Stunning and natural looking tan for fall

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I waved summer good bye quite some time ago, but this time I let my tan stay. Here’s an idea: why not keep your self-tan routine going now that it’s dark and it probably cheers you up even more?

I think a beautiful tan goes perfectly with all the fall makeup trends, oversized knits, warm colors and chai lattes. A lightly tanned skin also looks great with dark lipstick, which can easily make you look a bit pale.

Natural glow for Fall

I’ve never gotten as much compliments on my tan as I have while using Vita Liberata’s products. People are amazed at how natural my tan looks, especially when they hear it comes in a mousse. Though I have to admit that this is the first year I’ve actually managed to maintain my tan pretty much from spring to this day. These products just make it so effortless!

Sure, exfoliating your skin and applying a mousse all over the body takes a few minutes, but at the same time you’re taking care of your body. I can’t be the only one who’s lazy when it comes to bodycare. These products make me excited about it. Fall is all about self care and having cozy evenings at home. Think of this as your bodycare, which lasts for a week and more.

The best self tan products from Vita Liberata

Vita Liberata’s products are cruelty free, 88 % natural and odorless. The color that they give looks very natural. I’ve honestly almost fooled myself. Then I exfoliate my skin and remember that I’m not actually tan -I’m pale (which is a good thing, because I’m not at all about sun damage and wrinkles). The products are easy to use, they don’t have that self-tan odor and they keep the skin soft. They are definitely the best self tanning products I’ve tried.

My favorite product is the clear mousse, which gives me the perfect tan in just one night. I’ve also liked the serum for face, the gradual tanning lotion and body blur.

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Note: Since writing this post, the brand and products have gotten a new look and some products have new names.

Vita Liberata Clear Mousse (Medium-Dark) 

The clear mousse is clear and colorless, when applied. It gives a tan in 4-8 hours, though I like to leave it overnight (and my beauty sleep can be a bit more than 8 hours). It’s applied with a mitt using big circular motions. It dries quickly, but not too quickly, so there’s enough time to blend it. I’ve tried a few mousses that dry too fast, cling on to my skin and give me an uneven tan. With this I don’t have to worry about it. It’s surprisingly easy to get an even tan, even though there’s no color in the product.

The beautiful tan lasts for about a week or week and a half. It wears off naturally – I’ve never had any problems with patchy skin or anything.

vita liberata invisi review

How I apply it & pro tip to getting self tan on your back

Remember to exfoliate your skin before applying this and don’t use any lotion under it. Always apply it on dry skin.

I always start from my ankles and go through the whole body, stopping at my arms. I apply it one area at a time. So I go like this: first shins, then my thighs, bottom, lower back, stomach and my sides, decollete, back and finally hands. I apply it to my back using a brush. I simply put the mitt on top of my brush and use that as a tool.

I apply the mousse in the evening, leave it on for the night and in the morning I take a shower. It always feels like a little miracle waking up with a beautiful tan on. My skin also feels soft and hydrated after using it. The foam does contain hydrating plant-based ingredients like aloe vera juice, shea butter and hyaluronic acid.

You can also use this on your face. If you do, just lightly swipe it on with your mitt once you’re done with everything else. Don’t add more product into the mitt – use what’s left in it! A safer bet would be the serum though, I just feel like it’s easier to use on the face.


*Vita Liberata Mousse, Medium-Dark

Vita Liberata Self Tanning Gradual Tan Lotion

The gradual tan lotion is perfect for maintaining the tan or to use by itself for a subtle color. You can go very natural or build up the color by using it many nights in a row.

It’s one of those two-in-one products, since you can replace your body lotion to this and get a nice tan as a bonus. This I would recommend for anyone who’s very pale or scared of self tanners. I also have a feeling it’s gonna be my go-to in winter.

The lotion feels very nourishing and as promised, odorless. It’s key ingredients include aloe vera, shea butter and natural silk.

*Vita Liberata  Self Tanning Gradual Tan Lotion

Vita Liberata Self Tanning Anti Age Serum

For my face, I like to use products that I can mix in with my skincare routine easily. This Anti Age serum I can mix in with my lotion, which is handy. It has a nice gel-like texture and it applies very smoothly on the skin. It contains natural rose and cucumber extracts as well as marula oil.

I also like that you can customize your tan by using less or more of the product. I usually take a few drops into my lotion, but you could also apply it all over as a serum for a deeper tan.

*Vita Liberata Self Tanning Anti Age Serum


Vita Liberata Body Blur Instant Skin Finish

This one I’ve used a few times on my Instagram stories. I love it as a quick fix for my body, when I need a bit of glow and color. It gives an instant tan, that can be washed off.

I like to apply it on my legs and decollete for a party. It’s also good for fixing up the color difference between my face and neck, if my tan has faded. I have a bit of color on my face naturally, but my neck and decollete are very pale. When I use this I can make my neck and decollete match to my face.

There are a few colors available. My shade is Latte Light.

*Vita Liberata Body Blur Latte Light

And there’s all my favorites from Vita Liberata. I’m sure you’ve heard of the brand by now and I assure you, they’re worth the hype.


I also want to wish you a happy fall! Even though it’s usually a busy time for everyone, make sure to take care of yourself and enjoy the little moments. I know I will hold onto my little relaxing tea moments on the balcony, keep my bodycare routine with these products going, I’ll have as many candle lit dinners as possible and I’ll try and get a few rainy walks in my schedule as well.



best self tanners for face and body


The best self-tanners for face and body are chosen – and are listed in this post! They are easy to use, give a natural tan, and don’t smell.

When it comes to self-tanners, you want to know what’s good. Just prior to posting this, I tried a new product (well, actually an old favorite that had a new “improved formula”) and it was a disaster. The scent was horrible, the consistency was sticky and uncomfortable, the color it gave was mediocre and I had to shower a few times before I got the smell off of me.

But hey, I’m ready to take one for the team and test the products for you. So be assured: I take the topic of the best self-tanners seriously.

The best self tanners

A good self-tanner is like an invisible friend. Effortless and trustworthy. It gives you a natural-looking color, it’s comfortable to use and it doesn’t stink. It results in a beautiful tan that fades away smoothly.

I use different self-tanners for face and for body. If you have any skin problems whatsoever, I recommend choosing a different one for your face. Also: the face self-tanners you need to apply more often, the body self-tanners last about a week on the skin.

Most of these products are all natural, so if you’re about that organic, natural skincare, here are some good picks for you.

Vita Liberata invisi best self tanner


Here are the best self-tanners for face. Below you’ll find quick reviews on them.

*Vita Liberata Fabulous Self-Tanning Mist
*balance me Gradual Tanning Drops
*Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster
*Eco By Sonya Face Tan Water
Zuii Organic Gradual Tan Face Water

These are all very very light – either toners or tanning drops. Those are the best in my opinion, because they leave room for your regular skincare products. We all have different skin types and needs, but these work for all skin types, since you just add them to your routine.

vita liberata fabulous self tanning mist review

Vita Liberata Fabulous Self-Tanning Mist

My new self tan favorite for face is the Fabulous self tanning mist. You can use it on your whole body, but I like to use it for my face, neck and décolleté. 

Since it’s a water-based spray, I love to mix it with my toner or serum. One spritz is enough for me to use a few times per week, but you can build up the color by using it daily or using more product.

When I use it for my face together with my skin care products, I just use my hands to apply it. However, on my body I use the mitt.

The bottle is quite big, so this lasts a long time.

*Vita Liberata Fabulous Self-Tanning Mist

balance me Gradual Tanning Drops

balance me Gradual Tanning Drops

The balance me gradual tanning drops are amazing. They are easy to use: just mix a few drops in your moisturizer and apply all over your face and neck. I love the fact that you can choose how dark you want to go, depending on how many drops you use. 1-3 drops gives you a natural tan whereas 3-6 drops give you a more intense color. This product is also soothing and moisturizing with Aloe Vera and Vitamin E. And it’s unscented.

The size that I have is a sample size, that I got from the lookfantastic 2018 Advent Calendar, but the normal size 30ml is still small and good for travel.

*balance me Gradual Tanning Drops (amazon)
*balance me Gradual Tanning Drops (lookfantastic US/CA)
*balance me Gradual Tanning Drops (lookfantastic UK)


Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster

Clarins Golden Glow Booster drops are another good choice for face.  As with the balance me drops, you apply a few drops to your moisturizer and you can decide how deep of a color you want. Easy!

These drops also contain aloe vera, which is a great calming ingredient for summer (or throughout the year). As usual for Clarins, these are scented and come in a beautiful bottle. The small bottle is handy for travel also, to avoid the temptation to sunbathe even on holidays.

*Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster

Zuii Organic Gradual Tan Face Water

Zuii Organic’s Gradual Tan Face Water toner is great for beginners. You can’t go wrong with this one! The color it gives is not as intense and looks very natural. However, you can build up the color by using it more often, almost every day I’d say.

The consistency is a light, watery gel. It feels nice and light on the skin and has lots of natural moisturizing ingredients in it such as bamboo juice and jojoba esters.

This is a toner and I use it before applying my lotion. I apply this with my fingers on my face and neck.

Zuii Organic Gradual Tan Face Water


Eco By Sonya Face Tan Water

Eco By Sonya’s Face Tan Water is a classic. It gives a deep color and the consistency feels like a normal face toner. Compared to Zuii’s face water, it’s more watery and gives a darker color. This is also suitable for all skin types, even acne. Contains Aloe Vera and hyaluronic acid.

This I recommend applying with a cotton pad.

Pro tip: if you want to tone down the color a bit, wet your cotton pad with water before applying tan water in it.

*Eco By Sonya Face Tan Water

best self tan review


Here are the best self-tanners for the body. Below you’ll find quick reviews on them.

*Vita Liberata Foaming Tan Water Invisi
*Vita Liberata Heavenly Elixir Tanning Lotion
*Eco By Sonya Cacao Tanning Mousse
*minetan Ultra Dark Violet Foam

Make sure to always use a mitt with them! I like *Vita Liberata’s mitt.

vita liberata invisi best self tan

Vita Liberata Foaming Tan Water Invisi

Vita Liberata’s Invisi foam is an awesome product. It’s unscented and clear – almost invisible on the skin when you apply it. It dries super quickly and feels like nothing on the skin. Still it gives a beautiful, even, natural looking tan.

I apply the mousse in the evening and wake up with a perfect tan. After shower my skin feels wonderfully soft. Recently I’ve preferred a self-tan that does its thing during the night. Because even though some of the products give the color sooner (you can shower after a few hours), they will still keep developing.

The color that this gives is very natural – yet tanned. My shade is Medium Dark. I’ve used this throughout the year, because it’s so easy and quick to use. Definitely a holy grail product!

*Vita Liberata Foaming Tan Water Invisi

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Vita Liberata Heavenly Elixir Tanning Lotion

Vita Liberata’s Heavenly Elixir lotion surprised me so positively, I wrote its own review. Heavenly Elixir is a cream that gives a deep tan in just one night. It contains some wash-off color, which makes it easier to apply it evenly.

Besides the creamy consistency, this differs from the others with a sweet strongish scent, that covers any self-tan odour.

Every time I wake up with this on, I feel like I’ve just come from the Bahamas. Love it.

Since it’s a cream, it’s very moisturizing,. Good for dry skin.

*Vita Liberata Heavenly Elixir Tanning Lotion

Eco by sonya firming cacao mousse before after

Eco By Sonya Cacao Tanning Mousse

Eco By Sonya’s mousse is a lovely product. It’s the product that made me fall in love with mousses. The Cacao Tanning mousse is as good as it sounds. It’s easy to apply, it feels comfortable on the skin and it gives a natural looking tan. This would be beginner-friendly, because the color doesn’t develop as quickly as with the two other products.

I usually leave this on for 2-3 hours and I get about the same color I get with the other products during 1,5 hours. After that you can shower (without soap). The color will keep developing for a few hours, so you don’t want to accidentally rub off all the DHA off of your skin.

*Eco By Sonya Cacao Tanning Mousse

minetan violet self tan 1 hour tan

minetan Ultra Dark Violet Self Tan Foam

This I actually mentioned here briefly already, when I wrote about stretch marks. Minetan’s tanning foam gives a really professional looking tan (like I’ve been to spray tan).

I usually leave it on for 1,5 and that gives me a nice color. You can leave it on for 1-3 hours depending on how dark you want to go. After that you can shower (without soap). The color will keep developing for a few hours, so you don’t want to accidentally rub off all the DHA off of your skin.

*minetan Ultra Dark Violet Foam (amazon)
*minetan Ultra Dark Violet Foam (lookfantastic US)
*minetan Ultra Dark Violet Foam (lookfantastic UK)

best self tan for body and face

I will update this list as I find new good ones. What’s your favorite self-tanner?

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