Springtime Self Tanner

I’m probably about as pasty as they come- you know you’ve got serious pale girl problems when the lightest shade of foundation is too dark, okay? I’m not even an “ivory”, I’m more a “corpse white” but, sadly, vampires don’t have a make up line so I’m left to literally mix white Halloween make up with a foundation so my face matches the rest of my body when I go out. I do, however, tan a fantastic shade of brown and was lucky enough to pass this on to each of my seasonally pasty children.


Not a bad colour for someone who’s normally as white as a ghost.

This is hard work, however, and I’m a mother of four now- if I had time to tan, I would use it to catch up on the Mountains of Madness aka my light and dark laundry pile. I’ll either walk around looking gaunt or I’ve got to go with a self tanner. I would much rather use a sunless tanning method, as I’m not capable of investing hours in the sun to tan naturally and I don’t want to use tanning beds, but I don’t like slathering my entire body in a chemical soup in order to not look like my brand of sunblock is called roof.
Luckily, I was sent a bottle of Thermalabs organic self tanner free for review and discovered that not all sunless tanning products on the market are made up of complete garbage. I will note, however, that “parfum” is included on the label and that is the last thing that I want to see included when I’m buying something for the organic attributes. I would rather it had no scent, or even a somewhat unpleasant one, than include synthetic ones and I was disappointed to see that.
I’ve used a few different sunless tanning options and I’ve ended up every colour from orange to Obama- I can honestly say that Thermalabs was one of the best self tanners and I’ve taken a billion photos to try to get a decent shot. I can’t really capture the bronzed brown of my hand now but, just note, this colour is more brown in person than gold or orange;

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Clearly, there’s a massive difference and I intentionally did only the top of one of my hands because this was the easiest way to show a before and after for you. That was two thin coats and, looking back, one would have sufficed but I worried that I had washed some of it off so I applied a second. I’m going to have to do my whole body now, which the bottle will cover without issue, and I’m going to be darker than I have in years. We’ll have to see how this goes.

All in all, Thermalabs provides a product that contains more natural ingredients than any other on the market, it’s safe for all skin types and the application was not streaky or difficult in any way. If you’re someone who invests in these types of products on a regular basis, I would definitely recommend checking this one out. I like the shimmer of the brown, as it looks more sun-kissed than Kardashian-kissed and doesn’t go overboard with bronzers. The tanner dries fairly quickly, smells less offensive than any other tanner that I have used in the past, and they sell it with a money back guarantee. I have no complaints, with the exception of the “parfum” addition, and I will leave you with these words of advice; If you can’t tone it, tan it.


  1. Ashley says:

    I’m a vampire shade, too! Which is crazy considering my whole family is more olive and tans immediately. I luckily have an awesome airbrush tanner nearby that uses organic product 🙂 So glad you found something that helps get that glow you’re looking for!

  2. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says:

    Holy cow, it really works!! I could totally use this for the winter time when I am as white a ghost. Come June, I will be at the beach all summer, though 🙂

  3. Amanda says:

    Holy cow, that is some strong stuff! I tend to use self tanner before I go on Spring Break, but now that I have two little guys to chase around, I never get around to it. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Myrabev says:

    Boo is also pale as they come and I am african american. When he gets a tan which he loves it’s awesome but I love him regardless and though this tan has a chemical in it it does look like it does a decent job

  5. debra p says:

    I can see why you would want to use this. My family tans pretty easily so I use a good sunscreen and let it develop naturally over the summer. I am glad you found a good product and can see how it would help!

  6. Courtney says:

    Hehehe I’m all about getting spray tans at the salon but I have never really found one I can use at home! I either get orange hands or the tanner is just too weak to show real color :-/ I have friends that totally look amazing in at home tanners! Wish I was one of the lucky ones… This one looks great though… Glad you found one!!

    • Alysia from My Domestic Dish says:

      It’s an INSANE tan, I know that lol… but it looks as though I’ve spent the last six months in Cuba or something, not at an Oompa Loompa camp. I was actually pretty impressed, although the two coats was rather drastic for my taste.

  7. Jennifer Andrews says:

    I have never self tanned but reading this gave me more insight on it. I think I would try this first as I can clearly it works and is not blotchy.

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