Saturday, June 23, 2012

Best Home Made Self Tanner

I guess it's officially summer time. All the fashion magazines, web sites and blogs are literally littered with reviews for (expensive!) selftanners.

Feel like spending $129 @ Dior for a tan?
For years now, I've been making my own self tanner. My fashion conscious grand mother Hillevi passed on a recipe from her youth. Let me tell you - sometimes all that new lab technology has no chance in the world of beating good old home made stuff.

Here's what you need for approximately a gallon of home made carrot/sugar self tanner.


3/4 gallon of water
1 lb of fresh carrots (with peels on)
2 cups of brown sugar

My own addition to the original recipe: 8 drops of vitamin E extract and 1/2 a cup of aloe vera gel.

1. Rinse the carrots and cut them into thin slices
2. Boil the water in a large saucepan, mix in the sugar and the sliced carrots
3. Let the carrot/sugar/water mix simmer for approx. 3 hours

Delicious home made self tanner.
4. Allow your self tanner mix to cool down and then pour it through a strainer
5. At this point, you can add the aloe vera and the vitamin E into your self tanner. This step is optional and was not included in my grand mother's original recipe. However, I like how aloe and vitamin E soothe the skin.
6. Pour your selftanner into a spray bottle

Any spray bottle will do.
The tannig effect is very long lasting. I usually only have to apply my self tanner once a week. Remember to exfoliate before since all self tanners have a pesky habit of making your knees and elbows extra dark if you skip this step. Applying moisturizer before is also something I recommend.

Before and After picture with my arm. I've only applied self tanner to the lower part of my arm so that you can see the difference.
Happy tanning!

You may quote my self tanner recipe for your blog etc. but remember to give credit and to link back!


  1. Thanks! Had no idea it could be this easy!

  2. Oh dear, I have heard of something similar but never found a recipe detailing the exact amounts. this is great! Cheers!

  3. Looks a bit orange to me in your before & after pic.

  4. If this really works, then that's amazing.

  5. Does it also work with beets? Carrots will make me yellow as I'm already more olive looking.

  6. how long do you leave it on for?

  7. How long does it take to see a difference?

  8. how long should I leave it on for and when do you notice the differences ?

  9. thanks for coming up with a good tanner but that looks way to orange for my tast

  10. you could probably add tea bags to this too i'm guessing. may make it less orange looking...

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  12. Maybe add a little beet? Give a little more pink color.

  13. Don't waste your time on this. It doesn't work. It makes you very sticky and even when it dries your clothes stick to you. Terrible!

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