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DIY Natural Tanning Balm Recipe: Achieve a Gorgeous Summer Tan

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About the author: Jinane Doughan is a professional make-up artist with a degree from the French Fashion Institute ESMOD Dubai. She specialized in natural handmade skincare and haircare products.
Her YouTube channel, Jinane World, has 600+ educational videos and 100K+ subscribers.
She is an accredited Master Trainer and gives courses at a reputed academy that has 16 branches worldwide. She sells online courses about natural skincare.
Disclaimer: This article is for educational purposes only and does not constitute professional medical advice. Use any natural skincare or haircare products at your own risk and perform a patch test before use.

DIY Natural Tanning Balm Recipe: Achieve a Gorgeous Summer Tan with this simple, homemade solution. Forget about harmful chemicals and embrace natural ingredients to get that perfect summer glow.

In this guide, we’ll walk you through making your own tanning balm using natural beeswax, coconut oil, and more. It’s easy, effective, and safe for your skin. Let’s get started!

Ingredients Needed

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  • Natural beeswax
  • Coconut oil
  • Sesame oil
  • Sweet almond oil (or avocado oil)
  • Optional: Carrot oil
  • Optional: Oil-soluble color powder
  • Fragrance oil.

Choosing the Right Fragrance Oil for Your DIY Tanning Balm

Selecting a fragrance oil for your DIY tanning balm can enhance your tanning experience, especially if you’re planning to spend time at the beach. Here are some tips:

  1. Beach-Themed Scents: Opt for fragrances that evoke the feeling of the beach and summer. Coconut and tropical fruit scents like mango, pineapple, and papaya are excellent choices. These scents not only smell refreshing but also complement the overall beach experience.
  2. Calming Aromas: Consider fragrances with calming properties such as lavender or chamomile. These can help you relax while you tan, creating a soothing atmosphere.
  3. Fresh and Citrusy: Scents like lemon, lime, or orange can give a burst of freshness and energy, perfect for an active day at the beach. Avoid it for sensitive skin.
  4. Floral Notes: Light floral fragrances like jasmine or hibiscus can add a touch of elegance and a subtle, pleasant aroma.
  5. Personal Preference: Ultimately, choose a scent that you love and find invigorating. The right fragrance can make your tanning session more enjoyable and leave you feeling refreshed.

Remember, the fragrance oil should be skin-safe and specifically formulated for cosmetic use to avoid irritation.

Tools Needed

  • Scale to weigh quantities
  • Stainless steel bowl
  • Silicone spatula
  • Tablespoon
  • A couple of small containers to store the DIY Natural Tanning Balm

Prior to use, ensure that both your utensils and containers are properly cleaned and disinfected. Wash them with warm soapy water, dry with a tissue, and then sanitize by spraying with 70% medical alcohol. Wipe them clean and let them air dry before use.

Steps: DIY Natural Tanning Balm Recipe

1- Begin by putting 60 grams (2.11 oz) of natural beeswax in a bowl.

DIY Natural Tanning Balm Recipe. Add beeswax
Add beeswax

2- Add 100 grams (3.52 oz) of coconut oil.

DIY Natural Tanning Balm Recipe. Add coconut oil
Add coconut oil

3- Add 50 grams (1.76 oz) of sesame oil.

DIY Natural Tanning Balm Recipe. Add sesame oil
Add sesame oil

4- Add 50 grams (1.76 oz) of sweet almond oil. To increase the protection provided by the DIY tanning balm, instead of 50 grams (1.76 oz) of sweet almond oil, add 40 grams (1.41 oz) of sweet almond oil and 10 grams (0.35 oz) of carrot oil.

DIY Natural Tanning Balm Recipe. Add sweet almond oil
Add sweet almond oil

5- You can add a small quantity of oil-soluble color powder to your tanning balm for a customized touch. Choose a color that complements the fragrance, such as a tropical hue for a fruity scent. Mica powders in bronze or gold shades are also great options, adding a shimmering effect to your balm.

DIY Natural Tanning Balm Recipe. Add a touch of oil-soluble color powder
Add a touch of oil-soluble color powder

6- Mix the color powder thoroughly with a silicone spatula.

DIY Natural Tanning Balm Recipe. Mix after adding the color powder
Mix after adding the color powder

7- Next, we need to heat and melt the contents. You can use a bain-marie, but this method can be time-consuming. For quicker results, transfer the contents to a saucepan or similar cookware and heat gently over a low setting on the stove.

DIY Natural Tanning Balm Recipe. After melting
After melting

8- Ensure the mixture cools to between 50 and 55 degrees Celsius (122 to 131 degrees Fahrenheit) before adding 5 to 10 drops of your preferred fragrance oil. Adjust the amount to achieve your desired scent intensity.

Feel free to mix 2 or more fragrance oils to create a unique blend.

9- Mix thoroughly the mixture.

10- Pour the DIY tanning balm into one or more small containers.

DIY Natural Tanning Balm Recipe. Pour the balm in small containers
Pour the balm in small containers

11- Allow the balm to cool. Enjoy!

DIY Natural Tanning Balm Recipe. Final product
DIY Natural Tanning Balm Recipe. Final product
DIY Natural Tanning Balm Recipe. The balm texture is nice
The balm texture is nice

How to Use: DIY Natural Tanning Balm

Once you’ve made your DIY natural tanning balm, using it is simple. Follow these steps to achieve a gorgeous summer tan:

  1. Prepare Your Skin: Ensure your skin is clean and exfoliated. This helps the balm apply more smoothly and creates a more even tan.
  2. Apply the Balm: Take a small amount of the tanning balm and warm it between your palms. Gently massage it onto your skin in circular motions, focusing on areas where you want to enhance your tan.
  3. Blend Evenly: Make sure to blend the balm evenly to avoid streaks or uneven patches.
  4. Sun Exposure: After applying the balm, spend some time in the sun to allow the balm to work and develop your tan.
  5. Reapply as Needed: For best results, reapply after swimming to keep your tan looking fresh.

Enjoy your beautiful, natural tan with this easy and effective DIY solution!

Benefits of DIY Natural Tanning Balm

  1. Chemical-Free: This DIY tanning balm is made with natural ingredients, ensuring you avoid harmful chemicals often found in commercial tanning products.
  2. Cost-Effective: Creating your own tanning balm at home is budget-friendly, saving you money compared to buying expensive store-bought options.
  3. Customizable: You can adjust the ingredients to suit your skin type and preferences.
  4. Moisturizing: Ingredients like coconut oil and sweet almond oil provide deep hydration, leaving your skin soft and smooth.
  5. Eco-Friendly: By using natural ingredients and reducing plastic packaging, you’re making an environmentally conscious choice.
  6. Easy to Make: With simple steps and easily accessible ingredients, making your own tanning balm is quick and straightforward.
  7. Safe for Sensitive Skin: The natural oils and beeswax are gentle on the skin, making it suitable for those with sensitive skin.

Enjoy the benefits of a beautiful, natural tan while taking care of your skin and the environment with this DIY tanning balm!

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