“ Brand: Boots / Type: Body Tan / Subcategory: Tan / Suitable for: Body / What it does: Tans, „
I am quite the tanning novice as my fair complexion means I am apprehensive in trying out new products of this kind, so when I saw this product, which clearly states it is a hypo-allergenic gentle tan that provides a natural glow and inevitably primes your skin for exposure to the sun I had to buy it to try it out.
The packaging is simple, using a yellow and gold colour scheme which shouts out summer time, and the bottle is 200ml with a pump dispenser nozzle to prevent spillages and ensures easy use. The packaging states that it is a gradual tan that leaves a hint of colour and a natural glow, and I must say this is definitely the case. Personally for me and my pale complexion I felt that this was perfect for me, it provided a subtle glow as it states and a definite natural colour, not orange at all. I have used it for over a week now and the colour is remaining relatively constant and not necessarily getting any darker, but that is what I was looking for.
Another great factor regarding this tan is the smell, previous experience with other products have shown me some are very overpowering whereas this like with the colour is very subtle, and on application dries relatively quickly dependent on how much you put on. I also would say that my skin now is so soft, as in some areas I do have dry skin and it has really moisturised well, especially my legs. One final point I will pick up on is it also states it contains a unique antioxidant that prepares skin for the sun, not in terms of prolonged sun exposure but it means the product is more likely to help your skin pick up a natural tan. In my case I must say this may have worked, we have had some sunny weather recently and I never seem to be able to tan, however after using this I did notice that I had also naturally caught the sun, though I don't know if that is the product or just coincidence.
However I must say if you are looking for an obvious tanning product I don't think this would be the one for you, and I would also imagine it is not very effective on darker complexions, this is because as it states it only provides a hint of colour. I would also say that if you do not use it every day the colour will fade quickly and already I feel like I am getting through the bottle pretty quickly, so for £9.50 a go i would have hoped it will last longer than i am guessing it is going to.
So to sum this up I would definitely advise those with pale complexions to test this product out as it definitely does what it says on the bottle, moisturises and provides a natural glow without streaks. I will definitely be using this again, though as I have said those who are looking for more of an obvious tan I would probably choose another tanning product.
I usually quite like Boots No 7 Cosmetics and have used a wide variety of different things in their range over the years, from cleansing lotions and potions to mascara and eyeliners, etc. I tried their Naturally Sunkissed Gradual Body Tan as I had a £5 Boots voucher to spend on anything from the Boots No 7 Range and to be honest, I just couldn't find anything that really took my fancy.
This 200ml pump dispenser yellow plastic bottle costs £9.50, but, because I had my voucher it only cost me £4.50 so I was initially quite pleased with what I thought was a bit of a bargain.
I applied the fake tan, which promised me a very gradual, natural looking tan, the same night I brought it home. Now, I know I probably have a slightly dark skin tone but I was expecting at least a little change with what is essentially, a fake tanning lotion. Personally, I noticed no difference whatsoever with this lotion. The lotion was thick, white and creamy and was absorbed nicely into my skin and did not leave any nasty greasy residue at all.
I loved the fresh smell of this lotion too. It's not at all like a lot of those fake tanning lotions you can buy that stink the house out and smell of slightly burnt clothing which has been left in the tumble dryer for too long. The smell also lasts a long time after the lotion has dried on my body and I was quite pleased with this.
Afterwards my skin did feel noticeable softer and smoother and I liked the way my clothes didn't stick to my body and I didn't even have to wait around for ages for it to dry. Did it give me a natural looking tan, I hear you ask? Well, no, it didn't. I won't lie to you or beat around the bush. This stuff just did not make one jot of difference to my skin tone - my goodness, I didn't even look slightly yellow.
I applied it every night for seven nights and at the end of the seven days there was no change in colour at all. Yes, my skin was softer, but I suppose I could achieve this with any normal moisturiser. What I had paid for was a gradual tanning lotion but unfortunately this stuff just didn't do it for me.
If I had paid full price for this stuff I would have been very cross. As it was, I got £5 off but I still feel I was cheated out of my money. I gave it to a friend to try who has a lighter complexion than I do but even she said it made very little noticeable difference as far as building up a tan was concerned.
A disappointing product from Boots No 7 and one I won't be buying again.
Review also posted on Ciao as dawnieG.
No 7. is normally a brand I hold in high reguard, but this product ths dented my confidence in them. The full title on the bottle reads 'Naturally Sunkissed Gradual Body Tan', but it's effect was so gradual I barely noticed it and neither did anyone else.
The product comes in a cheerful yellow bottle, presumably to encourage you to think of sunny days, and the bottle holds a generous 200ml. On pulling off the lid, a push down dispenser is revealed. This is lockable to save unwanted splurgings. One good push will leave a 10p piece size of lotion in your hand. It's white in colour and deliciously light and creamy, with no greasiness when you rub it in at all. From a moisturising perspective this product does a good job. It left my skin feeling smooth and looking healthy all day. So far so good.
The lotion has a smell which I adore. I am not the best at explaining smells, but its not floral, or musky, its quite fresh and makes me think of sun-tan lotion on warm skin on hot summers days.
I used it on my legs, arms, shoulders and chest, religeously for 4 weeks before I went on holiday, thinking that when I got there I wouldn't look quite so pastie-white in the sun. By the end of the 4 weeks the lotion ran out. So at £9.50 a bottle, I consider that a tad expensive. I would have hoped it would last longer than that.
What was disappointing was that it didn't actually appear to tan my skin at all. After about three weeks of using the lotion my daughter commented that my legs were looking a little brown, but that was the only time anyone said anything. And when comparing my arms and legs to my tummy, which I didn't use lotion on, there seemed to be no discernable difference. The product boasts 'gentle self tanning ingredients (which) leave behind a hint of beautiful colour'. Well it was a hint so subtle I didn't get it. It's supposed to get deeper each time you use the product, so much so that it warns you to avoid contact with fabric. Ha! 'All over glow' my foot!
So, as a body lotion it's great, as a body tan, I'm afraid, for me, it didn't do what it said on the tin.