It’s pretty common knowledge that spending lots of time in the sun without sun protection can cause long term skin damage – or worse! That’s why people are constantly opting for self-tanners over heading to the beach or the pool. Self-tanners, including my personal favorite type, spray tanners, are almost always a safer alternative to sunning outside!
Now if you’re like me, and prefer not risking sunburns, skin damage, or the dreaded ‘c’ word, then finding quality self-tanners is a must! I may not want to lay outside all day, but I want to look like I did! But before you head to the store and pick up the first bottle of spray tan on the shelf, you should consider all the facts.
Why You Should Purchase Organic Tanners
Did you know that the skin is the human body’s largest organ? That’s right! The skin, while it can protect your internal stuff from a lot of yucky external stuff, you should know, your skin can and will absorb the products you use on it – and it’ll go right into your bloodstream!
Whenever we’re grocery shopping, my hubby and I are always aware of what organic options our store carries. Obviously, organic products can cost more, but I can know that they were made without the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, or other artificial agents – something especially important when you’re feeding young children!
So If I’m concerned about the quality of the food I put in my mouth, why shouldn’t logic imply that I would be equally concerned about the quality of the products I put on my skin?
Why smother myself in funky-smelling formulas and weird chemicals to get a tan, when I can purchase a tanning spray made of natural ingredients that are completely safe! And better yet, they’re usually packed with extra minerals, vitamins, and oils that are good for your skin too!
What To Look For When Shopping For Organic Spray Tans
There are many features that can help you narrow down which organic spray tan is best for you and your skin tone. I always do a ton of research before making purchasing decisions, so here are the criteria I look for, and you should look for when shopping for your organic self-tanner.
And here’s a disclaimer for all those thrifty shoppers out there: Price will not be part of my shopping criteria. I’m a frugal person, probably why I research my purchases so much, but when you’re looking for organic skincare products, it’s more important to know you’re getting the best.
So let’s get down to business!
Is It Really Organic?
We’re only interested in organic spray tanning products, so it’s important to verify the spray tans you’re looking at are actually organic!
According to the US Food and Drug Administration, If a cosmetic is labeled “organic” according to the USDA, it is still subject to the laws and regulations enforced by FDA. And getting a product certified organic has a whole series of steps that they’ll need to follow if they want to make sure they’re in the free in clear.
So when you see the words “Organic” or “Certified Organic”, you can feel pretty confident the product you’re getting is top quality. But there are some terms that can try to convince you they’re organic when they’re actually not.
Companies LOVE to use tricky wording to convince shoppers their product is the best. “All-Natural”, “Natural Ingredients” and “Free of Harsh Chemicals” are some of the popular phrases that might be used to imply quality without claiming to be organic.
You can have items that are ‘all natural’ and ‘organic’, you just have to look for the ‘organic’ term over all else. Make sure that you know what you’re buying!
Is It a Spray Tan or a Lotion?
The reason why I’m focusing on spray tans specifically is because they’re so easy to apply! When shopping in store, it’s easier to see the bottle styling to know it’s a true spray, but when you’re looking at an image of the cover of a box online, it’s easy to get mixed up!
Tanning sprays that come individually bottled can have different ‘spray’ styles – is it a misting aerosol spray that evenly coats or does it have a squirt effect that allows for better control?
Are You Using a Spray Tan Machine?
Maybe you’re not using a bottled spray tan at all? If you’re using a spray tan machine, then you’ll need to be looking for tanning solutions that are designed for use with these kinds of machines.
Never put a tanning solution into your spray tan machine without making sure it’s compatible!
What Type of Self-Tanner is it?
We know it’s not a lotion, but spray tans still have some options. The three most common spray tanners types are:
- Tanning Blend Formula
- Oil Formula
- Water Formula
Tanning blends are usually your darkest spray tan formulas, because they tend to include ingredients such as DHA, which promotes color development. They also include lots of moisturizers to keep your skin looking refreshed!
Self-tanning oil sprays are great for dry skin, because it soaks in the oil blends and leaves skin looking silky and smooth. They do require a bit more effort to apply. You spray the oil onto your skin and rub it in using circular motions. The effort can be worth it, as these oils are some of the best rated organic tanning sprays.
Self-tanning water mists are essential for people on the go! They’re super easy to apply and dry almost instantly. If you’re the kind of person who doesn’t like feeling something on their skin (my hubby can’t stand how lotion feels), then defending look for self-tanning water sprays.
Does it Have Good Reviews?
This one is pretty self-explanatory, but it’s probably the criteria I take the most seriously! Reviews are so important, they can actually convince me to purchase a product over another.
When looking at product reviews, check the overall star-rating, as well as the most helpful positive review and the most helpful critical review.
My favorite part of checking reviews is the customer pics! Maybe you’ll get lucky and find great before and after pictures to give you an idea of how others have fared with the product!
Now that you have some idea what you might be looking for, let’s take a look at some of the top organic spray tan products you can buy!
Golden Star Beauty Organic Self Tanning Oil
Who’s it for? Tanners looking for a well-reviewed product.
What’s not to like about Golden Star Beauty’s Organic Self-Tanning Oil?
Let’s focus on our first concern: Will it make you orange and leave steaks all over, making you feel like you can’t leave the house for a week? Based on over 400 5-star reviews, I can confidently say, “Nope!” If this is your first time shopping for a spray tan, then definitely consider this reliable favorite.
If you’re concerned about feeling greasy from this self-tanning oil, you’ve got nothing to worry about with this one! It’s a dry oil, which means it applies more like water to your skin, leaving it feeling moist without a slimy film.
As I said earlier, there are different types of sprays, and this one is more of a ‘squirt’ than a mist. While some aerosol and mists can overspray, which can waste product, this squirting oil gives you more control. You can determine how much product you need and where it’s applied.
The manufacturer recommends you apply this oil prior to bedtime. Simply apply to clean skin, wait for it to dry for 15 minutes, then jump in your jammies and head to bed. No water contact for 8 hours! In the morning, you’ll have a deep, rich tan that’ll look like you spent 8 hrs at the beach instead of in bed! Reapply every 1-3 days to maintain your golden glow.
And how does it smell? If you’ve tried self-tanners and spray tans before, you know that they can have this weird, funky smell to them. It’s due to the ingredient dihydroxyacetone, better known as DHA, which helps your skin develop its tan color. Golden Star Beauty tried pretty hard to mask the smell of DHA with its blend of organic oils and plant extracts. In fact, most reviews compliment the product’s smell, but like with most self-tanners, there are still a few critical sniffers.
SJOLIE No. 9 Spray Tan Solution
Who’s it for? Tanners who don’t have time to tan 2-3 times a week.
If you have a medium skin tone, this solution was designed for you! Sjolie No. 9 is the most popular spray tan solution from Sjolie, one of the most trusted brands in the tanning industry! Their products are used and sold in over 16,000 salons worldwide. They know a thing or two about how to produce a beautiful, natural-looking tan!
And if you don’t have a medium skin tone, no worries, they also have No. 6, which is a light blend designed for fair skin, and No. 12, their dark blend! No matter which solution you pick, you’re going to love this nourishing tanning formula!
It’s a moisture rich solution includes aloe vera, for skin repair and hydration, walnut shell extract, which provides natural olive-coloring to your tan, and vitamin C, which provides potent antioxidant protection, shielding skin from damaging free radicals.
This tan really lasts! As with any tan, it will fade in time. Usually spray tans begin fading within the first 2-3 days after application, but not No. 9! Can you believe that tanners using this solution won’t see significant fading until after day 7? If you don’t have the free time to dedicate to reapplying spray tans multiples times a week, then and all you have to worry is a once-a-week touch up!
Isle of Paradise Self-Tanning Water – Medium Tone
Who’s it for? Tanners who prefer a not to smell like DHA.
Isle of Paradise self-tanning water- yeah you heard that right. It’s a self-tanning water! It’s about as close to a miracle as you can get when it comes to self-tanning sprays. What I love about this particular tanning spray is that it works for all skin types including the always finicky “combination skin type.” That means it’ll work for normal, oily, dry, or combination skin types.
Isle of Paradise doesn’t have that awful DHA smell that a lot of people dread when looking for a self tanner. it’s cruelty free, vegan-certified, and contains organic ingredients. It actually smells quite wonderful, although, if you’re extremely sensitive to DHA scent, then you might still be able to pick it out if you really try.
It won’t leave you looking orange or streaky. With simple instructions on the bottle for how to apply, and the fact that it works for basically all skin types, Isle of Paradise is a sure winner, especially if you’re looking for a self-tanning water. You can expect your tan to stick around for at least a few days, but if you are diligent about touching up and treat it well, then you can probably squeeze a week or two out of each application.
One thing that I would like to address with these types of self-tanners is the question of if it provides sun protection. Self-tanners don’t provide any meaningful protection from the sun’s rays. When a self-tanner says that you can protect your skin from the Sun, what they’re really saying is that by using a self tanner you don’t need to get a suntan to get that wonderful glow.
So, if you heard about tanning waters in any of the beauty magazines, beauty websites, or heard your favorite celebrity mention it on Instagram, this is what they’re talking about. If you don’t like the feeling of oils or lotions, then you might want to give Isle of Paradise self-tanning water a look it could be life-changing.
Eco Tan – Organic Face Tan Water
Who’s it for? Tanners who want a product that will go a long ways.
Eco tan organic face tan water is really meant to help build A gradual sun kissed glow overtime. They states that after two nights you’ll begin to notice the subtle bronze tone and your complexion.
Eco tan is made with natural and organic ingredients which they claim is also beneficial for anti-aging and anti-acne. It also contains vitamin C to brighten your skin and it contains no artificial colors or toxic orange dyes.
This is a self-tanning water which means it goes on and feels just like water not that typical oily feel that you might be used to. Another compliment that Eco tan often receives is that a bottle goes a long way some even reporting that their bottle takes months to completely use up.
You can expect each application to last for a few days but with touch-ups you should be able to make it go further. Luckily, each application doesn’t take much product.If you’re an extremely fair-skinned person, then I would suggest doing a light application the first time to see how your skin reacts. Some fair-skinned people have reported that this is the only self-tanner they can use, while others have said that it didn’t agree very well with their skin.
What everyone seems to agree on though if they like the even, natural tone that they get and everyone seems to love how it feels going on. Others have also noted the strong DHA sent that this self-tanning water has so if you’re particularly sensitive to the scent of DHA you may want to look at one of our other options.
COOLA Organic Sunless Tan Body Dry Oil
Who’s it for? Tanners who like using tanning oils.
If you’re a fan of dry oil self tanners then Coola’s organic sunless tan oil mister should certainly be on your radar.It’s so versatile, that you can actually put it on top of other self-tanning products to help build a deeper color.
This organic spray tan oil can build a color that lasts up to three days and it’s Street free and very lightweight. It is a fast absorbing oil so make sure that you exfoliate all of the dry skin areas before using. Dry skin absorbs a lot more product than ordinary skin.
Coola comes straight from California, so it’s safe to assume that they know a thing or two about tanning.They care about wellness, active lifestyles, and organic products, so you know you’re getting a quality product.
Application of Coola’s dry-oil spray tan product is fool-proof, and the color you get looks natural. It builds nicely- should you want to do that, yet it won’t stain your white sheets or your clothing. It’s a cruelty-free product and smells nice.
It may be necessary in between applications to lightly exfoliate so as to avoid flaking or some spotting is, but this is to be expected with most self-tanning products. If you do decide to exfoliate between applications make sure you do it very lightly so as to not completely undo the tan that you’ve already built up.
Solrae Sunless Organic Tanning Spray
Who’s it for? Tanners who want an easy to use misting spray tan.
Solrae Sunless Organic Tanning Spray is free of many common allergens including gluten and parabens. It’s vegan and cruelty-free certified by the PETA Foundation. This tanning spray is safe to use on both your body and your face and will help you to get a natural, bronze glow without exposing your skin to nasty, and dangerous chemicals.
Application is as simple as holding the product 5-6 inch away from your skin and evenly misting the areas that you want tanned. As with all self tanners, it’s extremely important to allow it to fully dry before exposing to water or anything abrasive. This includes getting dressed.
You can absolutely achieve a very natural looking tan, with some users reporting that people think they have a natural suntan and would never believe that it is a spray tan. It will not rinse off in the shower, but it is important to note that you cannot shower until the application has dried. Once dry, however, showering should not affect the tan.
You can expect Solrae’s tan to last for around 4 to 5 days. You can use it on your face and you don’t have to worry about getting an orange color. After application, you should absolutely wash your hands to avoid getting tan palms.
Gold Mountain Beauty Instant Spray Tan Self Tanner
Who’s it for? Tanners who have or are willing to use a tanning mitt.
Gold Mountain Beauty bronzing mist is made of organic and natural ingredients. this includes:
- Walnut shell extract
- and Aloe Vera.
These ingredients work together to restore and moisturize your skin, and the 8% DHA concentration is what gives you the bronze glow. No frying necessary, and no potential for sunburn. You just get a nice spray tan in the comfort of your own home.
This quick, streak-free tanning solution is also oil-free. So, if you don’t like the feeling of oil or lotions on your skin than this maybe the tanning mister that you’ve been looking for. Depending on your body size one bottle of gold Mountain Beauty instant spray tan will last you for about 2 to 3 full body applications.
It’s also versatile enough that you can use it on your face, but a mitten is suggested for this usage. The manufacturer also suggest that you avoid exposure to water for 8 hours after application.
Most self tanners will only last for a few days, but a few users of gold Mountain Beauty instant spray tan reported having a nice tan for up to 10 days! This product is extremely well reviewed on Amazon and is very reasonably priced especially for the results that some have been getting.
For an organic spray tan mister there’s not much more you could want, but it is worth noting that some people said they needed to even the mist out with a mitten to avoid potential streaks.
Bahama Tan Organic Self Tanning Spray & Tanning Mitt
Who’s it for? Tanners who want an even tone without streaks and blotches.
This product might be made in the USA, but the Bahama tan organic self tanning spray will make you look like you just stepped off the boat from the Bahamas. This organic and natural formula uses Eco Cert approved DHA and organic ingredients like organic olive oil, argan oil, and sunflower oil, that moisturize and hydrate your skin deeply for the best sunless tan possible.
While this is a self-tanning spray, it does come with a tanning mitt, and the manufacturer suggests you use it to ensure that you get the most even tone in your self tan. Depending on how dark you want your tan to get, it’s suggested that you build a tan over multiple days. The manufacturers suggest anywhere from one to four days in a row depending on the how dark you want the tan to be.
If applied properly, you should have no streaking, no orange color, and no blotchiness! Bahama tan organic self tanning is also flexible enough to be used on your face, but just make sure that you use be included tanning mitt. Your sun kissed glow should remain for up to 7 days.
This gentle formula is also easy on the nose as you will hardly smell the DHA and other ingredients. to make your tan last as long as possible, and sure that you use a nice, gentle, non-abrasive lotion. if you follow all of the instructions, then you will have a nice, even, non-toxic tan!
Liz Belford Organic Natural Instant Airbrush
Who’s it for? Tanners who want a deep, dark spray tan.
The Liz Belford is made with the best ingredients you could ask for, this organic spray tan is 100% vegan and formulated using only naturally derived ingredients, including walnut shell extract, aloe vera, and calendula, to promote healthy skin cell growth.
This spray tan has an 8% DHA concentration, you know it’ll leave you with a rich looking than others will envy! In fact, this spray tan has such rich color, some users have even commented on how surprisingly dark they were after just one application! If you’re looking for a super dark tan, then this is your pick!
One thing to know about this tan is that it’s unscented, which can definitely be a positive. If you’re particularly sensitive to perfumey fragrances, then you will appreciate this fact. This doesn’t mean that the product has no smell, though. Any tanner that’s used a DHA product will tell you it definitely has a scent, one which people generally don’t appreciate, but will fade quickly after application. If you can handle the smell, you’ll be rewarded with a rich, dark tan!
As you know, before you apply any spray tan, it’s best to exfoliate with a body scrub. Not only does this brand offer a quality spray tan, but it also offers a 4-ingredient sugar scrub you’ll definitely want to grab if you’re planning to tan! It will leave your skin soft and hydrated, ready for building an amazing tan!
My Skin’s Friend Organic Self Tanner
Who’s it for? Tanners who have sensitive skin or are prone to breakouts.
If you have sensitive skin, then look no further, because My Skin’s Friend Organic Self Tanner really is friendly for your skin! If you have oily skin or acne-prone skin, don’t hesitate trying this product!
This formula was designed to be completely safe and healthy for the skin during frequent use. You can even feel safe using it if you’re pregnant! Just because you’re pregnant doesn’t mean you don’t want to still have an amazing tan!
If you’re looking for just a little color, one application should do the trick, but you can go dark too, by building your tan over several applications. You control how tan you want to be! This makes it a great option for people like me, who are naturally fair skinned.
Customer service can make or break a purchase for me. If you’re concerned at all about customer service and support, the people over at My Skin’s Friend are super polite and helpful, ready to help you with whatever questions or issues you have.
Brazil Bronze Luxury Express Spray Tan Solution
Who’s it for? Serious spray tanners who want the best product and best value.
Do you take spray tanning seriously? This is the solution you need! Get your spray tan machine out and fill it with this luxurious organic solution from the tanning pros at Brazil Bronze!
With a 12% DHA concentration, this salon-grade formula is designed to build an amazing tan, one that can work for any skin tone. It’s even recommended for fair and red-toned skinned users, who might be a bit hesitant about such a high percentage of DHA.
Another benefit to the Brazil Bronze Luxury Express Spray Tan solution is that there’s hardly any waiting time for results! This solution uses the term ‘express’ and means it! While most spray tans see results between 4-8 hours after application, this super fast drying spray tan solution will start showing results in as little as 2 hours after applying! Tan in the morning, and be ready to head out to lunch in the afternoon!
And with a whopping 1.9 liters of solution, you won’t be worried about running out too soon. While it is an investment, if you gotta have that perfectly tanned look year-round, then it’s really the best value on the list!
Finding organic spray tans is no easy feat, but in this article we were able to review more than 10 great options that are available to you right now. If you’re looking for organic spray tanning lotions, oils, and waters then the one you’re looking for is on this list.
If there are any others that you would like us to review or any that you think we might have missed that make sure you let us know by contacting us on our contact form. Thanks and happy tanning!