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Best Self Tanners Tanning Lotion Review 2014

Updated on March 23, 2016

Why Use Self Tanners

Most of us want our skin to have a nice healthy glow, especially in the summer months. Traditional tanning is not always a good idea for the health of our skin. Even if you try to tan gradually and use sunblock, it takes forever to get the color you desire and who has time for that.

I myself find that I get a blotchy look on my face if I don't use sunblock. I have to use a self tanner to get an even tan on my face, so why not the rest of my body.

Self tanning lotions in the past were smelly, messy and usually left us with orange striped skin. The large selection of self tanning lotions you can purchase today, are so much more effective at giving you a more natural looking tan. Many of todays self tanner's have great tropical scents, not the awful chemical smell they used to have.

Before You Use A Self Tanner

Before you use any self tanning lotion there are a few things you should do.

  • Shower - make sure your skin is clean and free of all lotions and cosmetics
  • Exfoliate - use a luffa in the shower or Dry Brush before you shower. I really recommend Dry Brushing, it is a great exfoliator
  • Shave - before you apply a self tanner, if you shave after, it may peel some of you tan off. Shaving is also a great way to exfoliate

How To Exfoliate With Dry Skin Brushing

Top Rated Self Tanners

I have listed some of the top rated Self Tanners, with the best reviews that I could find. I tried some of these myself and was very impressed. I have chosen a few from each price range, so there is something for every budget.

The list is in order of price, not ranking.

Tarte Brazilliance Skin Rejuvenating Maracuja Self Tanner


This hydrating self tanner contains pure Maracuja Oil, vitamin C and essential fatty acids. This is one of my favorites because It is very beneficial for sensitive, dry and acne prone skin. I have very sensitive, dry skin. I love how hydrating it is.

Pure Maracuja Oil is known for its anti-aging and healing properties for firmer, brighter, and smoother looking skin. Because it is not greasy, it will not cause breakouts.

This Self Tanner contains no parabens, sulfates or phthalates.

It comes with a mitt for application so your hands don't turn brown after applying. I found it left my skin with a beautiful even Bronze tone, no streaks or orange color and it actually smells pretty good. It is very hydrating and has no greasy feeling. It lasts about 4-5 days.

The price is a little high, but well worth it and so much safer than tanning beds.

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St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse


The St. Tropez Self Tanner is a lightweight mousse that applies easily, dries very quickly and gives your skin a beautiful bronze color. If applied evenly with a mitt, there is no streaking and no orange tint or chemical smell.

This Self Tanner contains no parabens, sulfates or phthalates.

The reviews for this self tanner are excellent. Most customers are extremely happy with the results and are repeat users. I like the lightweight mousse because it seems to spread more easily and evenly.

St. Tropez Self Tanner says you do not have to use a mitt to apply, but it does tint your hands if you don't. I suggest using a mitt to avoid the colored palms. The drawback to this product is that the mitt is not included and it is an extra $6.50 to purchase it, unless you already have a mitt. I still don't feel that it is a bad price for a safe, beautiful tan.

Christian Dior Bronze Self Tanner Natural Glow for Body


Dior Bronze Self Tanner is an easy to apply gel lotion. It dries quickly and gives you a natural looking medium tan color. It does not get as dark as some of the others, so if your looking for a darker tan, this is not the one for you. But if you like a subtle natural looking tan, this is one of the best.

This stuff smells great when applying and stays smelling just as good after it begins to develop. There is no funky self tanner odor. The color lasts for about 5-6 days, which is longer than most self tanners. There is no mitt included, so you will need to purchase one separate unless you already have one.

This is a bit pricey for the size of tube you get, but if you are looking for a good medium self tanner and don't mind the price, this is a great product.

Sun Goddess Sunless Self Tanning Lotion


Sun goddess Self Tanner gives you a beautiful dark natural tan that lasts up to 10 days. One of the longest lasting self tanners I've found. This lotion dries fast, so you must work it into your skin quickly. No streaking if applied correctly.

It is usually not recommended that you use a moisturizer before applying a self tanner, but I recommend using a moisturizer before applying this product, it will work into your skin more easily.

This self tanner has a very nice scent that remains even after developing.

Comes in a large 8oz bottle and includes the application mitt. The bottle should last you a couple of months if applied a few times a week.

Very good product for the money. Great reviews.



Clarins is a nice easy to apply self tanner that produces a natural looking, even tan. No streaking or orange color. It is a clear gel so it's a bit harder to tell if you miss a spot and because it is a gel, is not as moisturizing as some of the others. I was not as satisfied with it, due to the fact that I have very dry skin to begin with. You will still need to use a moisturizer with this product.

This gel has a nice citrus smell, but seems to have a bit of a self tanner scent after the first day. It takes longer to dry than most other self tanners. The mitt is not included with this product so you will need to purchase one separately.

Overall a good self tanner for the price and size of tube.

Xen Tan Deep Bronze Luxe Lotion


This self tanner is easy to apply and moisturizes your skin. It contains green tea for soothing, with aloe and gingko biloba and vitamin A.

This lotion is Paraben and oil free.

It goes on dark, so you can see where you are applying it but is kind of messy till you wash it off. It dries pretty quickly and gives you a nice medium tan that lasts about 4-5 days. The scent is a pleasant chocolaty smell that stays pleasant even after developing.

I recommend applying with a mitt, which is not included.

This self tanner is overall a good choice for the size and price. A tube will last up to 2 months if applied twice a week.

Fake Bake Flawless


This is one of the most popular medium priced self tanners. Easy to apply and dries very quickly. It comes in a spray bottle and includes an applicator mitt.

This product smells amazing, and the scent doesn't change as it develops. Fake Bake gives you a very natural and a bit darker tan compared to most other self tanners.

This Self Tanner contains No Artificial Preservatives or Parabens

When applying this product, the bottle leaks and is a bit messy. I read a review that said if you clip the spray attachment straw inside the bottle a bit shorter, they guarantee it prevents the messy leakage. Also if you rinse out the mitt between uses, it works better.

Overall for the price, size and the fact that the mitt is included, this is one of the best choices for a self tanner.

How To Apply Fake Bake

Clinique Self-Sun Body Tinted Lotion


This Self Tanner is in the medium price range and has Very Good reviews.

This product is nice and light as well as moisturizing. You can see the color when you apply it and then it disappears. It gives your skin and instant glow. Initially it does not have any odor, but after a few hours you can smell the slight chemical scent that a lot of self tanners have.

The Clinique Self Sun Body Lotion comes in several formulas for different shades of skin. You may choose a formula according to how dark you want your tan to be. There is also a formula exclusively for your face. I don't recommend the face formula separate from the body formula. It gives your face a different shade than the body formula and it looks a bit odd. You can just use the body formula you have chosen on your face as well.

I recommend using a mitt to apply this lotion. Mitt is not included with this product, you must purchase it separately.

Overall for the price it is a Good self tanner.

Sun Laboratories Ultra Dark Self Tanning Lotion


This self tanner provides a deep natural looking tan for your face and body. The lotion goes on a dark brown color so you can tell where you have applied it.

The scent is a pleasant cherry almond, but it does fade to a slight self tanner scent as it develops. It is not overwhelming however.

It does not come with an applicator mitt, so you will need to buy one or wash your hands immediately after application.

This product is a great choice for the low price and the large amount. The Amazon price is not listed but it is between $15.00 and $18.00 for the 8oz. bottle. This bottle will last for a couple of months.

Awesome Self Tanners

As you can see from the reviews, Self Tanners have come a long way. There are many awesome Self Tanning lotions on the market these days.

Depending on how dark you want to be and how much you want to spend, there are several very good self tanners to choose from.

Hopefully you can find one here that works well for you.


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      big daddy oreo 3 years ago

      Is it possible to get a dark chocolate spray tan to where your skin would be black skinned?

      I want to make my skin black because I think black skin would make me look stronger.