We think we look better with a bit of colour and like to maintain a healthy glow all year round, without the sun damage. A few of us here at MooGoo like using self-tanning creams, but we got tired of the orange colour many of them leave, as well as the smell. That’s why we set out to make this product, so we would have something that was genuinely natural, effective and moisturising.
We use our favourite moisturising oils as the base for this cream to make it very hydrating, extending the life of your tan. Then we added in two natural self-tanning ingredients. The first is Dihydroxyacetone (DHA) which can come from a variety of sources, but we are using a Canola-based source. Secondly, in order to get the right colour tone, especially for pinkish complexions, we added Erythrulose, which as the name suggest is a sugar-based tanning ingredient.
And finally, we also added purified ECGC (Green Tea Extract) which is a natural, powerful antioxidant compound. We use the purified Green Tea Extract which is 90% concentrated and is actually a white powder. If you would like to know why we add EGCG, we suggest that you use the Google and search “Topical EGCG Anti-Ageing” to see some studies on its amazing effects.
Tip: Apply this cream daily to gradually build up the tan colour until desired results are achieved. For best results, exfoliate prior to application and wait a few minutes before dressing. Make sure to wash your hands well after application as tanned palms can look a bit strange.
Aqua (H₂O’s Fancy Name), Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Squalane (Olive), Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Dihydroxyacetone (DHA Canola-Based Tanning Agent), Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Glyceryl Stearate (Food Grade Emulsifier), Cetearyl Alcohol (Plant-Based Emulsifying Wax), Lecithin (Soy), Polysorbate 60 (Food Grade Emulsifier), Erythrulose (Glucose-Based Tanning Agent), Piroctone Olamine (Olamine Salt), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Aloe Vera), Tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E), Allantoin, Pyrus Communis (Pear) Extract, Hydrolyzed Milk Protein (For Skin Elasticity), Natural Vanilla Fragrance Oil (Phthalate-Free), Humulus Lupulus (Hops) Extract, Camellia Sinensis (ECGC Green Tea) Leaf Extract.
Because we make our products for our families, we have a strict ingredient philosophy that excludes ingredients like Parabens, Phenoxyethanol and penetration enhancers.
We show all of the ingredients we use in our products on our website, not just the pretty ones. That way you know exactly what's in each one, and can get in touch if you have any more questions.
Please be aware that the ingredients we use in our formulas may be updated occasionally and therefore vary from time to time. Please refer to the ingredient list on the product packaging for the most up-to-date and relevant list of ingredients.
How do self-tanning products work?
Most self-tanning ingredients are either canola oil, glycerin or sugar-based ingredients that combine with the amino acids on your skin. Various amino acids combine differently, producing different tones of colouration from yellow to orange to brown. So very simply, the self-tanning ingredients make a tan coloured pigment on the skin that looks like a real tan, but is not a genuine tan which happens when our skin is exposed to UV. Because the colour is made by using the outer layers of skin, the colour will gradually disappear over a period of time as the skin sloughs off. So to keep the colour, it should be re-applied every now and then.
How do you test your products?
The only animals we use for testing are our own bodies. Friends usually test it next. If they like it and ask for more, we keep it. That’s how all of our products have been developed.
What ingredients do you avoid when making a moisturiser?
There's lots of things you won't find in this cream (or any of our other products) because they were all formulated for family members and close friends. This includes Paraffin and Mineral Oil which derive from petroleum, but are commonly found in commercial moisturisers like Sorbolene. We don’t think putting the stuff that goes into our cars on our skin is the healthiest thing we can do.
We also don’t use any synthetic preservatives such as Parabens and Phenoxyethanol, although they're pretty common too, including with a few brands that claim to be natural (you know who you are!). We avoid a lot of other things too, way too many to list here. We also don't use any useless, trendy ingredients like stem cells from Swiss apples or super power jellyfish DNA, just natural, effective ingredients for healthy skin.
Is this a face cream or a body cream?
We like to keep things simple even if marketing can sometimes tell us otherwise and get us to believe we need a different cream for every part of the body. This cream is made for your skin so rub it on whenever you like on your face and body, and hands and feet too, we don’t discriminate.
Is this moisturiser made of milk?
We aren’t called MooGoo because our products are made with milk. If you think about it, putting any meaningful amount of fresh milk into a cream and then putting it on a shelf in a store for a while would not end well – yuck! We do use ethically and sustainably sourced Milk Protein from a credible Australian supplier in a some of our skincare products because research has found that it helps to increase skin elasticity by up to 20%.
If you want to know more about the Milk Protein we use, check out the General section on our FAQ page for more detailed information.