Switching to Green Beauty doesn’t mean that you have to spend a fortune on good quality products, nor does it mean that you have to sacrifice effectiveness. One of the things that I love to do is scour the product world for brands that not only meet all of my “green & clean” criteria, but that are affordable for the average person.
All of their products are formulated without:
- Mineral Oil
Founded in 1972, Nature’s Gate continues to strive to be a sustainable brand, creating safer, cleaner, & affordable products that meet all of your beauty & lifestyle needs.
One of those needs for me was finding a natural tanner that didn’t contain gross, toxic ingredients and that wouldn’t cost a fortune. Normally, I wouldn’t bother with any kind of tanning product, but since I am one shade darker than mayonnaise, I figured maybe a little color could do me some good. 😉
Nature’s Gate was kind enough to send me two of their sunless products to try and today I want to discuss each.
What I really liked about this is that the lotion comes out in a light tan color, so you can see where you are applying it, which prevents ending up with uneven color! It has a light, silky texture and dries pretty quickly and I don’t know if it’s because I am so pale normally, but I noticed within a few hours my skin had turned a nice, natural looking golden hue! My biggest complaint is the scent – not very appealing at all, but I just applied some of my Nubian Heritage body lotion and that helped. Ingredients wise, I’m not a fan of phenoxyethanol (though I understand a preservative is necessary for this formulation), but overall, this is much cleaner than conventional tanning products. Also, my tan lasted almost a week, so another plus!
Price – (varies by store) $6.60 at Vitacost
Water (Eau), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dihydroxyacetone, Glycerin, Sorbitan Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Behenyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Ricinoleate, Dimethicone, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea/thé vert) Leaf Extract, Hibiscus Sabdariffa Flower Extract, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry/framboise) Fruit Extract, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Lauryl Alcohol, Myristyl Alcohol, Palmitic Acid, Stearic Acid, Polysorbate 60, Squalane, Sclerotium Gum, Lecithin, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance (Parfum)*, Caramel.
* Natural Fragrance *parfum naturel
As with the Sunless Tanner, this lotion produced a natural looking golden tan within a very short amount of time after application and lasted for days. It’s quite hydrating, without being greasy, dries quickly, and doesn’t stain my clothes. Like the tanner, the scent isn’t exactly appealing and there are some ingredients I personally am not in love with, but again, a much better option than most mainstream versions.
Price – (varies by store) $10.99 for 18oz on Amazon
Water (Eau), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Dihydroxyacetone, Glycine Soja (Soybean/ fève de soya) Oil, Cetyl Alcohol, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower/carthame) Seed Oil, Sorbitan Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Behenyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Ricinoleate, Algae Extract, Rosa Canina (Rosehip/églantier) Fruit Extract, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond/Amande douce) Oil, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot/abricot) Kernel Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea/karité) Butter, Tocopherol, Lauryl Alcohol, Myristyl Alcohol, Palmitic Acid, Stearic Acid, Polysorbate 60, Squalane, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sclerotium Gum, Lecithin, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance (Parfum)*.
*Natural Fragrance/Fragrance naturelle
Scent and a few undesirable ingredients aside, I was quite impressed with how natural a tan these products created – no Oompa Loompa orange for this chica! I think if you are looking to add some color to your skin or to just deepen a tan you already have and don’t want to spend a fortune, or use something completely toxic, then these are definitely worth trying out!
Have you ever tried anything from Nature’s Gate? If so, what are your faves? Let me know!
Peace & Love,
*Product was sent to me for review consideration, however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.