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Best Tanning Bed Lotions and Tips

Updated on February 13, 2015

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Best Indoor Tanning Lotion---What is the best tanning bed lotion 2015? Best indoor tanning bed lotions this year? It's different for everyone, as are the beds, but I'm here to help you figure it out. Some brands like Designer Skin give some people a deep, dark tan, while it does nothing at all for others. Some for fair skin; some for dark. It's a bit of trial and error. There are a lot of new tanning lotions being released in 2015 and I'll do my very best to narrow them down and find the one that's just right for you.

Below you'll find the top lotions and bronzers from each major brand for this year below based on ratings, reviews and lots of personal experience, (I'm a frequent tanning salon visitor starting in the late winter, as is my daughter) along with some products that are 'best kept secrets' and affordable picks. (those products that work best but you rarely hear about)--Plus some of my best tips, my favorite overall lotion picks (no matter what year they were released) and I'll keep adding too and updating as anything new hot lotion comes out and I've given it a try. You'll have the best tan you've ever had and always wanted!

If you're a tanner, you know as well as I do, each year brings us brand new products to try so I'll do my best to keep you in the loop every year!

Be sure to check out my tips for getting a great tan below (they work and they're easy), avoiding raccoon eyes and the helpful videos for choosing the right bed for your skin color.Best Tanning Bed Lotions Last updated December 21, 2015

Don't miss the new 2015 tanning lotion releases!

Best Tanning Lotion and Tips

Best Tanning Bed Lotion
Best Tanning Bed Lotion

My Favorite Non Tingle Lotion--AMAZING Heads up, my fellow tanners---I've been using the Ed Hardy Black Elixir for the past two weeks, (Seen above) both in the tanning bed and outside and it has become my absolute best lotion--I've tried just about every lotion there is, but none--seriously, none has produced faster results than this one.

Before I start with my best tanning tips, I want to let you know how I know about these lotions. I'm lucky enough to have a sister that owns a tanning salon. She gets tons of samples each season and I get to try the ones I want for free. I suggest if you aren't sure or are trying to decide between a couple of new lotions, that you try the samples first. You can find many of them on Amazon and ebay at good prices and it's much cheaper than buying two bottles!--

Note* Check out the sample packets here at the bottom of the page from Ebay.

Now, on to the tips: There's a few things I've learned along the way to get a really great tan and keep it. One--never shower right after tanning. Give your skin at least a few hours before heading straight to the water. Two--use at least two different tanning lotions (once you get a good base tan) and alternate them every couple of days. For example, I use two completely different brands. (One from DS and one from Ed Hardy--right now I'm mixing Bombshell with Black Elixir and it's working great) It makes a difference. Three--turn around the opposite way in the tanning bed by putting your feet where your head normally goes and your head where your feet would normally be. I'm not honestly sure why this works for me, but it does. I do it at least once a week. If I go to the tanning bed three times in one week---I'll lay the normal way twice and the opposite way once. Fourth tip--always put on a good tan extender lotion after tanning. Not just any lotion, but one specific for after tan care. You can wait until you get back home, but try to do it as soon as possible. If you get the right lotion---it will extend your tan. The best tanning extender lotions for me and most of the women at the tanning salon here---Hemp Nation Moisturizer. My fifth and final tip--do not lay in the tanning bed every single day. Let your skin breathe and rest! Tanning too much dries your skin out and you'll have a good, but not so great skin!

*Best Tingle Tanning Lotion is without a doubt, Bombshell from Designer Skin---my two picks for overall best tanning bed lotion: (Seen above the Black Elixir from Ed Hardy and seen here--Bombshell from Designer Skin---if you're looking for the tingle factor--try Bombshell---for the best non-tingle lotion--try Black Elixir---I do use both of these outside too, but don't do that unless you have a great base tan!) I've been mixing these two together all summer by the pool and the tan is amazing.

The Bomb--Designer Skin BombShell, 100XXBronzer
Not new, but one of the best tingle and bronzers ever made. Great results every single tanning session and this is my pick for the very best tingle lotion overall.

New Designer Skin Tanning Lotions -2015 Releases

Coming soon...the new Designer Skin 2015 Tanning Lotions!


New tanning bed lotions from Designer Skin for 2014---are already getting rave reviews and hitting the top spots on the list. 2014 Glam Slam Tanning Lotion (seen below) is already selling out and getting great reviews. See other early new releases below..I'll keep this updated as they are released.

This brand has been my favorite and worked the very best for me now for at least three years. See my tips above for how to use two lotions. My all time favorite Designer Skin lotion and the one that truly works is Bombshell---it does have a tingle factor though! Best ever.

So with all the new releases, which Designer Skin lotions are the best? The top five from Designer Six are featured below. Topping the list is "Black" --it's a favorite for me and for almost everyone that comes to the tanning salon. If you try to purchase this lotion in the salon though? You will pay way too much. Get it on Amazon for a much cheaper price! (Seen below)

Next up is Designer Skin Luminary---silky lotion that really does a great job bring the dark on. Love the way it tightens and smooths the skin. Two other of the best picks are Obsidian and Spellbound. (all listed below)

So far (early in the year) --Glam Slam is taking the top spot and getting great reviews for this year's best pick. (pink bottle below) The Designer Skin products always do well and are a favorite overall among users (see the poll from readers below)--it's just a matter of personal taste as to which kind will work well for your skin and of course, which smell you are drawn too, as well. Little things make a difference. You can use these lotions outside, but please remember they do not have any sunscreen in them. Make sure you have a very strong and established base tan before using them outside.

Choosing the right tanning bed lotion can be a challenge...the lotions featured here are the best of the best. You can find the full list of new products from all major brands below. Featured favorite lotions that work this year from each brand are highlighted in their own spotlight sections. The Designer Skin tanning lotions are one of the first to run out of stock---but they get re-stocked pretty quickly! There's a reason you see everyone carrying the cool Designer Skin bottles into the tanning beds--they work!

Note--if you're looking for a brand without the bronzing effect, be sure to scroll down and check out the California Tanning Lotions--they are the best non bronzing lotions.

Picture Perfect, Facial Tanning Lotion, 3.6 Ounce
Picture Perfect, Facial Tanning Lotion, 3.6 Ounce

New for this year, Picture Perfect face tanner.

 
2014 Designer Skin Glam Slam Bronzer Tanning Lotion - 13.5 - oz.
2014 Designer Skin Glam Slam Bronzer Tanning Lotion - 13.5 - oz.

An early new release for 2014 from Designer Skin...

 

Best JWOWW Tanning Lotion - Australian Gold Bronzer

Summer is here. It's time to get your tan on! I'll do my best to help you find the best way to do that with my personal recommendations and tanning tips below. Lots of information here but categorized to help you find exactly what you are looking for before heading to the beach. I'm always adding new tips I've discovered, so check back.

Jwoww tanning lotions are always at the top of the best list, but which Jwoww bronzer works the best? First the new release (seen above in the intro photo)--JWoWW's tanning line from Australian Gold for 2013--this tanning bed lotion has a 'mad hot tingle' effect and is sure to give you the deep dark tan you are looking for this season. My friend swears by this product. (My favorite is the DS brand--seen above) JWoWW has been one of the best bronzing lotions for the last couple of seasons in many salons and is topping the list for best rated Australian Gold lotions again; doing a great job keeping up with the best rated Designer Skin products. One of the best in tingle. Not recommended for the face.

The best? Check out the new Jwoww Wedding White Private Reserve-it's number one right now in the best selling category. (see below)

Update!--My daughter tried all of these over the past year and hands down, she said the pink bottle 'One and Done' gave her the best results. (seen in the pink bottle below) Second place was Wedding White. She did like the new red bottle as seen in the intro photo Mad Hot Tingle, but the tingle products aren't the ones she likes to use much.

Jwoww, One and Done, Advanced Black Bronzer 13.5 Ounce
Jwoww, One and Done, Advanced Black Bronzer 13.5 Ounce

Another Best-Seller this year;

See all Best Sellers below.

 

Reader Input

Love Peace Tanning
Love Peace Tanning

Tanning Bag by QuoteLife

Which brand of tanning lotion have you found works the best for you? Let us know! Your input affects our picks too! Please let me know if you don't see your favorite brand listed here and I will check it out.

Which tanning lotion brand is the best?

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Best Ed Hardy Tanning Products - New for This Year

I rate Ed Hardy as one of the best products in getting a deep dark tan---just behind Designer Skin. Personally, I believe the Ed Hardy line is best for when you have your base tan and are ready to go a shade darker. Just my experience, but I do love them. Here are the best picks from this line including Faux Sizzle and Coconut Kisses.

Ed Hardy Elixir Silicone Bronzer Tattoo Fade Protection Tanning Lotion, 13.5 oz, Black
Ed Hardy Elixir Silicone Bronzer Tattoo Fade Protection Tanning Lotion, 13.5 oz, Black

My new absolute favorite plus it has tattoo protection. Not new, but how did I miss this one last year?

 

No More Raccoon Eyes

Best Tip for Eyes: Eye Winks - Eyewear for Tanning

I can't stand the raccoon eye effect when you use the colorful little shades they provide you at the salon. To avoid that, I use these little tiny disposable eye protecters called wink ease. They protect your eyes while not giving you the raccoon eye look. These are my absolute favorite eye protectors. Easy to use, disposable and affordable--much cheaper online than at the salon.

Wink-Ease Starter Kit-30prs
Wink-Ease Starter Kit-30prs

The best way to protect your eyes in the tanning bed

 

Tips on Choosing a Tanning Bed

The bed matters. Check out some of these cool tips for choosing the right tanning bed for you.

Can't Find What You're Looking For? - Try Ebay

Can't find the lotion or bronzer that you're looking for or that someone recommended to you to try this year? The best tanning bed lotions definitely sell out quickly. While they do re-stock quickly on Amazon, sometimes, you can't wait for that! Ebay is my go-to place when I can't find the hot Designer Skin or the new Ed Hardy lotion.

Also, another shopping tip--try out several different lotion samples by getting lots from ebay--every person is different, so the more lotions you can try (at an affordable price) the faster you will figure out which one is best for you and your skin.

Note* When buying from eBay, be sure to check the seller's score and the reviews. There are several well-respected sellers there. Here are just a few of the latest listings..

Feedback and Chatter - New poll: 2/7/2013

Do you like to get your tan on?

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Have a favorite tanning lotion? Which brand works best for you? Share ;) - Thanks for visiting

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      BodyHairRemoval 3 years ago

      Thank you for these tips!

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      hairdr 3 years ago

      I like the dark glo

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      Anna 3 years ago from chichester

      I've been looking for a good tanning lotion for my sister (I'm putting together a goodie basket for her birthday) and I literally knew NOTHING about tanning lotions and was even oblivious to the eye wink things - will be returning to buy both as soon as I've decided for definite on which lotion she would like most. Great lens, thank you!

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      Justin 3 years ago from Slovenija

      I learned a lot. I love sun, so this is very valuable to me. Thank you.

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      sekarlangit 3 years ago

      Perfect lens. I get detail information about tanning options. Good job! :)

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      estella8309 4 years ago

      Very detailed. I enjoyed reading the lens. Thank you!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 4 years ago from United States

      I have used indoor tanning lotions several times as we move from winter to spring, from long to short sleeves and shorts. I haven't tried any of the featured products, but I am definitely game, especially if they won't turn me yellow :)

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      dellgirl 4 years ago

      You have highlighted a great selection of tanning lotions, thanks for sharing. Nice work.

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      Birthday Wishes 4 years ago from Here

      No, I don't have a favorite one... Thanks a lot for sharing this big list of indoor tanning lotions! Nice lens!!!

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      NailArtDesign LM 4 years ago

      Great lens, fantastic range and good information. I'll certainly be trying some of these out :)

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      ConvenientCalendar 4 years ago

      Great lens!

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      Treasures By Brenda 4 years ago from Canada

      I've never used a tanning lotion. Interesting product.

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      kathysart 4 years ago

      I used to wear tanning lotion all the time.. loved it. Wondering why I quit! Thanks for reminding me.. yay!

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      Elaine Chen 4 years ago

      I prefer "All Dolled UpTM New Designer Skin" among the great options presented here

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      Fridayonmymind LM 4 years ago

      I like St Tropez

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      vinopete 4 years ago

      Wow! With all the time I spend indoor and online this coule work for me.

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      makorip lm 4 years ago

      Never used tanning solution in a tanning bed, good idea. Good lens.

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      nhoudek 4 years ago

      Not only do I need a tan, but I need to get this bod into shape for the summer.

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      Angela F 4 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Used to use tanning beds and lotions but not anymore. Don't know why I was surprised to see Snooki has her own brand - ;)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I live in the UK, where the percentage of natural looking people is around 10%. the other 90% must not own mirrors. :O) Be happy with what our creator gave you, false will never be positive. Great lens !

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      Deborah Carr 4 years ago from Orange County, California

      I live in Southern California and get plenty of sun without trying. In fact, I try not to accidentally overdo it. This is great info, though!

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      mrknowitall54321 4 years ago

      Tanning lotion is so much safer for the skin.

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      Vikki 4 years ago from US

      @anonymous: They work great for my friend! She loves that brand for sure. Thanks for visiting!

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      Gloria Freeman 4 years ago from Alabama USA

      Hi these are so pretty, thanks for sharing. Blessed by Squid Angel flinnie.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I love Australian gold lotions. Great selection :)

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      Vikki 4 years ago from US

      @LiliLove: Thanks for dropping in ;)

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      LiliLove 4 years ago

      Great selection - thanks for sharing!

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      Amy617 4 years ago

      I've never tried tanning lotion before. Sounds intriguing.

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      Vikki 4 years ago from US

      @CristianStan: I know...it's unreal really. Celebrity tanning lotions seem to do well though.

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      Vikki 4 years ago from US

      @GypsyOwl: That's fabulous! Hope you'll come back and let us know :)

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      Vikki 4 years ago from US

      @paulgrossman: Thanks ;) I usually lean towards the Designer Skin lotions--my friend has great results with Australian Gold though!

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      FastSecrets 4 years ago

      Perfectly written written content , thank you for selective information .

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      NoodleGirlsie 4 years ago

      I live in Australia where the hole in the ozone causes the world's highest rate of deadly skin cancer, Melanoma... sunless tanning is the only safe way to get a glow - thank you for this helpful article!

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      CoolFool83 4 years ago

      This stuff looks great.

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      paulgrossman 4 years ago

      I've used Australian Gold products in the past and I've always been pleased with the results! Great lens with a nice breakdown of the different products!

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      Deb Bryan 4 years ago from Chico California

      I haven't tried indoor tanning lotion. I'm going to try a test of a favorite with your readers. I would love to have a little tan before summer this year so I'm not shy to get out when the weather warms up. I think I'll try a test early so I know what I'm doing and what to expect early.

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      CristianStan 4 years ago

      I didnât know that so many celebrities had tanning lotion though it makes a lot of sense

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      Tom 4 years ago

      It's that time of year to get the tan before spring break. Great lens!

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      Darcie French 4 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      Wonderful to offer this best tanning lotion for indoors lens!

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      rawwwwwws lm 4 years ago

      Thanks for sharing the best tanning lotion

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      Fay Favored 4 years ago from USA

      I didn't know all these existed, but should have with all the tanning places around. I'm sure this info will give people a good start on this year's tanning.

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      Vikki 4 years ago from US

      @tenoclock: thanks!

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      Vikki 4 years ago from US

      @Jo-Jackson: hmmm, that sounds like a self tanner product, maybe? They can do that for sure!

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      Jo-Jackson 4 years ago

      I don't know which is the best, but 10 years ago one brand turned me orange!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      This is good information, it is worth considering, I think I like them. :)

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      rattie lm 4 years ago

      No idea - but they have come a long way in the last few years, in terms of odour that is!

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 5 years ago from Ljubljana

      I don't use it but I believe they are in general much healthier option than sun rays. Thanks for all the info about tanning lotions!

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      tenoclock 5 years ago

      Great info on finding the best indoor tanning lotion.

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      Vikki 5 years ago from US

      @kate-cleary3: It really is great for the light skin,isn't it? It helped me get a great base the first time I used it.

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      Vikki 5 years ago from US

      @anonymous: thanks for visiting!

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      Vikki 5 years ago from US

      @anonymous: Thanks! Always a new one popping up...!

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      Vikki 5 years ago from US

      @miaponzo: Ohh, I love tanning lol. I know it's not good for me, but it really decreases my stress.

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      laptop89 5 years ago

      Good lens, Ilike it !

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      oiloflife 5 years ago

      Very nice lens! You gave a lot of good information here that should help everyone. Thanks for sharing!

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      AJ 5 years ago from Australia

      Wow! I must have been living under a rock or umbrella or sun hat or something. I don't know any of these brands, so was very interested to read your reviews.

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      EstheticGoddess 5 years ago

      Thank for for this lens! I'm an esthetician and try to drill into my clients heads not only the aging factor but health issues as well with tanning. This is so much safer!

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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      I don't do tanning at all, but my daughter does and I bet she could use some of these!

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      oiloflife 5 years ago

      That is wonderful! Looks like a lot of fun :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great information about indoor tanning lotions! Thanks!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      thanks for sharing lens nice collection of lotions

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      kate-cleary3 5 years ago

      Black storm is my FAVORITE. it worked so well on my gross ghost skin.

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      allblueskys 5 years ago

      Ive used this and it dosnt make your skin look orange like others.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Sure will save your skin this summer!

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      poshbytori lm 5 years ago

      I think its funny all the jersey shore people have tanning lotions. Thanks for all the great info.

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      Diva2Mom 5 years ago

      Great lens! I love your lens presentation! God bless.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great lens about indoor tanning lotion

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      eileen-b-garber 5 years ago

      I had no idea how many of this type of product are out there. We have to do our homework to find which one works best for us. :)

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      UKGhostwriter 5 years ago

      Great safe and easy product!

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      Satdin 5 years ago

      Well organized info, read from beginning to end. Nicely written.

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      productsandreviews 5 years ago

      good info about indoor tanning lotions!

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      Vikki 5 years ago from US

      @WriterJanis2: There are quite a few, that's for sure. And these are only the ones I know are good products!

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      Vikki 5 years ago from US

      @WriterJanis2: There are quite a few, that's for sure. And these are only the ones I know are good products!

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      Vikki 5 years ago from US

      @FactoryGirl777: Sounds cool!

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      I really need to look into this more. I didn't know there were so many choices available.

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      shahedashaikh 5 years ago

      None for me i prefer my own color.

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      Rev999 5 years ago

      this is great...good info :-)

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      FactoryGirl777 5 years ago

      Have you tried Kate Somerville 360 tanning towelettes. They are the best - hands down. I reviewed tan towels here http://www.squidoo.com/workshop/top-5-tanning-towe...

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      KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

      Lots of eye candy here ... and I'm not just talking about those beautiful lotion bottles.

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      bagskartIndia LM 5 years ago

      Thanks for share your lens

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      Vikki 5 years ago from US

      @anonymous: Haven't tried that one. Thanks for your input!

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      Vikki 5 years ago from US

      @anonymous: Love Ed Hardy products too.

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      TTMall 5 years ago

      Very informative lens. Well done!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Ed Hardy tanning products are awesome, as are the California Tan.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Pretty and Reckless is awesome I have always had a very hard time tanning and it really seems to help and does not have a funny after smell

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      top101 5 years ago

      cool products :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      A lot of helpful information

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      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

      return of a squid angel bearing some *blessings* for this very helpful lens. if only christina aguillera used your products, she would not have a terrible embarrassing incident while singing a tribute to etta james. because it was too hot, her tanning lotion dripped down between her thighs. everyone thought it was somethingelse and thank goodness, it wasn't.

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      whodiesinthenew 5 years ago

      I am shopping for the tanning lotion, and I hope your lens will help me to chose the best.

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      Jillynn 5 years ago

      A lot of helpful information on winter indoor tanning.

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      nikyweber 5 years ago

      nice lens! thank you for posting

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      sheezie77 5 years ago

      Great lens, nicely done! thumbs up

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      sweetstickyrainbo 5 years ago

      good informaton

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      This is very helpful

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great to know. I could use a nice tan right about now. Thanks for sharing this info with us. It is very helpful. Especially since I know so little about it. Great lens.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      cool blog

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      very interesting design

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      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

      wow, great selection of assorted tanning lotions. it is warm where i am going for the holidays so i am going to be dark brown. i am originally tan. thank you for sharing this lens. maybe i should collect the bottles. they are cool.

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      laurenrose lm 5 years ago

      Great lens, It was very informative and interesting! I also have a similar lens, maybe you could find a little more different information about the topic?

      Again great lens, thanks x

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great lens. In my part of the world, I guess we have to use sunscreens to protect from the sun! :)