TanOrganic was founded in 2010 by Noelle O’Connor when she appeared on Dragon Den aiming to tackle the self-tan market. What makes TanOrganic so different to all the rest of them you may wonder? Well the answer is that all of their ingredients are 100% organic, they are eco-certified and they don’t test on animals. I recently discovered that on average around 64% of what you put on your skin is absorbed into the body. I was really shocked when I read this as I know that I had never really thought about this before but it has definitely made me think twice and I might start having a wee look at what products actually contain.
When I was contacted to try the TanOrganics Self Tan Oil (which is the first of its kind) I jumped at the chance. I was really interested to see how it would compare to other self-tans that I had tried. TanOrganics Self Tan Oil contains 8% active tanning ingredient which is higher than a gradual tanner but not as much as TanOrganic’s self-tan which contains 10%.
TanOrganic’s Self Tan Oil works in much the same was as a regular self-tan meaning that a few days before applying it is recommended that you exfoliate and moisturise. You can do this with TanOrganic’s Exfoliating mitt which they were also kind enough to let me try out. I really liked this, it was really easy to use and can be used on wet or dry skin. If you have quite sensitive skin then I would recommend that you don’t rub to hard if you decide to use it on dry skin as it does feel a little rough.
The self-tan oil is applied in the same way that you would apply any other body oil, simply apply to skin and rub in. The best part about this tan is that you don’t have to wear gloves, meaning that you can apply it as soon as you jump out of the shower. Just remember to wash your hands after application though so you don’t end up with tanned palms! The self-tan oil is enriched with Borage seed oil, Argan oil and Orange peel oil, meaning that it is really helps to moisturiser your skin and leaves your skin feeling lovely and soft. There is no tan guide with this tan but you can see where you have applied it as it leaves your skin with a slight sheen. Due to there being no colour guide and the way in which it is absorbed into the skin it leaves no marks on clothes. It also has a nice scent which smells quite citrusy but this is not overpowering. It develops slowly over the course of a few hours.
1 Layer of TanOrganic
2 Layers of TanOrganic
I found that with one layer was not overly noticeable on me, it did give my skin a slight glow but I felt like it didn’t show up too much. However it says that you can apply a second layer after 6-8 hours which I did and I think that it showed up much better after this. I found that it went on perfectly and didn’t look patchy or orange in the slightest, these are my biggest fears with self-tans. It also fades of evenly over the course of a few days. They recommend that for a year round glow that you apply every 3-4 days.
I will definitely be using this coming into the summer to give my skin a bit of a glow and I’m planning on picking up TanOrganics Self Tan next time I’m in Superdrug. Overall I would really recommend this to anyone who wants gorgeous subtle tan, especially if you have really pale skin. I think if your skin is really pale then you could probably use just one layer of this tan oil.
Have you tried any of TanOrganic’s products? Is an organic tan something you would like to use?