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With skin cancer on the rise, Consumers are becoming more aware of the damaging effects of the sun and are searching for healthy alternatives.

At THE TAN LAB ®, we have created a scientifically formulated tan that is unmatched by DHA-only products.

Our innovative Instant Tan will bridge the gap between pale and bronzed in a flash!  With it’s super light silky finish our Instant Tan dries quickly and delivers a dark velvety flawless tan in minutes.

No matter your skin tone, this product is for you!  With light reflecting particles, your skin will appear flawless!


With its unique combination of DHA and Erythrulose, our innovative two phase tanning products ensure both ingredients work in synergy providing the most natural looking tan that lasts longer and fades evenly.

About Us

THE TAN LAB was founded in 2013 and had a change of ownership in October 2020. Melissa Bekker is the current proud owner of THE TAN LAB.

Melissa has been in the beauty industry for over 10 years, and after parting ways with her beauty salon, she started a new venture at THE TAN LAB as National Consultant and Training Facilitator. Melissa’s passion and love for the sunless tanning industry makes her the ideal new owner for THE TAN LAB.

Melissa has great vision for THE TAN LAB and will go above and beyond for her customers and to ensure that all products remain the same quality and standards as everyone is accustomed to.

Founding background.

THE TAN LAB was originally founded by Shannon Mathie with over 15 years experience in the beauty industry. Sunless tanning is something she has always been passionate about. The dangers of the sun and the damage it can cause were made even more real to her after a life-changing Melanoma scare and surgery.

With an obsession for sunless tanning products, she used various brands in her Spa, many of which were imported and came at a price! With many years of spray tanning experience, it was evident that locally produced products were limited and lacked the exceptional quality of the imported brands.

Based on her knowledge, Shannon knew there was room in the market to develop a premium product range that met the criteria of imported brands she had used over the years.  For this reason, she set out to develop a high-quality range of sunless tanning products. THE TAN LAB was born after two years of in-depth research and development.

Shannon Mathie is no longer involved in THE TAN LAB but her directorship and vision won’t be forgotten.

Formulated with 2 active ingredients.

With a “less is more” approach, the focus was to develop the most natural looking tan for any skin tone – A tan that would never go ORANGE or look unnatural! The innovative mix of 2 active ingredients was tested extensively and consequently proved to deliver! The result was the most natural looking tan that lasts longer and fades evenly. A range unmatched by DHA only products.

A brand with a conscience.

All our products are vegan-friendly.  Vegan SA provides lists of Vegan friendly recipes, shops, products, places and much more! This website is definitely worth a visit if you are Vegan.

The Brand is endorsed by Beauty without cruelty – a cause very close to Shannon’s heart.  The Tan Lab adheres to the Beauty without Cruelty regulations and consumers can be assured that all products are endorsed by this organisation. So, wear your tan proudly and with peace of mind knowing that your tan has not, and will never, be tested on animals.

THE TAN LAB consists of professional solutions and equipment for salons/spas and mobile tanners, as well as a full retail range. THE TAN LAB supports local business as much as possible and we have some of our equipment locally manufactured. This ensures that we provide our clients with quality local products at affordable prices.

Innovation excites us!

THE TAN LAB added three new retail products to our range in 2017. We have also launched a new range called Athlete Competition Tan. We are set to create a stir in the Competition Tanning market!

For more Athlete Competition Tan info – Athlete Comp Tan Info

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The factory where The Tan Lab’s products are manufactured operates under International Manufacturing Standards ISO 9001:2008 as well as Good Manufactory Practice (GMP). All products produced are manufactured in a controlled environment with state of the art equipment and highly qualified staff.


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