Get That Summer Glow With These Vegan Self-Tanners


Jun. 12 2023, Published 2:54 p.m. ET

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Getting summer skin doesn't mean hours in UV rays, since there are lots of vegan self-tanners available.

Many of us love the idea of having a bronzed glow, whether during the summer months or even year-round. But since a natural tan means harmful UV rays on your skin, so fortunately there are vegan self-tanners to give you that glow without any harm to the animal world. Check out these vegan self-tanner brands, all of which are also cruelty-free!

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Get a natural-looking glow with a variety of self-tanning lotions, mousses, sprays, and more. Many of these vegan and CF brands are also paraben-free and gluten-free, and some are finding sustainable packaging alternatives.

Toma's Total Tan

Committed vegans can try Toma's Total Tan for its three different forms of vegan self-tanner. The Liquid Self-Tanning Spray, Self-Tanning Lotion, and Self-Tanning Mousse are all vegan and are not tested on animals.

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Eco Tan

At Eco Tan, you can use vegan self-tanning products that are all organic. The Eco Tan vegan self-tanners are also cruelty-free. There are plenty of options, so you can pick the method of self-tanner application that works best for you. Eco Tan has self-tanning water, mousse, moisturizing cream, and a professional spray tanning product.

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Another benefit of Eco Tan is a more sustainable packaging philosophy. Eco Tan uses glass packaging for some items, and others are made of sugar cane plastic or post-consumer recycled materials. The company is also aiming for paperless and plastic-free operations.

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Tan Organic

Another vegan and cruelty-free brand for self-tanner is Tan Organic. Your Tan Organic vegan self-tanners are vegan, cruelty-free, and made with certified organic ingredients. The company also commits to one pound of plastic removal from the ocean with each item sold.

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Pink Lily

Pink Lily's self-tanning products are developed with no animal testing and are vegan. The company also is Leaping Bunny approved for a cruelty-free and UV-free tan. Pink Lily has tinted body lotions, sunless tanning foam, "Glow Drops," and a tanning body lotion.

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Sun Bum Browning Lotion

Sun Bum's Browning Lotion isn't completely sun-free — you apply it after sunscreen and it helps you to get a tan while still wearing some sun protection. The Browning Lotion contains aloe vera, Kona Coffee extract, and organic coconut oil. Sun Bum's products are vegan, cruelty-free, paraben free, sulfate free, gluten-free, and Hawaii Reef Compliant.

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Botanic Tree

Botanic Tree says its self tanner, Faux Glow Sunless Tanning Lotion, is made from 100 percent organic ingredients. Plus, it's vegan, cruelty-free, and paraben-free.

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Looking for another self-tanning brand that's both vegan and cruelty-free? Check out Tanologist Self Tan Mousse. The mousse is in a water-to-foam formula, and the company says it dries quickly without a mess. It's also dermatologically tested and approved, without irritating ingredients. Tanologist also carries vegan, CF self tan drops and self tan water to give your skin a sun-kissed glow.

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Coco & Eve

Coco & Eve's Sunny Honey Bali Bronzing Foam is a vegan self-tanner that also checks a lot of other sustainability boxes. Not only is it vegan and cruelty-free, but it's also free of parabens, gluten, silicones, and toxins. It uses 100 percent natural DHA and is PETA approved and ethically sourced.

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Coco & Eve has an average rating for 4.8 out of 5 stars, from nearly 4,000 customer reviews. Packaging is 100 percent recyclable (though it says only the travel size caps may be "hard to recycle." The brand tries to minimize plastic use by shipping in paper, and its cardboard and paper packaging are sourced from sustainably managed forests.

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