Create An At Home Self Tanner Using Products In Your Kitchen

Create An At Home Self Tanner Using Products In Your KitchenHaving a beautiful self tan for the summer time is something we all crave.

And guess what…


But, some of you still haven’t seen the sun.  Either because of where you live, or because your schedule has made it impossible to soak up even an ounce of sunlight.

Purchasing a self tanning product is the easy solution, but some of us don’t have the extra cash to spend $40 on bronze in a bottle…or would rather spend the $40 on Tequila for Margarita Mix.

But, does that mean people who don;t have extra money can’t be tan?

Of course not!! Here are 3 concoctions for an at home self tanner using everyday products you have in the kitchen.

Before we get to the process, let me just say that this is very messy and definitely not the preferred way to self tan!  But, if you have absolutely zero money for a proper self tanner, it can work.

Beware:  Since applying these products can be messy, we advise you do it outside.  However, we do not advise you do it outside while naked.

But, hey, they’re your neighbors :)  Now on to the formulas…

1) Cocoa Powder:


  • ¼ cup of cocoa powder (like Hershey’s baking cocoa)
  • ¼ cup of your favorite white lotion.

Mix the lotion and cocoa powder together until very smooth and creamy.  Spread an even layer of the concoction on your skin.

Or, you can apply with a sponge or makeup wedge.  Remember that this is NOT waterproof; your tan will last until your next shower.

2) Tea:


  • ¾ cup of boiling water
  • 3 tea bags
  • ¼ cup lanolin
  • ¼ cup sesame oil
  • Blender

Pour the boiling water of the tea bags.  Allow the tea to steep for 5 to 10 minutes.

Remove the teabags and put ¼ cup of the tea into a blender.  Add lanolin and sesame oil.  Blend all of the ingredients on slow speed – making sure to slowly add the rest of the tea.  Sparingly apply this homemade remedy for self tanning to your skin.  It will last until your next shower or until your skin come in contact with water.

Or, put this self tanner in a spray bottle and turn it into a self tanning spray.

Or, use gauze, soak the gauze in the tea and wet each leg.  Let it set for a few minutes and when it’s almost dry lightly rub it in with your hand to makes sure it’s spread evenly.  Allow it to dry for about 5 minutes, and then repeat the process.  Keep in mind that once rinsed or washed it will probably lighten, repeat the process 10 times.

3) Coffee:


  • 1 cup used coffee grounds (warm)
  • 2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil

Mix coffee grounds and olive oil.  Apply the remedy to your legs, arms, face, and wherever you’d like color.  Leave on for 15 minutes before washing off.

Or, fill a bath with warm water.  Add coffee grounds.  Stir the bath.  Soak in the water.  The longer you soak, the darker your skin will become.

Or, rub coffee grounds gently and evenly on your facial skin.  Avoid rubbing into your eyes, nose and ears.  Let sit 30 minutes.  Rinse completely and dry as normal.

In conclusion, just because you’re light on cash, doesn’t mean you can’t be tan.

Keep in mind that most of these remedies and products for creating an at home self tanner are NOT waterproof and will disappear after your first shower.  But if you need a same day tan and you’re on a budget, these remedies could be your saving grace.

Have you tried an at home self tanner before and seen results?  Do you have any other at home remedies that have worked for you?  Share your thoughts with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus.

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Emily Andrews is the Editor-In-Chief of As you can imagine, Emily loves anything and everything having to do with self tanning! She's also a big fan of shopping (duh), tiny Yorkies and football.