Best Botttled Tan | Review

I’m so pale I could give Casper the ghost a run for his money. It’s not something that has ever bothered me, but I do like to have a little bit of a glow during the summer months! So while my friends start evolving into sun kissed goddesses, I slap on the suncream and get my tan from another bottle.


I have always been on the search for a good tanning product, and I like to think I’ve come a long way from the £2.99 St Moriz cheesy wotsit look I often sported in school. (Not a good shade for me!)

So after trying what feels like a tanning product from every brand on the shelf – Vita Liberata Tanning Mousse, No 7 Spray Tan, WhitetoBrown Lotion, Dove Summer Glow,  and St Tropez to name just a few – I think I have found my all time favourite.

And the winner is *drum roll please*…. Palmers Natural Bronze Body Lotion. This product has fast become a holy grail product for me, I’m obsessed! It has a unique ‘biscuity’ scent which smells amazing, and it doesn’t break the bank either. It is very reasonable compared to competitor’s products, retailing at under £6 for the 400ml bottle – and is normally on offer in Gordon’s Chemist.

I use a disposable latex glove to apply the tan (which you can pick up in your local pound store or online super cheap.) It applies so smoothy, and gives a really even, natural looking golden glow to the skin. It dries almost instantly and it isn’t greasy, which is a problem I’ve had with a lot of gradual tanners – they take forever to dry and start to irritate my skin.

I’m the kind of person that is drawn to products by the packaging, and have even been known to buy something just because the packaging looks cute. So the fact that this bottle has a pump was an original selling point for me, I find it so much more convenient than a squeeze tube.

I would recommend exfoliating and applying a good moisturiser to dry areas such as the knees, feet, ankles and elbows before application. I’ve been loving using Soap & Glory’s Breakfast Scrub lately, it’s great and smells delicious!

This would be a great product for people who are hesitant on trying/using fake tan as it gives a very natural glow and is so easy to apply. Give it a try, your skin deserves it!

What are your favourite tanning products?



  • Claudia

    Nice review! I personally don’t use tanning products, but find them very interesting ^_^

  • Oh, I do usually use Garnier or another one I can’t remember its name… great review! Have a lovely day, Vera–12782683

    • My mum loves the Garnier one too! Thanks so much, same to you 🙂

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  • trend-mixblog

    I’ve honestly always been curious about theses things and whether they work or not. I’m a fellow pale person so I totally get why you use these. I might have to try it one day. 🙂

    • You definitley should, it’s great! Thanks for commenting 🙂

  • For the longest time I used that Dove Summer Glow. I liked the way it smelled. Very un-faketan-y, lol 🙂

  • This sounds amazing for a very natural glow, tempted to give it a go in the summer!

    The Velvet Black // UK Style, Beauty Blog

  • Stacey Louise

    I love dove summer glow! I have used it for years! – A Beauty & Lifestyle Blog


  • I’ve always used the Garnier gradual tan, but think I’ll try out the Palmers one this year! Great review 🙂

    • I used to be a Garnier lover until I found this! You definitely should try it 🙂 thanks very much!

  • Meg Casson

    I love Palmers moisturisers but haven’t tried their tan.

    I used to use Dove but it made me yellow!
    Now I use Bondi Sands fake tan mousse, so nice.

    • The smell of Palmers products are the best! I’ve never tried the Bondi tan, may be one to look out for then, thanks! 🙂

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  • Tiffany Ingram

    Awesome! Thank you for the recommendation. I live in San Francisco and its impossible to get (or keep) a tan. I’m going to try Palmer’s…I think the pump is an amazing idea for a tanning lotion. Big plus!

    Xx, Tiffany |

    • Ah lucky you! Yeah it’s great, thanks for stopping by 🙂

  • Mary Ann

    I use the Dove gradual tanner and moisturiser that you pictured in light to medium. I really didn’t notice the effects until it started to gather in random places like the middle of my thigh and under my bra line. It’s a shame it didn’t work for me but I’m willing to try others!
    Mary-Ann xx
    Angel Flicks

    • That happened to me too with it, it didn’t fade as evenly as I would have liked! I don’t have that problem with the Palmers tan though, you should try it out 🙂

  • I used Sally Hansen and… It was a mistake. Allergic reaction I had was quite frankly disgusting. Thanks to strong medication is gone now.

    If you want to check out my last post about organisation it’s a click away:

    • Ah that’s the worst, I have sensitive skin so I know what it’s like! Thanks, I’ll definitely check it out 🙂

  • Lizzie

    I tried the Palmers natural bronze lotion and ended up looking incredibly orange! would seem I need something more subtle!

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