Self Tanner Power Ranking

Let me start by saying this: I was always adamantly opposed to self-tanning. I had a huge fear of becoming orange and thought that it just wasn't worth the hype. During quarantine, I figured, "Why not try it? If I end up orange, it's not even like anyone will see me!" LOL


And since then, I've never looked back. Now, I LOVE self tanning and it's one of my favorite things to do for myself.


I have very fair skin--like, INCREDIBLY fair skin. So I've always been incredibly pale--it's something I used to be self conscious about, but refused to do anything about. A lot of family members have skin cancer because of my genetically fair skin, and I was never going to lay out and try to tan, or experiment with a tanning booth. It's just not worth it.


Self tanning is a safe way to get a natural glow.


I linked everything I'm going to be talking about today here.



I've tried all three of these products in rotation for the last year to see their pros and cons; and these are my top three, for differing reasons.

I will be walking you through everything from smell, ease of application, transfer (whether or not it gets on your sheets or clothes), price, time, longevity of tan, and undertone color.


Here are the three products I will be giving my honest review of: Isle of Paradise, Loving Tan, and St. Tropez. This is not a sponsored post--and even if it was, y'all already know I'm going to be 100% honest with you about what I really think.


I linked all of the tanners I am talking about here today, as well as my favorite products for application, exfoliation, and moisturizing!



Isles Of Paradise: 3/5 stars

  • Ease of application: Honestly, this one is really hard. It goes on completely clear, so it's hard to tell where you're applying & to avoid applying twice to the same area. This also comes as a lotion with drops--and you need to add the drops to the lotion yourself.

  • Length of Time To "Bake": 8 hours--I would put it on before bed and shower in the morning.

  • Price: Okay so there's two parts to this one--the tanning drops and the lotion. You have to put a certain number of drops into the lotion. So these two are sold separately. IMO, this is way too much money for a product thats a 3/5 at best.

  • Undertone Color: I found that this one pulls a bit too much orange for my liking.

  • Smell: Imma be honest, Zack HATES the smell of this one and I don't blame him LOL!

  • Longevity Of Tan: This does have really good longevity, lasting a full week without fading.


St. Tropez 3 Hour Express: 4.5/5 stars

  • Ease of application: Mousse comes out colored, so it's easy to see & apply!

  • Length of Time To "Bake": 1 hour for light, 2 hours for medium, 3 hours for dark

  • Price: $34-44

  • Undertone Color: Golden

  • Smell: This actually smells amazing

  • Longevity Of Tan: My only complaint is that this tan doesn't last super long--4 to 5 days at most. However, this is meant to be an express tan. Meaning that this is perfect when you have an event at night and just need a quick tan!


Loving Tan: 5/5 stars

  • Ease of application: Mousse comes out colored, so it's easy to see & apply!

  • Length of Time To "Bake": 6 hours

  • Price: $40-6o depending on what type you get. I use the Deluxe Bronzing Mouse.

  • Undertone Color: Golden/Brown

  • Smell: With Isle of Paradise being the worst and St. Tropez being the best (in terms of smell), this one falls at the middle of the pack. It isn't terrible, but it does smell like a self tanner.

  • Longevity Of Tan: AMAZING! This can last me up to a full week!


Overall, I'd say if you're nervous about self tanning, start with the St. Tropez 3 Hour Express. It's so easy to use and fades pretty quickly, so if you don't like if you can scrub it off!


If you're comfortable tanning and looking for a glow that is easy to apply, doesn't smell terrible, and will last--go with the Loving Tan!

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