I took a new (to me) self tanner on my trip to Colorado last month, Xen-Tan .

xen-tan-travelTo be honest, I didn’t have really high hopes for it, as it wasn’t something that I have heard much buzz about, but I had a nice travel size tube of it (and, well, Nordies sells it – how bad could it be?), so off we went.

My initial impressions were good – the lotion, which gives you immediate color, went on very smoothly and streak free. And it smelled great – pretty much no DHA smell at all, and the scent that it had was not overpowering at all – just nice. Naturallly I didn’t use gloves, so immediately after the application, my hands were stained. No big deal, that is to be expected. I scrubbed and scrubbed, but still brown. Ok.

Well, much to my surprise, looking at my hands about 30 minutes later, no more stained hands. !! Hmm. Tan looks good, no stained hands. I like it. I applied it again the next day, same thing. Disappearing hand stain, great tan.

xen-tan-scrubSo my vacation wore on. I didn’t reapply at all. And that is where I found the coolest thing about the Xen-Tan, and something I have seen in no other self tanner – airbrush, lotion, whatever – the fade. This stuff fades like a real tan. No splotchy unevenness whatsoever. It just fades. Beautifully!

So, Xen-Tan comes in about every formulation you can dream of. Lotions, face lotion, mousse, and even a formulation for your spray tanner. They have body scrubs, tan extenders, a wonderful bronzer compact, and sponges for application. It is a little on the pricey side, but not out of the ballpark at all for self tanners – well worth the price for a beautiful, good smelling tan that fades like real sun. Love this!