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Homeade Tanning Oil and Lotion Recipes

Updated on July 25, 2009

Tanning, Bronzing, Sun Bathing

Whatever you call it, it all boils down to one thing. Baking in the sun for cosmetic purposes. Sunshine carries Vitamin D which is good for you, but excessive exposure to the sun unprotected can cause harmful effects, such as aging and skin cancer. That being said, for those of us who are going to do it anyway I have created some really great (or they have been for me anyway) tanning oils/ lotions that you can concoct right from your very own kitchen! In my opinion, these are better than the kind you can buy at the store. It also helps I know what is going in them! So get out your mixing bowls, ladies and gents and lets make some tanning simulators! Please be aware that these tanning oils do not contain SPF.

Baked Human Coconut Macaroon

3 Tbls Virgin Coconut Oil, Melted

1 tsp coconut extract

1 shot espresso

1 tsp of cocoa powder

Melt the coconut oil with the cocoa powder over heat. add the other ingredients and let sit, until Lukewarm and spread elaborately over your body until covered. Lay foil out on the highest elevation you can get, preferably next to water such as a lake or pool. Bake at UV 7 for 1 hour or until done. Avoid burning.

Broiled Sesame Human Being

4 Tbsp Sesame oil

1 Tbsp Olive Oil

3 Tbsp Baby Oil

1/2 tsp Iodine

Mix together and apply. Bake at the desired temperature for the desired amount of time. Be sure to apply a cooling and skin firming lotion, or lotion that contains Aloe Vera immediately following sun exposure. Drink plenty of water.

The iodine in this recipe is for immediate sunless tanning/ bronzing purposes. Add more as desired.

Nutiva Organic, Cold-Pressed, Unrefined, Virgin Coconut Oil from Fresh, non-GMO, Sustainably Farmed Coconuts, 15 Fluid Ounces (Pack of 2)
Nutiva Organic, Cold-Pressed, Unrefined, Virgin Coconut Oil from Fresh, non-GMO, Sustainably Farmed Coconuts, 15 Fluid Ounces (Pack of 2)

This coconut oil has proved most effective in assisting with a base tan while at the same time protecting and moisturizing my skin.

Dynasty Sesame Seed Oil
Dynasty Sesame Seed Oil

Sesame Oil is very reflective, and will give you that fast intense tan you have been trying to acheive.


Is tanning a death wish?

Instead of using the Guestbook at the bottom of my lens, I am creating a special section for the inevitable skin cancer warning comments.So leave your vents and lectures right here people:

Whatd'ya Think?

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      estella8309 4 years ago

      I love organic products. Thanks for sharing!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: now we know you are ugly

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      YogaAngel 5 years ago

      I'm going to try these

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Emily, time goes by rather quickly and Iâm sure you look cute but in 10 years you will have wished you just got a healthy light tan instead of baking into a snooki girlâ¦No amount of tan can replace BEAUTIFUL healthy skin so please protect yours while you still can..My sister was like you and her skin is in bad shape at 25..

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I think a DARK tan is gorgeous!!! Nothing is wrong with sitting out in the sun for an hour or two hours a day to get a pretty tan!!! Tans are very youthful and people always think a nice tan is flattering!!! The people that are saying it is wrong are just jeaolus because they can't go to the tanning bed or are TOO pale to tan!!! YOLO so be beautiful while you can...-a pretty tan 13 year old.

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      way2tan 6 years ago

      That's some great information, most people don't know how to keep from getting funny tan lines.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      gosh, beuty isn't on the inside, that wud be personality! beuty is on the outside losers! i bet yall are just some ugly women anyway

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      This is to hayley:

      Hi hayley i loved what u said regarding suntanning. yep, beauty is on the inside and people should not worry about being beautiful forever on the outside because that will never happen. We are all going to age and get old eventually. So live and have a little fun in the sun.

      My heart goes out to you regarding your father's passing. My condolences to you and your family. I know how it is to lose a loved one.

      Your blog was the best one on here, well that's my opinion anyway. I loved it and i think your a great girl the way you care so much. I also think that all girls your age should think just like you, instead of being so immature for their age.

      My heart goes out to you and your family in this time of need for comfort and reassuring. God Bless You.

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      Chocolatealchemy 7 years ago from London, United Kingdom

      I love the sunshine - nothing makes me a feel better and happier than a few hours of sensible time in the awesome sunshine (hmmm - it's in short supply in England sadly -(and Coconut Oil is the best suntan lotion!). I think we need the sunshine for natural wellbeing, our physical as well as our mental health.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I live in Minnesota, so we only have a few.. (um, 3!!) months to get tan, so I like to soak it up while I can. Tanning beds are a lot more dangerous compared to the sun, so I just let myself go back to being pale in the winter months. In moderation, the sun is amazing!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      The sun is great! Yes, you can get your dose of vitamin D through your fortified (i also like to call, fake) foods but I feel that if God put the sun here to sustain life, we need to be exposed to it! Of course, as everyone is mentioning that moderation is key and too much of a good thing is definitely not the way to go, but I feel that these sunless tanning products and tanning oils with Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Isopropylparaben, etc and other words you cannot pronounce would be more detrimental to the skin than the sun. Just saying.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Nowadays there is no need to get one's self baked under the sun. Sunless tanning products are already available in the market. These home products are generally available over the counter and can give your skin a tanned look without exposing it to harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays and are commonly sold as creams, gels, lotions and sprays you apply to your skin. The active ingredient in most sunless tanning products is dihydroxyacetone (DHA). Sunless tanning products typically go on clear, and you might see results after about an hour. Full color appears within eight to 24 hours. Some products contain a tint, which darkens

      your skin right away.

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      Susanna Duffy 8 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      I guess you live somewhere where sunlight is minimal. I see plenty of comments about the value of Vitamin D but why not get it in foods which are naturally rich in this vitamin? Cod liver oil, salmon, mackerel and tuna. (Bonus: they also contain heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids.) After that, fortified foods help fill the gap. Milk is fortified with 100 IU per 8-ounce serving. Some yogurts and cheeses also contain vitamin D, as do breakfast cereals and juices. Where I live, the sun kills people.

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      Suzie-Shine 8 years ago

      Can't make up my mind: broiled or baked! I like the outdoors and sunshine. We just have to be sensible about it. I feel that there is sometimes too much fear in the world.


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      genewolfe 8 years ago

      Good niche, see you at the beach!