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Banana Boat Sunless Summer Color Self Tanning Lotion, Light to Medium 6 fl oz (177 ml)

 
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Banana Boat Sunless Summer Color Self Tanning Lotion, Light to Medium, 6 fl oz
 
4.3

(based on 83 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (49)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (24)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (6)

90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to apply (54)
  • Creates even tan (49)
  • Not greasy (48)
  • Natural tan (47)
  • Works quickly (43)

Cons

  • Fades (6)
  • Uneven fade (6)
  • Uneven tan (6)
  • Unnatural color (6)
  • Bad odor (5)

Best Uses

  • Body (43)
  • Daily use (24)
  • Face (18)
  • Quick-fix (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Budget shopper (34), Brand buyer (22)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

works great from the first application

I have tried many, MANY different brands of gradual self tan lotion (Dove, Jergan's, Loreal, Coppertone, Toma's, Ocean Potion, Mystic, Malibu, etc). This is my favorite thus far. ...Read complete review

I have tried many, MANY different brands of gradual self tan lotion (Dove, Jergan's, Loreal, Coppertone, Toma's, Ocean Potion, Mystic, Malibu, etc). This is my favorite thus far. With some of the above listed products, I did not notice any color until 3-4 days of consecutive application. With Banana Boat, I had a natural-looking noticeable slight increase in color upon the very first application.

Some of the other brands I've tried turned me orange; Banana Boat provided a nice natural tan color so I didn't look like an Umpah Loompah. I did not have issues with uneven fade or the tan coming off in some parts on my body faster than others, which I did have problems with while using some of the other lotions. Some of the other products didn't give me even coverage and I ended up with streaks or patches. Banana Boat gave even coverage and the only problem I had was with the palms of my hands, but that was my own fault because I forgot to scrub them after application. I got it right the second time and it looked fine.

I recommend the following application method for your hands: apply to the rest of your body first, then use lots of soap and the rough exfoliating side of a new dish sponge to thouroughly scrub your entire hand, especially the pams and in between the fingers. Once your hands are completely clean, use a cotton ball to apply the lotion to the back of your hands for even coverage.

The lotion is slightly tinted to ensure even coverage. Apply the lotion in a well lit room with a mirror so you can see anywhere you may have missed. The one thing I don't like about this lotion is the same problem I have with all self-tanning lotions: after the lotion completely dries, the pleasant scent of the lotion slowly turns into "that smell" caused by the tanning agent dihydroxyacetone (DHA). The odor is not nearly as bad as some of the alternatives, such as Toma's (worst smell) or Mystic, but it is a little stronger than the lighter lotions such as Dove and Ocean Potion. I would say it's average as far as the smell.

Overall , compared to other tanning products I have used, this is the best in my opinion. About me: I have very fair, sensitive and acne prone skin. I did not have any breakouts while using this product. In the summer I do tan in the sun as a supplement to using this lotion. Because this product works so great, I only have to apply it about every 3 days. For the winter, I may switch back to a lighter daily lotion that won't add so much color just to look more natural. I usually just want to add a slight glow in the winter and keep a lighter skin tone, so I wouldn't recommend Banana Boat for use in the winter on fair skin tones.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

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Kinda weird but on my legs it was uneven but no where else? Started to break out on my face and back after several days of use. I've used a spray and can't remember...Read complete review

Kinda weird but on my legs it was uneven but no where else? Started to break out on my face and back after several days of use. I've used a spray and can't remember the name of it. That was the best! This is ok for a quick tan. Next to the spray it sucks!

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1.0

Not Impressed

By terry

from Delaware

describe yourself Brand Buyer

Verified Buyer

Pros

    Cons

    • Doesn't rub in well

    Best Uses

    • Water Sports

    Comments about Banana Boat Sunless Summer Color Self Tanning Lotion, Light to Medium, 6 fl oz:

    n/a

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Uneven and too dark for my fair skin

    By Mom of 7

    from Midwest

    Comments about Banana Boat Sunless Summer Color Self Tanning Lotion, Light to Medium, 6 fl oz:

    I have used other brands and did OK with eveness but this came out streaky and too dark after one application. I do have very light skin, but this was supposed to br light to medium. I wish it had a color return clause...too much to spend for one bad application

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    love it!

    By critical shopper

    from Southern California

    See all my reviews

    Pros

    • No Offensive Odors

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Daily Use

      Comments about Banana Boat Sunless Summer Color Self Tanning Lotion, Light to Medium, 6 fl oz:

      I'm allergic to many scents and after trying many, many self tanners that proved to be overly 'odiferous', some that I even had to scrub off to remove the offensive smell, I tried this one and love it. I use it about 3 times a week after shower, rub it on like a lotion and wait a few minutes till it dries before dressing. It gives a light healthy tan look, not orange, just natural.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      i have bought this a few times now

      By foodie gl

      from illinois

      describe yourself Budget Buyer

      See all my reviews

      Pros

      • Not Greasy
      • Rubs In Well

      Cons

      • Wish It Had Spf In It

      Best Uses

      • Daily Use

      Comments about Banana Boat Sunless Summer Color Self Tanning Lotion, Light to Medium, 6 fl oz:

      still looking for that "perfect" ST but so far out of all the DS products this one seems to be my fave

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      The only one!

      By Happy Customer

      from West Texas

      describe yourself Budget Buyer

      See all my reviews

      Pros

      • Non-comedogenic
      • Not Greasy
      • Rubs In Well

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Banana Boat Sunless Summer Color Self Tanning Lotion, Light to Medium, 6 fl oz:

          This is the only self-tanner that doesn't make me itch or give me red bumps when used! The color is natural, not orange, for my fair skin.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Works well, but streaks

          By Sam

          from Washington, DC

          describe yourself Budget Buyer

          Pros

          • Not Greasy
          • Rubs In Well

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Banana Boat Sunless Summer Color Self Tanning Lotion, Light to Medium, 6 fl oz:

              I used this product once - it says on the bottle that the tan develops gradually over several days. The lotion rubbed in easily, but it was difficult to see if there was more in some spots than others. The next day, I noticed streaking on one leg. 3 days later the streaking is fading, but the other leg (without streaking) is looking more tan. I plan to use this product again when the streaking fades away and rub in very thoroughly.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              best self tanner

              By trace

              from wall, nj

              describe yourself Budget Buyer

              See all my reviews

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Natural looking
              • No Bad Smell
              • Not Greasy
              • Rubs In Well

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Banana Boat Sunless Summer Color Self Tanning Lotion, Light to Medium, 6 fl oz:

                  love this self tanner. have tried many different brands at all different prices and have found this to be the most natural looking. doesn't wear off in patches like some self tanners. i use it year round to give my face a little color.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Great for Fair Skin

                  By KC

                  from Gilbert, AZ

                  describe yourself Budget Buyer

                  See all my reviews

                  Pros

                  • Rubs In Well

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Banana Boat Sunless Summer Color Self Tanning Lotion, Light to Medium, 6 fl oz:

                      I have used this self-tanner multiple times now. I am a very fair strawberry-blonde and used to go to tanning beds. Now I know better! While this product does not give me a deep, dark tan, it does give me the perfect amount of color to keep me looking healthy. It applies easily and has very little odor. It's also the only tanner I've tried that gives me a very natural color. I have a slight glow immediately after applying and then the color intensifies. Easy to apply multiple coats, though I often find that just one application gives me the perfect hint of color. Just wait a couple hours, or use the next day after your shower. The color will also last through 3-4 showers without re-applying. Love that I can get it at Drugstore b/c it's hard to find.

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Best product on the market!

                      By Pleased Customer

                      from Corona, Ca

                      describe yourself Budget Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Not Greasy
                      • Rubs In Well
                      • Waterproof

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Beach
                        • Daily Use
                        • Sports
                        • Water Sports

                        Comments about Banana Boat Sunless Summer Color Self Tanning Lotion, Light to Medium, 6 fl oz:

                        I've used this product for over 6 years. This is by far the best self tanning lotion on the market. I would highly recommend this to anyone!

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        gives a nice even tan

                        By YAHOODEE

                        from VALLEY, ALABAMA

                        describe yourself Brand Buyer

                        See all my reviews

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Creates Even Tan
                        • Easy To Apply
                        • Fast and easy
                        • Natural Tan

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Quick-Fix

                          Comments about Banana Boat Sunless Summer Color Self Tanning Lotion, Light to Medium, 6 fl oz:

                          I use the product after shaving my legs and sleep over night and wake up with this beautiful tan in the morning.

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