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If there is one item we need to bask in the sun, it’s tanning oil!  So that’s why we called up our DIY expert Erica Stolman of FashionLush for the perfect tanning concoction! Check out her step-by-step DIY that will make you glow all summer long!




Summer is here & my number one fashion accessory is always a perfect, even, & glowing tan. Plus, living in California, a girl without a good tan stands out like a sore thumb. Being that I am all about holistic/do it yourself beauty, I’d much rather make my own tanning concoction than buy a store brought brand that has a bunch ingredients you can’t even pronounce. Especially when it just takes a few ingredients that are most likely under your sink (or at your local grocery store down the block!).


This tanning concoction of mine isn’t only simple to whip up, bust also totally effective (trust me- I use it all the time now!).


+ The antioxidants in black tea help to protect your after-sun sensitive skin. It also has a natural dye, which will add some color to your skin (although that color will fade- everyone likes instant results).


+ Coconut Oil creates a reflective surface, which will make you tan faster.


+ Lanolin is great cause super moisturizing. Meaning that it will not only prevent the sun from drying you out, but also extend the life of your tan. Plus, it’s hypoallergenic!


+ Avocado oil is packed full of good-for-your-skin vitamins, it also helps prevent any drying out.


Supplies: 3 black teabags, ¼ cup lanolin, 4 tablespoons coconut oil, 4 tablespoons avocado oil.


Step 1: Lay out your ingredients!

Step 2: First, boil 1 cup of water. Once bubbling, remove from heat & add in your 3 black teabags. Let steep for 20 minutes.

Step 3: Add your lanolin, coconut oil, & avocado oil to your blender & blend until smooth and creamy.

Step 4: Add your cooled down black tea to your blender & pulse till fully combined.

Step 5: Pour into either spray bottles or squeeze bottles, apply generously, & hit the rays.


P.S. I always recommend SPF—you will still get tan if you use, but will have the extra insurance of being protected from a burn (& premature aging!!).