TanTowels are individually packaged towelettes that when applied to the body, give you a natural looking and easy to achieve tan without having to expose yourself to harmful UVA and UVB rays.
As a California girl, I love to be tan. I quit baking in the sun over a year ago, so I am constantly on the search for self tanners that will give me a natural looking glow year round (it’s 80 degrees in the middle of November as we speak). The sun is always shining, therefore the women of California are always tan.
With TanTowel, you can choose from two different formulas, their Classic Towelette, or the Plus Towelette. The Classic is geared toward those with fair-medium skintones and the Plus is for medium-dark skintones. I am naturally fair-medium skinned, but of course, I found myself leaning toward the Plus. I decided to test both; I applied the Classic on my legs, and the Plus on my chest and arms.
Applying TanTowel was extremely easy. After opening the packaging, you unfold the towel and rub it on your body in a circular motion, making sure to hit every inch. The circular motions are actually very important! The first time I tried it, I slapped the towel on and rubbed in all over. End result: a streaky mess.
There is no initial color so it makes it somewhat difficult to know if you’ve missed a spot or applied too much. I love how fast the product dried! I was able to apply my tan, and be dressed in under 10 minutes.
The smell of the towelettes when applying TanTowel is very pleasant! It smells light and citrusy. Many people complain about the gross smell of self tanners and this is one of the best smelling tanners I’ve used. After several hours, once the tan began to develop, I was able to smell that familiar “self tanner” scent, but it wasn’t nearly as bad as most, and it washed off easily in the shower.
After about 4 hours, I began to notice my tan developing on my arms and chest (where I applied the Plus). The color looks very natural on my skin, which I love. It’s not orange at all. I’m not as dark as I expected to be, but it still looks great.
On my legs (where I applied the Classic), I can barley see a color difference. I would recommend the Classic towelettes for those with very pale skin, or those who want more of a “glow” than a tan.
Overall, I love the results that TanTowel gave me! It’s been over 5 days and although the color has lightened a bit, it still looks great!
If you don’t apply properly, you will be left with streaks. Make sure to apply in a thorough circular motion.
Even though one Full Body Towel is supposed to cover your whole body, it dries out relatively quick. You will probably have to use 1 Full Body Towelette + 1 Half Body Towelette in order to tan your entire body.
The price is pretty steep especially if you are a regular self tanner. A pack of 5 Full Body Plus Towels is $25.
Will it be Going in my Kit?
No, I don’t use self tanner in my kit.
Natural and/or Environmentally Friendly?
Tan Towel Classic
Water, Ethoxydiglycol, Dihydroxyacetone, Butylene Glycol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Ascorbic Acid, Polysorbate 20, Sodium Metabisulfite, Fragrance, Citric Acid, Tetrasodium EDTA, Propylparaben, Propylene Glycol, Methylparaben, Diazolidinyl Urea.
Tan Towel Plus
Water (Aqua), Ethoxydiglycol, Dihydroxyacetone, Butylene Glycol, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E Acetate), Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Ascorbic Acid, Polysorbate 20, Erythrulose, Sodium Metabisulfite, Fragrance (Parfum), Citric Acid, Tetrasodium EDTA, Propylparaben, Propylene Glycol, Methylparaben, Diazolidinyl Urea.
Disclaimer: This product was sent to me by the company. I pride myself in providing my readers with honest feedback of the products I am testing. I will not recommend something I would not use personally or professionally. Sending me product does not guarantee a review and I accept no monetary compensation for in exchange for positive reviews.