The Tan Lab


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Founder of The Tan Lab

The Tan Lab was founded by Shannon Mathie in 2013. With 15 years of experience in the beauty industry, sunless tanning is something Shannon has always been passionate about.

The dangers of the sun and the damage it can cause were made even more real to her after a life-changing Melanoma scare and surgery. She experimented with many sunless tanning products in her day spa, and using these products she discovered that being a skin type 1 (fair and unable to tan without burning) did not mean she had to be pale all year round!

Sunless tanning products have developed and evolved over the past few years. With advancements in technology, they no longer leave the skin looking streaky and orange, with an awful smell to boot. With the knowledge of beauty products and experience in the industry, Shannon set out to develop her own range of sunless tanning products, which now form part of The Tan Lab.

DHA Plus

One of the vital active ingredients in our self-tan lotions is DHA (Dihydroxyacetone). This ingredient has been modified to ensure that you receive the best home tanning experience. You will not be left with that self-tan smell but rather a fresh, exotic fragrance!

Eco Certified Ingredients

The Tan Lab has the highest quality Eco Certified ingredients. This means that our products have been certified as eco-friendly. Our products will inflict no harm on the environment. You can use our products without harming Mother Nature.

Animal Testing

Beauty without Cruelty is an animal rights organisation with a primary objective to educate and inform the public about the exploitation, abuse and suffering of animals and to offer humane, non-animal alternatives to replace cruel and harmful lifestyle choices.

Caring consumers are not willing to take manufacturers ‘animal friendly’ claims at face value anymore but Beauty Without Cruelty’s trusted endorsement does lend validity to such claims.

The Tan Lab adheres to the Beauty without Cruelty regulations and consumers can be assured that all products are endorsed by this organisation. So, wear your tan proudly and with peace of mind knowing that your tan has not, and will never, be tested on animals.

Vegan Friendly

Vegans are people who adopt a lifestyle that avoids animal exploitation. This goes beyond merely what they eat, they will not wear clothes that invloved harming an animal or even use products that have animal bi-products in them. We are proud to say that our products are Vegan friendly!

Vegans live a very strict lifestyle and therefore it’s important that they know whether a product is Vegan friendly or not. If you are a Vegan, you will understand that it can be difficult to find Vegan friendly products quickly and easily. Vegan SA is a wonderful website. It’s sole purpose is to make a Vegans life as convenient as possible. Vegan SA provides lists of Vegan friendly recipes, shops, products, places and much more! This website is definitely worth a visit if you are Vegan.

PH Balanced products

The Tan Lab has set out to offer you the best there is in sunless tanning products. We have gone through extensive research, development and testing criteria to ensure that all products are safe to use. Our products are PH balanced to ensure all our products will work in harmony with your skin. We recommend that you do a patch test if you have sensitive skin, just to be on the safe side.


The factory where The Tan Lab’s products are manufactured operates under International Manufacturing Standards ISO 9001:2008 as well as Good Manufactory Practice (GMP). All products produced are manufactured in a controlled environment with state of the art equipment and highly qualified staff.

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Type of product

Dark, Everyday, Fair, Medium, Top Up


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