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What You NEED to KNOW About the Differences in Spray Tan Solutions

Updated: May 25, 2023

When you are starting a new spray tan business or service, it is very important that you start with your best foot forward with the best product for your clients by knowing the differences in spray tanning solutions.

What are the differences in spray tan solutions?
What spray tan solution supplier should I go with?

To begin with, there are literally hundreds of spray tan solution brand names out on the market, so it can be very confusing to choose which one is best. However, there are only a handful of maybe 5 or 6 worldwide that are the actual manufacturers of their own solutions. Aviva Labs is one of them. They manufacture their own solutions and have their own research and development team. They are very knowledgeable about the science behind spray tan solutions and everything there is to know about spray tan solutions and the industry in general.

Aviva Labs is transparent. They show who they are, where they are located, what ingredients are in every product and why they are used. They pride themselves with good quality control. This is re-assurance of knowing that your sunless spray tan solution won’t randomly change and the quality will be consistent.

When you look at which spray tan company and what solutions to go with, you want to partner with people who is transparent about their products. It is important to ask questions:

  • Do they list their ingredient list openly?

  • If not, what are they hiding?

  • Who is the company?

  • Where is the company located?

  • Where are the products made?

  • Who manufactures their products?

  • Who is the manufacturer?


Ingredients are very important when looking at a tanning solution that you are going to be spraying on the skin of your clients. These days there are many who have allergies to contend with. You may never know if someone allergic to something until it is too late.

For this reason, when you start your spray tanning business, you want to make sure that you are offering the highest quality and best spray tan solutions on the market you can find. This is a sign of a reputable company that stands behind their spray tanning solutions.

On your end, you can build an excellent reputation and build trust with your own customers who not only will get an incredible spray tan from you, but also the best colour for their skin tones without experiencing allergic reactions. Your clients will experience a great, trouble free sunless spray tan and keep coming back for more as they spread the word that you are the best spray tanner with the best natural spray tan solutions.

Aviva Labs lists all their ingredients openly and they hide nothing. No other spray tan solution brand name or company has been able to re-produce what they have done.

They only use 13 ingredients in every single solution. This is amazing since the majority of solutions out there use up to 30-50 plus ingredients in their solutions. The more ingredients, the more there is a risk of allergic reactions. 

'Organic' and FDA Approved Ingredients

In Canada and the USA, there is no governing authority or regulation that allows people to legally say they are 'Organic' for non-food items. Only edible food items have a governing authority to call their products organic. However, in Europe there is a governing standard called, 'Eco-Cert'” which is the equivalent to 'organic.' Aviva Labs uses Eco-Cert Grade DHA in all their spray tan solutions. They only use the highest quality grade DHA and ingredients in their spray tan solutions and skincare products.

A widely known spray tan solution company called St. Tropez, like many others in the marketplace openly says that they use Erythrulose, but this is a non FDA-approved ingredient. Erythrulose is not currently approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a self-tanning agent. 

“Not all users develop a tan coloration from erythrulose; some may find their fading is more uneven and blotchy when this ingredient is used.”

Aviva Labs does not use Erythrulose.

Oil Free, Alcohol Free and Fragrance Free

Aviva Labs solutions are the only solutions worldwide that are a unique combination of being OIL-FREE, ALCOHOL-FREE and FRAGRANCE-FREE. Be aware of a spray tan solution says they are 'oil-free,' but has aloe vera in it. This that means that it is an oil-based solution.

When a spray tan solution is oil-based, this is what happens:

1) Oil based solutions can clog up the skin’s pores. This can cause breakouts and problems for the skin in general.

2) When oil based solutions are sprayed on the skin, they leave the skin sticky, tacky and heavier on the skin taking longer to dry on the skin. A person does not have this experience with an Aviva Labs spray tan. The solution dries within seconds of hitting the skin with no sticky, tacky, wet feel on the skin at all.

3) When oil based solutions rub off on clothing or bed sheets they stain. With water-based solutions like Aviva’s, they wash off with water without staining clothing or bed sheets.

The reason why inferior spray tan solutions use alcohol is because it an oil-based product. Alcohol is used to compensate so that the solution dries on the skin faster. It can be deceiving if a company says their spray tan solutions are oil-free, but one of their ingredients is aloe vera because it is a type of oil. This can be deceptive. Alcohol dries skin out and adds to pre-mature aging of the skin. This is not a good thing.

Many spray tan solutions are scented or have a particular unpleasant odour to them. The fact is scents are a common cause of allergic reactions. The other negative reason scents are added to a product is to cover up negative or adverse smells and attempts to make a product smell better than it naturally is.

When a product is scented it also can be a red flag that the spray tan brand uses cheaper ingredients in their solutions giving an illusion of quality.

Aviva Labs uses the highest quality of ingredients; they do not have to hide any bad smells or compensate because they are using the very best ingredients in their sunless spray tan solutions resulting in a fragrance-free product.

It is best to use a spray tan solution that is hypoallergenic to avoid any unwanted allergic reactions, and this is what Aviva Labs has done. That is why their solutions are oil free, alcohol free, and fragrance free.

Choosing the Best Solutions!

When it comes to picking out the best spray tan solution for your business and choosing which company and distributor to get your supplies from, your best success will come when you understand what is important when choosing from the hundreds of different spray tan solutions out there.

Company transparency, quality of ingredients, openly listed ingredients and knowing if the brand-name is also the spray tan solution manufacturer are some important points to carefully consider. These are some of the tell tale signs that you are picking a worldwide top-notch spray tan solution, manufacturer and company to have a working relationship with for your continued and ongoing success!

Get in touch with Aviva Labs Canada and discover what it is like to receive a natural spray tan that dries instantly and goes on silky smooth. It’s time to feel good by showing off your healthy tan. - Canadian Wholesale Distributor of Aviva Labs Products


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