Back with another Green People review, and this time I’ll be testing out their vegan gradual tan moisturiser, and self-tan body lotion.
When it comes to self-tan, I both love and hate it. I’m usually quite pale and I don’t tan very easily, so it’s rare that I ever get a ‘natural’ tan the old fashioned way. I love self-tan products because it gives me that golden glow without having to book flights to the Caribbean. (Although, you wouldn’t have to try hard to persuade me). But the thing I hate about self-tan is that frankly, it’s a bit of a faff.
I’d never used a gradual tanning lotion before, so I jumped at the chance to try these two products. I was interested to see how they faired to the other types of tanners I’ve tried. And considering it was a vegan gradual tan product – even better.
Advertised as a non-streaky tan lotion for all skin types, I must say I am really loving this product! The thing I love most about it is just how easy it is to use. It’s so quick to apply and it smells great, and you don’t have to wait around for hours to shower it off like many other self-tan products.
It contains organic rosehip, geranium, sandalwood, and DHA, among many other wonderful ingredients. Also, like their other products, it doesn’t contain any harmful parabens or aggressive chemicals. It smells great when you first apply it, but after a while, it does develop that infamous fake tan smell. To be honest, I don’t think there’s a tan out there that doesn’t have this smell, so I’m not too bothered by that.
I usually apply in the evening just before going to bed. It will develop after 2-3 hours so when I wake up the tan has fully developed. To maintain a tan all year round they say to reapply every 3 days.
I would say the only downside to this self-tanning lotion is that there’s no guide colour. This means that when applying it’s difficult to see which parts you’ve done and if you’ve missed anywhere. (I usually have). However, if you do notice any white patches once the tan has developed you can easily apply a small amount to that area and it’ll gradually even it out.
After using it multiple times, and consequently running out of this product, my 100% tried and tested opinion is that I freakin’ love it. I always think the real test of a product’s performance is whether you want to repurchase it. And boy, do I want to repurchase it!
More like a tinted moisturiser than a fake tan, it builds up gradually after a few days use to give a gorgeous, natural-looking tan. Unlike the other product in this review, you need to apply this one sparingly to the face and neck daily for a sun-kissed look. They say that as it’s a gradual tan you may not see results straight away, but as I’m quite pale I did notice a difference after the first application.
Before trying this product I never really thought about having a separate self-tanner for my face. I’ve always used the same tan product for body and face, but I actually really love having a dedicated face tanner. I always try to keep my face out of the sun because I know the damage it can do. Be aware though that this product doesn’t also provide protection from the sun. It”s best to wear a day-cream with SPF throughout the day, and apply this moisturiser at night before bed.
This moisturiser is rich in prebiotics, antioxidants, and Omega fatty acids, as well as rosehip and green tea. (And it doesn’t have the fake tan smell which is great). It’s a good size as well, and you don’t need much so the 50ml bottle will go a long way. (It’s also aeroplane friendly and marine safe!)
Overall, I’m really happy with both of these products.
For me, ease of use has to be the winning factor here over many other self tans that I’ve tried. Even though there are cheaper self-tan products available out there, I have paid more for other tanning products in the past so I think the price for these products is very reasonable. Not to mention that Green People are such a great brand to support for their vegan, cruelty-free, and recyclable products and packaging.
Do you have a favourite vegan gradual tan product?
*The products in this post were gifted to me free of charge in exchange for an honest review. All opinions and photographs are my own.