Alba Botanica Natural Very Emollient Sunless Tanner relies on natural and certified organic ingredients, a combination that's hard to find in self-tanners. It's recommended for those who are conscious about ingredients and prefer earth-friendly products. It's also great for dry skin. That said, Alba Botanica isn't a particularly exceptional sunless tanner, reviewers conclude.
Results are slow to appear, but last a week. Reviewers say that Alba Botanicas Natural Very Emollient Sunless Tanner produces even color that looks natural. One reviewer points out that it takes 24 hours for the tan to develop. Once it does, though, users say that it lasts for up to a week. The sunless tanner only comes in one shade, which tends appear faint on most users' skin, but reviewers at MakeupAlley.com it can be reapplied daily until your desired color is reached.
Quick and easy to apply. Sunless-tanning lotions generally take longer to dry than other formulas, and Alba Botanica Natural Very Emollient Sunless Tanner is no exception. However, reviewers are generally pretty pleased that the formula dries in 15 minutes -- shorter than most lotions. Other than the dry time, reviewers don't have much to say about the application process. Most say it's quick and easy, and find that they don't leave streaks behind.
Smell isn't perfect, but texture is great. Like most sunless tanners, Alba Botanica Natural Very Emollient Sunless Tanner relies on dihydroxyacetone (DHA) and erythrulose to produce a tan appearance on skin. While the smell is better than some, reviewers say, it's still quite apparent. Expert Paula Begoun also knocks Alba for its use of fragrances. What makes this formula different, though, is its natural and organic ingredients. It contains several plant oils -- aloe vera, chamomile, gingko biloba and green tea -- which leave skin soft and moisturized. Paula Begoun says, "Those additions are helpful and make this worth considering as something more than just a self tanner."
Paula Begoun gives Alba Botanica Very Emollient Sunless Tanner her second-highest rating. She says that it is a step above other formulas, because it contains many moisturizing plant oils and antioxidants but insists that it would be even better if it didn't contain fragrance.
Review: Very Emollient Sunless Golden Tanning Without the Sun, Paula Begoun, Feb. 15, 2013
Alba Botanica sunless tanner receives just over 20 reviews from consumers at Amazon.com, but the majority of them are favorable. The self-tanner earns an overall rating of about 4.1 out of 5 stars. Most say that the resulting color looks natural and lasts up to a week. Many also like the scent compared to other tanning products.
Review: Alba Botanica Sunless Tanning Lotion, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of June 2013
Beauty blogger Dianna Baros reviews Alba Botanica Golden Tan Sunless Tanning Lotion (now Alba Botanica Very Emollient Sunless Tanner). Although she says it produces only subtle color and takes 24 hours to develop, it smells good and covers flaws well.
Review: Beauty Review: Alba Botanica Golden Tan Sunless Tanning Lotion, Dianna Baros, July 12, 2010