Dove Summer Glow Gradual Tanner


Hello Ladies. I hope you are all well. I hear the weather over in the UK has been amazing recently? That's a first! It's raining here in Oz, typical isn't it. Anyway, as it is now coming into summer I wanted to review the perfect summer product. Now I'm sure most of you have heard of this or even used this before but I have only recently started using this again and I have rekindled my love for it. As I'm in Oz at the minute, I have obviously been wearing things that show a little more skin so I have been slathering this on to give my skin a tanned glow. I realise I should be sunbathing and getting a real tan but quite frankly, I've had better things to be doing. Dove Summer Body is a gradual self tanner meaning when applied it has no colour but after a few hours it develops and leaves a subtle tan. I personally love to use this at night time, after I've showered and before I get into bed. This means I can put it on before I go to sleep and let it develop through the night. 
To be honest, I have tried a lot of these gradual tanners as I remember them being hyped about a few years ago. The most famous was probably the Johnson's one in the yellow bottle, do you remember that? Yes, it was good but personally I think this one is so much better. I buy the shade for normal to dark skin as I find it gives me a deeper tan after a few applications but there is also an option for light to medium skin if you are worried about going too dark. I especially think these products are great for people who are very pale and think a proper fake than will leave them orange. With this product you have a lot more control over the intensity of colour. If I use this once, it will add a subtle bronzed glow to my skin whereas when I apply it 2/3 times it develops into a deeper tan. This means I can apply as much as I want, depending on what kind of tan I'm after. Also, this tan is great for the face. I have often used fake tans on my face and woke up looking like a patchy brown mess. Due to this being a moisturiser, it glides on to the face perfectly and leaves me with a lovely even colour. I find my makeup looks much nicer if I have a used this the night before as well. Another thing I love about this is the smell. You may of noticed I'm always talking about the smell of products in my reviews but for me, its an important factor. I want the products I'm applying to make my skin not only look but smell lovely too. Well, this certainly doesn't disappoint in the smell stakes. Oh my goodness, it smells amazing. It really does smell like summer in a bottle - fruity and fresh. The texture of the lotion is quite thick but I like that as I feel it really helps moisturise the skin. It sinks into the skin pretty quickly and doesn't leave a sticky residue like some tanners/body lotions can. Just to top it all off, this product is exceptionally cheap. This huge 250ml bottle can be purchased on Amazon here for as little as 3.27, I best get stocked up. It is also available from all the usual places including Boots, Superdrug & most Supermarkets. 


Have you ever tried the Dove Gradual tanner? What do you think?

Lots of Love,


37 comments

  1. Oh my gosh! I used to use this all the time, but stopped for some reason. I remeber it used to smell amazing. Going to repurchase this during the weekend. Best fake gradual tanning lotion ever! :D xo

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    1. I agree! Yes, definitely repurchase! It is so affordable! Xx.

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  2. I've never had any success with gradual tanners, as I'm so pale that many of them still turn me orange! I'd love to give this one a go though, I always live in hope! Right now I have to rely on traditional fake tans, I'm had some luck with green-based ones like St. Moriz but there's still a lot of hoping and praying that I don't end up looking like a satsuma involved!

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    1. Yeah, definitely give this a go but maybe try the light version? I love St.Moriz too but this will look a lot more subtle and natural than a traditional fake tan!! Xx.

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  3. I love this! have it on now! i use the light one though as I'm mega pale haha. I buy it in Bodycare for like £2 odd, it's much cheaper than Boots/Superdrug!xxx

    Beth

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    1. It's great isn't it? Ahhh I never thought of getting it from Bodycare! Will remember that for next time!! Xx.

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  4. I tried a gradual tanner about 5 years ago when they weren't very good, but I've heard now that there are some amazing ones out there! I just never know which ones work well so I'm glad you did this post! xoxo

    Katie
    Lady Million

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    1. I've tried a few and this is by far my favourite! Definitely give it a go!! Xx.

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  5. I've been using Garnier Summer Body, it smells of apricots! I'm definitely too scared to take on real fake tan as I am crazy pale and I just know I'll be crap and make it super streaky. About this Dove one...why does it say for normal to dark skin? That's a bit of a weird thing to have on their bottle! xxx

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    1. No idea why it says that! I guess it just means if you want a darker colour or if you have darker skin then this one will work best for you :) there's a light version too! Xx.

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  6. I've been looking for a new gradual tanner because this weather can't last so i'll look for this one when i go! Laura x

    http://secrets-de-beaut.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Yes, definitely give it a try! It's cheap anyway so you won't break the bank!! Xx.

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  7. I used to use these years and years ago when they first came out but I was never overwhelmed by them. I just bought the Garnier one yesterday so looking forward to trying that out! xo

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    1. I like the garner one too, this one and Garnier are probably the nicest ones out there! I hope it works well for you! Xx.

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  8. Agreeee! This is the best one I have tried to, it actually works! I have tried so many that don't seem to make any difference, whereas this one tans you & within a few applications you can really notice it. I do smell a bit biscuity after a little while though (say I apply it before bed, the next day) but then I guess thats hard to avoid! Lovely review :) x

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    1. Yeah, it really does! I can see a difference the next day after using this! Awww I don't get that biscuity tan smell, I think this smells fruity and fresh!! Xx.

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  9. I tried a dove one years ago now and wasn't too impressed but I might have to give it a go again now! I often prefer a gradual self tan x

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    1. Yeah, definitely give this one a go! I promise it works! Gradual tanners are ideal because you can control how dark you want it to be!! Xx.

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  10. yes I have tried it many a time :) I use the light to medium colour though. It is really good, especially for me as Im really pale so it gives me a nice little glow that doesnt look too fake xxx

    http://kirstysparkle.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. It's fab isn't it! I think its ideal for pale skin as you can control the amount you use and how dark you want it to be!! Xx.

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  11. i have never tried this before. i used to use caress product with a glow...i forget what it was called. i love it but i think i developed an allergy to it so i stopped using it. i love dove products...their body wash is all i use, so im gonna have to try this!

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    1. Aww thats a shame! Yeah, you should definitely try this one out! As you say, Dove body products are excellent and they are pretty gentle on the skin too so hopefully you won't have a reaction when using it!! Xx.

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  12. i have never used a fake tan product in my life. too scared to and that i will look like am oompaloompa haha. this one sounds good though :) may have to give it a try :) http://zoebowx.blogspot.co.uk/ xx

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    1. Oh no, don't be scared! Embrace the tan haha!! I think you would like this one in the Light option! Give it a go!! Xx.

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  13. I really want to try this! Have been using the St Tropez gradual tanner but it smells so bad! Tempted to try this one :)xx

    Livelaughlipstick.blogspot.com

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    1. Awww St.Tropez is good but yeah it is a bit pongy and very expensive too!! Definitely give this one a try, it's fab!! Xx.

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  14. Seems like a great product! The only drugstore gradual tanner I've used is Jergens and I never had a great experience with it. Right now I've been using St Tropez bronzing mousse as the sun is out and I don't want to look like such a pale mess! While I like St Tropez, I'd really love to find a cheaper alternative, so I'll have to give this a shot!

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  15. Ive been using the Johnsons one and some other drugstore brands recently but they didnt seem to do the job. Im definately going to give it a try, great post!
    xx

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  16. This looks like good self-tanner!
    The one that I've used is Jergens.
    It's smells good, goes on evenly, etc.

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  18. I haven't personally tried the Dove one but at the moment I'm using the Palmers cocoa butter gradual tanner, it smells soooooo good and works a treat!!
    X

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  21. may have to get some of this to add a glow to my pastiness! I'm too scared to use fake tan so this gradual dove lotion sounds perfect. I had a bit of a disaster with the Garnier one ha.xx

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  22. Great product decent price too
    Ann
    Annie-8.blogspot.com

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  23. I hate the smell and the stickiness (I have to shower within a few hours of applying it) but I like the gentle color. I found the Ambre Solaire one went really orange. This one also looks great on the face.

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