Thursday, March 8, 2012

Sun Labs Self Tanning Lotion in Very Dark Review

Hey Guys!
I've been using Sun Labs for a couple years now and can honestly say it is one of the best self tanners I have used. I even trusted Sun Labs for my wedding as I knew it would give an even, natural looking tan. I have used their mousse, spray, and lotion, but will be talking about their lotion for the purpose of this review. 

For reference, my natural skintone is an NC25, but probably closer to an NC20 at the moment as my skin hasn't seen sun in quite a while. I actually prefer self-tanning over laying out in the sun for several reasons: 1) Health benefits - avoid skin cancer, premature aging (i.e, wrinkles), 2) No freckling - I can handle a few freckles here and there, like the ones I get on the bridge of my nose and cheeks, but if I get too much sun, my arms, face, etc gets extremely freckly and I don't particularly care for that, 3) Golden Colour - naturally I tan very red, and I wish I could tan more olive so I enjoy the colouring I get more from self tanning. The first picture I took yesterday, absolutely NO self tanning, as I wanted to show how self tanning can alter your skintone. The second picture is how EXTREME you can build your self tan. In this photo I am NC40 for reference. I wanted to show the darkest I have ever been with self tanning. I typically get this dark with two applications of Sun Labs Very Dark, back to back application days. I don't use the tanning lotion on my face, but instead opt for the mousse or spray variety. On the packaging, it does say you can use this on your face, but I just have an aversion to self tanning lotion on my face as I find it would be too thick. I don't buy self tanner strictly made for faces either, as I don't have overly sensitive skin and have never had problems with using either the mousse or the spray applied directly to my face. I like using a mousse/spray as it is lighter and easy to blend into my skin. I don't have to "rub" my face so much to get an even tan. The third picture I am NC30 for reference. I opted for a less dramatic tan, more of a glow as I wanted my skin to pop against my white wedding dress.


About the Product

"Gisese'e has searched the entire world for this wondrous blend of natural ingredients to create the richest looking tan in the most luxurious way without the sun. These totally natural ingredients serve to moisturize, hydrate and protect the body without clogging pores or irritating sensitive skin."
Ingredients: Water, Dihydroxyacetone, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Clyceryl Stearate, Peg-100 Stearate, Dimethicone, Cetyl Alcohol, Sorbitan Stearate, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-20, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Hydroxy-Ethylcellulose, Tetra-Sodium Edta, Sodium Metabisulfite, BHT, Citric Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexyglycerin, Fragrance, Yellow6, Red40, Blue1. 

As for the product itself, I like the lotion versus a mousse/spray because I find my tan lasts longer. Lotion takes a bit more work to apply, but the results are worth it. For my wedding day, I applied one coat of Sun Labs Self Tanning Lotion at night, woke up and washed the colour guide off, then moisturized. I had a beautiful, natural looking tan. Two VERY important steps when using self tanner are exfoliation prior and moisturizing after. If you are interested in the steps I take to achieve the perfect self tan, click here. When using the lotion, I like to wear latex gloves so that the product does not get on my hands. Hands are probably one of the hardest things to self tan because if you have ANY dry areas, or apply too much, it will look fake. I save my hands for last, apply moisturizer to them and then add a little moisturizer to the self tanning lotion to thin it out, then proceed to wipe it on the tops of my hands. Then I take a makeup removing towelette and wipe the palms of my hands so that I don't have very obvious "self tanner" hands. The lotion itself is a very dark brown, but don't be scared. The product provides a colour guide so that you can see where you have and haven't applied your self tanner. Make sure you allow adequate time for your tan to develop. I like to apply this at night before I go to bed and wear some old PJS so that it doesn't stain my sheets. When I wake up, I wash off the colour guide, moisturize and I am left with the perfect self-tan. 

I like Sun Labs because they are cruelty free and paraben free. Self tanner IS NOT a sunscreen, so make sure you still use an SPF when outside. 

The product retails for $29.99 on I like to get Sun Labs from Folica because they are Canadian friendly and don't charge outrageous boarder fees like ordering off of the Sun Labs website. Also, if you wanted to order this from Amazon, they don't ship to Canada (I find most self tanning products won't ship to Canada if ordered from Amazon). As for Ebay, I wouldn't recommend ordering off of them, even if you find a good deal because they could be old/expired. If you are interested in ordering Sun Labs and are a Canadian resident, Folica is one of your best bets and you are assured authentic, quality Sun Labs products.

Disclaimer: This product was sent to me for consideration by As always, these are my honest opinions.


  1. Ohhh thank you so much for telling us where to buy this!! I was searching everywhere!

    And your tan look so natural!

  2. I LOVE this self tanner. I started using it a few months ago. Before then I had been using tanning beds, after using this lotion all over I find that I get a way better tan then I do with tanning beds. It is a shame that Amazon does not ship to Canada because I have ordered it from there for as little as $15. :/

  3. Folica's shipping to Canada is rediculous though!

  4. I am always looking for a great self tanner bc I'm a mom of 3 who has zero time to tan (in the sun or go to a tanning bed!) so I will definitely check this one out. Right now, my fave is St. Tropez bc it has zero tanner smell- which is key for me!

  5. I've never tanned, it's not really my thing, but I've seen this brand at Winners as well! So that's always an option if you don't like ordering online.

  6. This is one of my favorite self tanners. I love that it doesn't smell bad and also no matter how sloppy I apply the tanner it does not streak and provides beautiful color. I have also tried the face one from Sun Labs and it's alright, but the color isn't as nice when it comes out.

  7. I seriously need to do some self tanning. My sister gave me a Mary Kay bottle for Christmas, she really likes it. I still don't know if I'd be able to apply it evenly! haha

  8. I am so excited to hear about Folica. I stopped using Sun Labs because my local Ulta is always low on bottles and it's expensive. You're so right though, lotions always last way longer then the mousses. Seriously can't wait to place my order :)

  9. looks so natural! i love self-tanner and have been meaning to try this. going to buy it when my xen tan runs out!

  10. The fact that you wore this on your wedding day makes me want to purchase it even more than I did before. I was in between purchasing Sun Labs or St. Tropez last year and now regret going with St. Tropez. It's very temperamental when applying it. Have you tried St. Tropez at all?

  11. It is the number one best fake tan on the market. I'm a sales rep at Sun Laboratories and can offer you special discounts when you by multiple products. Also we have great discounts for salons and other retailers than would like to add our product to their current inventory.
    My name is Joseph and if you would like to join so many others with the beautiful bronze tan that is the safest tanning method around then call me directly at the main office here in Chatsworth,CA. (800) 333-6003 ext. 134
    If you have a bottle you can find the phone number on the back at the bottom just ask for Joseph

  12. Hi just wanted to let you know that sells SUN Labs and will ship across Canada for 7.95$!! I've bought for them many times, they're service is great and fast!!

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