I really have done the legwork with crappy fake tans over the years until I found the St Tropez one that I use today but along the way believe me there have been some shockers that have left me looking orange, streaky, patchy or all of the above and sadly this product fits each and every one of those categories. I dont even know why I bothered using this as the Bodyshop tans Ive used in the past have been awful and left me looking like a carrot and left my skin feeling horrible and I just knew this was going to be the same I think I used it to try and change my own opinion. It has remained the same as this is probably the worst tan I have ever use and there has been quite a few over the years!
Price: Around £5 (Its ALWAYS On Sale!)
Stockists: The Bodyshop
This is actually a proper tan that is in the form of a moisturiser. It is NOT a gradual tan it takes effect within 2-4 hours after applying it and the colour does get darker throughout that time.
The Bodyshop recommend that you only apply this once and the day after as well should you want a darker colour. Then apply every 3-4 days just to make sure your tan doesnt fade and you can keep up that "golden" glow. As with all fake tans I recommend you exfoliate and moisturise your whole body for at least a week before application and apply Vaseline to particularly dry areas such as elbows, knees and feet. That should prevent any lines or streaking in theory but in this case even doing all that doesnt help.
Application wise this is pretty easy and it doesnt take veyr long at all. The consitency of the cream is just right as it rubs on evenly and sinks into your skin very quickly meaning you can get dressed or get into bed without this going everywhere. Application and drying time takes about 10 minutes overall which is very quick - I do recommend using gloves or you will have orange hands! It doesnt feel greasy on your skin and my skin felt much softer once Id used this so I felt as if I was off to a very good start.
At this stage it didnt even smell that bad. Most tans have got thatreally disgusting smell but this didnt at all it actually smelt cute and floral. I was very impressed at this stage.
THE NEXT MORNING...
I was horrified. My skin looked streaky, had lines everywhere and wasnt sunkissed and golden. I looked like a walking ginger biscuit and no amount of showering and exfoliating would get rid of the mess that this had left behind. Oh and it stunk! The next morning the horrible and distinctve fake tan odour was back with a vengence and I simply couldnt get rid of it no matter how hard I tried. I didnt leave my house for a few days after this disaster I can tell you and I think everyone should stay as far away from this tan as possible.
My skin might have felt hydrated and softer but it looked like crap and I really did look like a tangerine. Dont bother is my advice!
Thanks For Reading
x0 Salz 0x
Ok so Im not that good in the sun and tend to go a lovely pink colour, very much like a lobster. I decided I would try a fake tan and after scrolling through loads of choices on the internet, I came across this one from the Body Shop on Ebay.
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The lotion is so moisturizing and is quickly absorbed. It really does turn skin into a gorgeous natural-looking glow just a few hours later.
It contains organic beeswax that moisturizes and helps to condition dry skin, especially acts as a barrier that helps to seal in moisture.
The tan comes in a white plastic bottle that has a flip top and squeezes out from the bottom. It has a golden brown label with the body shop logo and description of the product.
It smells really sweet, which is due to the beeswax, and glides on without leaving streaks or marks. They use to do a water melon fake tan and that did smell better but I havent found that one yet.
I used a light to medium shade and I am olived skin, it didnt make me look tango orange at all, it was a golden natural tan.
I paid £6.00 for a 50ml bottle of Ebay but you can hunt around for this and maybe get it cheaper.
Water, Dihydroxyacetone, Sorbitol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Cyclomethicone, Isopropyl Palmitate, Cetearyl Accohol, Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Benzyl Alcohol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Xanthan Gum, Methylparaben, Fragrance, Propylbaraben, Hexyl Cinnimal, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl, Limonene, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Linalool, Citronellol
This is how I do it:
I exfoliate 24 hours beforehand (this is to remove dead skin cells). I use the wild cherry body scrub to do this.
I then moisterise with wild cherry body lotion.
I also use a tanning mitt (also from the Body Shop) to stop any streaks and getting all over your hands.
Squeeze quite a big amount into your hands and apply to clean skin. Wash hands after use.
Wait for two to four hours for the tan to develop.
If you wanted a darker tan, reapply every one to two days or to maintain the tan, reapply every four to five days.
Great product that is reasonably priced and doesn't smell of curry! I love the texture as it just glides onto your skin. And combined with the beeswax, leaves your skin silky smooth.
Nowadays with the knowledge that tanning beds and sunburn can seriously damage our skin and lead to skin cancer it is incresingly important that we turn to 'fake' tan products if we want some natural looking sun-kissed colour.
The Body shop range gives an end result colour that is natural and not that awful orange metallic sheen you sometimes get with self-tan.
It smells pleasant too which is a plus - fake tans often smell rather too much of chemicals.
I'd advice applying it with a soft make-up sponge and make sure your skin is smooth and buffed up first. You'll need a lot less than you think.
Put a bit on each day until you build a tan that suits you. If you do it all at once the result won't be as natural looking.
I didnt find that it smeared much or stained my clothes after putting it on, but I am careful. I even use it on my face which I know isn't usually recommended and the result is a natural honey tan.
My first experience with self-tan as a teenager was a disaster! Its taken me years to pluck up the courage to try again and after some forays into buying the expensive options, with varying degrees of satisfaction, I was in the Body Shop buying other stuff and, as their self tan isn't heavy on the purse, I bought a bottle and tried it and was pleasantly surprised by the nice smell and ease of application and of course the resultant colour and cover.
I don't know about you but I always have to purchase a couple of bottles/tubes of a self tanning product in spring to get my winter white skin in shape for the warm summer months. I don't like wearing shorts and having my legs a pale white. It's just disgusting looking in my opinion. Here in southern Louisiana we hit the 80's in March and that is when the shorts come out and my search for a better self tanning product begins each year. This year so far I've tried two products and this latest from The Body Shop has been my favorite. It's called Fake It! Self-Tan Lotion.
Fake It! Self-Tan Lotion comes in a 6.75 fl. oz. tube with a flip top cap opening. It is white and brown, not a spectacular presentation but who cares if it works properly? I know I sure don't!
The scent is very light and barely noticeable which is a nice change from some horrible smells of other leading brands. Fake It!
I think not! Since I've been using this product my skin looks like I have a genuine tan! And I didn't have to lay out in the sun for hours or get sunburned and be uncomfortable for several days or endure the peeling process. With Fake It! Self-Tan Lotion I got a very natural looking tan and I couldn't believe how well this product moisturized! I've been unhappy with other products because they leave your skin dry or either greasy. Fake It! Self-Tan Lotion does not do either of these nasty side effects. Your skin will be left soft, smooth and moisturized!
To have good results using any self tanning lotion you should first exfoliate your skin. This removes all loose and dead skin cells and allows the self tanning lotion to do it's job. Also, apply to dry skin not damp so the product can sink right in. And last, be sure to let the product dry before dressing or you *may* experience stained clothing. I did not encounter this at all.
I found that Fake It! Self-Tan Lotion was easy to apply. The lotion comes out of the opening at the rate that you squeeze the tube. I found this product was very light going on and used less than other brands. It absorbed right into my skin and I felt like I had just applied The Body Shop Nut Body Butter all over, that's how much it moisturized!
Don't forget to wash your hands when finished applying Fake It! Self-Tan Lotion or you will end up with discolored hands. I tested this on purpose. I had no dark markings on my hands or in between my fingers when I washed my hands immediately after applying lotion. However, if you do not wash your hands expect to have darkened and discolored hands for a couple of days!
I didn't experience any streaking while applying Fake It! Self-Tan Lotion. I was very careful to apply the lotion evenly. I think one of the reasons streaking did not occur is because this lotion is light and sinks right in. Also, careful application is the key.
The results of my Fake Tan was a very natural color. My skin looked like I had returned from the tanning bed or else had been laying in the sun for several hours a day. I was very happy with the way this product gave me a natural and healthy tan.
The Body Shop recommends that you reapply Fake It! Self-Tan Lotion every 2-3 days to maintain your Fake Tan. I have found that reapplying every 3-4 days will also maintain the tan.
I highly recommend Fake It! Self-Tan Lotion from The Body Shop. It is a non-greasy formula that moisturizes as well as giving a natural looking tan. You don't have to Fake It baby, use Fake It! Self-Tan Lotion for a Natural Tan! I give this product 5 Stars!
I have never used fake tan before until this year, and I bought this product as my mother recommended it to me. I followed the instructions given to me by my mother rather than those on the packet. The new packaging, which has only just been introduced, advises that you exfoliate and moisturise 24 hours before using the product. I followed my mother's advice and exfoliated and moisturised every day for a week beforehand, then moisturised immediately before using the product. I then used a very small amount of the product and then moisturised again straight after to blend in any mistakes. The results after the first use were only slightly noticeable, to get noticeable results I continued this process for 4 days, gradually building up each day until I reached the desired effect. Using this method may sound time consuming but it is definitely worth it, not only for the natural, non-patchy tan you get but also for the condition of your skin! I find that I have no need for the 'mitt' using this method (so long as you wash your hands after!!) and didn't have any problems with patchyness. The colour looked completely natural on me. I used the light/medium one rather than the medium/dark. I am usually pale, but have quite dark hair and eyes, I am not sure how this product would look on someone fairer but I imagine that on some people it might be a bit orangey. Nobody was able to tell that I had 'faked it' until one day I decided to see what actually happened when you followed the instructions on the packaging and didn't moisturise immediately before, and I also tried using a bit more of the product at once rather than building it up. This was a near disaster and I wouldn't recommend it. At least all the patchiness was in places I could cover up! I have never used any other fake tan products so I am unable to compare, but can't imagine that I would find one much better than this one is (using the unique method
recommended to me, given above!). The 'digestive biscuit' smell doesn?t really bother me, in fact I quite like it, although I may be easy to please due to my lack of experience. I must admit that it doesn?t seem to last very long, and once I have built it up to it's desired effect I have to continue to reapply every two or three days, but I think I prefer this to a product that would dye me orange instantaneously and not wash off for a week. I feel that with this product I have a good degree of control over the effect, even if it is time consuming.
I am on my second bottle of Body Shop Fake It! fake tan and I must say it looks pretty nice on me. I do have olive skin normally so I guess that this tan works best on darker skins. I find that this is easy to apply, doesn't leave streaks and works quickly so I was surprised by the amount of negative reviews that this product has received but I guess that it all depends on one's natural skin tone. One thing is that it doesn't smell that nice, but at least the smell is not offensive like some fake tans used to have a few years ago, phew! In any case I usually use the tan overnight so then the next morning I just use my regular body cream (Body Shop's Cocoa butter at the moment) and then I smell nice all day. They used to do a lovely self tan - the watermelon one. THAT one smelled gorgeous (IMO) but it didn't look as nice on me. Maybe, like foundation, you just have to try loads until you find the right one.
This weekend (23/6/2001 - 24/6/2001), along with many other people i'm sure, I burnt - BADLY whilst sunning myself on the scummy sands of Bournemouth beach. I am SSOOOOOOOO sore, you wouldn't believe!! My handbag is gradually chewing through my shoulder and the bones in my bra are digging in. (I believe this is torchure in some countries!) Anyway, to get to my point, The safest and most comfortable way to tan, is definately to fake it. Bodyshop used to do a lovely "watermelon" fake tan, which went on a treat, with no streaks and no nasty smell. However, as always, they have removed this product from their shelves and now have "Body shop - Fake it". This is not a particularly nice product. It streaks like bacon, makes you look like you've been tango'd and makes you smell like digestive biscuits. (But then again, most fake tanning treatments make you smell like digestive biscuits!) I do wish i'd used a fake tan though, instead of being in the immense pain I am in today!! Body shop, please bring back the watermelon stuff. (and while you're at it, bring back "Scent of a woman")!!
My initial attractin to this product was the fact that it smelt of fresh watermelons.. ..how WRONG I was!When the tan developed, it smelt awful and it was obvious to others that I had faked it....NOT the idea of fake tan! The first time I applied the product was with my bare hands, and after a severe scrub afterwards....I still ended up with orange palms.HOW embarrassing!I also found that the tan was streaky and had an extremely orange glow to it.I paid 8 pounds for my 250ml bottle so was determined to get my use out of it.So...I bought a tan mit for 3pounds from Body shop and this completely evened out the colour.It was streakless and i was also able to apply two coats , which gave a wonderful,even, bronze tan. The tan had extremely good staying power and remained in tact even after several baths(considering you alow your skin to dry naturally and without rubbing). I always find that it is best to apply a thin layer of moisturiser before applying the tan as it adds to the 'even' effect! If I see any waking, talking carrots, I'll just KNOW you didnt use the mit!
I bought some Body Shop Fake It because it was a basket marked 'reduced'. I'd never thought of trying this before but it was cheap and since it was from Body Shop it had to be a god buy. I was wrong. I applied the stuff one night after a shower and when I got up in the morning my legs had gone the colour of ginger biscuits, sort of pale yellowy orange. This stuff doesn't come off either. I just had to wear trousers until my legs looked like human ones again. I've since discovered that this product has now been discontinued at Body Shop, and thats a good thing. If you see it in a 'reduced' basket, don't be tempted!
I think that the Body Shop Fake Tan was horrible! After the application you looked like you were really yellow/orange. I remember once, I applied it just before I went to sleep and the next morning I was in shock. My colour was hideous! I had to go to a lecture and I felt really embarrased as I caught many people staring at me. I have used many fake tan products, but this one was the worst ever! I am big fan of Body Shop products and I am glad that they're not going to produce any more of this hideous fake tan!
After overcoming the shock of realsing that the Watermelon range was discontinued (I was an avid user of that stuff and I do agree it smells funny but still....) I have just tested their new one in a tube 'Fake it'. It has a much nicer smell than before a lot more delicate and as I suffer from dry skin - it has really good moisturising properties. Today 3 people who Ihave seen for a while all asked if I had been on holiday ans when I said (unfortunately) that I hadnt and that it was fake they were really impressed and certainly fooled! Good one Body Shop!
This non-oily, moisturizing self-tan lotion is an easy way to create natural-looking, bronzed skin without harmful exposure to the sun / An ideal way to top up and maintain a tan /