50 Shades of Tan

So, I am a bit of a fake tan addict. There’s just something really satisfying about applying a fresh coat of fake tan. However, there are a lot of dodgy tans on the market that make you look like you belong in Willy Wonka’s factory. There’s nothing nice about spending your time applying a self tanner only to turn out orange and streaky!

I myself am as white as Casper the Ghost. By choice. I refuse to sit outside in the sun in order to achieve a bronzed glow, which is why I always apply a fake tan if I want to be bronzed. When I look for a fake tan, I am really picky with colours. It has to look as natural as possible.

I’m going to share with you what I think are the top 5 fake tans out on the market and why:


(In no particular order)
1. Eco Tan
This is a perfect every day fake tan. Why? It is COMPLETELY ORGANIC! It contains zero parabens, unhealthy dyes or toxic chemicals, and the ingredients list is short and you can actually understand it. The formula is thick, creamy and moisturising so it feels like you are just applying a luxe body moisturiser. The best part about this tan is that it does not stain your sheets at all, so you can apply it before bed and not have to worry about yucky stains on your sheets the next morning. The colour is also a lovely shade of brown, and looks just like a natural tan.

2. Loving Tan Mousse in Dark
This is pretty much my go-to tan. This tan is honestly the only self tanner that comes out dark enough for me with only a single coat. It is a lovely mousse formula which is my favourite. I find that mousses are the easiest to apply. The shade of this tan is a rich, natural, dark chocolate colour so it is perfect if you are planning on wearing it to a big event. This tan isn’t completely organic like Eco Tan, although it doesn’t contain any parabens which is a big plus. I cannot fault this tan at all, and it is one I will continue to re-purchase. As the tan is pigmented and you only need one coat, the bottle lasts quite a long time. Despite the formula, this tan barely rubs off on the sheets.

3. Bondi Sands Mousse in Dark
This tan also provides a pretty nice deep colour. As it is a mousse it is really simple to apply and spreads nice and evenly. Although I do really like this tan it isn’t my absolute favourite just because I sometimes find it is a little too green-based. It is definitely better for a tan to be green-based to avoid the obvious orange fake tan look, but sometimes I feel it can appear just a little too green against my pale skin. I need two coats of this tan to achieve my desired look.

4. Jbronze Mousse in Dark
This is a really great golden tan! I’m so glad that Jennifer Hawkins created this amazing product. It has a lovely, light scent that does not smell like a fake tan at all. I find that this tan applies really well and is extremely easy to blend. It has a slight shimmer to it, so the skin looks luminous and healthy after the tan is applied. I do normally apply two coats of this, although one coat is almost enough.

5. Ella Bache’s Great Tan Without Sun Cream
This is also a hydrating tan with a pigmented formula which makes application a breeze. Like Eco Tan, this rich bronze tan just feels like you are applying a moisturiser to your skin. The tube says it has ‘next to no odour’, although it does have some kind of light, pleasant scent. This scent is fruity/floral though, not like a generic fake tan scent. The only disappointment with this tan is that it ends up all over the sheets – pretty badly, and it takes a while to dry after application. Despite the downside, it is overall another amazing tanning product.

My tips for an even, streak-free tan are:
– Do all your waxing and shaving a day in advance so that the pores have a chance to close. If you shave or wax the day of your tan, often the pores become filled with tan and you end up with tiny dark dots all over your legs. Gross.
– Exfoliate your skin really well. I like to use an exfoliating mitt in preparation of my tan. If you decide to use an exfoliating cream, give your body a good wash with a body wash afterwards incase the exfoliant contains any oils. This will make the tan resistant to sticking onto your skin.
– Apply moisturiser to knees, elbows, feet and hands before tanning them. Give the moisturiser a few minutes to soak in.
– Use a tanning mitt when applying your tan! This ensures the most even tan possible.
– When it comes to tanning your back, try and have someone do it for you otherwise you risk having streaky patches. If you can’t get anyone to apply it for you, I believe Loving Tan has created an application sponge with a long handle so that you can reach your back.
– If you are sleeping in your tan, I always wear old long-sleeved pyjamas to avoid as much tan as possible on my sheets. You can always lay down towels over your sheets, but I find it uncomfortable to sleep on.

I hope that this post helps you if you are searching for the perfect tan!

G xx


5 thoughts on “50 Shades of Tan

    1. No problem! Glad you liked it 🙂 you can also get the light/medium versions of Loving Tan, Jbronze and Bondi Sands if you don’t want to commit to a really dark tan 🙂

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