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Original Self-Tan Lotion

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Original Self-Tan Lotion

Discover where it all began with Fake Bake® Original Self-Tan Lotion, the first product featuring our patented tanning formula with a color guide. Boasting an easy-glide formula and rich color , this product is easy to apply, develops in 6-8 hours and provides a long-lasting golden tan. Lotions are absorbed deeper into the skin, making this option the longest lasting of all formulations.

With this Fake Bake lotion, naturally-derived tanning agents DHA, Erythrulose and DMI, enhance the natural pigment of your skin to deliver a streak-free natural tan for every skin tone. Simple directions for how to use Fake Bake® Original can be found below. One application is sufficient for most users, but if you want to achieve an ever deeper bronze glow, reapply this Fake Bake self-tanner over consecutive days.

Tanning Perfection Directions:

  • Shake gently before use.
  • Always wear waterproof gloves when applying.
  • Prior to applying to elbows, hands, knees and feet, we recommend the use of our oil-free moisturizing products.
  • Apply in the evening and allow your tan to develop overnight.
  • Apply small amounts of lotion in a circular motion.
  • Lightly glaze over elbows, hands, knees and feet. Bend elbows and knees when applying.
  • Rinse off guide color with warm water after tan development time.
  • Re-apply once a week and use Fake Bake maintenance products to extend life of tan.


  • Size: 6 fl oz (170 ml)
  • Skin Types: Normal, Oily, Dry
  • Skin Tones: Medium, Dark
  • Development Time: 6-8 hours
  • Includes application gloves
  • Cosmetic guide color assists in application


  • "Best Self-Tanner" - New York Times
  • "One of the most foolproof brands of self-tan on the market." - The Independent
  • "It's really fool-proof and moisturizing to boot. No wonder the system has such a big celebrity following." - Vanity Fair
  • 5
    Good quality

    Posted by Bonnie Fladager on 6th Jun 2023

    Natural looking tan

  • 5
    Original self tan lotion

    Posted by Victoria Sayre on 2nd Jun 2023

    I have been using fake bake for years. There was a period of time when it started to go bad very quickly. But this batch is the best so far. I love the color.

  • 5
    Fake Bake Original

    Posted by Jennifer on 2nd Feb 2023

    Hands down the best self tanner I have used. I am a long time fan of this brand. I was not able to locate it for quite a while and tried several others in the mean time with no where near as great of a result. Streak free natural color.

  • 5
    Love love love

    Posted by Debbie on 14th Dec 2022

    I honestly can’t say enough good things about this product. I’ve tried so many and I was turned on to this by a friend and I can’t thank her enough! it’s the only tanning lotion that actually doesn’t turn you orange and makes you look very natural. I’m pretty fair, blonde hair and hazel eyes and very fair skin so you could just imagine what I look like in the winter. Thanks to fake bake. I actually look like I live in Florida year-round.

  • 5
    Fake Bake is the best self tanning I have found!!

    Posted by Susan Flowers on 12th Nov 2022

    I have used Fake Bake for about 10 years, give or take a year. I hate they quit making for FAIR SKIN, but I love the Original too.

  • 5
    The BEST Self-Tanner Out There!

    Posted by Carrie on 12th Oct 2022

    I need a lifetime supply of this stuff! It is by far the best self-tanner on the market--giving an instant dark tan as well as building over days. It's easy to apply and absorbs well into the skin. I had to try several other products while this wasn't available and none compared. Please make the Original forever!!!

  • 5
    #1 Self Tanner

    Posted by Crystal Whatley on 28th Mar 2022

    Came back to Fake Bake after buying from Ulta a few years ago. When tanner turns green it's expired. It was practically green out of the bottle. I should have returned but didn't. Took a break from self tanner and just came back. I remember why I love Fake Bake. Super natural, never steaks and now has a fresh scent so it's not obvious if you want to wear during the day. Just buy directly from Fake Bake and you won't be disappointed!

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