Love this stuff! The aroma is wonderful; not typical of the stinky smell of most self-tanning lotions. With a base tan or perhaps with slightly darker skin tone, there is no orange cast, also typical of most self-tanners. If you're glow-in-the-dark white (like me after Winter), the first application will leave you just slightly orange-ish. Not too bad. Spend a few hours in the sun, get a light base tan and this lotion will be your best friend. Use gloves to apply or be ready with a scrub brush for your palms. Color is instant; gets darker throughout the next few hours.