Top 5 Best Natural Self Tanners for 2022

Best natural self tanner? How does that work? 

We asked the same question and it’s worth noting that while the ingredients in these excellent self-tanning products are all-natural, they’re still causing a chemical reaction.

It’s impossible to darken your skin without it or without using sunlight (if you do opt for sunlight – we recommend using a natural sunscreen as cancer is a real risk from suntans).

However, as the starting products are all natural, we believe that the end results are likely to be less harmful than if you start with a bunch of laboratory made chemicals and use those to change your skin color. 

What you want is something that doesn't trap dead skin cells and leaves the skin feeling hydrated. It shouldn't irritate sensitive skin and it should work well of fair skin.

We put a lot of natural self tanning products through their paces and our list reflects not just their efficacy but also how we felt after using them for a period of time. 


Skinerals Californium – USA

EDITOR'S CHOICE

An excellent choice for both face and body self-tanning which is also 100% vegan!

Isle of Paradise Self-Tanning Water

BEST VALUE CHOICE

We liked how this product kept orange and yellow skin tones to a minimum when self-tanning. 

Alba Botanica Very Emollient, Sunless Tanning Lotion

TOP RATED CHOICE

Brilliant on even the fairest of skin types and it was also very moisturizing. 


Skinerals Californium – USA

The first thing we noticed about Skineral Californium is that it’s made in the USA and we like that – the fewer miles a product travels, the better for the environment it is. It's an excellent natural self-tanner.

We also like the fact that it’s a self-tanner that's 100% cruelty-free and vegan and most importantly of all, it gives a great all over tan on the face and body without patches or blotches.

QUICK FACT

This self tanner is also completely free of parabens, petroleum, chemical dyes, synthetic fragrances and phthalates, so it’s very kind to your skin.

PROS

1. Completely natural self tanner – made of plant-based oil, essential oil and fruit/plant extracts
2. Made in the USA for low transport miles
3. Excellent face and body product with no weak points

CONS

1. One application only lasts a single day (or two at the most) which can make it expensive for daily use
2. Really needs an application mitt if you want to reach everywhere evenly
3. Can dye your towels as well as your skin


Isle of Paradise Self-Tanning Water

This tanning water comes in a spray bottle and offers a very even coat of tanning solution when you can spray it on directly and then wipe with your hands. 

The Isle of Paradise Self-Tanning Water includes an Oxy Glow complex which is there to make your skin brighter as well as to damp down on orange and yellow tones that can ruin a fake tan

QUICK FACT

This self tanner is designed for all skin types: normal, oily, combination, dry and sensitive and it’s very delicate to use, with little chance of allergic reactions.

PROS

1. Pleasant fragrance while applying the self tanner
2. The spray bottle can make it easy to get out of the bottle
3. Completely cruelty free and natural with avocado, chia and coconut oil as chief ingredients

CONS

1. This will definitely leaves stains on your sheets unless they are tan color too
2. There’s a sort of after scent which reminds us of fake tans
3. The spray bottle isn’t always easy to position to get the right coverage of self tanner


Alba Botanica Very Emollient, Sunless Tanning Lotion

If you need a bargain sunless lotion then Alba Botanica’s Very Emollient is very kind to the wallet and it only takes three hours to provide you with a very natural looking tan. Self tanners don't get much better than this.

The natural ingredients in this self-tanner include sweet almond oil, shea butter, ginkgo biloba leaf extract and more, they combine to deliver a non-streaky tan very well, indeed.

QUICK FACT

Alba Botanica has held the “leaping bunny” symbol of being entirely cruelty-free as a company since 2008 and all their products are guaranteed vegetarian friendly. 

PROS

1. It’s a low cost self-tanning product which produces solid results
2. There’s no streaking effects when this self tanner used
3. It provides a gentle natural tan effect for 3-4 days

CONS

1. Not the most moisturizing of self tanner products, we’d avoid it if you have dry skin
Some users report a slight orange tint to their skin when using this
There’s a post-usage smell which is akin to DHA which isn’t great


The Chemistry Brand Glow Oil 100ml

Guaranteed DHA free, The Chemistry Brand’s Glow Oil is a really gentle alternative to most self-tanning lotions. 

However, this self tanner needs reapplying twice a day for the first 3 days before lasting a day per application!

QUICK FACT

This product contains raspberry-based KETO sugar which appears to create a similar, but natural, reaction to the use of DHA on your skin.

PROS

1. One of the most gentle self-tanning formulas on the market
2. Leaves a nice smear-free tan that looks great
3. It’s very hydrating it goes well with aloe vera

CONS

1. The requirement to keep reapplying makes it quite expensive compared to other brands
2. Can leave your skin feeling slightly sticky – we use aloe vera gel after application to help with this
3. Some users feel the tan is too light for their skin


lavera Self Tanning Lotion, 5 Ounce

Iavera’s Lotion contains nothing but vegetarian ingredients and has not been tested on animals which is a very good start as far as we’re concerned. We like an organic self tanner when we can get one.

QUICK FACT

This formula results in a long-lasting self tan and you may be able to go up to a week before you need to reapply it, which is great.

PROS

1. The ingredients are all organic which is fantastic. Everyone should buy organic self-tanner if possible.
2. The tan lasts longer than most brands
3. They use a formula which is absorbed by your skin very quickly

CONS

1. It has a slightly unpleasant odor when applying it
2. It leaves a yellow tone in the tan that you may not want
3. The tan is very light


Final Thoughts On Best Natural Self Tanners

We hope that you found our list of best natural self tanners useful and that if you want a tan, you’ve found one that reflects your personal skin type and preferences. 

We’d recommend that you wash off any excess self-tanning solution at the end of each day with a natural face wash and a natural body wash

This should keep any potentially harmful effects from the chemical reactions on your skin to a minimum.

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