Airbrush tanning salons are a dime a dozen here in Los Angeles, and it usually takes the stars aligning to find that perfect tanning experience. Today, there’s thousands of solutions to choose from; what’s worse is that just about anyone can pick up an airbrush gun, which can lead to terrifying results.
Have no fear. The best airbrush tanning spa has come to fruition! Yes, spa. It’s not your typical salon. They might not call themselves a spa, but they certainly appear to be! Introduce yourself to Chocolate Sun, the all-natural and organic airbrush tan, which originated from Flowers Organic Skin Care.
What differentiates Chocolate Sun from the rest of the competition is their attention to detail. Many companies buy tanning solution from mass producers and claim them as their own formula; most which include unnatural dyes, chemicals and preservatives. Thus, Flowers Organic Skin Care created their product from scratch, resulting in Chocolate Sun.
Their “treatment,” as they like to call it, benefits the skin while tanning it. They use the highest grade of DHA (the coloring agent), which is derived from the sugar of a beat, keeping it all natural. It’s free of odor unlike other products because it is chemical-free. It is, in fact, nature’s healthiest tan, leaving skin soft and naturally bronzed. It also has SPF 30 in it — perfect considering most get airbrush tans to avoid harmful UV rays.
The entire experience is phenomenal. From the minute the client steps foot into the lounge, they’re greeted with sweet aromas from Flowers Organic Skin Care. It is clear immediately that this is a classy joint, not one of those make-a-buck businesses. Onced signed in, the airbrush tech clicks her heels and whisks the client away on an enchanting tanning journey, while immediately informing them of what to expect from the their tanning appointment.
This is an essential part of the tanning experience. Usually, tanning salons offer minimal explanations and dull, underqualified and overly-orange, cleavage-bearing employees (hate to say it, but it’s true). Chocolate Sun is a radical 180 from this aspect of salons, providing well-educated, calming and efficient airbrush techs, who explain everything they’re doing — and why.
The airbrush room is impeccably clean. No reminants of any airbrush solution are to be found; it’s shocking that tans actually take place there! Really, the place is spick and span, which is a step of from the normal over-exposed airbrush room, which usually is sticky and almost black with tanning residue.
After a few key prepartion tips and suggestions (which will remain secret until seen for oneself — one of which really distinguishes the tan above all others), the airbrush process begins. It’s efficient and thorough, and color appears brown. Yes, brown. No shades of orange to be found! Hallelujah!
Two full coats and an informative 10 minutes later, the tan dries quickly and without any sticky residue. Tah dah! A beachy, natural-looking and healthy glow, courtesy of the goddesses at Chocolate Sun. The best part? You can still go about your day (or night) without worry!
Chocolate Sun is located at 560 Huntley Drive in West Hollywood and 147 Bay Street in Santa Monica. For more information on airbrush tanning and Chocolate Sun, visit ChocolateSun.net or call to book an appointment: 310.854.1122 (WeHo) or 310.450.3075 (Santa Monica).