I've tried ALOT over the years-the best by far has been "Faux Tan" which you can get on QVC (www.qvc.com
). It is so good that I used this for my wedding. I am very fair and could tan for a year and not be "bronze" looking.
It has a cherry almond-like scent, doesn't make you stink post-application, no streaking, color guide so you can see where you are putting it, gives a natural, rich color (no orange here). It is more expensive than some, but well worth the penny (approximately $19.00-less than many department store brands).
It is very popular and is often sold out on QVC-just FYI.
One tip that I use for the back of my hands is to apply the tanner with surgical gloves on---then apply some self-tanner to a makeup sponge and rub evenly over the back of your hands/fingers,etc. This helps to avoid the "tanned palms."
Anyone else have any tips???