La dernière lubie

imageI’m one of the least tanned people you could ever meet, even at the end of summer. I was an early adopter of self-tanners, and I’ve tried just about every brand and formulation on the market. I’m not going for an all-over St. Tropez deep golden brown, but just enough to take the gleaming whiteness from my bare legs in warm weather. Some products streak, some have an unnatural color, and all seem to have a strong odor.

I was intrigued by la dernière lubie (lah dare-knee-air loo-bee), or the latest craze, in self-tanners because it was by Clarins, a French company with a solid reputation for research and innovation. Addition Concentré Éclat (Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster) is different than other products I’ve tried. With this one, I add drops of the concentrate to whatever body lotion I like, blend them together, and slather it on. With a little experimenting, I am able to customize just as much believable color as I want. There is no weird aroma – just the scent of whatever body lotion I’m using. I still don’t look like I’m a St. Tropez regular, but I look less like Casper the Ghost!

About Patricia Gilbert

Patricia Gilbert is a French teacher. She's Canadian, lives in the United States, but dreams of living in France. Follow her on Instagram @Onequalitythefinest and on Twitter @1qualthefinest.
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2 Responses to La dernière lubie

  1. I guess if you wore it in the pool..bye bye tan.
    Everyone at Pontoise pool is insanely berry-brown except me. The French haven’t heard of skin cancer yet. Or lung cancer.. C’est la vie.

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