So what is organic tanning? Is there such a thing as an organic spray tan solution? And what on earth does Eco Certified DHA mean?

Ok, first let me put out the biggest fire of them all:

The main tanning ingredient DHA (Dihydroxyacetone) – is naturally derived HOWEVER the process that DHA must go through to be used in tanning solution, physically makes it IMPOSSIBLE to EVER gain organic certification. 

So DHA can not be organic, ECO Certified DHA is also not organic. Eco Certification is a standard.

From it states:

‘To ensure an environmentally friendly cosmetic product, the Ecocert standard lays down:

1. The use of ingredients derived from renewable resources, manufactured by environmentally friendly processes. Ecocert therefore checks:
  • The absence of GMO, parabens, phenoxyethanol, nanoparticles, silicon, PEG, synthetic perfumes and dyes, animal-derived ingredients (unless naturally produced by them: milk, honey, etc.).
  • The biodegradable or recyclable nature of packaging.’

So DHA can not be organic, and Eco Certification does not certify DHA as organic. You can read that statement from their website here:

So if you see a spray tan solution or a beauty and spray tan salon claiming eco certified organic DHA, that is misleading and false information.

DHA makes up anywhere from 8-20% of a spray tan solution, that leaves anywhere from 80-92% of remaining solution which CAN be certified organic. There are numerous bodies which provide organic certification and for a product to gain certification 70% or more of the product must be organic and the remaining natural (hence why spray tan solution meets the requirements because DHA is naturally derived).

So now that we know the requirements, which solutions are certified organic?

In Australia there are two:

Naked Tan –  Green base, 11% DHA, 2 hour product:


organic spray tan solution by Naked Tan

organic spray tanning solution







Eco Tan Rich Honey – 4-8 hour product, 8-10% DHA, green base:

a brown 1L bottle of eco tan spray tan solution

Eco Tan organic spray tan solution







Which is better? They both have great colour and it is really just personal choice which one you prefer.

Personally for colour and performance I prefer non organic tanning solutions. Something like Lola, contains all the same ingredients, eco certified DHA and no nasties, it just isn’t organic. However delivers superior colour, darkness and staying power.

And remember, just because something is ‘natural’ or ‘organic’ doesn’t mean you can’t have a reaction or be allergic to it – DHA regardless of it’s origins and all the other natural ingredients in these organic solutions (like non organic) should be handled with care.

Try an organic solution for your next tan and be the judge yourself and see which you prefer. Organic spray tan solutions are double the price of other solutions and for this reason they attract a small premium. Spray Tans with organic solution are $35, compared to other salons charging $35 to $50 for non organic, this is still super reasonable!

See you at your next Tan!