Rated 4.59 out of 5 stars
I bought this after doing a bit of research on self tanners (I was pretty nervous to try self tanning again after many failed attempts from the mid 2000s). I am fair-skinned, redhead, freckled and super freaked out about streaking and orange looking self tanners. Having said all that, this one is a WINNER. I bought this in the medium tone.
Directions said to exfoliate first, so I exfoliated and shaved my legs and then didn't apply moisturizer afterward (per instructions on packaging). I nervously applied the foam to the mitt (I used the blue one from a St. Tropez trial size package and am going to get the Coco & Eve pink one) and rubbed it into my legs and arms...then went back and did another round to each limb and my chest and shoulders. This was at 2pm. I could feel it drying after about 20-30 minutes and felt like it was safe to put on clothes without staining them. I ran errands and rinsed off in the shower about 3 hours later. The tan was subtle, but definitely there. NO STREAKING!
I did my trial run on a Friday and then I re-applied this mousse to my arms and legs after shaving again 2 days later, on Sunday. I did the same routine, waiting about 20 minutes to put on clothes, then went about my business. It definitely dries quickly. I went the whole afternoon and evening without rinsing off and then even slept on white sheets with NO transferring of color (I'm so impressed by this part!). I woke up this morning and now I *definitely* have color...not so subtle...but also natural looking and still not streaky! I am so pleased with this product and how it gives my fair skin a good, healthy looking glow but also doesn't look orange or super fake. The medium is totally made for my skin tone, but I did basically use 4 coats of it in 3 days. Great product. Totally lives up to the hype! Oh, and for those with sensitive noses, it smells really good and doesn't linger. It's fruity (lychee?) and I didn't find it too strong or offensive. Very happy with this product!
To start, Iâ€™ve never used a fake tanner in my life. I was always afraid of being orange, and I donâ€™t like all of the chemicals. Needless to say, I was really stoked to try out Sunny Honey. I ordered the recommended dark shade. I was pretty scared of being an Oompa Loompa, so I followed every instruction step by step. I showered, exfoliated, shaved, and lightly moisturized dry parts of my skin, and waited a half hour before applying the foam. It went on almost beautifully. My bod looked bangin. The first application on my face looked like I gave myself blackface, which was absolutely mortifying, especially with the BLM movement being so important right now, also living in a prominently black neighborhood. Luckily, it came off quickly and I reapplied with smaller amounts. Afterwards, it looked great. However, my hands were ORANGE. I moisturized and used a pea sized amount, as instructed. All in all, I feel pretty lied to. My stretch marks actually became more visible, my cellulite was still just as noticeable, I wasnâ€™t super upset about that, because being a chubby person, you kind of just accept your body after awhile. What I was really upset about was that anywhere that skin rubs together, or sweats, becomes SUPER patchy and orange after a day or two. Itâ€™s absolutely humiliating. Also, I have to reapply to my face every other day, which is a bit annoying, but understandable because the skin is thin and I wash my face twice daily. Iâ€™m most disappointed about it coming out of my skin unevenly, being miscolored and patchy. I even moisturized daily. This would be a great product for someone who works in an office and sits in the AC all day and has limited amounts of physical activity. But if youâ€™re active and outdoors almost all day like I am, this product is definitely not for you.
Amber from Jacksonville, NC
So a lot of reviews said it smelled good but honestly it gave me a headache because you keep it on a minimum of two hours. Smells like a tanning salon. BUT it doesnt transfer which is great
BL from Utah
Developed very orange, horrible smell that lasted longer than the tan did, and so patchy! :(
Olivia from Virginia
Dries very quickly and it is the perfect color, I only apply it once a week & the color stays amazing! Does not dry out my skin and smells wonderful!
Nobody from gonzales
The pre-rinse wasnt orange but when I rinsed it off if was very orange.
Brittany from Washington, D.C.
I love this stuff!!! It smells so good and looks so oretty once developed. It didnt feel too sticky while wearing it and i DID NOT sleep in it so im not sure how that goes but i did let it develop for a few hours and im obsessed.
Kenzie from Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
I got the color "dark" and the self tanning face mist. They both last about 3-4 days. I don't use body scrub in the shower the next day and I in fact purposely barely use the loofah very soft touches just so it lasts and it still comes off. There is a self tanner got be tan forever + ever for around $11 and it lasts me at least 6-7 days on my body.
JMar from Goose Creek, SC
I love live love this tanner. I have such a beautiful brown color with no orange tints at all! I love the smell! I normal get that horrible twinge when I wear self tanner but not with this. it is so lovely and light.
Ashlynn from South Carolina
Smelled so good!! Wore it overnight and woke up with the most natural tan ever. Looked like I just came back from a vacation at the beach! Made me feel confident! Not orange. Applies amazingly. Not sticky and it only took maybe 15 minutes to completely dry.
Lala from Honolulu
It's a little surprising it comes out green from the bottle lol but it turns a nice natural color. I recommend rinsing it off in 2 hours the longer you leave it on the stronger that weird self tanner smell gets. But otherwise this is good stuff
Morgan from Orlando, FL
I genuinely think that this is the beat self tanner out there!! It gives such great color without looking orangey or overly fake, I got the dark shade and I'm very fair skinned and I think its a great shade for me to look like I just got back from a tropical vacation. It smells amazing and doesnt have that nasty fake tan smell. It fades SOOO nicely and not splotchy. And it lasts me 6-7 days which is great for me because other self tanners usually only last 4-5 days on me I think because I have such dry skin. But this tanner is fantastic and made me want to start using self tanner again!! 10/10!
Kaylaaa.xo from Florida
Patchy on my arms and faded way to quickly. Wanted to like it but i went back to my tried amd true Tanologist Mousse in Medium. This doesnt compare!
madib from Louisville, KY
I will say, i really enjoyed the color of this self tan. I have used several other brands and really liked the golden color i got from this one. HOWEVER, I developed a rash of some degree on my upper body nearly every time I used this. Small bumps developed down my forearms, my chest, abdomen, and neck each time—some times worse than others. It often woudnt develop until about a day or so after use. I used this product a few times in the summer and often workout as well, so im guessing maybe sweating caused more of an issue. Never had any issues on my legs, so i finished the bottle and just used a different profuct with a similar color for my upper body. I feel like people raved about the smell being better than traditional self tanner, however in my opinion it was just as bad unless you like more of a tropic smell. I wouldn't purchase this product again but its worth trying if you are looking for a richer color
Lyssa from Washington
This tanner is amazing. But, with each application it may be a hit or miss. The first time I used the self tanner my base, and my skin was looking absolutely flawless as I continued to use it for a second time my base, and the self tanner was very very splotchy, and it was just fading, very unnatural throughout my body. This is why prep is very important when you use a self tanner, I did the exact same prep that I did the first time so it also really depends on how dry your skin is or how much lotion you put on your skin or how much you cleaned and washed your skin this second time compared the first time. So it's really not the self tanner that's the problem there's so many other factors that play into how it's gonna come out and fade on your skin so you just gotta pull through. If you get a bad self tan, then get a self tan remover, or just let it completely come off before doing another round of self tanner because I usually sell tan like once a week but now that I see that this product needs more time to get removed from the skin before doing another round I will be waiting at least a week and a half or maybe even two weeks
Public Speaker from Las Vegas
The initial scent is nice. But after a few hours it smells about as bad as any self tanner I've ever used.
And the stink stays.
Initial color is a good shade for me (I had the medium and I'm medium skin tone). But it literally all disappears w/the first rinse off the next morning (I wear it 24 hours before showering).
It is also patchy on me. The 1st time I used it I just used my normal mitt and brush. But THAT was a bust, so I went and got the Coco & Eve mitt. It's a great match for the formula. But I still have spots that I really have to work to get coverage.
I finally started going over it w/my Bondi Sands Liquid Gold.
After several good, honest tries, I finally returned it. I cannot get past the awful smell!!!
Jenni from Atlanta, GA
I don't mind the product. I like the smell (even my husband said how the smell was better than others!) HOWEVER, this is my second bottle and after about 3 body applications, the pump stops pumping out foam and its liquid. I will not repurchase.
Valgal from St. Louis, MO
I have been self tanning for 8 years now and this is my favorite!! My only complaint is that the pump has broken on 2 of my bottles after just one use. The product starts to come out as just juice :(
jbmac from Oregon
I honestly really like this tanner overall. It gets really dark which is nice, some that say "Ultra-Dark" come out more medium on me. Does have an orangey undertone but not too bad dependong on your skin tone. Lasts really well also - I usually reapply after a week to week and a half and its not totally gone at that point. Only thing is that it is very drying so you'll have to keep up on moisturizing morning and night, I use organic coconut oil and that works really well (tan or not). I see a lot of reviews about the "bad smell" but before I saw those my initial thought was actually that it did not have that fake tan smell at all, more fruity if anything. My husbmad hates the fake tan smell and is more sensitive to it than I am and he hasn't even noticed it. Over all I think if the drying is manageable and thats the only downside to achieving a DARK and long lasting tan, its worth it! Especially when this brand uses cleaner ingredients compared to others:)
mady from san diego
the bad smell is there, the streaks are there. it's not much different from any other self tan that's a 3rd of the cost. maybe the ingredients are different, I haven't compared. it sets instantly so you'll get streaks immediately. I slept in it overnight and showered in the morning and the smell is super strong. it's not easy to blend because of how quickly it dries. definitely not worth the price imo.
EG from Florida
Ive heard incredible things about this product online and was so excited to try it! I have darker skin that tans easily, so i normally get the darkest shade in self tanners. I got the darkest color, and my immediate impression was ok - it applied smoothly and smelled fruity, but after washing it off… ORANGE. It has nice coverage but the color is just awful.
Shannon from MI
I' ve tried many self tanners and this is my favorite! The color is not orange, no bad smells, and it lasts. For vacation I "double dip" with the dark and its a perfect shade. The guide has a slight smell but washes off. The initial dark color lasts about 3 days but the base tan lasts around a week.
c from California
I had to immediately come write a review after trying this for the first time- this smells SO GODAWFUL. I understand that they were trying to cover up that typical "self tan" scent they all have due to the active ingredients, but are you kidding me with this?
I have never been senstive to frangances in the slightest, and dont usually even care if a product doesn't smell great, but this gave me an instant splitting migraine and I only made it about 30 minutes before I gave up and scrubbed it off.
Remneber those cheap, cloying sugary body sprays you'd buy at the dollar store? Imagine that on steroids, and your entire body doused in it. So bad. To all the people saying it smells good- please ask someone else around you for a second opinion.
Soph from San Bernardino, Ca
The color was perfect for me and looked so great as it developed BUT i had to rinse it off about 30 minutes after applying bc the smell was HORRIBLE i could never sleep in this tanner. It is the worst smelling tanner ive ever used. It gave me ghe biggest headache ever. Also once i washed it off it turned my towel a weird pink color.
Noelly J from Chicago, IL
I viewed Coco & Eve as a bit of an "Instagram" brand, but when I saw this on sale I thought "why not?" I am a loyal St. Tropez user, but I ended up really liking this product— maybe even more than St. Tropez. I am very pale, and I purchased the dark tone. It goes on DARK! When I rinse, it is still super dark and continues to develop for a few more hours. I really like it! The color is a little red when going on, but that resutls in a more olive looking tan. I like the smell, but as it sits, it does start smelling like your typical self tanner. The worst part about this product is the application: it does not go on very smooth and looks a little patchy at first. I notice it evens out after I let it develop and rinse though. I will buy again!
maddy from surprise az
If you are looking for a tanner Coco and Eve is the best. It smells good because most other tanners smell horrible. This one drys fast and doesnt go on to my clothes. You dont have to apply much to get a good tan. It last for days as well.
Erin from Amarillo, TX
I have been using this tanner for 3+ years. I get complimented all the time about how beautiful my tan is. I get the dark. I'm liberal with it.