MooGoo Skincare

MooGoo kindly gifted me their Gradual Tanning Lotion to do this review, but all opinions are still my own and have not been influenced at all. Read more here.


MooGoo is a range of natural products including skincare, hair, dental and baby products, made in Australia and sold worldwide. They keep in mind both people with skin conditions and those that want to lead a healthy lifestyle and may be conscious about what they are putting on their skin. Each product uses high quality natural (and edible!) ingredients and are free of Parraffin, Parabens and Phenoxyethanol. MooGoo is a cruelty free brand and do not test on animals. They also have a range of Vegan products.

moo goo gradual tanning cream


I’m not usually a gradual tan gal, in fact I don’t use fake tan very often at all, but when I do my go to is the St Moriz Dark Mist. I generally struggle to apply tan and make it look seamless, I actually prefer to get a spray tan because it takes the hassle out for me! The last time I used a gradual tan I was about 13, and I remember using the Dove one that made you literally shimmer and took a whole week or two of applications for you to even remotely change colour.

I think MooGoo’s Gradual Tan is pretty reasonably priced at £12.50 for 120g. It has the consistency of cocoa/shea butter and is so moisturising and thick so a little goes a long way! I found this out the hard way of course, by applying way too much the first time. It leaves your skin silky smooth and the colour it builds up is very natural and golden, not orange at all.

It does claim to not smell like other fake tans, and I’ll admit that the scent is not unpleasant but it definitely still has a tan smell. But like I said, it’s not unpleasant at all so not off putting like some of those fake tan scents are!

One thing I noticed is that it didn’t stain the bed sheets or towels at all, even after showering which is always a bonus. I used it for about a week but after a couple of days I already had a really nice colour I was happy with. I’ve attached photos so you can see the tan progression over the first three uses. I was really surprised at how quickly it developed since the gradual tanners I’ve used before had to be used for a whole week before you noticed a difference, whereas with this one I was really happy with the colour after just one use (it gets darker as the day goes on, so you could apply it in the morning and have a nice subtle natural tan/glow by the evening).

It also fades really nice and evenly so you don’t get that dodgy patchiness when you stop applying it and it starts to rinse off. Overall, I’m super impressed with this product and will definitely be using it again.


As I said, fake tanning is not a skill I have been blessed with naturally, so here’s some of my tips for making it go as smoothly as possible to avoid embarrassing accidents:

  1. Exfoliate before application (I recommend exfoliating for two or three days prior to applying tan especially if you don’t regularly exfoliate).
  2. Put moisturiser on your knees, elbows, wrists and any other dry areas that you don’t want the tan to stick to too much.
  3. Put a towel down so you don’t get it on the bottom of your feet (more if you’re using a spray tan as opposed to a cream, but still a good tip especially if you’re clumsy like me).
  4. Apply a generous layer, so you don’t end up missing patches.
  5. Get someone to help you if you’re tanning your back, there are definitely places you can’t reach even if you think that you can.
  6. Wash your hands immediately after application.
  7. Wait a good ten minutes or so if you can before getting dressed so that it is fully dry and you won’t get marks.
  8. Get a good oil free moisturiser to use in between applications, so if you’re applying tan in the morning, moisturise in the evening. The moisturiser will make the tan last longer and fade more evenly. I use the Vaseline Cocoa Butter.

fake tan tips

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Thanks for reading!

L x


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  1. Great post!! I love the tanning tips!

  2. I always have gradual fake tan disasters but yours came out lovely!!!

    1. I’m normally more of a disaster I can’t lie! I’m pretty impressed with how this one came out!

  3. Ooo, I haven’t heard of this brand before, but I love how they are more of a natural brand. Like you, I haven’t used a gradual tan since I was in my teens, apart from the one you can apply in the shower a few years ago. I may just have to give this one a try, when my ‘real’ tan fades.
    Thanks for sharing!

    Aimsy xoxo
    Aimsy’s Antics

    1. I’d not heard of them before either but they’re definitely popping up a lot more recently! Let me know if you try it out 🙂

  4. Thanks for sharing! I recently started using a self-tanner lotion for the first time and can’t really tell if I notice a change or not lol I will definitely be checking out this product!

    1. You’re welcome! You can definitely notice a change straight away with this one!

  5. This sounds like a great product for a gradual tan. I remember the days of the Dove one too and I remember having such a streaky tan ha ha

    1. Always so streaky, I think I was about 13/14 using that one! Disasterous!

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