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This Hawaiian Tropic tanning oil comes in a pump bottle and that brings it's own challenges, it might just be me as I'm not used to this method of application but I have problems with getting the oil to certain places on my body and am always concerned that I've missed spots. This wouldn't be so serious if it didn't also contain my SPF but I think sometimes I apply too much so I can make sure the oil has covered all my exposed skin. The main problem areas for my are the backs of my shoulders and my actual back because I have to tilt the bottle to get it into a position where I can direct the spray where it's needed and then when the liquid pours to the top of the bottle the pumping straw can't collect any, as soon as it starts spluttering I have to tip the bottle back up the right way again and pump it a few times for the oil to start coming through again like when it was new.
When it's working properly the oil dispenses smoothly and with a manageable amount each time. It feels slightly warm on my skin when I apply it, I don't know if that's because it's an oil product but the consistency and feeling reminds me of what I think was a carrot oil spray my mum used to spray on my eczema when I was a child. It absorbs very quickly, I always give it a rub to ensure my skin is covered but the spray is wide enough that this might not be necessary.
You need to reapply in the same way as suncream, if you're sweaty in the heat or go into water. I resprayed every three hours and that kept my level of protection high enough to stop me burning, it's not to be used on children but I don't think anyone would be stupid enough to coat their child in oil before sending them out into the sun.
STILL PALE AND INTERESTING?
Yes. The SPF protected me and I didn't burn or even get sore while I was wearing it, but I'm no more tanned even after I wore it through the heatwave. I used a higher factor on my face and usually use factor 30 on my body so I was pleased the lower dose was equally effective when it came to sun protection, it's a nice product to use so I'm glad I tried it but I can't help being a bit disappointed that I didn't go browner (or at all brown!!).
Being the bronzed Adonis I am one requires sun cream in the summer for extra protection (just the one white patch). I did a ton of traveling around the world for ten years, and on top of that I love the sunshine and always out an about so naturally brown in the winter in the way rich people are with second homes in the sun. But the fact I have no more than tenner in my wallet at anyone time knocks that one on the head. But to my shock when I set out to buy some new suncream with that tenner the prices were well over that tenner for the branded ranges. Puiz Bun came in at £12.99, even at Superdrug! Suncream is something that should be dirt cheap like painkillers as it protects you from skin cancer as a health product. It's all made in the same factory in China for 40p a bottle after all.
So with the news that the Poundshops don't stock suncream and charity shops didn't touch it either then it was off to the last chance salon, Wilkinson's! If you don't know Wilkos its Superdrug meets a hardware store with a bit of WH Smiths thrown in and great for value, selling everything from cards to pillow cases, a lifesaver for students and budgeters alike for around the house stuff. So this seemed the most logical place to find cheap own brand suncream and oil, which proved the case, The Wilkinson own range for mid factors ( +15) were a mere two pounds and four pounds for + 30. But I was prepared to pay a bit more for some sort of quality so chose Hawaiian Tropic Oil on special, just £3.99 for 200ml.
As I say I have built up a sun tolerance over the years and don't burn much and so applying cream or oil is really about stopping myself going too red or wrinkled. Middle aged guys with tans look better than middle aged women with tans as the sun is cruel on their wrinkles. Hawaiian tropic is more of an oil sun cream and so has some moisturizing qualities but if you take on the sun to go brown you are asking for wrinkles. If you are a backing singer with The Cure and you want sun cream purely to keep your skin pale then look no further than India's top selling sun cream, Lotus herbal. In India it's seen as common to have dark skin and so parasols and factor 50s quite common. If you want to brown quick then Hawaiian Tropics oil range is the way to go.
The squirt or spray option are available for Hawaiian Tropic and I'm easy with each. Some girls prefer a squirter, some prefer a dribbler. 200ml is enough for free months for out and about use or your two weeks in Ibiza. It's easy to apply and smells like summer and if you are light skinned a thick layer going on then no problem. If you don't clean the top when you put it way for the winter it may bung up and so worth a little maintenance come late September. The main sunbathing months are late April to early September. UV Levels don't exceed 4 after mid September. How effects my tan color I couldn't tell you as I get brown in April but it's nice to know there is deflection going on.
So on the whole if you shop around you will get the price and Hawaiian Tropic a solid brand. Carries well and lasts a reasonable time and one of the sexier smelling creams. It smells like Miami Beach and so sex! Not sure if it's ideal for kids as more of a browning brand so read the label. If there are any sexy women out there who would like to apply my next splodge of cream let me know as even the devil can get hot and bothered in summer. I do sizzle though so you may need caution girls.
well im a bit of a tanaholic and it is my priority on holidy to get a tan. i also use tanning injections and sunbeds whilst in the uk. i normally use baby oil whilst sunbathing but a year ago i saw this in the shop on holiday and brought a bottle.... WOW!!! i love the smell-very exoctic and fruity, the texture is great too- easy to apply and not greasy, although sand will stick to you but thats pretty obviuos with any product like this, its a clear liquid and makes you look all shiny and sexy without looking like a wierdo. The tanning itself was wonderful even my boyfriend kept stealing if off me. by the end of the holiday (2 weeks) everyone we met thought we lived in the caribbean cos of our deep, dark tans!!! lol!
i would recommend to all who want a tan, but avoid the face when putting it on. i think it is expensive (probably cos i usually buy baby oil) but worth it if you like being bronzed
having recently holidayded abroad myself i went through the dilema of what sun protection to use and also which factor. after a long debate and considering my skin type i chose the hawain tropic proffesional tanning oil with sun protection factor 4 and i also purchased a 6.
My skin is naturally quite tanned howevere not too dark where i can afford to wear a 2 o i started off with the 6 and came downto the 4. for many people i would not recomend a 6 to being with unless you have a base tan or are naturally dark because the protection is not good.
The oil is very god wuality and last a long time. The oil is also very good for your sking i felt mine felt a lot smoother after using the oil. Also the colour you get from using the oil is a rich dark colour. i went for 10 days and by the end i was extremely happy with my tan.
Although the product says it is waterproof it is not for a very long time so if you are 1 to be in the pool for more than a quick dip i would highly recommend re-applying the oil as soon as you have dried off.
Hawaiian tropic professional tanning oil spf 6
This one seems to come in a range of sun protection factors, most commonly SPF 2, 4 and 6. I am reviewwing the SPF 6 because this is the one I used on my most recent holiday.
*The product claims to contain the "unique" fragrance ot exotic fruit and flora, including mango, papaya and passin fruit.
*It is waterproof (one article i read about it stated that it is waterproof for 40 minutes which seems very specific)
* protects skin against sun damage and ageing
*Absorbs IR rays (although i don't know what they are!)
PRODUCT AND PACKAGING
The product itself comes in a dark brown plastic 200ml bottle with a screw on/off lid. So when I unscrew the lid, i notice that it does smell very fruity and a bit coconuty- a definite smell that reminds me of holidays spent in the sun. Because there is a small hole in the neck of the bottle to get the oil out, it doesn't all come out in a great rush but rather the bottle has to be tipped upside down and gently squeezed to get the product out. This is good because it means that I can get exactly the right amount out at any application.
The oil itself is definitely oily. When i apply it, it kind of sits on my skin for a while before deciding to seek slowly into my skin. It does leave a definite sticky sheen though, so i tend to avoid all contact with sand after application. It does leave my skin feeling very moisturised, and if i apply it regularly, i don't suffer the dreaded dry skin and peeling.
HOW TO USE IT...
I am warned to avoid the intensive mid day sun, and to apply the product before sunbathing and then throughout the day for maximum protection
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
The product is widely available in the uk and abroad in chemists and supermarkets. I paid £2.49 for a 200ml bottle of the stuff, but look out for deals because it tends to be available in many of the bargain stores.
Hawaiian Tropic Inc.
The website, www.htropic.com has lots of product information and sun advise.
I tend to like the Hawaiian Tropic products and seem to return to them year after year, mainly because i like the smell. This one is suitable for people with a base tan and should not be used if you have very fair skin and definitely not used on children. For me, i find that if I already have a tan, it offers sufficient protection in the mornings and afternoons i don't think i would be wanting to try oil at midday! It does keep my skin very moisturised, smells good, and even when I have been in the water, i know that it is still on my body because i can see it.
For anyone who likes to use an oil, I would recommend this one.
Thanks for reading.
Daniela x x
Contains exotic ingredients which keeps skin moisturised and conditioned throughout the day / Absorbs UVA & UVB / Waterproof for 80 minutes /