Monday, January 31, 2011

Fake and Bake - The Mystified Version

Hi Everyone!
This is my first official product testing review blog, so let's get started!

I used to be a tanning feign. I'd go as much as possible and thought nothing of it. In the past year or so, my fake tanning has stopped as the constant emails from my dad filled with statistics finally filled my head with fear and I became another pale Canadian in the cold and snowy winters.

Enter Mystic tanning. I've always wanted to try mystic tanning, but I've been skeptical and feared turning orange. I decided to conquer my fear, and on Monday night my roommate Kylin and I went to a tanning salon in St. Catharines

The girl working had never done it, and her directions were terrible; I learned more from the list of directions on the wall than from her. In I went, and for 60 seconds, I inhaled a good amount of mist because I didn't hold my breath in time. Whoops. The inside of the booth looks exactly like this picture, so if you are claustrophobic I would not suggest it.

Once I got home, it looked like a pretty decent tan. The next morning, it was like I had fallen into a sea of Oompa Loompas. My hands were bright orange, and it seemed like the more I scrubbed, the more orange they became.

Flash forward 5 days: My hands are no longer orange and although I'm slightly darker than before my mystic tan, it will be completely gone in the next few days.

Shop it or Drop it:
Mystic tanning is a good solution if you need an immediate tan for a special occasion and you want an option other than tanning beds. The problem is that it only lasts 5-10 days and isn't all that cheap, costing around $30 each time. Overall, Drop it - do it on occasion rather than every week or two. You'll save a boatload of money in the end.

Here is a link to FAQs on the Arizona Tan website, one of the few places that does Mystic tanning in St. Catharines. Also, here is a great website filled with all kinds of facts and ideas about mystic tanning.


  1. Did you find that the mystic tan rubbed onto your sheets/towels/clothes?

  2. Some rubbed onto my pants when I changed after doing it, but it came out in the wash. Just make sure you wear loose clothing. Other than that, nothing transferred onto my sheets or clothes.

  3. So funny! I'm glad I have you to try all of these things. I've been thinking about spray tanning for a while- I'm glad i read this because I will not be going anytime soon.

    If your taking requests for products to try let me know- a lot of questionable products/services out there.

  4. Katie - I'm definitly open to suggestions. If you know of any products that you want me to test out, let me know and I'll see what I can do!

  5. I actually tried the mystic tan back in high school when I was as white as a ghost and prom was coming up. I honestly did it maybe 3 days before prom and it turned out very nice!

    Everyone couldn’t believe how dark I was, and I went as far as telling some people(guys because they are gullible) that I went away on a weekend vacation to Aruba. They bought it without any questions.
    I don’t know why I didn’t turn out orange, and the whole experience of getting the tan was very awkward but it totally paid off for me!