REVIEW: Elemis Total Glow Bronzing Body Lotion

Elemis Total Glow Bronzing Body Lotion

The media is full of photographs of young celebrities on holiday – usually in Dubai, sporting rich, golden tans. To be fair, they do look fabulous, there’s nothing quite like a tan to make you feel physically better (all that vitamin D) and look slimmer and we all want that, don’t we?

A suntan also temporarily plumps up skin, ever notice how smooth your skin looks with a real tan? Lines and wrinkles appear filled in, you’re glowing, everything you wear looks good on you. Sadly though, the fun and games stop when the tan fades and your skin is crying out for moisture. Even worse, NEW wrinkles suddenly appear, now where did they come from?

Unless people (youngsters in particular), develop their colour slowly and carefully (because a ‘safe’ real tan is certainly achievable), irreparable damage to their skin is already done. These things you learn later on in life, they come from wisdom, life experience and scary beach photos of Donatella Versace.

OK mumsy lecture over, let’s talk about fake tan.


Elemis paves the way to beautifully bronzed skin with this multi-tasking and decadent body lotion. This luxurious, gradual tan body lotion instantly moisturises the skin, whilst Vegetan™, naturally derived from Wheat, subtly builds an even, natural looking tan in 2-3 days.

Specially formulated with anti-oxidant rich Green Tea for a more even skin tone and Red Algae Extract to help ensure long-lasting hydration. Enriched with exquisite Abyssinian and Elderberry Seed Oils to nourish and condition, skin is left feeling soft, velvety smooth and with a beautiful golden glow.

The luxe formula is combined with ground breaking technology that works to naturally mask the distinctive aroma of a self-tan. Beautiful aromatics of delicate floral notes and uplifting lemon and patchouli oils captures the mood of summer and leaves skin deliciously scented.


Gently smooth over body and massage into skin.  Wash hands after use.  For best results, regularly exfoliate the skin prior to use.


Easily absorbed, smells lovely and gives a lovely even and realistic tan. I’m converted and will buy again.

Very pleased with this product. Had some advice from Elemis ladies re ensuring dry spots such as elbows/knees were fully moisturised to avoid staining. Achieved a very even glowing skin.

Expensive treat but well worth it. Lovely smell, creamy but light and nice shade not orange at all.

I really can’t praise this product enough it gives a natural looking glow to the skin without that fake orange colour and it really is the only faux tanning product I have ever used that does not have that horrible biscuit smell and the smell does not develop either.


I have to start by confidently saying that you’ll NEVER find a fake tan that smells like this one does. It’s distinctive, but not in that ‘stale biscuit’ way. The scent is rich and floral (not cloying at all) and lingers during the day, much like a luxury body lotion.

I have read a couple of poor reviews of this product; one, by someone who said she ‘didn’t see any results whatsoever, not even a tiny bit of colour.’ I can absolutely see where she’s coming from. The first time I applied this self tan, I hardly saw any difference as well. I thought it was because I was too light handed, not applying enough because I was afraid of over doing it and looking orange – because, let’s face it, we’ve all been there.

By trial and error, I eventually read the instructions properly discovered that you have to build up the colour in thin layers over 3 (or even 4, in my case) days. Even then, the colour is light and natural, you will never go orange with this self tan.

I also read that some people found it streaked. I wonder if this is because of the application? It’s white, not tinted and the lotion is thin, so they might not be covering the skin evenly as you can’t see exactly where it’s been applied – just a theory.


  1. Be aware that this product does not contain sunscreen, it won’t offer sun protection.
  2. It’s in a tube, but it’s not a cream, as a lotion it will pour out of the tube fast.
  3. Store on its side, you don’t want it spilling out as soon as you unscrew the lid.
  4. We love tubes, it means you can cut it down and scoop out every last drop of product!

If you have a naturally darker skin tone or want a deep mahogany tan, then this product is not for you. However, I’m pale and need a wash of naturally looking colour that doesn’t scream FAKE and so this is ideal for me.

Elemis Total Glow Bronzing Body Lotion 200ml £34.50 Debenhams
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