I only just started using self tanners this year, because I was tired of looking like Elvira in the middle of summer. My skin gets really pale over the winter, but it has warm undertones so I got the type for medium colored skin. First I'll say this does smell like tanning lotion, but the smell isn't off-putting - kind of a light lemon scent. Certainly not what I'd choose but not too offensive. I use it right after I get out of the shower and it goes on easily and evenly. It does take a while to fully absorb though - my skin usually feels a little tacky for about 15 minutes after application, during which time I just hang out naked until it dries. So that's a little annoying, but I haven't had problems with it getting on my clothes or sheets. I'd recommend using it at night right after showering, and taking a quick rinse-off shower in the morning if you're afraid of color transfer. Because I have warm undertones, the color turns out nice on me. It looks a lot like my natural tanned color but with a very faint hint of gold. And it gives my skin a subtle but very pretty shimmer. So I like the color, but if you have cool or neutral undertones it might not look so great. The first time I used it, it stained my fingernails a faint yellowish color, so I have to wash my hands very thoroughly, and soak my nails in a mild solution after using - which is kind of a pain. Still, I think this product is a good value, and it looks a lot better than some of the others I've tried, so I've been satisfied with it so far. I'm sure there are better self tanners out there, but this one is pretty good for the price.