The Best Cruelty-Free Fake Tans

Just go through my Instagram and it’s pretty clear to see how much I love a good fake tan. There’s no denying it. Through the winter months my skin colour usually resembles a nice shade of fluorescent beige, but as it heats up and I can’t hide my legs under jeans anymore i’m known to ditch that colour in only a matter of minutes thanks to a good lashing of fake tan.

Although fake tan provides a good coating of colour to your skin, it doesn’t provide any sun protection so it’s always important to protect your skin from the scorching Aussie sun. Whilst a small dose of Vitamin D every day is great, baking yourself until you look like you’ve rolled in dirt is not cool or safe. And with fake tan being so accessible these days, you shouldn’t want to be frying your skin and putting yourself at risk of melanomas, pigmentation, sun damage and everything else that comes with too much sun exposure.

Fake tan is so easily accessible these days and is a great alternative to cooking your skin if you’re after that sun kissed glow. Gone are the days when there was only a few products on the market to choose from. With the banning of solariums, we’ve seen an influx of brands releasing fake tan products and you can always find one that suits and compliments your skin tone. Personally, i’ve had a few mishaps when i’ve gone to bed thinking i’ll wake up with a gorgeous bronzed glow in eight hours time, only to find myself looking more like an Oompa-Loompa when morning comes. Top that off by smelling like a burnt biscuit and I’m kicking zero goals in life. #disaster. However, i’ve learnt from my mistakes and now I only turn to a few brands that I know will deliver a great result every time.

So which fake tan do you choose? There are so many different products on the market and sometimes it can be a bit overwhelming trying to decide which one to go for. I am pretty certain i’ve tried nearly all of the cruelty-free tans – no joke – and over the years I’ve managed to really narrow down my favourites. I chop and change between these seven products (I couldn’t narrow it down any further – sorry!) and of course, all are cruelty-free and vegan.

There is one product on the list for everyone. Give them a try and let me know how you go. Happy tanning!

NB: As always with fake tanning, make sure you shave and exfoliate well before applying the product and avoid using oil-based body washes in the shower. Also be sure to moisturise regularly to ensure your skin doesn’t become dry and the tan slough away with it.

Tuscan Tan Full Self Tan Gel

A fantastic product that gives a beautiful colour and wears off evenly. I apply mine using a tanning mit and it’s virtually foolproof. It is a medium to dark finish, so beginners maybe try another product first.

If you’re wanting a professional spray tan, keep an eye out for a boutique using Tuscan Tan. Guaranteed great results, unless the spray tanner is a spud.

RRP $45.00. Available from Tuscan Tan.


Jane Iredale – Tantasia Self Tanner & Bronzer

I’m a big fan of the Jane Iredale brand. I use quite a few of their makeup products and don’t shy away from their tan either. The Tantasia Self Tanner is really easy to apply and looks great even after an hour. It has a bronzer in the solution so you can see where you’re applying it and I usually leave mine on overnight and wake to find a beautiful bronzed skin colour. I often pretend i’ve woken up in my villa in The Maldives (reality: woken up surrounded by four dogs, with a bum on my head and choking on a hairball). 

On the pricier side, but worth the money.

RRP $56.00. Available from Adore Beauty.

Jane Iredale Tantasia

Eco Tan – Invisible Tan

The Holy Grail of ‘clean’ tanning. Formulated without synthetic ingredients, fragrances and GMO’s, Eco Tan use cacao to create the colour in the tan, avoiding the green or orange tones often found in most other tanning products. Eco Tan is best suited for medium to olive skin tones and is made using only natural and organic ingredients. Apply it before bed and rinse off in the morning to reveal a really natural colour without any bad odours.

Unfortunately this product requires a little bit more maintenance as it needs to be reapplied a couple of times a week. However, if you can commit to that, it offers a great ongoing tan.

RRP $34.95. Available from Eco Tan.

Eco Tan Invisible Tan

Loving Tan Deluxe Bronzing Mousse

You may have seen Loving Tan popping up all over social media but unfortunately the bodies seen sporting the tan don’t come with the product when you purchase it (I tried to order both – the tan and the body).

I was sceptical when I first read about this product as the reviews were very mixed. Some people loved it, others absolutely hated it. But, as always, I wanted to make my own opinion on it, so I went and purchased a bottle on a cold, (pale), lonely night and went about lathering myself in the hope i’d wake in the morning looking like i’d done a six month stint in Alice Springs.

I did.

The colour Loving Tan offers is a stunning dark chocolate brown. It applies easily (use a tanning mit) and feels extra nourishing and moisturising on my skin. The Deluxe Bronzing Mousse is offered in three shades – medium, dark and ultra-dark – so there is a colour for everyone. 

Well worth a try for beginners and experienced tanners. Paraben-free.

RRP $34.95. Available from Loving Tan.

Bondi Sands Self Tanning Foam Dark

Bondi Sands is an Australian made product owned by two lovely Melbourne lads. It provides a beautiful deep bronze and blends very easily, going on dark so you can see where you’ve applied the product.

You only need one coat to create a beautiful, dark tan and it dries quickly. Don’t be scared by how dark it goes on – the bronzer washes away in the shower to reveal a gorgeous glowing tan. I find it isn’t as long-lasting as other tans, but that’s a good compromise to make considering the colour and price and it’s always good to support homegrown business.

For girls on a budget, this one is worth every little penny.

RRP $19.99. Available at Priceline.
bondi Sands

Lavera Organic Fake Tan Lotion

This award-winning certified natural tanner offers a medium colour and a streak-free application. It is a great choice for drier skins as it is loaded with a tonne of nourishing ingredients such as macadamia and jojoba oil. It is also formulated without mineral oil, synthetic fragrance, synthetic colour, parabens and petrolatum.

I usually apply two coats of this bad boy to ensure i’m getting a darker colour. It’s well worth it and it smells fantastic.

RRP $38.45. Available from Nourished Life.

Vani-T Brazillian Bronze

I thought I would leave it until the last product to tell you this….

But I’m guilty. Of having a spray tan machine at home.

I told you I was a tanning addict.

When I can actually be bothered whipping the spray tanning beast out, I usually turn to the Vani-T solution to ensure I get a really good result. It still looks amazing over a week after application and it fades evenly and consistently. The colour is fantastic and I always receive compliments when I’m coated in a layer of Vani-T. Again, Vani-T is Australian owned and they have amazing products for those who aren’t as addicted to tan as I am and prefer to apply it by hand. I often travel with the mousse.

RRP $39.95. Available from Vani-T.
Brazilian Bronze Web


  • Carla says:

    Bondi Sands is one of my fave self tanners. I have recently gone CF and have this product from before I did so I was just wondering if you had contacted the company directly to enquire on their CF status or if you had just gone by their statement on their website in the FAQs? Thanks! 🙂

    • Anna says:

      Hi Carla,

      Congrats on going CF! What a compassionate soul you must be.

      I actually know the owners of Bondi Sands – they’re two Melbourne boys. The products are definitely 100% cruelty free.

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