Beauty Review

Glow Oil Hand Chemistry | Review

4 juni 2016
Glow Oil review Averelle

Who else gets really pale in winter? When it’s time to get those legs and sundresses out, I usually feel like Snowhite in summer. That white spot that is walking towards you on the street? Yea, that’s me ;-) So every Spring I hope for some sunny days to get my legs some sun, or I reach for a subtle self tanner.

A little while ago I got the chance to try an alternative to a self tanner. (Thanks, Maison PR!) Why an alternative? Because it’s more like a body oil, rather than a mousse or cream and because it’s DHA-free (more on that later!) I’m familiar with the self tanning sprays, mousse and creams but I never considered what it might do to your skin. So I decided I would try the DHA-free alternative!

Glow Oil by Hand Chemistry

To avoid any confusion: this is not a self tanner, it’s an alternative. The Glow Oil is a dry body oil with a lasting glow, when applied for two to three days. This is what the website states:

“Fast-absorbing hydrating dry body oil offers golden radiance right away while our DHA-free raspberry-based keto-sugar forms a lasting glow after 2-3 days of use.”

I’m very careful with self-tanners, as I usually use a tanning glove to avoid streaking. Since this is a dry oil it seemed kinda weird using a glove, so I went and applied the glow oil with my bare hands. I was a bit afraid of streaking so I made sure I applied evenly. I didn’t experience the fast-absorbing part, as I felt the drying time wasn’t much faster than self-tanners I’ve used before. But maybe that’s just impatient me ;-)  I left my left leg untouched, so you could see the result better. After a quick shower the next morning, this was how it looked like:

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After one application + shower

After the first application, there is already a colour difference. It might not be as tan as you might first expect, but the promised glow is definitely there! Before showering you can see the difference even more, but of course it’s the lasting colour that is the most important. After three applications, the colour lasted on me for a good week and a half!

DHA & Paraben Free

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Shake well before use!

DHA is a colouring agent and one of the main ingredients that are used in most self tanners. DHA reacts with the proteins in your skin, making it appear tan. Since the reaction only occurs on your upper skin layer and thus on a layer of dead skin cells, it was always presumed that is was perfectly safe.

However, lately there has been some debate about DHA. To keep it simple, some studies have found that when our DHA-tanned skin comes in contact with sunlight, it can suffer from free-radicals which can turn cells on a bad behaviour spree. And when you’re inside a tanning booth, it’s also not very healthy to inhale the product. Health-wise you’re better off with a cream or mousse. Or even better, something that is free of DHA like the Glow Oil!

The Glow Oil contains a raspberry-based keto-sugar, known as erythrulose. Erythrulose is used with DHA to balance out the orange tone of DHA, but it can be used on its own. And that’s exactly what’s going on with this product. Did I also tell you it smells good? Hand Chemistry added watermelon fruit extract to the dry oil. There is also a trace of that true self tanner scent, but that’s kinda inevitable. This is how the glow oil looks like on my hand:

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The oil is surprisingly pale, but make no mistake. After application, my leg turned golden! I would recommend to wear a short for an hour, until you’re certain it’s dry. This is to avoid streaking and stains.

The recommended use is to apply it once or twice daily for the first three days. I applied it once for three days and here’s the result:

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Full result after three applications

I really like how even the colour is, without using a tanning glove. No streaking! The healthy glow is definitely here and my legs look naturally tanned! You might see a slight difference at my ankles, but let’s just say I’m not the best self tanner in regards to my ankles and feet ;-) Let’s see a close-up:

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Close-up of full result: after three applications

For a glowing face, you can also mix the glow oil with your favourite moisturiser. I haven’t tried this yet, but if anyone would like to see the results let me know below!

Overall, I’m really happy with this product! It’s streak-free, it gives a beautiful golden tan without being too orange and it keeps pretty long for a dry oil! For all of that, I would gladly repurchase again.

You can buy Hand Chemistry’s Glow Oil at Ici Paris XL for € 28 or at

This product review includes products that are sent to me by a brand or company. Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are honest and are all my own. Please see my disclaimer.

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  • Reply Dy 18 december 2020 at 12:57

    Hello dear,could you please try to apply it on your face and make a before and after photos and write a observations like is it good or a bad filling on the skin,do you notice some dry and cracked skin and etc..
    That would be extremly helpfull ,thank you so much in advance:))

    • Reply Anverelle 5 maart 2021 at 14:11

      Hi Dy, I’m very sorry but this is an older article so I don’t have the product anymore. I’m afraid I can’t help you in the department of using the tan on your face. Hopefully you’ll find a solution somewhere – thanks anyways for your comment! <3

  • Reply Izzy 24 augustus 2019 at 01:10

    I love this tan! I rate it five stars!!! I haven’t been able to wear a stay on tan for 8 years until this product came on the market. I read your review and decided to try it. Thanks so much for your write up. This product has changed my life. I’m a performer and have always hated my glowing white skin. Now I am so much more confident.

  • Reply Marlena 16 maart 2017 at 15:28

    Hi Tessa! This oil gave you such a natural and even looking tan and your review really makes me want to try it out. Can I ask how quickly you went through the bottle or how often you applied it to keep up your glowing skin? I’m worried I will go through the bottle really quickly!

    • Reply Anverelle 16 maart 2017 at 21:09

      Hi Marlena, thank you for your comment and lovely compliment! The colour will usually last me for a week and a half so maybe apply once every week? Of course I’ve only used it on my legs for the review but I do imagine you’ll go through it quicker if you use it for the face and body. If you do decide to purchase, I hope you will love it as much as I do! :-)

      • Reply Goat 22 januari 2018 at 18:51

        Hi, do we know if this is paraben-free?
        They do not advertise it as such, so I’m uncertain.

        • Reply Anverelle 23 januari 2018 at 09:37

          Hi! I’ve checked the website for the exact ingredients and I couldn’t find any parabens in the list. If you really want to be certain, you could ask customer services perhaps? Personally I think there’s no parabens hence the ingredients list – but better to be safe than sorry in case you’re allergic or something.

          • Goat 26 januari 2018 at 10:47

            OK. I will ask and may even report back. X

          • Anverelle 26 januari 2018 at 16:29

            Would love to hear about it! I’ll make sure to include it in my review then :)

          • Goat 27 januari 2018 at 02:12

            Yes, Lexi on customer service for DECIEM said Glow Oil and all their other products are paraben-free.

          • Anverelle 30 januari 2018 at 10:33

            Ah, great to hear! Thank you for taking the effort to investigate :-) I will make sure to include this info in the review!

        • Reply Sara 17 september 2021 at 21:21

          Hey just saw this comment, similar the glow oil from the chemistry brand, another brand under DECIEM is hylamide where you will find the glow serum, this one’s designed specifically for the face. Used this on my arms and neck for 3 days and I literally turned 3 shades deeper in Foundations from 1.1n to 2.0n in the ordinary’s foundation shades

  • Reply Sue Paganga 11 maart 2017 at 08:54

    I have tried for soooo long to find a self tan product I can use that will not irritate my skin and none have worked. I am interested in this one because it is DHA free and your review was really helpful especially the photos showing effect. Great! I’m about to purchase and try out. Wish me luck!

    • Reply Anverelle 11 maart 2017 at 14:19

      Hi Sue, thanks for your comment! It’s nice to know you’ve read my review and decided to try out the glow oil. I’m super excited to see your results – good luck!

    • Reply Dee 26 maart 2018 at 22:18

      Hi did this work for you Sue? I also have dha allergy and would like a review from someone who also is allergic.
      thank you.

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