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3 DIY Recipes for Making Your Own Tanning Oil

How to DIY Tanning Oil

There are many ways to get glowing skin all year round. You can use body oil and body butter to revitalize your skin and keep it moisturized. For your face, you can use toners, serums, tinted moisturizers, dewy foundation products, and highlighter drops.

Also, you can get luminous skin from within by keeping yourself hydrated throughout the day, consuming a nutrient-rich diet, and letting go of harmful lifestyle habits (i.e., smoking).

However, there is another way to give your skin a radiant look: tanning. There are plenty of tanning products (e.g., sprays, mousses, lotions, oils, formulas, and gradual tanners) on the market to help you achieve the sun-kissed glimmer.

Using tanning products means that you can tan without exposing yourself to the sun’s damaging UV rays. Plus, it’s a great way to look like you’ve been on a sunny holiday abroad without ever leaving the country or even your house! One such item you can use is tanning oil, and you can make your own. Read on to find out more about DIY tanning oil.

What is Tanning Oil?

Tanning oil is an oil-based tanner that’s used to achieve sun-kissed skin. Tanning oils are designed to help people get a quicker and deeper tan.

Using tanning oil is a way to achieve tanned skin in an instant. However, one downside is that tanning oils usually have a low SPF, meaning that you won’t get much protection against the sun’s UV rays (unless you use sunscreen in addition to the tanning oil.)

DIY tanning oil is literally what it says on the tin: tanning oil that you make yourself, with your own ingredients, at home. DIY tanning oil is different from regular tanning oil because it’s your own formula, and it will contain natural oils.

Benefits of DIY Tanning Oil

There are numerous benefits of DIYing tanning oil, including:

  • Instant tanning of the skin
  • Increased moisturization of the skin
  • Formulation of natural oils and ingredients that are readily available
  • It’s highly effective and can smooth the texture of the skin
  • Highly affordable in comparison to store-owned, branded tanning oils
  • It can contain more SPF in contrast to regular tanning oil
  • Easy to create at home

DIY Tanning Oil Recipes

Now that you know all about DIY tanning oil, here are some recipes to help inspire you to create your blend!

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DIY Natural Tanning Oil 


  • Avocado oil
  • Carrot oil
  • Raspberry seed oil
  • Olive oil
  • Lavender essential oil
  • Sandalwood essential oil
  • Bronze mica powder
  • Glass bowl
  • Dark glass container


  1. Take 1-2 tablespoons of each oil and pour into the glass bowl.
  2. Stir the oils and thoroughly mix them to form an oily blend.
  3. Add a tablespoon of the bronze mica powder to the oily blend and mix.
  4. Once you’ve finished mixing all the ingredients, pour the blend into the dark glass container. A dark/opaque glass container is important to use because some oily compounds are sensitive to light. Once you’ve done that, store safely.

DIY Coconut Tanning Oil

Coconut oil comes with a lot of benefits for the skin, such as:

  • Hydrating, smoothing and protecting the skin.
  • Providing antioxidants, which protect against free radicals.
  • Minimizing the look of fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Working as a base for exfoliants

You can easily create a tanning oil with coconut oil and experience these benefits while tanning your skin — as well as indulging in the beautiful scent.


  • Coconut oil
  • Walnut oil
  • Avocado oil
  • Sesame oil
  • Vanilla oil
  • Glass bowl
  • Dark glass jar


  1. Pour a cup (or 16 teaspoons) of coconut oil into a glass bowl. Make sure the coconut oil is in liquid form. If it’s solid, melt it on low heat.
  2. Once in liquid form, mix a few teaspoons of each of the other oils in the glass bowl.
  3. Once the blend has formed, pour into the dark glass jar. Seal and store correctly away from sunlight.

Super-Tan DIY Tanning Oil

This recipe is popular amongst some beauty influencers and will provide you with the most richest and luxurious tan.


  • Vitamin E oil
  • Jojoba oil
  • Grapeseed oil
  • Coconut oil
  • Vanilla oil
  • Bronzed shimmer eyeshadow or highlighter
  • Glass bowl
  • Dark glass container


  1. Add the oils into the glass bowl and mix them to form the blend.
  2. Add the bronzed shimmer eyeshadow or highlighter and mix.
  3. Pour the blend into the dark glass container, seal, then store safely.

Creating your own DIY tanning oil blend is easy and simple to do at home. Just make sure you use natural, organic, and essential oils. Include a tanning ‘agent’ (such as the bronze mica powder) and store it away from sunlight in a dark and airtight container. Also, once you apply your DIY tanning oil, don’t forget to apply sunscreen.