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Dare to try it: Aviva Organics Sunless Tanning Trio

Is a Solution for:
Dry Skin
Reviewed by Copley January 21, 2009 6 Comments


Posted by Copley




To hold on to the afterglow of the inauguration, you might be tempted to head to the remote beaches of some Caribbean outpost, but then you'd be missing out on all the fun at home- and raising your risk of sun cancer. Instead, you can get a safe, natural-looking tan without suffering damage from UV radiation. Newly launched Aviva Organics is the world's first line of paraben-free, organic sunless tanning products. That's right- you just read the words organic and sunless tanning in the same sentence.




If you've ever taken a look at the label on a canister of sunless tanner, you may have been either mystified, as I was on my first glance, or horrified, as the wiser version of me is now. Chemicals galore. Fragrances and alcohols that often lead to drying irritations and allergic reactions. Dihydroxyacetone (DHA), an FDA-approved, sugar-based ingredient that coats the top layer of skin a tan color, has the unwelcome side effect of sapping moisture from the skin. Even seemingly benign ingredients such as oil and aloe vera, added to counteract the drying consequences of DHA, make the skin feel sticky and prolong the amount of time needed for the tanning solution to absorb.




Aviva Organics has eliminated all of these undesirable additives in its line of three unique spa-quality items, which includes a face cream, body cream, and body polish. When it comes to sunless tanning products, the shorter the ingredients list, the better. Aviva Organics has pared down its formulas to incorporate the bare essentials. On average, each product touts 66% fewer ingredients than most sunless tanning products and draws heavily on antioxidant-rich fruit and leaf extracts.


A critical step in ensuring a flawless indoor tan is exfoliation. The Aviva Organics line starts with the Conditioning Body Polish (78% organic) to smooth and prep the skin. Its invigorating particles slough off dead skin cells and create an even surface for a follow-up tanning solution, while its organic botanicals soften and moisturize.  Used in the shower, this creamy exfoliant should be massaged all over the body, paying special attention to the elbows, knees, hands, and ankles, and then rinsed off.


Nobody wants to look like a diseased giraffe after a sunless tanning experience. This fear is one of the greatest deterrents preventing people from trying an at-home tanning product. Lucky for them, both of Aviva Organics's lightweight creams impart a natural glow without an orange effect. The Sun-Free Skin Glow Face Creme (78% organic) and Body Creme (85% organic) are hypoallergenic, oil-free, alcohol-free, and fragrance-free. Moreover, the non-sticky formulas dry quickly and won't stain clothes.


So you can kiss your sunless tanning worries goodbye, while at the same time treating your skin to an uplifting color and a nourishing blend of botanicals. Infused with extracts from rosemary, calendula, ginger root, lemon verbena leaf, and orange peel, the Aviva Organics bottles seem to have been plucked from a lush herbal garden.


We have three sets of full-sized bottles to award to three lucky readers, on the condition that you agree to send in a review after testing the products. All you have to do is leave a comment under this post telling us why you love Truth in Aging. The winning comments will correspond to three numbers (1-10) that we have selected in advance (hint: they might have something to do with this year's inauguration date).


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Ingredients in Face Creme:



Aqua (Water), Organic Rosemarius Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, Organic Calendula Officinalis (Calendula) Extract, Organic Zingiber Officinale (Ginger Root) Extract, Organic Lippia Citriodoro (Lemon Verbena) Leaf Extract, Organic Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange Peel) Extract, Organic Rosa Canina (Rose Hips) Fruit Extract, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol (and) Cetearyl Glucoside, Dihydroxyacetone, Cyclomethicone, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Caprylic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Tocopherol (Vitamin E) Natural, Glycine, Potassium Sorbate


Ingredients in Body Creme:




Aqua (Water), Organic Rosemarius Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, Organic Calendula Officinalis (Calendula) Extract, Organic Zingiber Officinale (Ginger Root) Extract, Organic Lippia Citriodoro (Lemon Verbena) Leaf Extract, Organic Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange Peel) Extract, Organic Rosa Canina (Rose Hips) Fruit Extract, Organic Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Organic Glycine Soja (Soy) Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, Dihydroxyacetone, Glycerin, Cassava Starch, Cetearyl Alcohol (and) Cetearth 20, Cyclomethicone, Dimethicone, Aroma (a blend of Essential Oils), Caprylic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Tocopherol (Vitamin E) Natural, Glycine, Potassium Sorbate



Ingredients in Conditioning Body Polish:




Aqua (Water), Organic Rosemarius Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, Organic Calendula Officinalis (Calendula) Extract, Organic Zingiber Officinale (Ginger Root) Extract, Organic Lippia Citriodoro (Lemon Verbena) Leaf Extract, Organic Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange Peel) Extract, Organic Rosa Canina (Rose Hips) Fruit Extract, Cetearyl Alcohol (and) Cetearth 20, Glyceryl Stearate, Organic Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Organic Glycine Soja (Soy) Oil, Glycerin (vegetable), Julgans Regia (Walnut) Shells, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Yucca Glauca (Yucca) Root Extract, Aroma (a blend of Essential Oils), Caprylic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Tocopherol (Vitamin E) Natural, Glycine, Potassium Sorbate

  • January 3, 2013

    by Nicole

    Hi all! This article stuck out at me since I am a professional sunless tan technician. I notice that this article is from 2009 and I believe the information regarding Aviva Labs solutions has changed. Aviva solutions are NOT paraben free! I know this because when I was doing research for solutions I called Aviva Labs and was told several times by their rep that they do not make a truly paraben free solution. He also went on to tell me that since parabens can be found in nature (like in raspberries) they really present no harm to people and therefore it is a waste of time to look for a paraben free line. Even when I mentioned that other companies are doing away with parabens, I was told this was just a marketing ploy for those companies. This was in the last year and a half that we had this conversation. I chose not to accept his explanation since everything I've been taught and that I've read has stated otherwise and went with another company that is ECOCERT, vegan, cruelty free, paraben free and uses only naturally derived ingredients (and it also gives FAR BETTER color and fades much nicer then Aviva). I certainly do not mean to offend the author of this article in any way, I just wanted to let you in on what was told to me by Aviva Labs themselves. :)

  • January 22, 2009

    by copley

    You can buy directly from their website here:
    http://www.avivalabs.com/AO_products.shtml

  • January 21, 2009

    by sarah

    The sunless tanning trio looks great. Any ideas where it can be bought? The only website I could find was in Europe.

  • January 21, 2009

    by marta

    Sarah, thanks for your comments. And you must have read my mind since I was thinking in the shower this morning at a Five Best was well overdue. Coming up soon!

  • January 21, 2009

    by Sarah Higgins

    Hey,

    I wanted to comment on Truth In Aging overall. I constantly keep checking in to get the latest reviews on products for skin care and makeup. Its so hard to know what is new to the market and whether or not its worth testing out for myself. You guys have made my life so much easier; and saved me a ton of money in the process. I'm no longer forced only to use what the latest magazine says or what products my friends have used in the past. My only suggestion; more best of, or top ten lists!!

    Thanks again for all the help.

  • January 21, 2009

    by Erin Paull

    The Conditioning Body Polish sounds like a great exfoliant! I am definitely one of those consumers wary of self-tanning products because a streak free finish seems unattainable. Using an exfoliant that is paired with a line of self-tanning products seems like the best chance at a healthy glow without the giraffe effect that you mentioned! I'm also encouraged by the range of botanical ingredients "from a lush herbal garden" ... if this product actually smells good, AND creates a natural and subtle glow, I'd be loyal for life!

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