, June 24, 2011

XEN-TAN Premium Sunless Tanning Lotions {Review & Giveaway}

I have always liked the look of a good healthy suntanned glow. As we now approach the end of June, the amount of sun here in the Midwest in comparison to the rain has been minimal {le sigh}. What's even more disappointing is that on those overcast rare sunny days, I haven't had the opportunity to get outdoors as much as I would like. The good news for me is that I got the chance to try XEN-TAN Premium Sunless Tanning lotions. Yeah me!


XEN-TAN began when creator Dera Enochson decided she'd had enough of self-tans that looked orange. Working with chemists and testing on friends and family, she spent two years developing new formulas. XEN-TAN products were created to give a more natural color, while maintaining delicious scents, even when your tan is developing.

I was lucky enough to review two XEN-TAN sunless tanning products, the Dark Lotion Absolute Luxe and Face Tanner.

A little more about the two products (as detailed on their site)
Product #1 - Dark Lotion Absolute Luxe
  • Deep Instant Color
  • Time-Release Ingredient
  • Paraben-Free
  • Scent Secure Protection
8 oz - Sheer instant color turns deep tan within minutes after application and lasts 7 days. Updated formula helps to even out skin tones and give the darkest tan, with no self-tan odor. Paraben-free, oil-free, Green Tea. A dark tan with time-release complex to give a tan so smooth even the fairest skins can get a beautiful bronze. Vanilla scent. 8 oz. 

Product #2 - Face Tanner
  • No Instant Color
  • Anti-Aging Properties
  • Paraben-Free
  • Green Tea Extract
2.7 oz - Treatment and tan in one application. Use daily for the smoothest tan for face and throat. Gentle lactic acid means no flaking or splotching on delicate skin so your tan is always refined. Face Tanner has no instant color, if you prefer instant color try Face Tanner Luxe. Paraben-free. Antioxidants and moisture sooth the skin while giving a light-medium self-tan. For Face 2.7 oz. tube.

 ace and friends thoughts

Product #1 - Dark Lotion Absolute Luxe 

{Dark Lotion Absolute Luxe}
Upon opening the Dark Lotion Absolute Luxe, I first noticed that this lotion had a very nice fragrance and not the typical chemical self-tanner smell. A definite bonus in my book. It also had a nice thick consistency, definitely thicker than some of it's competitors that I have used in the past. I found this to be beneficial as it helped to spread out the lotion evenly. I purchased a separate tanning mitt which helped with the application. I applied the lotion in a small circular motions. The mitt absorbed quite a bit of product, so I may try disposable gloves for the next application. What was also impressive about the Dark Lotion Absolute Luxe was you immediately had instant color which gradually developed and darkened in the 2-3 hours following application. It dried super quick and I was able to sit down and not worry about the color coming off of my legs and onto my furniture.

Product #2 - Face Tanner

I've been looking for a good replacement for a discontinued self-tan face product that I was using for quite some time. I was quite impressed with XEN-TAN's Face Tanner. This colorless face tanner is the best smelling tanner I have ever tried. In addition to smelling delicious, it is actually quite moisturizing without being greasy. Once applied, it looks very natural. Regarding the application itself, I start out by putting it on my cheeks and forehead and blending a little, mostly where my skin would be exposed to the sun. I then mixed the Face Tanner with my moisturizer and blended it into my hairline, around the rest of my face, on my ears and then down onto my neck.

I have had quite a few people comment that it looked like I had been out and enjoying the sun. {love}. I'm so glad I was introduced to XEN-TAN's products! Now I can obtain that healthy sun-kissed look without having to roast spend hours in the sun. FABULOUS! Final thoughts: two {tan} thumbs up!

Buy It

Get your own XEN-TAN products on their site HERE
or  click HERE to locate a store near you .

Win It

Thanks to XEN-TAN, one LUCKY ace and friends reader will win their very own prize pack of Dark Lotion Absolute Luxe and Face Tanner (Retail up to $75). 


[Product review & giveaway disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free from the manufacturer of a PR Agency. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising." See ace and friends Disclosure Policy HERE.]

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Lauren said...

I would also like to try the bronzer! I have the hardest time trying to find a bronzer that doesn't make me look like a Jersey Shore reject lol!

collifornia said...

i would also love to try the XEN-TAN'S E! LIVE FROM THE RED CARPET PERFECT BLEND

holliister at gmail dot com

karenb834 said...

Mandatory entry had difficulty with mandatory entry would like to try the Scent Secure, thanks for the giveaway

Ginger said...

Great review,i never used a face tanner but would like to try in the future. I also like the Mousse Intense.

cyclona66 at aol dot com

mrsking14 said...

The body scrub
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karenb834 said...


frugalmommieof2 said...

The bronzer looks awesome.

eclairre said...

i would also love to try the XEN-TAN'S E! LIVE FROM THE RED CARPET PERFECT BLEND

farmgirl said...

I also would like to try the red carpet!!

Anja M. said...

I would love to try the Perfect Bronze.

anjathisandthat at yahoo dot com

Danelle said...

I would like to try their Body Scrub

danellejohns at gmail dot com

Blissful Bee Blogging said...

I'd love to try their Xen-Tan's E! Live From the Red Carpet Perfect Blend also! I could so use this since I'm pregnant and can't tan in a tanning bed.
kristi.blackstone at yahoo dot com

D.Dove said...

I'd like to try Xen-Tan's E! Live From the Red Carpet Perfect Blend because it'll allow me to customize the level of tan I get

heatherc191 at gmail dot com

Bre said...

I adore all of Xen-Tan's products. I am dying to try the one created for E!