Rounds for Wildlife

You would think with Sonya and Gary’s wedding only being days away, that the soon to be bride and groom would be buried in last minute wedding plans and preparation. Even at one of the busiest times in their lives, these two compassionate people never seem to stop giving to people, to the environment or to animals.

On September 7, Gary will be doing 51 rounds of Muay Thai with his trainer, Marcus Burgess, to raise awareness and funds for the native wildlife in Thailand that are being exploited and mistreated in the tourist hotspots for monetary gain. Tourists are unknowingly contributing to this cruel exploitation by paying for pictures and rides on these beautiful creatures. Elephants are taken from their mothers as babies and beaten into submission, tigers are sedated and kept in confined spaces. Enough is enough.

Gary is raising money to build awareness of this darkside of wildlife tourism and help re-home these animals in a conservation park. Gary is an Australian business man with a love for Thailand and the art of Muay Thai.

He says “there are so many great things about this country but wildlife tourism is a serious issue. Through educating Australian tourists, I hope to make a dent in animal exploitation in Thailand.”

You can donate per round that Gary completes or just simply nominate an amount. You don’t even need to physically attend, you can donate online at Gary’s gofundme link:

Have a mate’s back by checking their back!

Who has your back?

If the rising temperatures and humidity is enough indication, I think it’s safe to say Summer is on the way. For all of us as Eco Tan HQ, this means days by the beach, cold drinks and lots of time in the pool. While we’re all excited to be out in the warm weather, it can be sobering to remember that Australia has the highest rate of melanoma in the world. It’s incredibly pertinent that we review the warning signs of melanoma, how to check for them, and to check a mates back!

Checking your skin regularly for any new spots or changes in existing spots is crucial. Catching a melanoma early can be the difference between clear health or cancer.

Generally speaking, there are several signs you can look out for yourself:
  1. Size – is the spot getting bigger?
  2. Colour – is the colour of the spot becoming patchy?
  3. Shape – does the spot have an irregular edge or lack symmetry?
  4. Elevation – has the spot become raised?
  5. Itchiness – is the spot itchy?

Unfortunately, unless you’re a contortionist, it’s unlikely that you can check every nook and cranny on your own body for irregular looking spots. That’s why this Summer we’re encouraging you to have a mate’s back by checking their backs. Grab a friend, foe, family member or stranger – it doesn’t matter – and get them to look in those hard to reach places! It might be weird ringing up a friend and asking them to scan your back for moles, but you won’t regret it if they actually do find something. And don’t forget to do the same for your friends! They’ll thank you later when they’ve prevented a spot from becoming a melanoma.

Most importantly this Summer, we always encourage you to employ a full sun safety routine. Wear a hat, sunglasses, protective clothing and seek shade to avoid direct exposure to UV rays. And, of course, WEAR SUNSCREEN! Our All Natural Coconut Sunscreen uses only natural ingredients to create a physical barrier against UV rays from permeating your skin. It’s also FREE of oxybenzone, which is a nasty chemical harming our beautiful sea creatures.

Sun safety is always priority as it’s so important to take care of your skin. We hope that you enjoy your Summer without putting yourself in harms way!

The rise of teens against animal cruelty

With the advent of social media, younger generations are taking it upon themselves to gather information about issues they are passionate about. Subsequently, a huge movement against animal cruelty has gained momentum. Transparency has never been valued so highly in the cosmetics industry and a quick Google search can reveal who does and does not test on animals.

This has come with both exciting and unfortunate consequences. Fortunately, the higher demand for cruelty free products has forced corporations into complying with stricter regulations on cruelty free practices. What once used to be a niche market of cruelty free alternatives has now morphed into the mainstream, making cruelty free cosmetics available for the masses. However, the rise in popularity has meant that a lot of companies are employing buzz words like ‘vegan’, ‘organic’ and ‘cruelty free’ even when it isn’t true.

Yet, these faux labels aren’t fooling teenagers who are using social media to educate others and spread the message of cruelty free cosmetics. Instagram is a huge platform for vegan and animal rights advocate communities. Eco Tan has plenty of ambassadors who spread the good word on cruelty free cosmetics and making ethical purchase choices.

Eco Tan is a company that is founded on authenticity and transparency, which is why our certifications are so important. Our certifications guarantee that we have met the strict requirements set by governing bodies such as the Organic Food Chain Australia, Safe Cosmetics Australia and Choose Cruelty Free. When we say that our products contain only Certified Organic and natural ingredients, this is 100% factual. We have NEVER and will NEVER test on animals and our tanning and body care range are vegan.

We are so happy to see that cruelty free cosmetics are becoming increasingly popular but we encourage you to make sure that you can see the little white bunny on what you’re buying. That’s the only way to know if it is truly cruelty free or not.

To celebrate cruelty free cosmetics, we are currently offering Charlotte’s Cruelty Free Picks which contains Pink Himalayan Salt Scrub, Invisible Tan and a FREE Coconut Deodorant. Shop now to start your journey with Eco Tan and cruelty free cosmetics.

There’s nothing fake about our tan!

Oompa Loompa

Say bye-bye to orange skin!

Fake it, Don’t bake it!

We’ve all seen it before – some poor girl leaving the salon doing her best to hide the fact she looks like an oompa loompa… Unfortunately, a lot of spray tan solutions use orange as a dye to give that ‘tanned’ look, but we have all seen it go wrong so many times before. Worse still, to counteract the orange dye, most solutions also contain a green dye as well! What’s worse than waking up looking like Shrek?

Alongside a whole host of other nasty chemicals, these yucky, synthetic dyes are what put a lot of people off getting a spray tan. Fortunately, there are alternatives! We can guarantee that our professional solutions will never, ever make you orange… why? Because they don’t contain ANY synthetic orange dyes!

You can rest easy, getting a spray tan with one of our professional solutions, knowing they are made with ONLY Certified Organic and natural ingredients. In fact, here is an exact break down of what it is in Rich Honey & Two…

Rich Honey Two

Never again will you need to exit the salon sheepishly because you closely resemble a tangerine. Embrace using Mother Nature’s finest to tan the healthy and sunless way!

Find your nearest holistic Eco Tan Technician on our Stockist page.

Help support us in the Janey Loves 2016 PLATINUM Awards


As a company, we really value winning awards as they reflect the amount of hard work that goes into creating products made with only Certified Organic and natural ingredients. We are determined to bring Eco Tan to every corner of the globe so that everyone can enjoy an all natural method of sunless tanning. This year we have entered the Janey Lee Grace – “Janey Loves 2016” PLATINUM Awards and we need YOUR help!

Our Eco Tribe is so important to us and we only hope to grow bigger and educate more people on the ways of Certified Organic and cruelty free cosmetics. If you love our products, made only from natural and Certified Organic ingredients, then we need you to vote for us! We have entered four of our best:

  1. Cacao Firming Mousse
    • Express tanning mousse
    • Lightweight formulation
    • Made from cacao, coffee and blood orange to stimulate your skin and reduce the appearance of cellulite
  2. Face Tan Water
    • Revolutionary tanning toner
    • Apply like a toner onto your face and it will build to your desired glow
    • Anti-ageing, anti-acne formulation which is beneficial for your skin
    • Contains rose geranium, orange peel and aloe vera
  3. Pink Himalayan Salt Scrub
    • Unique dry scrub that contains coconut oil, pink himalayan salt and lemongrass
    • Lemongrass contains anti-bacterial properties, coconut is hydrating for the skin and the pink salt provides some rough love
    • Perfect for tan preparation and removal
  4. Coconut Body Milk
    • Your one stop body milk that provides instant relief for dry, irritated skin
    • Contains coconut, aloe vera, jojoba and macadamia
    • Promotes the appearance of smoother, younger looking skin
    • Aids in the healing of skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis

If you resonate with our message of cruelty free, all natural beauty then help us tell the world! Follow the link and vote for one, or all, of our four entries and support our brand ethos of cruelty free, all natural cosmetics.

Thank you so much for your extended support. Our Eco Tribe has helped us grow to unprecedented levels and we’re forever grateful that you have helped Eco Tan get where it is today. Let’s make cruelty free beauty the only type of beauty!

Sonya Supports Friends With Dignity

An exciting time in Sonya’s life is approaching – her wedding! In September, Sonya will marry her partner of six years surrounded by her friends and family. During this period of planning, Sonya realised she wanted to give back to a charity. She wanted a charity that supported those who were not so fortunate to be surrounded by boundless love. 

Friends With Dignity is a charity that supports all victims of domestic violence. Their company mantra says that domestic violence does not discriminate, so neither do they; they seek to help every victim regardless of gender, ethnicity or sexuality. It is compromised entirely of volunteers who work with a network of refuge’s to support victims who have been displaced due to domestic violence. These men, women and children have to leave their homes due to fear. Often having nothing but the clothes on their back. 

With these victims in mind, Sonya had a brilliant thought; instead of asking for wedding gifts, she would get her guests to bring a donation for Friends With Dignity. The donation could be anything from a washing basket and pegs to dishwashing detergent. It is often the little, but necessary, household items that are overlooked. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure and people don’t know how helpful they are to these victims. This way, instead of buying gifts for someone who is already so blessed with love, Sonya and her friends and family are paying it forward to those who need it. 

If you, like Sonya, want to support the worthwhile cause at Friends With Dignity, you can visit their website at

If you are, or know anyone who is, a victim of domestic violence you can call Lifeline on 13 11 14 for 24/7 support. 

Our Good Return Sponsorship – Samang Chen

Here at Eco Tan, our mission is to do good in the world. For the environment, for our skin, for animals and, of course, doing good for others. Sonya is a big believer of reaping what you sow, and her strong Christian faith provides the backbone of her charitable nature. 

Our latest charitable cause is sponsoring Samang Chen, a woman from Cambodia. She’s a farmer in the Kratie Province and works hard every day growing cassava – a major source of carbohydrates in Cambodia. Through her hard work and hustling, Samang earns $12 a day which she uses to support her three children. One day, Samang hopes that her business will pay for her children to go to university. Hearing Samang’s story struck a chord with everyone at Eco Tan HQ. We could all relate to being hardworking women who want to support our family.

For this reason, Eco Tan has provided a loan for Samang. With this she will be able to hire a ploughing contractor prepare for the next crop season. This will create a sustainable income for Samang and aid in breaking the cycle of poverty. We are inspired by Samang’s determination and drive, and we hope that our loan is the beginning of a prosperous crop season for her business. 

Sonya always says when you raise up a women, you raise up a community.

Coconut Deodorant – Is it a Smart Move?

Why would a tanning company make a Coconut Deodorant?

I know, I can’t help myself. If I can’t find an organic product that works my mind won’t shut down. My yoga friends tell me its my chattering monkey that tells me just make it! We have a few different products up our shelves that might surprise some people and in the mix is the coconut deodorant!

Our unisex, organic, coconut deodorant is BRILLIANT! It isn’t an anti perspirant that blocks your sweat gland with aluminium. It is vital that we let the natural toxins release from our body. We have all heard that antiperspirants are “linked”to Breast cancer.

Anyway the testing process wasn’t very pleasant for my running buddy Jo. We went through a few batches before we found the gold.

Deodorant Works
Just last night I received an email from Sarah Wilson saying ” Hey Son, it works”! Let us know what you think. My 11yr old is using it too. I wanted to send the whole class one however Charlotte was horrified. Apparently I am sooooo embarrassing!

Remembering Eco Angel Jess

Eco Angel Jess Ainscough

In November 2012, the beautiful Jess Ainscough was our Eco angel for the month. We we’re reading our interview with her and wanted to remember this beautiful soul…

Company Name: The Wellness Warrior

How you got started: I started as a blog to chronicle my experiences while healing from cancer naturally. That was about 2.5 years ago, and since then it has grown in popularity to now become a hub for all things health and wellness. It is a virtual sanctuary where I share my story, lessons, and healing info every day.

What brings you joy?

My little pug girl, my boyfriend, my family, reading brilliant books, being near the ocean, nature, raw cheesecake, preparing and eating amazing healthy food, connecting with my virtual family via my website, and so much more!

What is your style of Music?

I have a very eclectic taste in music – from laid back folksy stuff, hip- hop, dance, and especially old school stuff.

Do you have a book you could recommend to us?

I just finished reading Wild by Cheryl Strayed and it was brilliant! I’m also reading Pattie Boyd’s autobiography, Wonderful Tonight, and it’s great too. I love bios from that rock era.

Favourite destination?

The Sunshine Coast. I don’t think there is anywhere better than here!

Share with us a memory that makes you smile?

 In 2009 I trekked the Himalayas with two of my friends. It was amazing. We saw the most magical sights and met incredible people. But it was the physically hardest thing I’ve ever done, and completing the trek was the first time I realised how much inner strength I have. This was also right before I was diagnosed with cancer for the second time, so it is one of my last wild and free experiences. A little while after that I started Gerson Therapy and threw myself into my healing regime.

Share a favourite saying with us…

Our lives are not determined by what happens to us, but by how we react to what happens to us, not by what life brings to us, but by the attitude we bring to life.

What’s being healthy mean to you?

To me, being healthy means making all lifestyle decisions from a place of pure kindness and respect for yourself.

Your favourite Certified Organic product?

Coconut oil!

One vitamin everyone should take?

B12 (the methylcobalamin kind)

The Paradise Kids Angel Appeal

Our company supports many charities, but one of our favourites is the Gold Coast’s Paradise Kids.

The Eco Tan team took part in the Paradise Kids Angel Appeal. This is an annual fundraiser to support more than 300 children dealing with grief, loss or illness. Our staff wore white in the office and in the afternoon, Sonya and her children took part in the Angel Walk. This was held at the beautiful Southport Broadwater Parklands. They joined others who wore white and/or angel wings as they walked through Southport, raising money to “help heal the heartache.”

Paradise Kids is a Gold Coast Children’s Charity, founded in 1996 to help provide grieving children with counselling and support. All children grieve differently and may express anger, fear, guilt, repetitive behaviour and regression. These reactions are a normal response to loss of any kind. Paradise Kids offers art, movement, music, story-telling and safe anger management processes to allow children to grow positively through their loss rather than through repression of their feelings.

Check out some of our pictures from the angel appeal.

For more information please go to

“It’s never too late to have a happy childhood!”