The manufacturers of lots of tanning lotions in the market purport that their products are organic while they are not. Unfortunately, many people fall for these ploys thanks to the “green themes” portrayed on these products packaging materials. Indeed, the simple reason that a tanning lotion has such packaging and a steep price tag will dupe many people into believing that it is organic, much to their chagrin several applications later when the truth finally dawns on them. As a hawkeyed modern day shopper, what attributes of an organic tanning lotion should assure you of its authenticity?
The first pointer to look for has to do with the lotion’s ingredients. A genuine organic productwill have none of these: artificial perfumes, colorants, petrochemicals, phthalates, parabens, lanolin, methylisothiazolinone, ethanol and ethyl alcohol. Its packaging should bear stamps from recognizable authorities assuring you that the product is 100% certified and that it contains a certain percentage volume of organic ingredients whose names you’ll find listed on the packaging. Its suitability for use by vegetarians and vegans will also be indicated.
What therefore are some of the ingredients that you’ll find in a genuine organic tanning lotion? Among others, these are some of the most common names you’ll encounter as you study the product’s packaging: aqua, palm oil, olive oil, rosehip seed oil, sunflower seed oil, sandalwood oil, olive leaf extract, rose geranium oil, aloe vera leaf juice powder, vetivert root oil, and cetearyl alcohol. It is most likely that the scientific name equivalents of these plant extracts will be provided and so you’ll find, for example, Helianthus Annuus seed oil (sunflower) and Rosa Moschata seed oil (rosehip). The percentage volume of these organic ingredients will be indicated and is likely going to be a little below 90%. The other constituent ingredients should also be listed and will likely include potassium sorbate, citral, citronellol, and so on.
Upon purchasing an organic tanning lotion, the smell on your skin after having applied it should also help you to confirm its authenticity. Ideally, you should be able to detect a sweet light scent courtesy of the various aromatic ingredients used to make the lotion including sandalwood, vetivert and rose geranium. This scent will be distinctly different from that produced by many non-organic lotions and which is described as being similar to the smell of burnt biscuits.
To get the best results with the use of an organic tanning lotion you should first do some thorough exfoliating on your skin. Lotion application is best done in circular motions and must be done particularly well for the elbows, knees and ankles. It is imperative to meticulously wash your hands after lotion application. The tanning effect you desire should be observable after 3-4 hours.
What should you look for in an organic tanning lotion?