I know you might find this hard to believe….but not every post I do for this blog turns out perfectly. :-) Witness the great potato crash of August, 2011 and the hard boiled eggs disaster of January, 2012! But most of the time, when I have a “fail”…I don’t waste your time and mine sharing it on the blog. I just move onto the next idea.
For example, a few months ago I attempted to make my own version of gluten-free top ramen noodles for my son Kell because he used to LOVE to eat those pre-celiacs. I worked so long and hard on them…and they were AWFUL! :-( But I just chalked it up to experience, dried my tears, and moved on.
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Today I had another unforeseen outcome to a DIY attempt…but I feel like it was such a spectacular FAILURE that I simply had to share it as a cautionary tale if nothing else. :-)
So…what WAS this spectacular failure you ask?
I’m a little embarrassed to even say I attempted such a silly idea! lol. I mean I really should have known better.
But it’s getting so hot here and I was dying to put shorts on and my legs are so WHITE! I let my desperation cloud my judgment. :-)
After an embarrassingly long amount of time spent researching this…I decided that DIY self-tanners mainly followed two “recipes”. One using black tea and one using cocoa powder.
Since I didn’t have any tea on hand…I decided to go with the cocoa powder technique. In hindsight I think I might have had better success with the “tea tan”…but the world will never know because I am NOT doing this again. ;-)
All the cocoa powder self-tanner recipes were about the same:
Mix together cocoa powder and any kind of lotion at a 1:4 ratio (1/4 cup of cocoa powder, 1 cup of lotion) in a bowl.
Rub it onto your skin after taking an exfoliating bath or shower. (So your skin is nice and ready for a smooth application.)
After applying a tiny amount of my cocoa powder fake tanner, the results weren’t too bad. They weren’t that GOOD, but they weren’t that bad either. You can see the tiniest bit of “tan” there.
But honestly, if you didn’t KNOW I’d put on self-tanner, you would never notice a difference, it was so slight. So I decided a second application was in order…and that is when things went very wrong.
The more I rubbed, the streakier it got! Ummm…even my lily white legs looked better than this mess!
And not only that….but even after I let it dry THOROUGHLY…all it took was one gentle swipe with my fingers and you got this……
Wow. lol. I’m glad I wasn’t COUNTING on this self-tanner session to work because I would have been very disappointed!
Luckily it was more of a nuisance than anything….of course I’m not sure if this bath towel will ever be the same. :-/
Moral of the story….save your sanity and your towels and stick with your spray-on tans, or your fake tan in a bottle (just don’t go in those evil suntan beds! Just say NO!)
In case you were curious about the other DIY Self-Tanner that I DIDN’T try, here it is. Make sure to let us know if you try it out. :-)
Black Tea Self-Tanner
- 1 cup Water
- 5 Black Tea Bags
Brew tea in one cup of HOT water. After it has cooled, put in a spray bottle and apply. Allow to dry completely before dressing or you might stain your clothing.