My fail safe in this category is Johnson's gradual builders, any of the brilliant yellow bottles suffice (although still not sure about the firming one), but on a recent trip to the supermarket (Asda to be precise) it was nowhere in sight, no Johnson's body care was in fact.
So this is what I went for, the promise of a 'summer fresh fragrance' drawing me in.
I generally only apply this to my legs, as the rest of me stays pretty tanned on its own, my legs fail to tan even in bright sunshine & 35 degree heat.
I picked up the 'Light sun-kissed look' shade, I believe there is only one other, which will give a darker tan, quicker. The lighter version is formulated for fairer skin, which is what I've been 'blessed' with, it come on naturally instead of going from pasty straight to tan which can be a little daunting.
For example if I wear to prep for a night out, I would apply a layer the morning & night of the day before, followed by one more on the morning of, if I'm lucky enough to have been given that much notice...
It fades of gradually, making it look even more natural, and doesn't get shaved off, like I've experienced with Johnson's.
I look at this as more of a moisturiser then a gradual tanner in consistency. Compared with Johnson's it is a lot thinner and lighter to apply to the skin, it soaks in quickly and you don't need all that much for a whole leg.
The promise of a 'summer fresh fragrance' did not disappoint. When applying it, you get a great scent, which reminds me of Starbust (Opal Fruits for you golden oldies) which I'm going to label apricot, as it contains extract of.
I have had nights where I'm drifting off to bed & I'll get a subtle scent of the dreaded fake tan/biscuits. But it was fleeting, and it definitely doesn't compare to the stench that the majority of fake tans have.
This product may have just replaced Johnson's for gradual tanners. I think it's the subtle scent that sets it in a different league, I love the natural look it gives, and it has yet to step over into the too tanned category, which has been done before by Johnson's.
The only downside to this is the subtle orange tinge that is hiding beneath the natural tan. As long as it's blended out well, it's easily avoidable, but just something to watch out for!