is there a safe fake tan?

Posted on October 3rd, 2012

Toxins make me sick. A scented moisturiser leaves me nauseous. I have to leave a restaurant if someone next to me is wearing perfume. It’s an auto-immune thing for me. And it’s getting worse…or maybe more things are stinking!  Increasingly, though, a lot more people are finding they’re affected by the toxic crap added to things. It’s toxic build-up. We hit saturation point…and topple over. And find ourselves very keen to detox our lives.

Image via Borntobeblonde

Over the past 3-4 years I’ve been gradually removing unnecessary chemicals from my orbit.

detoxed my apartment.

I investigated the best toxin-free cosmetics and shared my favourite chemical-free makeup.

I looked at how to choose a toxin-free sunscreen.

But I’ve always stalled at fake tan. I couldn’t determine if there was a safe one out there. A number of brands slap the usual “natural” label on the front of their bottle…which, as I’ve shared before, can mean absolutely nothing. The industry is not regulated in the same way food is (which is also not regulated enough). But I tried most of them…and they made me sick.

Now, fake tan isn’t a mandatory item in anyone’s life. But a lot of you have asked my opinion on it. And I use the stuff myself from time to time (on photo shoots, for events when I’ve got to cover up swimsuit lines on my shoulders) and wouldn’t mind more peace of mind when I do.

The good news is this:  new toxin-free products have in fact arrived on the market recently.

And I’m able to share with you the safest fake tans to use…

A blog reader pointed me to Irene Falcone, creator of Nourished Life, a fantastic blog all about living a chemical-free existance. Irene also volunteers with the National Toxics Network. Passionate! Good!

I figured I’d get her to update us all on things bronzed and glowy:

Let’s cut to the chase. Are there any safe fake tan products out there?

Thankfully, yes.

What is it in fake tan that changes the colour of our skin?

DHA (dihydroxyacetone) is the main ingredient responsible for the tan effect. Many fake tans use a man-made synthetic DHA, which should be avoided. The natural fake tans use a DHA derived from natural ingredients, such as sugar beets. The main difference is that the natural versions are made to react to the amino acids only in the dead top layers of the skin. While in chemical-based tanning products, chemicals can be added to weaken the skin’s surface, which will result in the product being absorbed into the blood stream, and will result in a faster developing tan (and the nasties penetrating much deeper).

So how do I know if my fake tan is safe?

Look for a range that is certified organic. This is our safe-guard against green washing and companies marketing themselves as natural when all they have done is add one or two natural ingredients to a cocktail of nasty chemicals.

Look for brands certified by the Organic Food Chain, which is one of the country’s strictest, and does not allow the use of synthetics or other toxic chemicals in the products they certify.

Look for brands certified by the BDIH: Association of Industries and Trading Firms for pharmaceuticals, health care products, food supplements and personal hygiene products.

The BDIH guidelines are as follows:

  • Ingredients have to be from a plant or mineral source
  • Plant ingredients should be obtained from organic growth or wild harvest wherever possible
  • Most petroleum based or synthetic ingredients are not allowed
  • Genetically modified ingredients are not allowed
  • Packaging has to be ecologically conscious, so recyclable and minimalistic
  • No animal testing is allowed

Can you recommend some brands?

One of my favourites is Eco Tan. It’s made here in Australia and it’s the only self-tan that’s also Certified Organic. The actual DHA in Eco Tan is also certified organic independently (by Eco Cert) so it must come from a natural source. [I use this brand, personally - Sarah.]

The Lavera range is Certified Natural by the BDIH, which also means it must not contain toxins. So again, the DHA must come from a natural source. The Lavera Self tan has won many awards internationally.

Other great natural tanners include The True All Natural Self Tanner For Face & Body, and the Santorini Sunless Tanning Lotion which is excellent for medium to darker skin tones.

What about a spray tan?

There is a debate around this at the moment. We have been recommended to avoid spray tans, due to possible dangers associated with inhalation of the fumes.

Irene’s top tips on finding a great toxin-free self tan: 

  • Read the back of the label, not just the front!
  • Avoid these ingredients: propylene glycol (a petrochemical), phenoxyethanol, Parabens, FD&C colouring (artificial dye), fragrance (unless it states these are natural or organic), and anything with “PEG” in the name.
  • Look for a “Certified Organic” logo which guarantees us against any synthetics, GMO’s, toxic preservatives and other nasties.

 And for fun, a self tan recipe: using tea!

  • Take 10 black tea bags (the tea brand does not matter) and boil in hot water.
  • Let the tea bags sit in the water for about 10-15 minutes steeping.
  • Remove the tea bags and then let the tea cool to room temperature or less.  It may be refreshing to put it in the fridge for a bit, especially in the hot summer months.
  • Pour into a spray bottle and spray your skin.  Air dry and reapply if you want a deeper, darker color.
  • Remember this is just a temporary color and will come off as soon as you shower or come in contact with water. It is not a self-tanner so it’s effects are just temporary!

If you have any further self-tan questions, pose them here and Irene will pop online to answer them.

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  • Claire

    Nourished Life is such an awesome website. Glad to see Irene featured here! Such an important thing to think about with Summer aproaching.

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  • kate

    Another certified organic self tanner is endota “tandota gradual sunk-kissed tan”. It is certified by the Organic Food Chain, and it is a beautiful colour.

    http://www.endotadayspa.com.au/shop/categories/for-body/products/tandota-gradual-sunkissed-tan

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  • http://www.alexxstuart.com Alexx

    Fab to see Irene featured here Sarah – she doesn’t let a single thing fall through the cracks and she’s a gorgeous person. Loved your opening paragraph. I feel exactly the same way about fragrances – scented candle fragrance in particular. I was at a function last night and had to leave with the vanilla scented candles everywhere. Instant head ache and neck pain. I wish they were labelled for what they really were: ‘hormone altering carcinogenic vanilla candles’ – watch them walk out the door then! not… Great post. Lavera self tan is awesome.

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  • C

    Nice idea with the tea Sarah! This is what my grandmother and her friends did during the Second World War when you couldn’t buy stockings, so it’s been around for a long time! Lavera self tan is wonderful, I used it in Europe last summer. Their foot balm is also beautiful and cooling in the warm summer months.

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  • Teasha

    LOVE ECO TAN!!!!!!!!!!

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    Haley Reply:

    So do we!!! Just the best tan-gives the best natural colour! http://www.peachyclean.com.au/collections/eco-tan

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  • Mia Bluegirl

    Everything IS stinking more. Why is it that every public restroom I ever attend has those horrible little machines that assault you with chemical fragrance at regular intervals? You can be just standing there, innocently washing your hands, and then – PSSSHT! Sneak attack of artificial smells. Blech!

    I just lie out in the sun for ten minutes for my vitamin D fix & dont bother about tanning. Im too lazy and they all smell funky anyway. Full disclosure – I’m chock full of Greek genes so I’m naturally tanned pretty much year round. My friends hate me. :)

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    Bridget Reply:

    Those things scare the shit out of me!

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    Sarah Wilson Reply:

    What, Greeks? (ha ha!)

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  • Bridget

    I use moogoo’s How Now Brown Cow. I think that’s safe. I’ve heard great things about Eco Tan, too. My fake tan loving sister loves Eco Tan. I gave it to her for her birthday to get her off the toxic stuff. Worked :)

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    Kelly Reply:

    moogoo is the BOMB! and they have a great spf lip balm too – all edible and totally amazing…great stuff for the hip pocket too :)

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  • Fiona

    I think perfumes and other smells *are* getting stronger, but then again, it could be just us. I remember as a child being surrounded by cigarette smoke whenever we went out and it didn’t bother me then, now I can’t tolerate the smell of it. Ditto perfumes. I don’t wear it, but my mum always did. Now nobody I know wears it so when I come across some it’s too much to handle.

    What I can’t stand is air fresheners and scents that people use to “freshen up” rooms. And those scents you get in cars that hang from your rear-view mirror; they make me sick, and I don’t have any auto-immune illness. I’m getting less and less tolerant of detergent smells too, and carpet cleaning smells. So maybe the smells aren’t getting worse, it’s our level of tolerance when we’ve stopped being used to it.

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  • Emma

    I’m a fan of MooGoo’s “How Now Brown Cow” too. It’s only been available for a short while so not many people know about it yet. Doesn’t smell funky.

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    Two Modern Cavewomen Reply:

    Is this one floral? I think the Sukin one is citrus, I haven’t taken a whiff of the MooGoo one yet but adore their anti-aging face cream and the body cream too.

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    Bridget Reply:

    How Now Brown Cow is the same formulation as the Moogoo ‘full-cream’ moisturiser but with the natural tanning ingredient added to it, which is cool.

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    Two Modern Cavewomen Reply:

    Does it smell the same or different? I don’t really go in for products like fake tan, but lots of people ask me questions about things like this, so it’s good to know what smells and what doesn’t. I have olive skin, and if I get out for my daily dose of Vitamin D, I tan up quite nicely on my own.

    Bridget Reply:

    Mmm as a regular fake tan user, it has the slightest ‘fake tan smell’ – really subtle. I also find that if I put it on my face before bed, I wake up with a slightly ‘tight’ feeling face, in the same way other fake tan effects your skin. But I love it and really love Moogoo so I’m not knocking it.

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  • seeker

    I find everything these days has to be to the nth degree whether its perfume: strong; sell perfume;make ad as sexual as possible; music: loud; building a new house; MASSIVE; “news”: sensationalist; food: over styled/complex menus with ingredients that are less than whole; sunglasses:huge; be attractive: show everything you’ve got and “acquired”; cars: jeep style; media: how much ignorant unresearched false crap can we put on each other, and then BUY that crap …..
    Personally I love perfume, it doesn’t affect me (in a way that I’m aware of), sure hope I haven’t made anyone sick though! Maybe a post on where to buy all natural perfume would be good? If there are any? Or maybe some of us should start up something?!!
    Sarah, thanks to your previous posts I have changed my whole skin care make up & the households personal hygiene products, thank you so much for that!
    Now why don’t Eco tan make a spray tan??? I must admit I get sprayed fairly regularly with an “organic vegetable based tan”, that’s not tested on animals & I always blow my nose straight after …. But who knows what thats doing to me?!! I’d love an Eco spray tan ….
    Thank you for your wonderful sharing, yet again, & hope you’re feeling better & enjoying the heat/sunshine today!
    xo

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    Mia Bluegirl Reply:

    How about using essential oils as perfume? I stole that trick off Miranda Kerr.

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    seeker Reply:

    Thanks for that Mia! I will try that … I do sometimes wear a lil lavender for when I teach my yoga class (definitely don’t wear perfume there!), but I think I need to buy a few different oils – I like citrus fragrance so might get me some of those and try em on!
    And while I’ve no complaints, I think I would be very happy too, if I had Greek skin like you, you lucky thing!!
    Thanks Mia! :) xx

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    thesparechangekitchen Reply:

    I use DoTerra Whisper, its a sublime therapeutic grade essential oil blend. Be careful with oils, some say they are “natural” but can actually be synthetic. Poor quality can be just as bad as toxic perfumes! I think Miessence oils are quite good too.

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    seeker Reply:

    Thanks a mill! So kind to share! :)

    Nourished_Life Reply:

    Hi Seeker,

    Eco Tan have a great professional spray tan kit and there are lots of places where you can get an Eco Tan spray tan. If you contact them through their website I am sure they could help you find a location near to you. A simple at home pump spray version of the Eco Tan would be great though wouldn’t it! The brand Santorini Sun does a great one.

    I have found a gorgeous 100% natural perfume from a wonderful ethical Aussie brand called ONE SEED, worth checking out! There is also a beautiful 100% natural body spray made with essential oils by a company called Buddha Nose.

    Irene :) x

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    seeker Reply:

    Thank you thank you a hundred thousand thank yous!!! This is wonderful! :) xx

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    Haley Reply:

    Hi hun!
    We stock the whole Eco Tan range of self tanners including the spray tan-it’s absolutely fabulous!! No stain, no stink, no streak and best of all-no orange!! Fab! Plus we only stock truly naturally and organic skin care. Hope this helps! Love to see you at http://www.peachyclean.com.au !
    The link to the eco tan is here http://www.peachyclean.com.au/collections/eco-tan

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    seeker Reply:

    Thank you for sharing …

    I don’t see what all the kerfuffle’s about …

    People: be nice to each other :)

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  • http://sheworeitwell.blogspot.com She Wore It Well

    It worries me that you’ve made so many changes to your life and your thyroid is still getting worse.. I wonder what’s in store for me (I was diagnosed about 10 months ago).

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    Sarah Wilson

    Sarah WilsonSarah Wilson Reply:

    Not everyone has the same experience…don’t worry…keep trying things and….accepting!

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  • http://www.mirashand.com.au Jamila

    An old Moroccan recipe that the women in my family use in the hammam.
    Mix natural henna with rhassoul clay, make a thin paste resembling melted chocolate icecream. Slather all over your body, your face and let sit for 10 minutes, ten rinse. Although this won’t give you a deep brown tan, it does make your skin glow.
    p.s. Sarah I have sent you a package of Pure Moroccan Rhassoul Clay and Pure Moroccan Rosewater :)

    Jamila
    Mira’s Hand

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  • http://www.twomoderncavewomen.com.au Two Modern Cavewomen

    Sarah, I’m really surprised you can tolerate the Eco Tan. While it’s super safe (I’ve just started selling it too), it has a really strong rose scent and even just through the tube, sends me off the deep end. I can’t wear this one. Floral smells really do me over. You must be able to tolerate them ok.

    I’m looking for one that has a limited smell. The Sukin one looks promising, but they do have trace amounts of preservatives in their stuff, so it’s not 100% natural, but very very close.

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    Sarah Wilson

    Sarah WilsonSarah Wilson Reply:

    I know what you mean, but the smell is quite subtle and wears off after a little bit…I’m very sensitive and can generally guage things with experience.

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    Two Modern Cavewomen Reply:

    Some days I can tolerate a rose smell, other days, it will drive me over the deep end. It’s so hard to know what day is what!! I sell it, and I’m yet to try it, the staff have, and so have a few friends. I might grab a sample pot from my showroom and do a little patch test on my ankle since it’s the farthest point from my nose :)

    I sell Mukti too, and some of their products are amazing for my skin, one of their facial cleansers made my skin really dry, I’m obviously sensitive to one of the organic ingredients, and I’m just hoping it’s not the rose geranium essential oil because that’s in the Eco Tan too I think. It’s one thing for it to get up your nose for 20 minutes, another entirely to get irritated skin from it. The joys of being a canary :)

    I find if I introduce a new smell, that the first day I can really notice it and after a few days, I can sometimes get used to a smell. Other times I can’t.

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    Laura Virtue Reply:

    Hi Sarah,

    Great article. Have you tried Tan Organic? Its the only ECO Certified organic Tan in the world so even better!!

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  • Lopsy

    Hi there…

    What’s your take on Botox.
    Im thinking of having it done for the very heavy frownline I have, but Im not sure on how toxic it really is.

    Thanks!!

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    Two Modern Cavewomen Reply:

    I know we all talk about trace elements of phenoxyethanol as a preservative and sodium lauryl sulphate in shampoo is bad for you, but Botox is, quite literally, injecting a poison, straight in to your body.

    I won’t even use a safer natural dye in my hair with small traces of chemicals, there’s no way I’d let anyone near me with a 40 foot pole with botox in a needle. How annoying is that heavy frownline?

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    Nourished_Life Reply:

    Please see my reply below.. :)

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    Two Modern Cavewomen Reply:

    You might want to read this informative article from La Mav. http://lamav.com/_blog/all_things_beauty/post/The_Botox_Nation_%E2%80%93_is_it_worth_it/ I had the pleasure of spending a couple of ours with Tarj Mavi, the creator and the consulting naturopath for my store while doing the La Mav training a few weeks back. This came up, and we discussed the proven bio-active ingredients in their ‘natural botox’ and how much safer it is. I’d definately give something like this a try before using actual Botox. La Mav is like the natural version of Estee Lauder.

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    Lopsy Reply:

    Thanks guys for all that infromation. very sweet of you to go to all that effort for me. I will definitely weigh up all the pros and cons….
    I just wonder why everyone else isnt worried about it cos in the UK it seems everyone in media, music industry and film and television has had it done, as well as fillers etc. My sister who lives in Sydney says everyone she knows has had it …
    I just wondered what Sarah thought because I know how health concious and aware she is and I guess in her job she must come across many of her peers who have had it.
    Anyway, thanks for your feedback.

    Lauren x

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    Sarah WilsonSarah Wilson Reply:

    That’s a big topic and I don’t cover it off cos I don’t support it. I don’t like adding oxygen to fires I think are destructive. I’d NEVER get botox. Just to put it on record

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    Mia Bluegirl Reply:

    Botulinum toxin has actually been used for decades in medicine as it can help many conditions from tremors and chronic migraines to certain neurological conditions. It is only in recent years it has been used for cosmetic reasons. And all this derived from THE deadlist toxin known to man, how fascinating is THAT?

    It has a very low risk but certainly not zero risk. I’d personally be more concerned with looking permanently stunned if it went wrong than contracting botulism. Newsreader face is scary.

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    Two Modern Cavewomen Reply:

    Poisons and toxins are more often more about the dose than the substance. You can kill yourself by drinking too much water. Iron supplements are great if you’re low. Take too many and look out.

    I didn’t know it was usd in medicine as well, that WAS fascinating. Thanks for sharing :)

    No-one ever looks good after botox. I don’t understand the fascination with trying to prolong youth. I love my emerging wrinkes and greying hair. I like to think it makes me look wise ;)

    Mia Bluegirl Reply:

    Yes, I agree! You can even get betacarotene poisoning eating too many carrots, and carrots have to be the most innocuous food ever. Balance, its all about balance.

    Interestingly, botox was used to treat certain eye disorders, and patients noticed the pleasing side effect of their wrinkles also disappearing. And so an industry was born! I think botox is amazing for all the good it can do, but as far as cosmetic uses? I’m torn. I was in Hollywood earlier in the year and it’s terrifying! So many frozen duck faces, all looking exactly the same…

    Two Modern Cavewomen Reply:

    I’m pretty sure the discovery of Viagra was a similar tale. It was supposed to fix some other medical condition and men noticed they were getting erections and voila, the magic blue pill. I’m sure it would have been a man!

    Lopsy Reply:

    Thanks Sarah!

    X

    Lauren

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  • http://www.nourishedlife.com.au Nourished_Life

    Hi Lopsy,

    Your question is probably for Sarah but can I jump in with my Two favourite 100% natural Botox alternatives because who knows what the long term side effects of Botox are – way to risky for me!

    1. I found these amazing DVD’s by a women called Carole Maggio who looks about 20 years younger than she is! I saw her on the Dr Oz show a few years ago and she teaches you how to do daily facial exercises that seriously smooth out your face! AMAZING and better than Botox! Here is the link.. http://www.facercise.com

    2. There is a 100% Natural Botox cream eye by a brand called Cosima. It is Certified Organic and Australian. It’s called Flawless Eye Cream and when you put it on you can actually feel the frown lines and wrinkles smooth out.

    Worth checking out before getting needles if you ask me!

    Irene x

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    Lopsy Reply:

    Thanks Irene

    x

    lauren

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  • http://www.brownallyear.com Hailee

    What a great little read, totally am with you on the organic stuff
    Try Brownallyear.com a New Zealand certified organic range of spray tan and tanning products with a huge following.

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  • Sasha

    I’ve used fake tan since my teens and have been worried of late…. Lately if I go to bed with traces of fake tan I have been waking with pain in my liver! I think it must be compensating for my skin trying to detox the chemicals. Has taken me a while to wake up. So thank you for this.

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  • http://Theyogichousewife.wordpress.com Nicola

    Loved Eco-tan, it does smell, familiar like other fake tans. I didn’t have faith a natural product would work so well…I slapped it on like moisturizer and had to scrub the lines away the next day! It works.

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  • Kelli

    Hi Sarah,

    Thanks so much for the valuable info here. After thoroughly ‘enjoying’ reading your post yesterday about what a thyroid day looks like for you (I had NO idea) I started thinking about the canary down the mineshaft analogy and obviously how ‘we’ all go about slathering ourselves silly in god knows what cluelessly!! I was going to ask what products you use to moisturise etc. and voila here it is!!
    I also now think of you when I spray my smelly deodorant and perfume on in the mornings and wonder whether I will selfishly infuriate someone who is otherwise enjoying their ‘overbearing perfume’ smell free day!!
    Kelli

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  • http://www.foodiecure.com.au Becki

    Stupendously awesome article…especially for a lilly white like me. Trying to accept what I was born with, but now the weather is changing and the light getting brighter, I look more neon than ever! Thanks Sarah!

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  • http://www.juliettajameson.blogspot.com Julietta Jameson

    I’m beginning to realise my weight issues are toxin-related. Going to be going back over your old posts, oh wise untoxic one. xx

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    Sarah Wilson

    Sarah WilsonSarah Wilson Reply:

    on ya JJ!! xx

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    Sarah Wilson

    Sarah WilsonSarah Wilson Reply:

    PLUS…a very good issue…toxins cause weight issues…

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  • Bec

    Absolutely ADORE Eco Tan. Feels so beautiful on your skin!
    I’m naturally quite pale (blonde hair, blue eyes) and it comes out such a gorgeous natural colour.
    It’s so hard to find a fake tan that doesn’t look… ‘fake’ (haha) when you have blonde hair, as everything gives that orange look.
    But i’ve been using. Eco tan for a while now (winter skin and invisible tan)
    And it comes out a gorgeous honey brown!
    The natural content of the product =bliss.

    Bec
    xx

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  • http://www.twomoderncavewomen.com.au Two Modern Cavewomen

    For anyone who wants to try Eco Tan but can’t afford it, Two Modern Cavewomen have been given one ECO Tan and one exfoliating glove as a giveaway. We’ll be starting a comp next week (hope this isn’t crossing the line Sarah, we don’t sell anything at TMC, just share info and give away prizes).

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  • Kellie

    Elusyion make one called “Day tan”, not a gradual fake tan, but a bronzing cram that you rub on for instant colour, then wash off when ready. Looks like really safe ingredients. Haven’t tried it myself, but I’m going to.

    Ingredients list (from website elusyion.com.au)
    Ingredients: Aqua, Rose Water, Olive Waxes, Rice Powder, Mica, Iron Oxides, Aloe Vera, White Tea Extract, Citrus Grandsis.

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  • Kellie

    Bronzing ‘cream’, not ‘cram’!

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  • http://welcomingwellness.wordpress.com/ Sally

    Great post Sarah! I have been searching for an assessment of the toxin-free fake tan landscape in the lead-up to summer.

    My ghostly complexion means fake tan makes a regular appearance so I can visit the beach without blinding other beach goers with my luminous glow! Having just started my own wellness journey, I have become increasingly concerned about the toxins in fake tans and have also read that fake tan increases the amount of free radicals in the skin. Has anyone tried the Alba Bontanics range? they claim to be ‘all natural’ and are quite a reasonable price on iherb[http://www.iherb.com/product-reviews/Alba-Botanica-Sunless-Tanning-Lotion-4-oz-113-g/37457/?p=1&sr=1&fr=4&l=ko].

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    Nourished_Life Reply:

    Hi Sally,

    Good price, but there are a number of nasties in that one, I wouldn’t recommend it if you are trying to avoid toxins.

    Irene

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    Sally Reply:

    Thanks Irene! Do you know of any others around this price point that are safe?

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  • http://www.peachyclean.com.au Haley

    You might also like the Eco Tan ‘Winter Skin’ -it’s a gradual tanner so you just use it as a moisturiser (great moisturiser too!) and control the depth of colour and top up when needed. I love this for face! It’s an easier version for those who are a bit fairer or are a bit hesitant for a full on tan ;) http://www.peachyclean.com.au/collections/eco-tan

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  • http://www.thesparechangekitchen.com thesparechangekitchen

    I use Eco Tan religiously and LOVE it!! Fake tan was a product I couldn’t give up either. I swear a good coating of tan sheds 5kg!! One of the best products in the market.

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  • Claire

    I am sorry, but I find it highly inappropriate that 2 other online sellers have shamelessly self- promoted themselves in these comments. Business is business, but have some respect for Irene @ Nourished Life. This article was featuring her & you both have shown such poor lack of respect.

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    Claire Reply:

    Comment Hijacking/Self promoting is a pet peeve of mine all over the internet & I felt the need to say something about this as I have a lot of respect for Irene’s knowledge in this field. I hope that Irene & Sarah will not mind me commenting on this matter, but after seeing the comments on this article just before – it was blatantly obvious.

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    wellnessforhealth Reply:

    Having to pee in the middle of the night is a pet peeve of mine but I don’t feel the need to tell everyone and insult people I doubt you know with ‘poor lack of respect’ comments. No one has disputed Irene’s knowledge claire. I think it show’s a ‘lack of respect’ to post insulting comments-it’s bullying in a lesser form because you’re protected by a keyboard. I’m not associated with either company-just dislike rude commenters.

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    Two Modern Cavewomen Reply:

    Claire, please clarify who these two online sellers are? One is obvioulsy Peachy Clean, the rest are innocent links from users to websites they like. I even linked to a La Mav article about natural Botox which isn’t my site either.

    I believe the second one you’re referring to is me, mentioning (without a specific link to ANYTHING) that I was going to give away an Eco Tan on my personal blog next week. How on earth would you know I’m an online seller?

    Yes, I run a business. Yes, Irene was a customer of mine until she set up her own store because I didn’t want to pay her commision on sales from my store, but you have to look pretty bloody hard on my blog to find that I run a shop and what it’s called, it’s certainly not mentioned on the front page anywhere, it’s pretty well hidden.

    All this leads me to believe your remark about TWO other online sellers leaving comments either makes you a really good detective or you’ve been discussing this with Irene, and felt the need to comment publicly about something no-one else was smart enough to figure out.

    If you read below, Irene saw fit to berate me in private last night for mentioning I was going to give Eco Tan away and this morning Irene was setting up Google Adwords using all but the last 2 letters of my business name as her heading.

    Guess what, it HAS turned in to a giveaway. Bravo to Eco Tan for handing over 15 to give away.

    I was only saying to a friend the other day, I got sick in my early 20′s and lived for many years as an adult at home with my parents and had been living under the impression that all the garbage that goes on in high school doesn’t come in to the adult world. A part of me thinks that’s not true anymore. That’s sad.

    I’m so angry and utterly disappointed and will be reading in silence for a little while, as I have health & stress issues and don’t feel like being spoken to in public or in private about trying to steal sales from someone in the most cryptic way possible, who was intereviewed on a blog post that mentioned a bazillion other products and an at home DIY solution. I’m not equipped to brush it off and ignore it, so I choose not to participate.

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  • Sal

    Claire chill out-Nourished Life is a fabulous website-I love it! but this has developed into a discussion about fake tans and has long since continued on to discuss different products and other people’s favourites. I for one am glad they have posted with different options and where to buy them-’Seeker’ actually asked where to get the spray so someone replied and then someone asked about botox which is a different subject-isn’t that what forums like this is all about? Information? And it’s good information based on healthier options. Untwist your knickers. The interview wasn’t just an advert for Nourished Life, it’s an open discussion.

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    Two Modern Cavewomen Reply:

    Sal thank you.

    While I think Peachy Clean’s blatant repeated self promotion was tacky, after leaving what I thought was a very innocent comment that my personal CFS blog was going to give one away next week, Irene from Nourished Life actually wrote to me in private last night and told me I was crossing the line promoting my business on HER guest post (which I didn’t – TMC is not a business, it’s two CFS sufferers having a whinge and sharing chooclate recipes). She said the post was to discuss toxic free tanning options, not to give away or sell products.

    I thought THAT was inappropriate, along with the Google adwords campaign I saw pop up online this morning for Nourished Life selling Eco Tan virutally using MY business name as it’s heading. Yes, I too sell natural stuff online, been doing it for years – Irene was a customer of mine before Nourished Life existed.

    There’s enough room online for everyone without this kind of nonsense. I was incredibly disappointed in being ‘spoken to’ in private about me giving something away on a blog that doesn’t sell anything only to find Irene using her professional marketing skills from her day job to cleverly trade off something virtually identical to my business name the following morning.

    Let’s hope cooler heads will prevail and Irene will see fit to leave me alone. I’ve been dreading another reply email to wind me up again all day and my nerves and anxiety issues have been shot all day.

    Oddly enough, after all this, it HAS turned in to a giveaway, which is awesome. Good luck everyone. 15 people are going to be super happy with what I believe is a fantastic product.

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  • wellnessforhealth

    Ha ha! The hypocrisy of your posts is hilarious Claire! If you suffer anxiety don’t go around being rude because you will surely cop some criticism. Now lets get back to celebrating a fabulous blog post from what seems a very educated and qualified person-Irene. Well done Irene-your website is wonderful and I love your etho’s! I love open discussions too so everyone else’s comments have been great and helpful reading-I love fake tan and am thrilled to find alternate options and a variety of stockists.

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  • http://www.twomoderncavewomen.com.au Two Modern Cavewomen

    I’m not sure that anyone is reading or cares, but I have asked for my above comments to be removed. Until such time as this happens, I would like to clarify a couple of things so as not to tarnish Irene’s reputation.

    It appears I have incorrectly assumed that Claire and Irene may know each other. The dots were all there, but painted me the wrong picture. I apologise.

    I also remarked that Irene set up her store because I wouldn’t pay her commision. This was an assumption on my part, but the timeline was a) request for affliiate scheme. b) my denial, c) the creation of Nourished Life. I’ve been told her reasons for setting up her store were something different.

    Claire, your comments werenot called for. Peachy Clean did the wrong thing in my book, but did not do anything to warrant your message, and I would still dearly love to know who the mysterious second retailer is.

    I got a little hot under the collar for being accused of trying to promote my business when I didn’t, and virturally seeing my business in name in a rival’s Google Adwords for things I hold the #1 ranking for. I should have addressed the matter with Irene in private. Please do not let my remarks above form any impression of her business.

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  • Sarah Wilson

    I shall wade in here briefly. As the owner of this blog I’ll say it as it is: the comments forum here is for everyone to place their thoughts, questions and recommendations. I don’t mind self-promotion from others at all. Everyone has wares to sell and rent to pay and if my blog can help those speaking the same messages as me to do that, then fabulous. Obviously, were the message to go against my grain then I’d step in. But this rarely happens. I don’t ever block (and regularly un-block) comments with links to “competitors’” sites. There is enough room on this planet, and in the bloggesphere, for everyone. When I invite another blogger with wonderful expertise to share their thoughts I do not promise “exclusivity”. If anyone has an issue I’d prefer they contact me – info@sarahwilson.com.au – rather than upset others on these forums…cool?

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  • Julie

    I have recently tried Eco Tan winter skin and I’M loving it! I’m pretty fair, but it’s not too dark and it doesn’t leave you with obvious fake tan marks as its so gradual. Loving it, and it’s natural too!

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    Asyana is an all natural tan . I think its pretty safe

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  • http://www.tanbylucylane.com.au Belinda Scarth-Johnson

    Hi everyone, I have just recently tried and love the newly launched Australian owned Tan by Lucy Lane Tanning range. All the products are EcoCert approved meaning they’re Organic, they’re also odourless and fast drying. There’s Spray Tan Solutions for professionals to use and also tanning products for home care. It is safe for pregnant ladies too. I couldn’t actually believe how amazing this tan was and I won’t be using any other brands again. The tans are chocolate toned so no orange/yellow tones at all and the durability was fantastic, lasted nearly 2 weeks. No hidden nasties so totally safe plus a portion of all sales of their products are donated to an animal welfare in Queensland.

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  • Diana Garratt-Johnson

    Yes Dihydroxyacetone is a Nasty chemical whether its ecocert or not! Look it up and you will see for yourself!

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  • Marnie

    I have a similar question. Using Santorini Sun and 2nd trimester.

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  • sheryl

    is there any self tanning products out there that dont make you come out in a itchy rash something without DHA it seems to make me come out in an allover itchy rash

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