Pinbusters – DIY Self Tanner

Have you ever wondered if the stuff people post on Pinterest is true? Well I have, and I test them all so that you don’t have to, ’cause ain’t nobody got time for that.  Click here to check out all of the pins I haven taken on. You might be surprised by some of the results!

In response to several requests, I spent my Labor Day weekend trying to tan myself with household items.  The two pins I declared war on were these: (DIY Self Tanner using lotion and cocoa a/k/a “Lick my Legs” a/k/a “Choco-tan” a/k/a “Who Smells Delicious?”- for Beverly) (DIY Self Tanner using black tea a/k/a the “Healthy Tea Tan” – for Bethany)

Self Tanner

I tried the cocoa one first, because it was the most hilariously intriguing. Per usual, the instructions were simple: mix cocoa with lotion, rub on. Look glorious. Smell amazing. Land your dream job. Win the lottery. Cure cancer. Date Ryan Gosling (“Hey, Girl, you smell like dessert, and I dig it”). I think you get the idea.

First, the mixing:

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Yum? Gag? I was confused, but I started smearing.

The "before" shot.

The “before” shot.

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There are actually a lot more pictures, but all of them involve me bending over and The Boy “accidentally” taking pictures straight down my shirt. I don’t think you need a montage of cleavage to grasp the process of rubbing chocolate lotion on.

Self Tanner

I know the pin says, like all self-tanners, the results might be a bit streaky. Kudos for a tiny bit of accuracy. I don’t look tan, I look like I just ran the Tough Mudder again and forgot to wash this leg. I let it soak in a bit while I moved on to test number two.


The “recipe” calls for four bags of black tea steeped for 15 minutes.  I did exactly that, but actually threw in an extra teabag for good measure.


While my tea bath was percolating, I decided to try to rub in my choco-tan a little better. Instead of eliminating my streaks, it started to flake off and I had to quit while I was ahead.


When my tea had steeped for the recommended time, I took a paper towel, dipped it in several times, and started rubbing tea on my other leg. I kept applying and applying and applying, wiping, rubbing, dabbing, and dripping.


Here are the final results (are you sitting down??):


Look at my choco-leg in the background. Ha!


Well that was fun. My dermatologist might kill me for this, but if you really want a tan, get it the old-fashioned way! I personally am on a mission to make pale ghostly white sexy again. It isn’t working – yet – but I still have my hopes up.

3 thoughts on “Pinbusters – DIY Self Tanner

  1. I would rather just eat the chocolate so I am glad it didn’t work as a tanner. Also note, no matter how much chocolate you eat you won’t be tan.

  2. Pinterest is great, but man can it get you in trouble sometimes. I tired the coconut oil hair conditioner. I don’t know if I used to much or what but I couldn’t get my hair un-greasy. And of course I decided to try this the night before I had an appointment to get my hair colored. I thought my hair stylist was going to die! I lost count how many time she had to wash my hair to get all the oil out. Lol. Thank you for saving me the trouble of trying any DIY self-tanners.

    • I tried the Tea thing a couple of years ago……….in the shower…….I tanned, but very streaked………I think the shower and tub were more tan than I was! (I put the solution in a spray bottle). Took cleaning the shower twice (once with bleach) to get it all off the shower! As for the Coconut Oil, I do use this……….put it on, wrap in plastic, use a hair dryer to warm it (if you want), and wash………..nice shiny hair, lasted for days! It did take a couple times of washing to get it out though.

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