Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Fake Bake Tanning Body Butter - Review

It's that time of year again! The time when you start to daydream in history lessons about beaches, sun and wearing shorts without shivers and goosebumps - the time when every pale girl in the nation starts wishing they could tan. Luckily for us, we live in the 21st century - when fake tans provide just as good a tan as real ones.

Since I discovered fake tan a couple of years ago, I've been searching for my holy grail - but I have to admit I still haven't found it. There are those that provide a gorgeous colour, those that last a lifetime, those that cost literally pennies - but never one that combines it all. So I'm looking down different routes - I want to try different types of fake tan in the hope that one day, one will catch my attention and be that holy grail.

So whilst browsing around the web, I came across this little pot of loveliness - the Fake Bake Tanning Body Butter, £12.99 from Xtras Online. What drew me to this was that it's targeted at people with dry skin - which is a great change from the usual drying tanners.

It comes in a body butter form and is scarily dark in the tub. When opening the tub, the tan has quite a strong chocolately smell, which I found a bit weird at first but it soon faded once applied, and though it then took on a slight usual 'burnt biscuit' fake tan smell, it didn't last long and wasn't at all strong. I used the enclosed gloves to apply it and found that it soaked in really easily, just like a usual body butter - though it did take a bit longer to dry due to it's moisturising nature. The guide colour was a gorgeous golden sheen, and because it was moisturising it would easily be acceptable to apply and head straight out for the night. The next morning I woke up and checked the colour and it had gone pretty dark, but not at all orange tinted (ignore the photo, it makes it look far more orange!) and had a lovely golden glow. After a quick shower, the colour was a mid tan and looked beautifully natural and streak free. The colour lasted a good 4-5 days and faded nicely.

The only single bad word I have to say about this product is that you don't get much in a tub - I'd say 4-5 uses, which isn't much for £13 a pot! Despite this, I loved using the product and will definitely repurchase when I run out - the best part I found was that because it was a body butter as well, there was no need to moisturise afterwards which often ruins the colour of the tan.

Though I wouldn't say this was a 'holy grail' tan, I still loved it (I think I'm holding out for a perfection that doesn't exist) and I'll continue to use it - now bring on summer!


  1. Great review! I love sunless tanning and like you i have tried a ton of diffrent kinds! The best one i have found is called Tanwise and you can buy it at sallys beauty supply for only 10 bucks! It looks like chocolate pudding with a green tint and as you probably know the green tint cancels out any kind of orange tint but when it dries the green is not even there! If you do try it i have to warn you that when you put it on it is steaky but you have to put it on smaller sections (i work my way up starting at my foot than the lower half of my leg then my thigh etc.) It still end ups looking a tad streaky but when it dries and you wash it off there is no streaks at all!! Its a great product and you get a ton of bang for your buck, happy tanning(:

  2. I've always stuck to staying pale, but I might give this a go! x

  3. It looks really nice on actually! I'd be worried about it going streaky as all my fake tan attempts usually do, but i'll probably give this a go!

    Jen xx

  4. I love Fake Bake- I am a pale girl and it leaves me in no way orange. I will definitely have to try this out! xx

  5. Oh I haven't tried this yet but it looks like a nice product! :)) Great review hun!

    I am running an International Giveaway on my blog now, and I'd love it if you enter for the chance to win Chanel Lipstick and some Maybelline goodies! <3


  6. Wow, really impressed with the difference in colour! Plus I love that it's a body butter too, will def be giving this a go :-)


    Sarah x

    1. Whoops just bought it, thanks for sharing the website, it's £18+ every where else!


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