Beauty Cruelty-free Take 5

Take 5: Vegan & Cruelty-Free Fake Tan

Whilst we might not be leaving the house or catching more than a few rays of sunshine, it doesn’t mean we have to settle for the pale and interesting look. Whether you’re looking for a healthy glow or deep bronze tone, here’s our round-up of five vegan and cruelty-free fake tan brands.

Isle of Paradise

Isle of Paradise is a 100% vegan and cruelty-free fake tan range, offering everything you need to create your perfect tan. They also have really useful how-to guides, body positive content and inclusive brand ambassadors. It’s a massive thumbs up from us.


All of the Tanologist range is vegan and cruelty-free, making it really easy to pick the products that are right for you – including drops, water and mousse. They also have remover for those tanning disasters. Enjoy 20% off your first order when you join their email mailing list.

St. Tropez

The OG’s of the tanning world, St. Tropez have an almost entirely vegan range of products and they’re all clearly marked on their website. Their Self Tan Express Advanced Bronzing Gel gives you the option of rinsing off after one, two or three hours depending on how dark you want your tan to be, which looks like a fantastic product.


Tan-Luxe is not 100% vegan, however they’re working towards offering an entirely vegan product range. This brand are great for those who love to tan their face as well as their body, thanks to their dedicated range of illuminating face drops.

The products which are suitable for vegans are:

  • The Butter
  • Sleep Oil
  • Glyco-Water
  • Wonder Oil
  • Instant Hero


Bellamianta are 100% vegan, cruelty-free and alcohol-free, and at a really affordable price point. Their complete range covers everything from tinted lotion to tanning mousse, and their bundles make it easy to try out their products or treat someone else.

Tips & tricks

  • Shave, buff and moisturise the day before. This will give you a smooth surface to apply your tan to, whilst avoiding streaks and your tan clinging to dry patches.
  • Use an exfoliating mitt every day to buff away dry skin, and ensure your tan fades gradually. It means you can re-apply once your tan has disappeared and you have a blank canvas to work on, rather than re-applying over the top of half-faded tan, giving you a patchy result after a few days.
  • Make sure you have enough time set aside to apply your tan, without interruptions, and have a start and end route in your mind. The last thing you want is to forget whether you’ve applied tan to one arm or the back of your leg!
  • Apply to the areas you would naturally tan – forget the palms of your hands and soles of your feet.

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