This is totally my new HG self tanner. I am pretty fair and have been my entire life, thus making my life (and skin tone) a little bit sadder every time summer ends. I've never tried a self tanner that works as well as this one on my fair skin.
I purchased this at wal mart for $5 and some odd cents. it has a very pleasant subtle tropical smell that isn't obnoxious or overly noticeable. it comes out white which is nice because it won't stain my clothes. some reviews stated that it started to smell like self tanner after about a day on the skin, but i didn't notice that at all. i exfoliate and apply this all over my body after a shower. it sinks in the skin very well and my skin feels moisturized without looking like the lotion is sitting on top of my skin. in blends very easily. i notice a nice color and glow after only a day of use. the color is not orange at all, it is a very nice tan with a yellow undertone (but not too yellow.) this doesn't streak or look patchy at all and fades very nicely. it makes the perfect amount of color as it builds and it doesn't look harsh at all. just a very nice glow!
i don't know how well this would work for darker skin tones. it wouldn't give a crazy tan, but i suppose it would be nice if you just want to keep a nice glow without looking really dark.
i recommend this for everyone, especially at only $5. i can't find anything bad to say about this!
I would recommend this product and buy it again. I am very pale, and was looking for a self tanner to get rid of my pasty white skin. This product works wonders. I would NOT recommend it to someone with a really dark skin tone already, because there isn't much color pay off. It would help someone maintain/prolong their already dark color though. But for me, it does provide that slight golden bronze glow I'm looking for, while still looking natural. I haven't gotten the comment "woah you look so tan" like I do with other self tanners, but it is still a slight difference than my pale white skin before. The pump is also a nice feature, because you don't get product all over the bottle. It comes out white and has not stained my sheets or clothes like other self tanners. Maybe a little bit, but nothing in comparison. It does saturate my clothes and sheets with that self tanner smell though! And even though this product does smell like banana/candy/tropical when you put it on, it DOES eventually fade into that slight self tanner smell. But not that strong. Overall, this is a fantastic product and is worth the $6.00 I paid for it.
PROS: Builds color slowly. Does not stain my hands at all if I just wash after application. Has a nice sweet scent, almost chocolate-like. Does NOT leave that weird self tanner smell later on your skin. I found this huge bottle at my Walmart. The pump is easy to use. I'm N10-15 (lean to NC a bit.) Inexpensive and much more mistake-proof than typical tanners
CONS: I don't have any. This is has a sweet scent that maybe some wouldn't like. Also, this is slow building and not for someone who wants rapid results. I'm not sure how this works on already tan skin; in other words, I don't know if this darkens skin that isn't as light as mine. Some who don't like sweet smells will probably not like this. It smells great to me, but does smell quite sweet, almost chocolate-like. (I personally love it.)
APPLICATION TIPS: I make sure I don't put too much so that I don't have to rub it in forever (make sure you don't leave too much that isn't rubbed in or you're more prone to streaks. Before starting I rub in a little bit of heavy body cream or body butter on the parts that are more likely to stain (knuckles, heels, ankles, knees, elbows, etc.) I dab off excess cream from my hands onto a towel. And then when applying the Hemp lotion in that area, I apply it to the easily-stained area last...like when putting on the arms, I apply to the elbows last, so that less gets applied there.
ALTERNATES: I think I prefer this over the Ocean Potion "Everglow" one that is like this. The Malibu one doesn't have such a sweet 50/50 smell. Also, I can only find the Ocean Potion at VItacost, whereas, the Malibu one seems to be more readily available in stores.
I just bought this last week and I really like it so far! I needed a fast glow and so far it looks great and has a nice scent! The color looks nice and not orange it's cheaper than jergens and it works faster I think so anyways! Great self tanner and a great price I got mine at walmart
So I am allergic to almost everything that touches my skin... Fragrant lotions and almost every bronzing lotion breaks me out in hives immediately after two uses . So when I read the reviews I was considering taking it back when I decided what the heck I'll try it. Turns out this stuff makes my skin amazingly soft and tan tinted. I do take a shower the next morning but I have yet to get hives!! I haven't used it on my face however, but the ingredients seem pretty safe.
I bought this because I just can't maintain and keep up with my normal self tanner (Banana Boat Summer Color Deep Dark). I am a Mom and just can't regularly take out a half hour or more to apply self tanner at night. This was a replacement for me because I can apply it in like 10 minutes or less and I have zero problems with application. I love love love it because it is very moisturizing for my dry skin, doesn't give me any problems on feet or hands, and is the very best color by far I have ever gotten from any self tanner! Light brown is all I can say. No more pasty for me! It takes about 4 days to really see a big difference, but after a week you will be 2 shades darker I would say. I exfoliate every 3 days using this to keep it even and have not noticed any signs of weird patches. The smell is strong, but like pina coladas. The hemp seed oil smell some people may have smell issues with because some people just hate it. I tolerate it because the results are better than any other and I have not smelled DHA nastiness in it really, which is what makes this the very best! I am curious to see how this works with maintaining my regular self tanner. That will be another review though...
I bought this to use as a maintainer for my twice weekly application of instant self tanner. I'm currently using this as my daily body lotion and I'm using banana boat summer color, which fades funny and this really helps with that because it's hydrating and contains a small amount of d.h.a. so it really seems to help even things out in those patchy areas around my wrist, my arms, and chest.
What I love about this lotion is that it dries really fast, I'd say about 5 minutes compared to the 15 it used to take with Jergens natural glow so I can get dressed fast. I'm not crazy about the tropical scent of this product, but I have yet to pick up a trace of self tanner smell and the tropical scent isn't too strong once you're dry and dressed. I love that it's hydrating without leaving me feeling sticky or greasy or like the product isn't dry a long time after I've applied it. So it's a great summer moisturizer for me, but I have very dry skin so I don't think this would work alone during the winter months.
I may update again if I try it this winter by itself because I can't attest to how great the color is by itself since I'm using it with another self tanner, but I would definitely repurchase for this purpose. The price is great (5-6 bucks at walmart) and it's a great daily moisturizer.
I finally found something that actually works!
I'm Asian olive skin type. Everything turn orange No matter what I use....
This product gave me light nice golden tan color. I tan outside fews times a week & use this lotion few times a week to keep my tan last longer. I don't wanna use this lotion every day coz skin could turn orange if i over do it.
Absolutely gonna buy this again!
We all have a yellow tanned skin, yellow tanned skin, yellow tanned skin....la la la .....la la
Sorry for the silly start of my review, but I think now you know about how this lotion worked on me :)
This was my first try with self tanner.
I am very pale, probably MAC N20 or N15, and I wanted to get a little bit of color before the beach season starts.
So, I don't want to put this lotion totally down.
- The price is great - $5 from Walmart
- Package is perfect, it comes in a bottle with
- It smells good and delicious like coconut
- It doesn't leave any streaks
What I don't like though is:
- the color, it turned me yellow which is not very sexy from my point of view
- itchy skin with a few rashes
- dry lizard skin
Well, it might work on some people, but for me the color of it was just not good. It only looked good on my legs, but that's about it.
I will return it and never buy it again.
I recently bought this product in a desperate need of a new self tanner. I read the reviews, and despite the comments of the lotion having a "terrible smell" I went with it anyways. May I say that this product smells WONDERFUL. The only reason the smell would bother you, is if you hated the smell of cinnamon rolls, lol. The only catch about this, is that you have to make sure to rub it in good and evenly, or it could leave behind marks. Other than this, it's the best self tanner I've ever used, and you definitely get alot for the money! Doesn't make you look orange, and you can tell a slight difference after only one use!