Self Tanner

4:42 pm - 09/16/2010

 I want to thank softstarz  for suggesting the use of black tea as a self tanner. I started out fairly pale skin and now I have a nice natural glow. It's not orange at all and I don't think it looks fake on me (I will have to ask the boyfriend for another opinion).


 At my palest during the winter (I probably had a little more color since it's summer before trying the tea)

 Darker me

I basically bought a 100pk of tea bags. I took 10 bags, 4c of water, and brought the water to a rolling boil. I then put the bags into the water and let it mix. I then left it on the counter to cool off for a bit. When it was slightly warmer than room temperature I pour the tea into a spray bottle. I then stripped down in the shower and sprayed myself. I rubbed in any droplets because that could lead to darker spots. I then let that air dry fully, which didn't take long, before putting clothing back on. I actually really like this vs any self tanner because I can get my back, there aren't streaks or missing spots, it's natural, and I can apply this to my face without worrying about getting it in my eyes or mouth.

Note: The 4cups was a bit excessive. I'd probably suggest a bit less. probably 2cups & 5 bags.


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miaoudeminou 16th-Sep-2010 10:22 pm (UTC)
I'm just so happy I found something natural and cheap (~$2 USD)!
miaoudeminou 16th-Sep-2010 10:20 pm (UTC)
I've heard 3-4 days but this is my first time trying it out. I'll let you know :)
naughtymatilda 16th-Sep-2010 10:02 pm (UTC)
What a cool idea, have to try this!
behindmyeyes14 16th-Sep-2010 10:34 pm (UTC)
WOW looks great! I have to ask because it is the one thing that keeps me away from self tanners is how does it smell? I've never smelled black tea before.
miaoudeminou 16th-Sep-2010 10:38 pm (UTC)
Oh it doesn't smell even close to the fake ones. This has a very light tea smell to it. I sprayed the tea on around 12-1pm and it's now 5:40 and I can't smell it.
skincare_expert 16th-Sep-2010 11:11 pm (UTC)
yes, the smell drives me crazy! thanks for posting, i'm going to try this too.
softstarz 17th-Sep-2010 12:07 am (UTC)
I'm glad it worked. Thanks for posting your review. Bonus: the tea has antioxidants that are good for your skin.
miaoudeminou 17th-Sep-2010 01:53 am (UTC)
Thanks again ;)
nico_bellissimo 17th-Sep-2010 01:12 am (UTC)
So neat! I want to try this too!! Thanks for sharing.
smile_wide 17th-Sep-2010 02:10 am (UTC)
huh, i never would have thought of this. you look great, thanks for sharing. how often do you reapply?
miaoudeminou 17th-Sep-2010 02:52 am (UTC)
Since this is my first time I'm not sure. I've read that it lasts 3-4 days.
drowned_worldd 17th-Sep-2010 03:12 am (UTC)
AMAZING idea! Thanks for sharing, I'm trying this tomorrow morning :)
ah_chung 17th-Sep-2010 03:13 am (UTC)
You look amazing and definitely very natural ;)! Thanks for sharing!
miaoudeminou 17th-Sep-2010 05:24 am (UTC)
Thank you!
need_anoutlet 17th-Sep-2010 06:44 am (UTC)
omg what a great idea!!
maude 17th-Sep-2010 07:57 am (UTC)
You look awesome!! I'm so glad to hear of a safe, natural temporary fake tan. Do you think if I used more tea, it would get me more tan? I was planning on being Snookie for Halloween...:)
miaoudeminou 18th-Sep-2010 12:11 am (UTC)
First off that's awesome you want to be her for Halloween. Second I have no idea and you'll have to experiment. I believe though that the more bags to less water will def make it darker. I was actually going to experiment with this within the next few days (tomorrow or Monday). I was going to take my left over batch and use that tea water to brew more bags to see if I could get darker.
aeryn 18th-Sep-2010 12:57 am (UTC)
So cool!! I just got a bad farmers tan but my face is still WHITE, so I will definitely try this!

Did you use regular or decaf tea? How long did you let it brew/mix with the water?
miaoudeminou 18th-Sep-2010 04:00 am (UTC)
All the info is in the post for you :)
v_odka 18th-Sep-2010 04:19 am (UTC)
Okay, this is seriously awesome. I usually don't worry about being tan but for special occasions (Halloween is coming up, for instance), I am definitely going to try this out!
logicalharmony 18th-Sep-2010 05:10 am (UTC)
I've been SO curious about this for a long time but never had the guts to try it. This is awesome to know! I'm definitely going to give it a try!
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