Summer is juuuust around the corner!

If you’re like me, you:

  • Don’t quite have your tan built up yet.
  • Don’t want to kill your skin and get wrinkles from baking for hours in the sun.
  • Don’t want to go develop skin cancer at a tanning booth.
  • Don’t want to slather on loads of chemicals in hopes of only being slightly orange.

…So what is a girl to do!?

This Part 2 of the DIY Natural Beauty Series.

Part 1: DIY Cellulite Remedy

Part 2: DIY All Natural Self Tanning Lotion

Part 3: DIY Natural Stretch Mark Remedy

Part 4: DIY Blackhead Remedy For Sensitive Skin

Part 5: DIY Dark Eye Circles Remedy

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The Chemicals You’ve Avoidingself tanning lotion

EXAMPLE: TANtalizer Deep Body Bronzing Luminizer, $33 Ulta Beauty

Ingredients: Water, Butylene Glycol, Isohexadecane, Glycerin, Tribehenin PEG-20 Esters, Tricaprylin, Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Isopropyl Isostearate, Octyldodecanol, Vanillin, Sodium PCA, C20-22 Alkyl Phosphate, C20-22 Alcohol, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, Polyacrylate-13, Polyisobutene, Polysorbate 20, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Symphytum Officinale (Comfrey) Leaf Extract, Boron Nitride, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Potassium Sorbate, Hexylene Glycol, Fragrance. May Contain: Mica (CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77492), Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Iron Oxides (CI 77499), Carmine (CI 75470).

That’s a whole lot of ingredients that you can’t even pronounce.


Compared to…

~*Blissful Bohemian DIY Natural Self Tanning Lotion*~

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Ingredients: Harsh Chemical-free Lotion, Cocoa Powder.

Just 2.

My lotion is from a local farmer’s market, by a company called Simply Mazzaras, and it is FULL of only amazing stuff!

Ingredients: Grapeseed Oil, Avocado Oil, Olive Oil, Hemp Seed Oil, Coconut Oil, Jojoba Oil, Glycerin, Emollient, Vitamin E, Jasmine Essential Oil (for scent), Aloe, and Shea Butter.

And yes I know my container has snowflakes (winter) on it. Contrast, people!

Need Either Ingredient?

  • In case you don’t have a lotion that’s not full of nasty, harmful chemicals? A favorite brand of mine is Alitura, an all-natural, organic skin care line.

Here is the ingredients list for the Alitura body lotion: Organic Olive Oil, Purified Water, Organic Beeswax, Organic Brazilian Acai Butter, Organic Green Coffee Oil, Wildcrafted Andiroba Oil, Organic Rosehips Oil, Essential Oils  (Organic Australian Sandalwood, Wildcrafted Madagascar Vanilla, Organic Neroli, Organic Ylang Ylang, Organic Lemongrass).

See a huge difference? You actually know what the ingredients are in Alitura’s product!

Find beauty products minus all the nasty chemicals through the banner below

  • In case you don’t have cocoa powder or want a less refined version of cocoa here is a link to Healthworks Cacao Powder Raw Organic. This is the brand that I use in all of my protein brownies and when I want to make my oatmeal chocolate-y. Cocoa and Cacao come from the same bean, but cacao is less refined.

The Recipe

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Well, it’s more of a ratio. Mix these two together SUPER well:

  1. 2 tbsp lotion
    1. Make sure it’s not super thick, or the tanning lotion will come out streaky on your skin.
  2. 1 tbsp cocoa/cacao powder

You should get something this color with a 2:1 lotion to powder ratio (see below). It took me about 4 batches with different ratios to find what worked best to produce a natural colored tan that wasn’t too drastic all at once. Please keep in mind that I am rather olive-skinned, and so you may need to increase or decrease how much cocoa/cacao powder you use by increments of 0.25 tbsp.

I’m sure you’re just teeming with questions about this concoction

  • Yes, it smells like chocolate (yum) and you may be tempted to eat it… please don’t haha.
  • No, it isn’t sticky (no sugar).
  • You can keep it outside of the fridge and it will stay fresh, just be sure to stir it up before using.

Please comment below with any remaining questions, I’d be happy to answer!

The Application

When it first goes on, it will look rather dark (see image to the right). Just keep rubbing until the lotion absorbs into your skin.

Do not wash it off for at least 1 hour, so that the cocoa/cacao powder has enough time to stain your skin. Though, you will not feel the need to wash it off, as this does not feel as uncomfortable as some chemical-laden self tanning lotions do. But again, you will smell like  a giant chocolate bar.

Apply to any part of the body that you want to make tanner! I suggest applying 3x a week after you’ve exfoliated in the shower, until desired tan is achieved, and then 1x a week.

Another cool thing that you can do with this concoction is use it for body contouring. By applying it in the right areas, you can create an appearance of a slimmer face and body. Wicked!  Click here to read HOW.

The Resultsself tanning natural lotion

See the line? This was 5 minutes after application (see image to the right). You can already see the difference in skin tone.

You will be able to notice upon application the difference in skin tone, but be sure to leave it on long enough to actually tan your skin.

Use sparingly and be careful when applying around joints (knees, ankles, elbows) to avoid over-darkening the area.


That’s it for Part 2 of the DIY Beauty Series. Stay tuned for Part 3 or check out Part 1 here.

Comment below your summer plans!

I’m headed to Stockholm, Sweden for the Midsummer Festival.

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