Get your free eBook valued at $40

SUBSCRIBE TO OUR NEWSLETTER TODAY & GET A FREE CORE WORKOUT PLANNER EBOOK- VALUED AT $39.95!

Self Tanners- Tested and Rated!

Self Tanners- Tested and Rated!

A question I quite often get is, “how do you keep a gorgeous glow year round?”

Keeping in mind what I put on my skin I have been testing a variety of self-tanners available on the market with a range of different criteria’s to find the best tanner available and the best price point and ease of use!

 

BRAND

Vani-T

NAME

Liquid Sun 12%

ORGANIC?

Eco certified organic

EASE OF USE

A spray solution requiring a tanning machine. Easy to apply, dries fast.

DURATION AND FADE

Lasts about a week with no dry bits or cracking as such. After 5 days you can easily scrub clean and comes off relatively easily.

COLOUR

The colour is more green than red, meaning it never goes orange. I love that! It is also SO much darker than the other brands I use. It is perfect for a one coat and go colour. 

OVERALL STAR RATING

4.5 stars

OVERVIEW

A dark, easy spray, easy dry, great colour tanning solution. This is the tanner I use for most of my shoots.

 

BRAND

Eco Tan

NAME

Rich Honey Tanning spray solution

ORGANIC?

YES- certified

EASE OF USE

A spray tanning machine is required. 

Easy to spray, fast drying. One coat application.

COLOUR

A beautiful natural, warm colour. This solution is not as dark as some other solutions I tried.

DURATION AND FADE

My tan lasted perfect for 4 days before it slowly turned a little crackly in between my elbows/knees etc

OVERALL STAR RATING

4 stars

OVERVIEW

A beautiful, certified organic tanning solution with a deep colour.

 

BRAND

Loving Tan

NAME

2HR Express bronzing mousse

ORGANIC? 

No.

EASE OF USE

You are provided a beautifully soft hand mitt for ease whilst applying the mousse. It honestly feels amazing. As the express comes out a bronze you can see where you have already tanned, however be sure to not apply as much around the knees/ankles. I’m not sure if I am just uncoordinated however this was harder to apply by hand - I must confess I actually poured the solution into my tanning machine and use it in this method instead which worked a treat!

COLOUR

A little on the orange side, however darker than the ecotan.

DURATION AND FADE

It faded beautifully and very naturally.

OVERALL STAR RATING

3.5 Stars

OVERVIEW

A perfect travel tan, in a compact mousse bottle the ease of use with the mitt makes it a great travel tanner!

 

BRAND

J Bronze

NAME

Dark Tanning Mousse

ORGANIC?

No

EASE OF USE

As a mousse, it really is hit and miss where you have applied the tan, however this went on great. As the colour is a lot lighter than many other brands there were no streaks.

COLOUR

The mousse is a great colour, however is a little light for myself, but provides the perfect natural fake tanner!

DURATION AND FADE

It faded very naturally!

OVERALL STAR RATING

3.5 Stars

OVERVIEW

Perfect for the winter months where you want a subtle glow, a perfect tan without the streaks. The price point is also great and available at a lot of stores.

 

BRAND

Stefan

NAME

ECO COCO TAN

ORGANIC?

80% Certified organic

EASE OF USE

The thing I love about this product is the organic approach, filled with natural oils, acai and goji berries the anti aging properties sound amazing. The tanner its self is a cream based tanner. For ‘special’ people like me I find these a little trickier as the application can mean a huge streak up your leg!

It is a thick cream and leaves your skin feeling and smelling beautiful.

COLOUR

A lighter tan, with a natural glow.

DURATION AND FADE

It faded very naturally.

OVERALL STAR RATING

3 Stars

OVERVIEW

A beautiful cream tanning lotion with all the natural properties you would love in a self-tanner. A small, compact bottle which is easy to travel with. I was a little put off by the 80% organic ingredients as it left me wondering about the remaining 20%. But 80% is better than nothing!

 

BRAND

RCK

NAME

Red carpet kolour

ORGANIC?

No

EASE OF USE

Easy! Simply pump the colour into your hands, rub in circular motions until blended wait 5 minutes before getting dressed. Great for a night out when you don’t want to apply tan!

COLOUR

3 colours, glitzy looking glow/tan

DURATION AND FADE

Wash off and its gone!

OVERALL STAR RATING

4.5 Stars

OVERVIEW

A perfect travel glow for those heading for a night out or a spontaneous dinner! Its easy to use, washes off and looks amazing!!

 

BRAND

J Bronze

NAME

FACE flawless tan

ORGANIC?

No

EASE OF USE

I put this on every night before bed for a week and my face was such a beautiful a natural colour I didn’t even wear makeup.

COLOUR

A once off application was too light for me however after 5 days of applying the colour was a great glow.

DURATION AND FADE

It faded beautifully and very naturally.

OVERALL STAR RATING

4.5 Stars

OVERVIEW

A great face tanner that is light and wont block your pores! It gives you a natural year round type of glow! I love this and regularly use it!

 

BRAND

Eco Tan

NAME

Winter skin

ORGANIC?

YES

EASE OF USE

Just like an organic moisturizer, but with a beautiful colour included!

COLOUR

A little on the orange side, however darker than the ecotan.

DURATION AND FADE

If applied everyday the colour is maintained and continues to develop a beautiful colour.

OVERALL STAR RATING

4 Stars

I love this product. Not only is it certified organic, but is just like a moisturizer that I would normally apply. I regularly use and love this!

 

BRAND

Vani-T

NAME

Brazilian Bronze

ORGANIC?

Eco certified organic

EASE OF USE

A soft tanning mitt is supplied to ensure ease of application. The solution lasts a long time as it is a foaming mousse. Which is great value for money. It develops in 1 hour which means you can quickly tan up before heading out!

DURATION AND FADE

A shortly life span than the spray tan as it seemed I couldn’t cover all the areas I can when spraying.

COLOUR

More red based than the vani-t spray solution, but still a nice deep rich colour that is the best mousse I have found.

OVERALL STAR RATING

4 stars

OVERVIEW

A great mousse tanner, for those who love mousse self-tanners, this one is a must. I personally prefer the spray, however for those who have mastered the technique, then you have to try this one.

 

BRAND

Jan Tana

NAME

High definition colour

ORGANIC?

No

EASE OF USE

I first discovered this whilst in America for the Arnold classic. Every girl wore this solution without fail on stage- and off. There are two solution types- high definition and the Ultra. Ultra is the contest colour and VERY dark.

The high definition one is best for photoshoot’s or if you like a dark tan. It comes with a puff- almost a makeup puff. I have found it easier than some of the other mousse’s to use due to the colour and the blending easier. It is also usually sold with a scrub and lotion to help extend the life of your tan also.

DURATION AND FADE

It is a harsh fader. Once you wash a lot of the bronzer will come off and the remaining will stay on for around 1 week.

OVERALL STAR RATING

4 stars

OVERVIEW

A dark self tanner that is great for photo shoots, the base for your contest or for those who like a dark tan.

 

BRAND

J Bronze

NAME

Dark tanning cream

ORGANIC?

No

EASE OF USE

A green based tanning cream that is easy to apply and see where you have applied due to the colour. There are no orange tones as the base is green. It is a perfect self-tanner for those who prefer a cream over a mousse.

COLOUR

A green based solution means no orange streaks. Although it is lighter than a lot of other solutions it provides a natural looking tan.

DURATION AND FADE

A beautifully naturally fading cream

OVERALL STAR RATING

3.5 stars

OVERVIEW

A great natural looking tan for those who want a self tanner that is easy to apply at home.

 

OVERALL

Each self-tanner has a different positive that you can take away from the product. It depends on the importance of certain features that each offer for yourself. For example, I have my own spray machine so I am very fortunate that I can use the vani-t velocity for my regular weekly applications. For those of you who love a gradual tanner, the winter skin is an amazing product for a gradual natural tanner.

My ultimate preference is a spray tan as it means that very rarely are there any spot's missed, i have an even colour and it fades great. My favourite is still the vani-T solution as they have so many options even within the one tan- for example a 2 hour tan = light up to a 3+ hour tan is dark.

The RCK tanning glow is a great concept similar to the Sally Hansen spray on leg type range in that it is instant and wash off- but the benefit is that it doesn’t go on your clothes!

 

I have used and tried so many different tans over the past 6 months so I am so thankful to all the companies and people’s suggestions for amazing tanners to try. As always I love to try new products and am always keen to hear your suggestions, so feel free to let me know if I have forgotten any that you perhaps love!

I hope I have covered the key points on the different self-tanners available to you all on the market!

 

Sophie x

Back to Articles


Sign up for
Tips, Recipes
& More

Success Stories*

  • Megan
    Megan
    Natalie
    Natalie 4 weeks in!
    Reney
    Reney "Incredible transformation from following Sophie's guidelines!"
    Farnoush
    Farnoush The left picture is on 80 kg The right one 58kg It is unbelievable what you can do if you just believe and just do it and stay focus.
  • Sammi
    Sammi Wow.Wow.Wow šŸ˜ By far the best part of any coaches job. The results, the hard work and the dedication that is so clearly shown here. šŸ˜µ Sammi had her little girl 2 weeks before the twins were born, and like me suffered with haemorrhaging at 8 weeks pp too. (This is really hard to deal with along with a newborn, surgery and recovery!) However after 4 weeks on my #tbtprogram check out her incredible results. I am so so proud and happy to have helped in some way! šŸ™ Way to go mama!!! šŸ˜†www.sophieguidolin.com.au/eshop
    Hannah
    Hannah 17 Kilos lighter, in 6 Months!!!
    Katelyne Borg
    Katelyne Borg Just wanted to show you how far I have come in such a short time!
    Rachelle
    Rachelle Incredible results, following the clean eating guidelines & total body transformation guide!
  • Meg
    Meg I wanted to begin by thanking you for being such an inspiration and passing on your knowledge the way you do.
    Danika
    Danika "Feeling so much healthier and loving exercise now, I started clean eating thanks to Sophie Guidolin!"
    Sam
    Sam The clean eating diet plan, is also for males wanting to tone, build muscle and lose body fat!
    Olivia
    Olivia
  • Kristy Potts
    Kristy Potts 50 kilos down in a year! Thank you for bringing out eat clean, live lean. I have been cooking and preparing my meals from it since i purchased it months ago, its fantastic.
    Joanne
    Joanne Check out this progress in only 12 WEEKS!!!
    Chelsea
    Chelsea Amazing results from a track and field athlete!!
    Sam
    Sam Your books inspire me immensely and you are a true idol.
  • Katie
    Katie Incredible results 7 kilos down in 8 weeks!
    Chloe
    Chloe WHAT A DIFFERENCE IN NOT ONLY THE VISUAL EFFECTS BUT IN MY TRAIN OF THOUGHT AND DAY TO DAY LIFE. ITS BEEN WONDERFUL WORKING HARD FOR THESE RESULTS! 24KGS DOWN! AND HONESTLY I DON'T CARE WHAT MY SCALES TELLS ME. I'M MORE INTERESTED IN HOW IT'S AFFECTING MY LIFE!
    Katie
    Katie 17 kilos already down thanks to the clean eating guidelines!
    Hannah
    Hannah 17 kilos down in 6 months!
  • Leah
    Leah I'm feeling like a different person. I'm feeling like I used to feel. I'm losing baby weight fasting than ever too! My progress photos amaze me. So thank you! Thank you for a program that really is a lifestyle change. A program that changed my family life for the better and made me a happier, healthier mumma for my beautiful children!
    Melissa
    Melissa Over 18 kilos down from the clean eating plan!
    Chantelle
    Chantelle Chantelle has lost 8kgs already, only 2 weeks into her custom ongoing post baby plan!
    Jessica
    Jessica The meals are delicious, I'm never hungry and I can make it for my husband as well so i'm not cooking two different things! It is a well rounded program that fits easily into any lifestyle and can be made to work with your unique situation.
  • Kate
    Kate THE BOD program is not a diet. It sets you up with the tools to continue on after you finish the 12 weeks.This has now become my lifestyle. I love the way I live now and I love the knowledge I have gained from this program especially dietary wise so I can give my kids the best start to life. The recipes, the workouts, the hints and tips... at no stage did I ever get bored or go off track.
    Annon
    Annon Following the protocols of Sophie Guidolin's Meal Plans & Training programs have seen the AMAZING results below!
    Annon
    Annon 3 Month Progress, Thanks to Sophie for the inspiration and support! Here's to leaner living!
    Bailey
    Bailey Only 4 weeks into the diet plan- the results speak for themselves!
  • Emma
    Emma Clean eating & handwork really do pay off!!
    Stacee
    Stacee still a fair way to go but 2 years of clean eating & exercise :) never felt better :)
    Natalja
    Natalja Even whilst travelling, i maintained my lean body by following your guidelines!
    Alisha
    Alisha I absolutely love following your journey, reading your articles and following your clean eating advice!

*These are testimonials from satisfied clients. Results can not be guaranteed and results may vary from person to person.

Have a question?
Check out my FAQs