TanOrganic are a successful Irish organic self-tan and skincare company founded by the truly inspirational Noelle O’Connor. Having developed a natural organic self tan, Noelle went on to get backing from Dragon’s Den star and successful businessman, Gavin Duffy. This investment helped bring her remarkable product to market. Not only are her products genuinely good, the ethics behind the brand are also very appealing. TanOrganic only source their ingredients from ethically run producers and never test their cruelty free products on animals. They also run a successful charity support program and help raise awareness around the issue of over exposing the skin to the harmful rays of the sun.

I was very privileged to get an opportunity to chat briefly to Noelle and her amazing team at the Irish Beauty Blog Awards recently. They organised and ran the event and donated all funds to Breast Cancer Ireland, a truly amazing charity. I had also been kindly sent a tan trilogy set of their products (late last year) to try out but with being sick all reviews etc were put on hold. I have since used up this entire set and repurchased the full-sized versions of the products. My Mum has also developed a love affair with their products and even nabbed the dry oil from my dressing table, the cheeky mare!


TanOrganic tan trilogy set (miniatures)

The original and eco-certified self-tan priced at €19.99 is an all natural, organic self tan liquid that looks and feels natural on the skin. It is easily applied and dries in quickly. It also doesn’t contain any nasty chemicals and contains a high amount of Aloe Vera which helps prevent the skin drying out. It also doesn’t have that awful fake tan smell that many other tans have. The tan itself is buildable and best applied using a tanning application mitt. Personally I find the tan great for applying to the face. After trying numerous self tanning brands over the years I can successfully say this is the only tan I will let near my face. I find the skin can still breath and the result is a nice sun-kissed glow, very natural looking. I also find it doesn’t sting or aggravate my sensitive facial skin especially around the eye area. My main taboo with applying tan to the face is the formation of blocked pores and hence dreaded spots. I can’t count the times I’ve had serious breakouts from self-tans but I can honestly say the TanOrganic tan doesn’t do this to me, whoohoo!

What I have found with regards application of the tan is that it’s best to start at the legs and work your way up. Use the mitt (with left over product on it) at the very end on the hands and feet to prevent the tan from building up and looking too fake. Getting the hands and feet wrong are a tell-tale sign you’re wearing fake tan. If it’s applied right it can pass for a natural looking tan. It’s important to start off by using a small amount of product on the mitt. That way you can always go back and add another layer to achieve a deeper shade. The only criticism I have and it’s a small one is if you tend to wear your tan dark you won’t find yourself getting through the bottle. I have since learned, through trial and error the correct amount of product to use on my skin to achieve the shade best suited to me. The tan also develops over time so I would recommend airing on the side of caution until you get to grips with the amount needed for your desired look.


Left: no tan Right: two thin layers of tan

The moisturising dry oil priced at €24.99 is a lightweight oil that I use daily whilst wearing tan. I find it prevents the skin from drying out,  product buildup patches forming and helps the tan fade better. It can also be used on tan free skin, hair and nails as it is made up of some truly wonderful nourishing ingredients such as Aloe Vera, Argan, Avocado, Coconut, Almond and Jojoba oils. It smells really nice too not overpowering or overly fragranced. I also find it’s easily absorbed into the skin. There’s nothing worse than using a body oil that just sits on your skin as it’s so heavy. Mum loves to use this dry oil on her skin after she comes out of the bath. She says it helps lock in moisture and her skin is definitely not as dry as it used to be. I think I will be trying this out too if I ever get the bottle of it back from her.


Tan erase exfoliator glove, tanning application mitt, self-tan and dry oil.

The tan erase exfoliator glove priced at €14.99 is such a handy little gadget. It is a gentle in shower exfoliating glove that helps prepare the skin for tanning. The slightly bumpy surface helps remove uneven and dead layers of skin. I find using this the day before I apply tan helps create the perfect base for an even tan. I also use this glove to remove any dregs of tan that may have been left on the skin or to even out product build up at the wrists, ankles, knees and elbows. The tan application mitt is pretty much the same as all standard tanning mitts on the market and is priced at €5.

Overall I really like TanOrganics products. I’m looking forward to trying out the other products from the range as I got on so well with these. Something I would love see TanOrganic do is change their bottles to plastic rather than glass. I know it’s possible to get environmentally friendly packaging as the glass bottles as pretty as they are cannot be brought in your cabin luggage whilst travelling. I’ve also had the unfortunate incident of a brand new bottle hitting the tiled floor in the bathroom. Let’s just say I was not a happy girl. TanOrganic products are available to buy from their online store and all good pharmacies nationwide.

I have no link or affiliation to TanOrganic and received no form of payment for my review. I kindly received a sample gift set to try out.


  1. Ann
    2nd June 2016 / 9:47 AM

    Great review….defo must give them a go…great Irish successful business….have to disagree with you on plastic bottles….I wish more cosmetic companies would switch to glass. Way too much plastic in the world and it costs more to recycle than glass !…..could you decant to a plastic travelling bottle when on the move ?

    • apalershadeofbeauty
      2nd June 2016 / 12:12 PM

      Hey Ann thanks for your feedback. I must clarify I meant something like the consistency of a plastic bottle but biodegradable. I agree with you on the plastic front. Hmm with regards decanting I suppose it could be done it would just take a while. It’s great seeing Irish companies doing so well and I love to support our home grown brands. X

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