I’m just going to start this out by fully admitting, I’m pale. Really pale. Thankfully I have some freckles which give the appearance of color, but I can’t kid anyone when I say I’m about as pale as they come.
I wish I could embrace my paleness, but it’s hard when I see pictures like this….
The truth is, my beautiful friend here isn’t all that dark, I’m just THAT PALE. Do you see how the color of my skin seems to blend in with the white towel? It’s like I’m a freakishly white chameleon. It’s hard not to think “Get some sun, Cori!”. But the problem is, I’m kind of allergic to the sun. Really. I break out in a heat rash and get headaches and it’s not fun. And of course I live in Arizona! (And yes, I DID break out in a heat rash from being in the sun the day this picture was taken and had to spend the rest of my vacay in the shade).
So anyway, I use self tanner. Here’s the problem with self tanner though. It’s not really made for pale people. It’s made for people who already have color! Not fair at all in my opinion. I’ve tried quite the number that make me look orange, or freakishly dark. Or, if they look good, they wear off all splotchy. Sometimes I turned orange AND splotchy! Double fun!
So when I received Jane Iredale‘s Tantasia, I was very excited, yet hesitant. Would this be what my skin needs this summer to not look so sickly amongst my tan companions? Or would I end up a splotchy tan-pale mess? I’m happy to report, this not only looks great, but wears great too!
The texture of this is like a light lotion, but it has a dry finish. It really is an interesting texture, I will get into the ingredients later, but there are no oils like most lotions I use. There is dimethicone, which helps it slide smoothly, but overall the lotion still feels dry.
The color out of the bottle is DARK. When I first applied this I was very scared and almost thought of washing it off! It comes out dark and pretty peachy. But once you rub it in, it really lightens up. This is the exact opposite of most self-tanners I’ve tried. I really love it because it shows me where I’ve put the self-tanner, whereas others you don’t know until hours later and then you realize what a horrible mess you’ve made! Or is that just me?
The smell of this a little citrusy, but sweet. It has grapefruit peel extract and lemon fruit extract, giving the citrus smell. The after-smell of this is pretty faint, but has a very slight metallic smell. I’m not sure what causes that, perhaps the Copper Gluconate, but I can only smell when I put my nose right up to my arm or leg and it’s gone after a few hours. It’s not a deal-breaker, but it’s something worth mentioning.
Now for the before and after picture!
I know what you’re thinking, “those are some pretty sweet slippers.” But try to focus on my tan legs ok? These aren’t the best pictures, but it’s actually hard to take a picture of your own leg from the side! Because I wanted to play it safe the first go-round of using Tantasia, I applied a thin layer. You can see though that after about 10 minutes my legs look a little tanner. Not a whole lot, but I’m not trying to look like Snookie here. And it’s a natural tan, not super dark, not orange. Just some natural color – exactly what I want!
So I was very pleased with my new tanness. I felt…..tan. It was nice. But then, I had to wait and see how it wore off. Once again, I was excited about the possibilities and nervous about the possibilities! I will say, I am VERY happy with the way this wore off. I didn’t have any splotchiness or dark spots or anything. Sometimes self-tanner sticks to certain parts of my arms, mainly near my wrist bone and then around under my wrist, on my legs it sticks to the back of my ankle. I didn’t have any of that. Everything wore off at the same time. I even wore some khaki shorts to see if it would wear away on the shorts and it didn’t! Another win.
This didn’t last very long though. I would say after 2 days (maybe 3), I was back to my original color. So this is something that you would use a couple times a week if you wanted a consistent tan.
Now for the ingredients! From Jane Iredale’s website: Water/Eau/Aqua, Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Vitex Agnus Castus Extract, Glycerin, PEGCrosspolymer, Acetyl Tyrosine, Copper Gluconate, Dihydroxyacetone, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Mica (CI 77019), Caramel, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Xanthan Gum, Tocopherol, Sodium Chloride, Raphanus Sativus (Radish) Root Extract, Iron Oxides (CI 77489).
So, this is very different than the lotions I usually review because lotions tend to be a mixture of water and oil! Or at least, the all natural ones I use are (and how all lotions should be!). This is mainly water and emollients such as dimethicone and cyclopentasiloxane. Glycerin also provides an emollient feel, but it is a humectant and helps draw water in. These give it a lotion-type texture, but a little different/drier since there are no oils in it.
I had never heard of Vitex Agnus Castus Extract before, so I googled it and it’s the extract of the Chasteberry tree. Chasteberry extract/tincture is often used for hormonal issues in women, such as pelvic pain, PMS and menopause symptoms. Very interesting to see it in here! I’m not sure what it does on skin to be honest.
Note: This does also contain hydrolyzed wheat protein. Gluten is the protein in wheat, so this very well could contain gluten. Since I am not celiac but gluten intolerant, I do not have a true gluten allergy so do fine with it topically in small amounts. However, if you are true celiac you could have a reaction to the wheat protein in this. Just wanted to point that out since the rest of my blog is gluten free!
Overall, this is a GREAT product. It’s an awesome self tanner and I love that it’s all natural too!
Disclosure: This was provided to me by Jane Iredale to try. Opinions and the choice to review are 100% my own! I’m not compensated for anything I write.