Looking for the best cruelty-free self-tanners? It is so important to protect your skin from harmful UV rays, but that sunkissed tan look is so irresistible!
It’s no surprise that everyone wants bronzed and glowing skin in the summertime!
But, it’s not always safe for your skin to lay in the sun for hours (even with sunscreen).
Self-tanning lotions, mousses, waters and oils are great alternatives to achieving that sunkissed, summer skin!
10 Best Cruelty-Free Self-Tanners
We’ve gathered a list of our top 10 cruelty-free self-tanners.
Protecting your skin and looking tan has never been so easy!
Related: The Best Cruelty-Free Sunscreens
Loving Tan Deluxe Bronzing Mousse – $35
This is no doubt one of the most popular self-tanning companies… and for a good reason!
Loving Tan uses green undertones in its highly concentrated mousse products to guarantee an olive tan in just one application!
This product dries in 30 seconds and develops for 8 hours, to give you the perfect glow.
Cruelty-free, paraben-free, alcohol-free.
St Tropez- $18-$44 (depending on size)
St Tropez has been tried and true for me for nearly three years now! This brand has always left me glowing, streak-free, and feeling hydrated.
This product has a deep green undertone to prevent that orange, fake tan look. It’s also vegan friendly and the bottle is 100% recyclable!
If I was going to recommend one brand, it would definitely be St Tropez!
Cruelty-free, vegan, paraben-free, sulfate-free.
Alba Botanicals- $10
Alba Botanicals Sunless Tanner Lotion leaves your skin feeling hydrated, nourished and bronzed in just less than three hours after application!
This product applies like a normal lotion and develops gradually, so no worries about streakiness or spotting.
The tan lasts 3-5 days, and for noticeable and lasting results I suggest using every 2-3 days.
Cruelty-free, paraben-free, vegetarian, gluten-free, no synthetic fragrances.
Naturena Self Tanning Mousse- $15
Naturena Self Tanning Mousse is a great option if you want quick color! The color develops in 1-3 hours and doesn’t leave streaks and orange marks all over your body.
This is a great option for people with very light skin and pink undertones because it is not too deep and adds a touch of warmth to your skin.
Cruelty-free, vegan, paraben-free.
Pacifica Coconut Crushed Pearl Bronzing Body Butter- $16.99
This body butter is a little different than your average self-tanning products. Pacifica Coconut Crushed Pearl Bronzing Body Butter leaves you looking bronzed and glowy, but not for extended periods of time.
This body oil is perfect for going out to brunch, hanging on the beach (it has SPF 20!!) or even if you want to glow for the evening!
If you’re looking for long-lasting I suggest you try another brand, but that doesn’t take away from how awesome this product is!
Cruelty-free, vegan, paraben-free, marine safe.
Tarte Brazilliance & Better Bronze Self Tanner – $15-$39
What’s better than a beautiful, sunless tan in just 2 hours? We can’t think of anything!
Tarte gives you so many great options to choose from all for different, flawless results.
Choose between tanning foams and body contours, with different shades… and don’t forget to pick up the glove while you’re at it!
Cruelty-free, paraben-free, sulfate-free, gluten-free.
Skinerals Californium Self Tanner Mousse – $25.99
If you have sensitive skin, but still want a sunless, bronzy glow… this is the product for you!
Skinerals is enriched with lavender & orange peel oil, vanilla bean extract, shea butter and lots of other minerals to promote healthier, happier, bronzier skin.
Another bonus, color lasts anywhere from 4-7 days! Definitely try this product out if you’re a first-time self-tan user.
Cruelty-free, vegan, sulfate-free, paraben-free, aerosol free
Isle of Paradise Self Tanning Water – $30
We LOVE Isle of Paradise Self Tanning Water! They’re products are formulated for all skin types and skin tones and are so so easy to use.
Choose from three shades all with different undertones to make your tan look as natural as possible.
If you’re looking to get a truly natural-looking tan, use Isle of Paradise!
Cruelty-free, vegan, paraben-free, sulfate-free, gluten-free, no GMO.
Green People Self Tan Lotion – $30
Green People Self Tan Lotion is great if you’re trying to even out skin tone and cover up any blue veins. This is also a good option for those who battle dermatitis and eczema.
This lotion applies like any regular moisturizer does, and develops within the next few hours of application!
Cruelty-free, vegan, recyclable.
Beauty By Earth’s Self Tanner – $30.99
Beauty By Earth Self Tanner is a staple in the cruelty-free beauty community!
This product leaves your skin looking golden and bronzed, smells like coconut & vanilla, and has a dense consistency so you can see where you apply.
Added bonus, it won’t stain your clothes or sheets after it dries!
Cruelty-free, vegan, paraben-free, sulfate-free, gluten-free, reef safe.
10 Best Cruelty-Free Self-Tanners – Conclusion
We hope this helps you with your self-tanning journey!
Always remember to exfoliate, moisturize, and be careful around your ankles, knees, and elbows!
Let us know in the comments below if you try out any of our recommendations.