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Tanceuticals CC Self Tanning Body Lotion Review

This new “natural tan” promises to revolutionize self-tanning and deliver a hydrated, sun-kissed glow unlike any other formula. With essences of Acai berry and Argan oil, it vows to moisturize as it tans. But do these lavish claims of hydration and nourishment match reality? We put this tan to the test to determine if it’s as refreshing and invigorating as advertised, or if shades of disappointment are the only hue it really provides. Ready or not, the truth is about to tan.


  • Natural, subtle tan tone
  • Ultra-hydrating, moisturizing, and soothing formula
  • Gorgeous tropical fragrance
  • Easy, mess-free, foolproof application
  • Lasts up to 7 days
  • Versatile and flattering on multiple skin tones
  • Hypoallergenic, vegan, cruelty-free, and designed for sensitive skin


  • May not build to as dark a tan as expected
  • May fade faster in very humid or hot weather
  • Does not contain self-tanning bronzers
  • Lacks glitter or shimmer
  • Higher price point

Manufacturer Claims:

  • Tanceuticals cc self tanners are highly rated and trusted by over 325,000 users globally
  • Provides a natural-looking, streak-free tan without an “orange” color
  • Features a fresh coconut scent and contains organic, healthy cosmeceuticals like Acai Berry, Argan Oil, and Vitamin E
  • Easy to use and dries quickly without leaving a sticky feeling Lasts about 6-7 days on average, longer than most other self tanners
  • Does not stain clothes, furniture, towels, or bedsheets
  • Suitable for both women and men and used by celebrities
  • Recommended by leading medical associations over sun exposure and tanning beds
  • Certified cruelty-free by PETA and does not contain harmful ingredients like Parabens, Mineral Oil, or Phthalates

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What We Think:

Tanceuticals CC Self Tanning Body Lotion handles application remarkably well for how hydrating it is, with minimal mess or streaks, but due to the focus on hydration, self-tanning bronzers are not included to help intensify and prolong the tan. Multiple applications may be needed for darker, longer-lasting color. Touch-ups on hands, feet and high-traffic areas may also be required in humid conditions, as the tan could fade faster than the claimed 7 days. No color guide is included, so determining how dark your tan may become can be difficult to discern without testing the product first—especially important for a more subtle shade.

With gorgeous tropical fragrance that is uplifting, nourishing cosmeceutical ingredients and versatility across skin tones, the lotion scores highly on sensory experience, formulation and effectiveness. However, at a higher price point, some may question if the level of hydration and color payoff are justified relative to other options. For the quality, hydration and subtle bronzed glow though, interest and recommendations in the tanning lotion seem favorable overall based on reviews.

Tanceuticals CC Self Tanning Body Lotion effectively hydrates the skin and leaves it feeling soft and pampered, like a luxurious moisturizer was applied. It delivers a tan tone that looks sun-kissed and realistic, with no obvious signs of tanner and no disturbing undertones. For those wanting a barely-there, washed-out tan look, this could be a great choice. However, some may find the tan does not quite build to as deep a bronze as advertised or expected from a “dark bronze” shade, especially for more pigmented skin tones. Additional, deeper shades in the range could provide more options and darker results for those wanting more coverage.

There you have it, for a natural, hydrating tan without harsh tanning bronzers, this lotion could be an excellent choice. But be aware of the lighter color results, need for potential touch-ups, and higher cost. With realistic expectations on outcomes though, the tanning lotion aims to deliver a sun-kissed tan with added hydration, softness and luxurious feel.


Tanceuticals CC Self Tanning Body Lotion contains a blend of hydrating ingredients including water, glycerin, hyaluronic acid, and dimethicone to intensely moisturize the skin and provide lasting hydration. Plant-based oils like jojoba, sweet almond, macadamia, argan, and pomegranate extract offer antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits while adding softness. Botanical ingredients such as aloe vera juice, acai berry and grape seed extract further soothe the skin and boost hydration.

While this tanning lotion contains many hydrating and nourishing ingredients, potential irritation exists from synthetic fragrances, certain plant-based oils, emulsifiers, preservatives and polymers, especially for those with sensitive skin or known sensitivities, so it’s always a good idea to do a patch test before using a new product and to consult with a medical professional if you have any concerns.

Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Jojoba Esters, Aloe Barbensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Dimethicone, Polysorbate 80, Acacia Decurrens Flower Wax, Oleyl Erucate, Fragrance, Dihydroxyacetone, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Argania Spinosa Kernel (Argan) Oil, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract, Euterpe Oleracea (Acai Berry) Fruit Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Wax, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Polyglycerin-3, Isohexadecane, Polysorbate 60, Glycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Phenyl Trimethicone, Ethyl Lauroyl Arginate HCI, Methylisothiazolinone, Squalane, Tapioca Starch, Caramel*

*For informational purposes only. We cannot guarantee that it is up-to-date or free of errors. For an accurate list of ingredients, please refer to the product’s original packaging.