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Laidbare Tantastic and Lavera Self Tan

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Laidbare Tantastic and Lavera Self Tan

This summer I have been on a mini mission to finally find a natural and organic self tan without any parabens, petrochemicals, sulphates, or synthetic DHA so I can avoid baring my lily-white legs to the world! Last week whilst I was away in York, we had some amazing weather and I was able to test run two new purchases: Laidbare Tantastic and Lavera Self Tan.

Natural and organic: Laidbare Tantastic & Lavera self tanning creams for a natural-looking glow :) #summer #bronze #organic

Lavera Self Tan Face Cream, 50ml

I decided to buy a self tan specifically for the face as I have been having some seriously major issues with my skin lately and wanted to avoid using a product that contains aloe vera (I’m not 100% sure I’m mildly allergic but wanted to be on the safe side until I find out for certain). The Lavera Self Tan Cream Face Cream was the only natural and organic self tanner on the market in the UK that I could find, which does not contain aloe vera! (A little surprising as I believe allergy to aloe vera isn’t that uncommon). So how did it fair? It’s a lovely lightweight, moisturising and non-greasy formula with macadamia and sunflower oil: it comes out of the bottle as a white cream and smells very yummy with the aroma of sweet iced cinnamon buns! According to Lavera; this product is certified vegan, made using 100% natural fragrance from plant extracts and essential oils. It is also free from silicone and petroleum-based oils and is pH 5.0 – 5.5 which is perfect for achieving a non-orange colour (an alkaline pH will cause the tan to look orange, whereas a slightly acidic pH will prevent this colour problem).


I loved the result – my skin looked healthy and naturally-tanned with no streaks or orange tint. I also tried applying in the morning as a last minute bid to get ready for an unexpected hot sunny day: the Lavera self tan cream noticeably developed in about one or two hours, and it was also no problem when I applied some light make-up on top after it initially dried (10 minutes after application).


Water (Aqua), Alcohol*, Dihydroxyacetone (DHA), Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil*, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Erythrulose, Cetearyl Alcohol, Sodium Cetearyl Sulfate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)*, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract*, Xanthan Gum, Tocopherol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Fragrance (Parfum)**, Limonene**, Linalool**, Geraniol**, Citronellol**, Citral**, Coumarin**, Eugenol**, Benzyl Benzoate**, Benzyl Alcohol** /*Ingredients from Certified Organic Agriculture, **Natural Essential Oils, ***Fair Trade

Whilst I did want to avoid all DHA both synthetic or natural, I was unable to find such a product which also excluded parabens and petrochemicals in its ingredients list. Until I find a self-tanner that ticks all these boxes, I am quite happy to compromise and use this and the Lavera self tan.

Laidbare and Lavera self tannersLaidbare Tantastic Natural Self Tan for Face & Body, 125ml

This tan is actually quite amazing. I was very impressed with the high number of raving reviews online so I was excited to see how good it really is for the purse-friendly price of just £5.99. On application the Laidbare Tantastic Self Tan is much like the Lavera tan: it comes out of the bottle as a white cream and feels very nourishing on the skin. Not having an instant colour to use as a guide when applying wasn’t an issue as I first thought: as long as you make sure to thoroughly and evenly rub it into the skin all-over, it is very quick and neat to apply! Compared to the watery and messy Famous Dave’s Tan Spray I previously used, which literally got everywhere (and turned out not to be a natural product at all!), Laidbare’s Tantastic took less time and fuss. The added benefit of using a white cream is that you don’t look like you just rolled in a puddle of mud after initially applying. The tan will develop gradually in a matter of hours making it great to use in the morning without embarrassing application streaks and blocked pores. It also does not have that horrible fake tan smell and instead you are perfumed with a delicate floral scent of lavender, jasmine, clary sage, cardamon cinnamon and orange.


The tan looks very lovely and medium-dark once fully developed with just one layer. I applied hurriedly one morning so I could wear a skirt and it took the harsh ghost-white edge off my legs within the first hour 🙂 To be sure I had brown legs, I applied a second coat after 15 minutes of the first, but I don’t think it’s really necessary as the colour is not as subtle as I first thought it may be (I wasn’t sure if it may be similar to a gradual tanning lotion). The tan lasted well at just under a week and faded evenly too.


Aqua, Glycerin, Dihydroxyacetone (DHA), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Olus, Dicaprylyl Ether, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Panthenol, Xanthan Gum, Parfum, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Ascorbyl Palmitate, Aloe Barbadensis Extract, Benzyl Alcohol, Juniperus Mexicana (Cedarwood Texas) Oil, Cananga Odorata (Ylang Ylang) Oil Pogostemon Cablin (Patchuoli) Leaf Oil, Cedrus Atlantica (Cedar Wood Atlas) Oil, Citrus Sinensis (Orange) Peel Oil, Coriandrum Sativum (Coriander) Seed Oil Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Piper Nigrum (Black Pepper) Fruit Oil Elettaria Cardamomum (Cardamon) Seed Oil, Cinnamomum Zeylanicum (Cinnamon) Leaf Oil, Dipteryx Odorata (Tonka) Bean Extract Salvia Sclarea (Clary Sage) Oil, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Flower Oil, Pimpinella Anisum (Aniseed) Fruit Oil, Myristica Fragrans (Nutmeg) Fruit Oil, Dehydroacetic Acid Citric Acid, Linalool, Geraniol, Limonene, Benzyl Benzoate.

Laidbare Tantastic SwatchLaidbare Tantastic Swatch

This is a photo of my arm one application and one shower later. If you did want a more subtle colour, you could also mix the Laidbare Tantastic self tan lotion with a normal body lotion such as Laidbare Butter Me Up Organic Shea Body Butter to make a gradual tanning cream.

Has anyone else found any natural and organic self-tanning lotions that don’t contain DHA? I had my eye on Melvita Prosun Gradual Self Tan Cream but thought it was a little pricey at £22 for 150ml!

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  • Natalie

    These sound great! I’ve been looking for self tan that’s available in the UK and not extortionate in price! Will definitely have to try both of these 🙂

    • Hello Natalie, yes I highly recommend the Laidbare Tantastic especially – good value for money at under £6! Tan Organic and others are so expensive, I really don’t think you necessarily get a better product just because you pay more 🙂 I hope you try these! Let me know if you do 🙂

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