You know that moment of pure surprise (it usually happens mid January) when you look down at your body in the shower and realize that your glorious tan lines, the ones you fought for so hard this summer, are gone – simply vanished, without a trace. Back to square one.
I’m speaking from the perspective of a young lady with Dutch, British and German roots (who now lives in the wintery hinterlands of Vermont), so you can imagine the showy shade I’m talking about here. But the appeal of bronzed, tanned skin (year-round) seems to apply to skin of all shades. It wasn’t always this way: in American culture, pre-1930’s, the paler, the better. Tan, weathered skin was associated with the lower classes that labored outdoors, so the upper class ladies took great care to protect their skin from the sun with long-sleeves, wide hats and sun umbrellas, idealizing that delicate-as-a-flower look. Rumor has it that Coco Chanel was that lady to change all that in the late ’20’s; she went vacationing on the French Riviera and came back looking sun-kissed, bronze and lovely. Suddenly, tan was in, and we’ve never looked back.
For those of us that live above the Mason Dixon line, the weeks between fall and spring can feel like a sad, sunless eternity – so, we created a product to lift ourselves out of Vitamin-D-deficiency-despair (and for those of you who live in a warmer climate, it’s perfect for you, too): the Iridescent Revitalizing Body Oil!
We took our celeb-favorite, hydrating and nourishing Body Oil and loaded it with natural, biodegradable shimmering particles that, when applied to the skin, give it a subtle sheen, iridescence and bronzing effect. It’s not too much shimmer, and not too little – it’s just right. Want to see how we made it? Be sure to check out our Open Lab blog post.
Plus, we infused it with the Essential Oil blend of our Love Potion, so it has a lush, warm scent derived from a blend of the 10’s most potent aphrodisiac essential oils, including sandalwood, davana, ylang ylang, rose and more.
Here’s what it looks like when applied to my chest (you’ll notice that I didn’t put it on my face, so you can see the shade difference from my natural color by comparing it to the skin above my neck). This shimmer has NOT been re-touched; that’s the real glow!
The number one rule with this product is to give the bottle a serious shake before applying. The shimmer particles settle to the bottom, so to get the most effective bronzing results, make sure you’ve shaken it vigorously. We highly recommend this product for the décolletage, the arms and legs – if you have someone to help you and a revealing dress, apply it to the upper back, as well!
A little goes a long way with this product – but you can layer for a more intense shimmering effect. For best affects, apply it right after the shower, after lightly toweling off, so that your skin is slightly damp – that way, the oil absorbs quickly and leaves the sheen on your skin with no greasy residue.
So, on your next night out in that new LBD, why not indulge in a head-to-toe glow? 100% naturally, of course.
Author: Tata Harper Team
The team at Tata Harper Skincare is passionate about promoting a modern, health-conscious natural beauty lifestyle that’s committed to safety, honesty and sustainability.