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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
    Original lotion

    Posted by on 15th Jun 2020

    First time to try this and while its a little more work to put on than the Fake Bake spray I do like this color the best. I got both and will most likely use both alternately with the spray for faster application. I have learned to put on at night and wash the color guide off in the morning for a much more natural looking tan.

  • 4
    Fake Bake

    Posted by Unknown on 15th Jun 2020

    Great product. I’ve used for 12 years. The dermatology office I worked for carried this product. I’ve found it easy to use. The color was very realistic of a real tan.

  • 5
    Love this tanner. I’ve tried many tanners and always come back to this one. Five stars.

    Posted by Erin Garofalo on 6th Jun 2020

    Love this tanner! The very best!

  • 5
    Fake Bake

    Posted by Faye Flowers on 4th Jun 2020


  • 5
    Original lotion

    Posted by kacie OLeary on 21st May 2020

    This is the best self tanner I’ve ever used!! It doesn’t have a weird smell like some do. The color is a nice natural sun kissed glow, not orange at all! Been using this for 15 years and nothing tops it

  • 5
    FakeBake Original

    Posted by Teri on 8th May 2020

    I love this tanning cream. The first time I apply it, I immediately have a tan. Love it!!

  • 5
    Fakebake lotion

    Posted by Candra on 9th Mar 2020

    I have been using fakebake tanning lotion for over 20 years. I love it and don’t use any other brand.

  • 5
    Fake Bake Original

    Posted by Dara on 13th Aug 2019

    I love this product. Reccomend it to everyone as my favorite. No smell and no streaks or orange color.

  • 5

    Posted by Jessica Gannon on 4th Apr 2019

    This product is the best of the best! I wish everyone I know would buy me a bottle for every gift giving occasion

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