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Boots Botanics Golden Glow Body Lotion is something of a miracle potion, by what you read on the packaging. On the front of the label it claims to "Build a gradual tan, [...] adds rich moisture, [...] protects collagen". On the back it also claims to fight cellulite and to "smooth and nourish" the skin. So, can it live up to its claims?
For starters, the vital statistics:
Golden Glow is sold in Boots stores, as you would expect, and currently retails for £2.99 for a bottle containing 250ml. There are often offers on the Botanics range - at the moment there is a 3rd off, so it would cost £1.99, but it's usual to see BOGOFs or other discounts. This is a very good price for such an all-in-one, and a bottle will last several weeks with daily use.
Golden Glow is a pale lemon, sweet selling lotion, that has quite a runny consistency - so watch for spills. It doesn't smell strongly of any one scent, it's just vaguely floral and sweet with a note of honey, which is one of the ingredients (moisture). Echinacea is another ingredient, which apparently protects collagen. There is not that awful noticeable "fake tan" smell with this product, which is always a bonus.
The bottle has a pump top for easy application, however it sometimes lets out more product than I expected, so can be slightly messy. Although the pump has an on/off switch, by rotating the pump, it hasn't worked on the last two bottles of this I have had - so effectively you are unable to close the product, which would make it unsuitable to take with you when travelling!
1. Builds a gradual tan
This is the primary reason I buy this stuff. After all, I have millions of moisturisers and body butters on my shelves, being the hoarder that I am. The tan is extremely subtle. Extremely. You won't notice it at all, until you have been applying it for around 5 days in a row. For most people, I appreciate that this would not be a positive, however for me it is. I am very pale, and every gradual tan I have ever tried (apart from this one) has looked orange and obvious on me. This is subtle enough to use all over, including the face, and you will never look faked as it is so natural. It is also practically mistake proof, as there will be no streaks or blotches if you miss a patch one day - you simply wouldn't notice the difference, as it is only the continued application that builds a tan. I tend to use this daily from April to October to ward off the ghost jokes that would otherwise be incurred by my milk bottle legs! I've used Golden Glow for the last 2 summers, and fully intend to use it this one too!
2. Adds moisture / smoothes and nourishes
If, like me, you're using this magic potion for the gradual tanning elements, you won't have to buy a separate moisturiser to keep your skin in tip top condition. It feels very moisturising as you apply it, and has a great texture. It sinks in well, and leaves skin feeling soft and looking nice for hours. I also apply it to my face, and it leaves that too feeling moisturised, though I would not necessarily apply it under make up. It certainly moisturises the skin as well as more expensive brands body moisturising products.
3. Protects collagen / fights cellulite (the qualities it is difficult to judge!)
To be honest, I've no idea how well this lotion protects collagen or fights cellulite. I can say that my skin looks better, but I find that the case with most moisturisers, and also the act of actually rubbing a cream into your thighs itself makes them look better. I don't have cellulite, but I think that can be more attributed to my age and weight rather than to the cream, as I don't think I had any before I started using it either! So, although I cannot give an answer as to whether it lives up to these claims, I can recommend it based on its other merits, and we'll have to just believe the packaging where the less visible benefits are concerned.
In conclusion, I'd heartily recommend this cream, as I'm sure you've all gathered by now. It won't suit you if you want an instant tan, but if you wanted an instant tan you'd probably not be looking at reviews for gradual tans. Otherwise, it's good value and well performing, for the sort of people who find the gradual tans for "Fair to Medium skin" by Johnson's and the like too orange.
Being a loyal fan of Boot Botanics products, i thought it about time to work my way through their range of creams and lotions etc. Having dry skin means that i tend to go for creams rather than lotions but I must say that this is one lotion that i will definitely be using again. Full of natural goodness and light yet extremely moisturising which surprise me. The pump feature means that unlike a heavy cream, you dont have to make a mess and get cream stuck behind your nails which can be a nightmare. The glow it gave to the skin was quite appealing although i dont think it is all that necessary because well moisturised skin has a tendency to look brighter and healthier anyway. I dont think it is only needed for the cold weather, skin should be moisturised all year round if you want it in its best possible condition.
Boots Botanics Golden Glow Body Lotion is the first tanning product I ever bought. I've always been a bit wary of fake tan, even the moisturizers that claim to build up a natural tan gradually, which is what Botanics Golden Glow is. I was always worried about turning orange or streaky or both, but I also hated being pale. I can't get a real tan. I just burn if I stay in the sun too long and it's bad for you anyway, so eventually I decided to take the risk and try fake tan.
I chose Botanics Golden Glow because it was cheap (only £2.93 for a 250ml bottle, which is less than similar products cost), because it contained more natural ingredients than other brands and because I'd read positive reviews of it.
It comes in a pump action plastic bottle. The bottle has quite a simple design - white with a green label around the middle. It's not see through at all, so you can't tell how much you have left. On the back of the bottle it says that the moisturizer "builds a gradual golden colour with regular use, without streaking". It also claims to make skin firmer as well as smoothing and nourishing.
Before using the lotion, I washed and exfoliated and put on gloves. The label recommends that you just wash your hands after use, but I wasn't taking any chances. I used it all over my body, but not on my face. It doesn't say not to use it on your face, I just thought that if it went wrong on my face it wouldn't be so easy to hide. I was pleased to find that it didn't have much of a smell. I've heard that fake tans often smell horrible, but this one didn't really smell of anything.
I was careful to distribute it evenly and rub it in really well, but this lotion is not easily absorbed. I felt sticky for a very long time. I applied it at night and still felt sticky when I woke up in the morning, which wasn't a nice feeling. I used it every night for a week, as that's how long it took me to finish the bottle. I didn't notice any difference at all for three or four days and when I did notice a change in colour, it was only very slight. Some parts of my body seemed to tan easier than others. My forearms tanned, but my upper arms didn't, my neck and chest tanned, but my stomach and back didn't and my ankles tanned, but the rest of my legs and my feet didn't. It wasn't a particularly nice colour either. My neck and arms didn't look too bad, but the tan was very subtle. My chest and ankles, however, ended up with more of a yellow tinge than a golden glow. After using it for a few days my skin seemed slightly firmer, which was nice, but that's not what I bought it for.
I was not impressed with this product at all. I wouldn't recommend it and I will not be buying it again.
This is part of the Boots Botanics range exclusive to the high street chemist.
It is priced at 2.93 but there are often combination offers on the range.
The bottle is really tall and thin. It is white, which makes it hard to see how much is inside. There is a pump on top which when purchased is locked down. This springs up when open, but I have never been able to get it to stay back down - not great to travel.
The moisturiser itself is very liquid and drizzles off your hand. It is a very pale cream and sinks quickly in to your skin. It has like the rest of the brand a herb smell. This is due to the echinacea and honey in it which gives it a saccharine hint to the scent. The echinacea is a very heathy protective element and also stimulates the natural collagen in the skin to plump it out. The natural honey extract is designed to give the moisture skin needs.
The golden glow is meant to imply this builds a fake tan on the skin that build gradually. I have used this product for a while and still have noticed no change of colour. This might not be as strong as other non natural products, but still not living up to the label is not the best sign!!!
When it comes to fake tans I find them simply..at best....awful. With my really pale skin none have ever suited me and some have given me truly disastrous results and believe me over the years I've tried pretty much all the offerings from leading brands.
However I long for sun-kissed skin and can't even get that when the sun is beating down and I lie in it and sunbeds and them stand up tanning booths don't work for me at all. I once had 12 sessions in a super tanning unit and wasted all my money cos I was still the colour of a milk bottle at the end of it all!
So because I long to be a bronzed goddess opposed to my Mum saying I look pale and interesting which means washed out and anemic looking I still regularly buy something, try it and it ends up in the bin after one use. However I came across this and I do like the Boots Botanics range brought to us from Boots and I felt compelled to try it.
I have had a mixed bag of results from Botanics products. All of the products I have tried (and again I have tried lots of them), I've felt have been wonderful treatments. However the smell of some of them has really at times have gone a long way to make me chucking up. Like an example of this was the exfoliating soap I used. Yes it was wonderful to my skin but the smell to me was putrid and I hated it on my skin! So before shelling out big time on the full size bottle of this I decided to buy the sample size which is a 50ml tube and cost me a pound.
Well the full sized bottle is 200ml and see through plastic and has a pump action lever situated at the top. The current price of this at the time I post this review is £1.95 though usually the price will be £2.93. As I said mine is a tube and at the time was a cheaper option to try before I committed. My tube is a cream colour with a white and green sticky label on the front that tells me all the same information as the larger size. I'm told it's Active Plant Extracts, Body Golden Glow Body Lotion which builds up a gradual tan. Honey adds rich moisture. Enchinacea protects collagen. Then written length-ways down said label I'm told it's Boots, The Power Of Plants Botanics and finally there is a drawing of a leaf on there which is green. On the back of the tube I'm given directions for use,warnings, Size is stated (as I've listed already), ingredients are given, contact details for Boots are stated (the manufacturer of this product), the recycle symbol is shown and finally there is a bar-code on there. Nice, natural looking packaging but there isn't anything stunning or girly about it , it simply looks functional and like it may work.
Directions For Use....
Apply daily to build up a gradual golden glow to your body. Wash hands after use. Dermatologically tested.
Shockingly I love it! Everything about it too!The lotion itself is white, smells delicately of flowers (though it isn't rich and heavy in fragrance at all it's simply nice) and simply smells like a nice body lotion with no nasty whiffs or that the smell is there to hide anything. It's quite wet of course and has a gloss to the liquid. It's quite greasy so a little goes a long way too making this a really economical product.
The first time I applied this I didn't know whether to use a body scrub first and make preparations or not. So before using this I simply shower, shave my bits and bobs if I wash and pat myself dry. Now before I ever apply any tanning product I always put on some gloves first. This is simply because I always get staining to my pale skinned hands and it gets into my bitten fingernails so I prefer to protect me from that!
Using it is easy and it takes me about 5 minutes to apply this head to toe, it's that simple, easy and fuss free to use (yep I also use this on my face as I'm not told not too!). So I splodge out a little into my gloved hands and gently rub it in. Very simple it goes on quite greasy, doesn't cake but absorbs in quickly leaving me with soft and hydrated skin totally. I wait about 5 minutes to get dressed but even though I'm dressed and there is no transference of this product whatsoever my skin still feels wonderfully hydrated.
Delicately fragranced skin that feels really amazing like I've used a brilliant body lotion on myself. For ease of use this is the bomb and a pleasure to use. After the first application of this I can see a hint of colour to my skin which is simply enough for me till it fades (which it does unpatchily) and then reapply it when I have a few minutes. If you want a darker shade on your skin use as often as required till you get your desired shade.
This gives a lovely, gentle, subtle, sexy hint of colour and isn't orangy or fake looking at all. For me this is simply exceptional in every way. Nowhere do I look darker than in other places or go streaky, it doesn't transfer onto my bedding or onto my towels it just fades off within a couple of days (that's one application so would take longer if you build up the colour).
Not only is it great for giving me a hint of healthy colour but it gives me noticeably soft skin and I like to use this now before going out to the pub or club because I trust it entirely and yes once it's dried in I have no issues wearing white after using it.
If you have very pale like me, this is really highly recommended from me. If you want a couple of shades darker than I'm sure this would achieve those results for you but if you want really dark then unless your patient it's going to take a while...this simply in my view is for a hint of natural colour and it delivers that to me perfectly. I'm a huge fan of this one!
Great for in the cold months when a moisturiser is really needed and a touch of colour brightens your look / With regular use this lotion builds a gradual golden colour /