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      14.05.2009 05:17

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      Here's some tips for you guys, buy the new tan towel from hsn.com and they are better than the first tan towels. It's still a towelette but they don't smile and it's feels great in your skin, after 2-4 hrs you get your natural color tan.

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      24.03.2009 12:55
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      can't recommend these Tantowels I'm afraid

      I have auburn hair & my skin is quite pale so I have tendency to go red in the strong sunshine & prefer to use tanning products rather than damage my skin.

      I've tried dozens of fale tan products over the years with varying reslults but this Tantowel product I'd definitely never use again.

      I made the big mistake of buying these towelettes in bulk from ebay from a supplier who was selling her business & thought I'd got a really good deal as the larger size (15ml) can sell for up to £4 each. They are also available in a smaller size for around £1.

      The packaging is smart - silver foil vacuum-sealed - easy to tear open & easy enough to use - but, oh dear - the smell is awful!

      It actually says on clear print on the front that the product is odourless but it smells of the worst fake tan you can imagine plus, to me, there's a smell of something which resembles ammonia?

      Having bought them though,I just had to use them & everyone in the family asked,'what's that stink?'

      The towel are a good size & are easy to use. You just need to exfoliate & moisturise the skin then smoothe the towel gently wherever you want colour.

      It's difficult to see where you've put the tan as it is colourless so I found that some parts of my legs were whiter than others - but, to be fair, this could be said of all colourless fake tan products.

      It says 'no streaking' but I found, after the colour started to show through, that there were loads of streaks - I'm not a novice at using tanning products & although I followed the instructions & was careful in applying it, it gave streaky results.

      The colour wasn't brilliant either - on a paint chart I'd say it leaned more towards the orange shade rather than the brown.

      It took around 3 hours for the colour to develop & although I washed my hands very well 2 or 3 times the palms of my hands showed I'd been using it!

      To be fair though I have read mixed reviews on these Tantowels so they seem to work for some people who've rated it quite highly. I'm a firm believer that people's skin types don't react well to certain tanning products so maybe it's just my skin?!

      There's no ignoring the smell though - they are definitely NOT odourless!

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      - comparatively cheap.
      - easy to use.
      - they smell bad.
      - I had streaking though it says 'non-streak'
      - personally I can't recommend these Tantowels.

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        29.04.2008 14:38
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        Great product

        I think that tantowels are great!!!

        Tantowels are basically a moist white wipe (similar to a baby wipe) that acts as a fake tan when applied to your skin. They are available in a small silver attractive packets that are vacum sealed to keep the wipe nice and moist.

        The towels are available in two sizes. Firstlly the standard size that costs approx £1.50 (you need 2/3 to tan your entire body) Secondly there is the extra large tan towel that is designed to do you whole body in one go, this costs approx. £4. Tan towels are avialble in lots of stores but are all often found at the cashdesk of high street fashion retailers.

        To apply the tantowel you should ideally wash, exfoliate and moisturise first and then wipe the towel over the required area.
        As the wipe has no colour you cannot see where you have applied the tan, so you muct be very careful to cover all areas. The tan does not appear straight away but will start to show after 2-3 hours with best results after 12 hours.

        I found great results with the tan towel. After use I have a lovley golden streak free tan. I find the towels much easierto use than lotion.

        I find the tantowel most effective to top up a tan, when you already have a base colour (ie. when your holiday tan starts to fade a little)
        There is a slight smell from the tan once it has been applied to your skin but it is very slight and actually smells quite pleasant.

        The tan washes off gradually with each bath/shower. i usually find my tan has diappeared completly within about three days.

        The only drawback I found was wearing strappy sandals. When i put my sandals on my feet were evenly tanned but when I removed them I had white marks where the straps has been as though the staps had rubbed the tan off.

        The tan is suitable for use on your face and applies to the face well however I ahve found that after using the tan I can get a few spots.

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        24.05.2004 00:57
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        These easy to use, small compact tanning towels are terrible! If u want a quick and easy tan I advise you not to use these. When you purchase this product you notice that they are really cheap. But then when you apply it you realise how cheap they really are. You don?t see no difference in your colour and I advise not to buy them!! Do not buy these cheap products that do not work!!! don't waste your money!!!

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          13.04.2004 22:42
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          = = = = = The British weather can never be relied upon to give you a golden suntan and sitting out in the sun for long periods is bad for your skin anyway. So last year I purchased a tantowel. They come in small silver sachets with tantowel written on the front. You can buy them individually or in boxes of ten. I didn’t know if these were any good so I brought one sachet which was on special offer in boots for just 99p. Each sachet contains one tantowel which is a towelette concentrated with self tan, the packet describes it as ‘formulated to give you a quick and even application with no streaking odour, or discolouration.’ It can be applied to the face or body and should give you a natural looking glow within 3 hours. It has been developed for both men and women of all skin-types after Australian born Lori Braun's, dream to create the ultimate self-tanning product. As this was the first time that I have used one of these I didn’t want to apply it to my face in case I ended up looking like the tango man, so I was just going to use it on my legs to start with, That way if anything goes wrong I could easily cover it up with tights or a pair of trousers. I undid the sachet at the top and pulled out my folded tan towel. When unfolded it was about the size of an average face flannel. It felt very moist. I began wiping the towel all over my legs and feet. It didn’t wet my legs at all and I couldn’t tell if I had missed anywhere because it is not like applying a cream where you can see it, you can’t see anything. The more I used it the drier the cloth got . There was only a slight odour from this towel, nothing too strong or noticeable. After I had finished I washed my hands immediatley to make sure I didn’t have any of it left on them, I didn’t want brown or orange palms. So now I just had t
          o wait 3 hours to find out the results. 1 HOUR LATER I lifted up my trouser leg to have a quick look, and see how my tan was progressing, I couldn’t see any obvious change in colour. 3 HOURS LATER After a long 3 hour wait I removed my trousers to take a look. I did notice a slight change in colour. My legs were looking nice and tanned. Not orange and I couldn’t notice any streaking. I did notice that my ankles were looking slightly darker than the rest of my legs and feet. So overall I was pleased with the tan this tantowel had given me. So, pleased with my now bronzed legs I went to bed. Next morning. The first thing I thought about when I got out of bed was to check my leg, hoping that my tan hadn’t rubbed of on the sheets during the night. No marks on the sheets, great. I looked at my legs. A lovely golden tan just like I had hoped for. Only a slight hint of orange and no streaks. But, OH MY LIFE....look at my ankles, and toes, they are very very dark and quite orange. I couldn’t help but laugh, they looked such a sight. I took a facial cleansing wipe and began wiping over the very orange area. The cloth ended up bright orange, but the colour had faded nicely around my ankles to match the colour of my legs. I was then pleased with the look I had achieved. I would probably use these again. I have quite fair skin and it did give me a natural looking tan. For a deeper tan you can use another towel 3 hours after the first application but I don’t think this is necessary. I will be more careful when applying it around my ankles next time and only give them a light wipe. I don’t think I would use this product on my face. The tan wore off slowly over the week. Fading each time I got in the shower. I am now thinking of applying it again to my legs and maybe my arms as well this time. The ingredients are shown on the back of each sachet so these should be checked before
          using and if you have an allergy to anything then you should not use them. I didn’t suffer any reaction to this product. Tantowel have a website where you can find out about more of their products. www.tantowel.com

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            10.05.2003 07:17
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            • "orange hands if not used gloves!"

            bought a tan towel, deffo recommend. mine didnt come out too badly. but it is clear that i missed a few patches. plus dont forget to do your feet too. for me i could see a definute line from tan and non tan areas. will be buying more of those i think. have just gone over tan with another product - soltan (light medium) appears to be same as tan towel but i am waiting on results. had to use it to go over blotches. will take a bit of doing to get right. deffo remember about not concentrating too heavily on elbows and knees, i took it to the extreme and barely touched over my knees, thats another bad idea. i do recom the tan towels. its a shame i only bought the one. will go and get more of those. the tan towels take about 3 hrs and i verify that. i kept checking and then there it was. it does not appear to have colour on the towel when you take it out. its only when you have swiped over your legs a few times that you can see a tint of colour on the towel itself. you cant see anything on your legs, therefore making it v difficult to tell what has and has not been covered. go try it!

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              28.06.2002 19:13
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              Yesterday I walked into Boots on a mission. Now if acting suspicious were an arrestable offence the boys in blue would have nicked me ages ago. The whole purpose was to get hold of one of these little foil packets as quickly and with as little embarrassment as possible. Being a bloke I didn't want to be spotted walking around Boots with self-tan products in my basket and so I thought it would be as simple as walking in, lifting something off the shelf, paying for it and leaving. How wrong was I? An entire aisle of Boots had been taken up with sun creams, tan makeup and self-tan products. I thought it would have been simple, sun cream, after sun and of course the thing I was looking for, self-tan. Oh no, they had every brand you could name, every consistency, every type - they had it. I'm no expert on tanning products - I only wanted to take the white look off my face (someone told me I looked ill - argh!) and in my naivety thought it would be a simple case of lifting a self-tan cream off the shelf. Neither did I think they would be photographing screaming children for some bonny baby competition next to the sun care products. Anyway, how I came across the Tan Towel was from some background knowledge of it on a site called lookfantastic.com. They seemed to hail it as a revolution in self-tan products and as it seemed easy to use I thought it would do no harm to try it out. What was better still was the special offer in Boots - it had been reduced from £1.49 to just 99p - a snip I thought especially if it would get rid of my milk bottle look. The little foil wrapped towel would be my saving grace in the modern sunlight and save me the embarrassment of going pink in natural sunlight (as I so often do) and staying ghastly white in the shade. Ok you get the drift? Tan Towels aren't exactly towels - more towelettes. A bit like those lemon-scented tissues you get in KFC to wipe away the grease of your finger licked chicken. Approxima
              tely the same size, the Tan Towel comes wrapped in a snazzy foil packet to keep the product fresh and clean and this naturally prevents it drying out. The towel itself is the size of a baby wipe and is soaked in self-tan. A bit like a piece of kitchen towel soaked in self-tan spray really. Simple eh? The towel itself is strong which is a bonus if you have hairy arms like me as you can be reassured it wont catch and tear easily. The beauty (excuse the pun) of the Tan Towel lies in its application. As I said, I'm no expert on beauty products but I do know two things. One, you shouldn't apply too much self-tan product on your knees and elbows and two; you have to apply it evenly to stop it streaking. As I'm not the sort of person akin to streaking in public that's exactly what I didn't want and thus the Tan Towel would be my ideal product since it guaranteed no streaking. As the towel is saturated in product, coating your skin with a tissue rather than your hand ensures an even coating and thus prevents streaks that make you look like a freshly sliced baguette. Ok so I couldn't think of a better way to describe it! The great thing too is that you can never use too much product as it's already measured out for you in the towel. Ah the things I do in the name of research! First thing's first when it comes to self-tanning: exfoliation. Ok so I know three things about this kind of thing but getting rid of dead skin cells is a must. You want to be applying product to fresh skin, not the type that's going to flake off and make you look like a bread and butter pudding, or worse a spotted dick. So into the shower I went with my bottle of The Sanctuary Body Scrub and scrubbed from top to bottom. By the time I was finished there must have been more me down the plughole than there was in the shower itself. Great - I was ready for tanning from top to toe. Opening the little foil packet you come across the hallowed towe
              l and see that it's neatly folded and ready to go. It's best to unfold it before you use it if you want to get the best application and that's exactly what I did. Hardly rocket science as you can imagine, but when you are a bloke it's the finer details like these that tend to get overlooked. The first place to receive the Tan Towel treatment was my arms. Skinny as they are, I was able to wrap the towel around them and give them the once over, bathing them in this golden liquid. (It's clear on application but when it dries that's what colour you go - still with me?) Next up was my face and neck area as these are obviously the areas that get most exposure. On contact with the towel my face went bright red and the nightmare it seemed had happened. My super sensitive skin appeared to have sparked a chemical reaction and I was turning pink. Actually it looked as though I was burning in the midday sun rather than applying self-tan and I thought to myself I must have been getting the authentic treatment. In the end my skin was fine and there's been no actual adverse reaction. According to the wrapper your new found tan will mature after around three hours and so it was off to bed a milk bottle to rise in the morning as a bar of gold. First thing this morning I was in the bathroom to stare at my face for five minutes and look at the actual effect - it had worked but seemingly more on my hands than anywhere else. They were orange! My face and arms to be honest didn't look much different and I have to admit I'm a bit disappointed in the results. Add to the fact I have bright orange hands and I feel like screaming for my money back. Think the perma-tan look of Robert Kilroy Silk, David Dickinson and Judith Chalmers and you can imagine what my hands look like. So a word of advice that's not included in the instructions, always wear a pair of gloves when using these little towels. Tan Towels are a patented innovation and
              at 99p each they aren't going to stretch to an entire body tan. After applying one to my face, neck and arms it had dried out and if you want an all over tan I recommend you buy at least three or four. The end result will depend on your own skin tones but fair skinned people like myself be warned - this will take several applications if you want a brown, just back from Spain, look. If you want a deeper tan it does state that you should apply another towel three hours after the original application. I imagine these little foil packets might be as essential to a woman's handbag as condoms are to a bloke's back pocket. They appear more of a quick solution than an actual treatment and in my ignorance this was something I became confused with. Perhaps I should have purchased a more upmarket product, the likes of Piz Buin, Soltan or Ambre Solaire. The good news too is that the towel itself doesn't smell that badly, unlike some self-tan products you may have come across. Despite the claims on the wrapper it does smell of self-tan and it is noticeable but it's not going to put you off using it. You might like to be made aware that you can happily moisturise after applying it. Personally I just went to bed. If it matters to you the product itself is manufactured in Las Vegas, USA and distributed by Tan Towel Europe based in Flintshire. Ingredients appear double dutch to me and so I wont bore you with the minor details. One thing you can rest assured of is that none of the ingredients are organic - all are chemical based which might put some people off. They do have a website that's devoted to facts on the product itself, how to achieve perfect results and even facts on skin cancer. According to the site an Australian developed the Tan Towel, which is somewhat funny for me. Given all that sunshine I would have thought they'd be the last nationality to come up with a product like this! Tan Towels as far as I am aware are a
              vailable in Boots, Superdrug and other leading pharmacy and beauty stores. They are also available in larger quantities from online stores such as lookfantastic.com. (I don't work for them in case you are wondering). Other products in the range include exfoliating products and a multipack of towels for more regular applications. Prices range from 99p to £13.99. Sadly for me the Tan Towel look will be with me for the next three days, which demonstrates that it really is a quick solution. Unfortunately my orange hues make my hands look as though I've had a fight in an orange grove and no matter how much I wash my hands it remains as strong as ever. Next time I fancy a tan I think I'll stick to drinking orange juice. I'm sure I could have achieved the same results and after all, it's the kind of things us blokes do in the name of beauty innit?

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                29.07.2000 20:46
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                I'd seen this advertised and thought that i'd give it a go when i saw them for sale in Superdrug. I don't really have much look with fake tanning products and usually end up looking like a brown and white zebra, so the idea of this towelette appealed to me. A handy sized packet that claims to be colourless, odourless and none streaking, yes i've found this to be true. However, if you are expecting a deep tan then you'll have to use several of these over time, the effect is subtle and looks natural and only takes about 3 hours to develop. You can also apply this product to your face as well. Not a bad product at all, i paid £1.49 in Superdrug for it and it's handy and simple to use and best of all not messy!

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                18.07.2000 19:24
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                I was first made aware of Tan Towels by reading an advertisement in Cosmopolitan Magazine . I have really fair skin and never tan so i decided to gove them a go . Tan Towels are designed for your face . ( Don't forget to blend the colour down to the neck line and top of the chest though )They are ideal for the summer and on holiday when the thought of caking on foundation or sunburn does not appeal . The advantage of Tan Towels are that that are odourless and don't leave streaky marks and your face will end up with a heathly glow . I think after trying loads of tanning products Tan Towels are the best way to achieve a natural looking tan about 3 hours after appliation . I have found that tan lasts about 7 to 10 days . The towels are quite expensive at about 14 pounds for a pack of ten . A pack lasts abouts two and a half months so really they are well worth it . Tan Towels will also send you a FREE SAMPLE so do try before you buy as i have heard that they work better on fairer skin . I got my free sample by sending a S.A.E to : Tan Towel UK , PO Box 17 , Colne , Lancashire . BB8 9GF .

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                  13.07.2000 04:00
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                  Now I hate to fly in the face of prevailing opinion but I actually found this to be quite good. The first time that I used it I did come out rather streaky but the colour was good - not too dark (v. fair skinned, me) so I set about working out how to avoid the streaks. Now, I know this is going to sound strange but if you open the whole towel out and wrap it around your leg and sort of rotate it (the towel not your leg!) it comes out nice and even. Its even better if you can persuade someone else to do it for you - my long suffering partner was pressganged into action recently and the result was excellent. So, as far as I'm concerned, its a winner. The colour comes through really quickly, it doesn't smell too bad compared to other tanning products and was quite easily covered by a squirt of perfume and its soooo cheap. For all these benefits, I was prepared to waste a few tantowels working out the best way of applying it (not to mention wearing trousers in a heatwave when I got it wrong) and am now really happy with the result. But don't listen to me - give it a try - at £1.50 per towel, which is plenty for both legs, you can't lose.

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                  09.06.2000 05:55
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                  I saw this demonstrated on a TV show, then whilst out shopping I saw them and thought, why not. Thank god it was cheap! One towel should be enough for both legs. It felt dry before I had even finished one! This was applied a few days after I used the Elemis product (see review) and I wanted to go a little deeper in colour. I may have well wiped over with a flannel! No difference at all! Maybe would work on pale skin, handy size to take away on hols, but don't rely on it to take away that "just arrived at the beach" look.

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                    08.06.2000 23:12
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                    I'm sorry, this product completly defeats the whole object of its design....supposidly an easy to use product. The problem is that it comes in the form of a babywipe, so you dont know how evenly you've distributed the tan as its colourless and you might have used all of the tan on one part of the towel. It is quite difficult to get even....(not a great smell either!) There was quite a subtle colour that showed through though a few hours later. A nice colour if you dont really want to put foundation on through the summer..... Unfortunetly there are better self tans on the market I'm afraid.... so a thumbs down!

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                    Tantowel, a self-tanning towelette / Developed by Darian Braun in Australia / This product provides a healthy alternative to the sun /