Best Tingle Tanning Lotions: Reviews & Guide (2018 Update)

Updated 6 years ago

Tinglers, or tingle tanning lotions, are beloved by expert tanners. The ingredients bring a rush of blood to the skin’s surface, increasing the ability of melanin-producing cells to darken skin color. Advanced tanners appreciate the speed at which they bronze when they use tinglers, and they love the hot sensation.

We’ll skip all the warnings about getting a base tan first (because you’re less likely to burn), the need to use moisturizer (because tinglers will dry your skin), and the hazards of tanning (raising the risk of skin cancer) plus chemicals used in tanners.

We will, however, give you a couple of simple tips. One, if you’re not sure if an indoor tanning lotion has a tingler, check the ingredients list for two things: Benzyl Nicotinate or Methyl Nicotinate. Those are the “hot” ingredients.

Two, here’s how to enjoy tanning with hot lotions and minimize side effects. if you’re new to tingle lotions, cut your tanning session shorter by half the first time you try one. Expect your skin to look red for a while after your session. Don’t put the lotion on sensitive areas, and don’t hug small children or people with sensitive skin until after you’ve showered.

Now, let’s hit the reviews of the scorching hottest tingle tanning lotions on the market.

The best tanning lotions with tinglers

While you can use most of these lotions outside, too, they are safe for tanning bed use.

Millennium Insanely Black Hot Tingle Tanning Bed Lotion w/ Bronzer

Millenium makes the Insanely Black Hot Tingle Tanning Lotion with a bronzer so you can look darker instantly when you apply it. People say it feels hardcore hot on their skin while they’re tanning. It smells great, too. They notice their tan seems to come on stronger and last longer, plus their skin feels soft.

Designer Skin Ruby Hot Tingle Bronzer Indoor Tanning Bed Lotion

Designer Skin makes their Ruby Hot Bronzer with both a tingle and a cooling sensation. What does that even mean? Someone described it like being on fire and rubbing Vicks Vaporub on their sunburn. We think that sums it up nicely.

There’s no erythulose, nuts, or gluten in this lotion. It’s loaded with capsaicin, the stuff in cayenne pepper, and licorice for a refreshing coolness. Designer Skin’s Melanink technology speeds up your tan so you look delicious for summer.

Ed Hardy Obnoxious Extreme Bronzer Tingle Tanning Lotion

Ed Hardy makes some great tanning lotions, and the Obnoxious Extreme Bronzer is no exception. Users say they feel hot, hot, hot when they use it. It’s got magnesium and mangosteen plus Vitamins C and E to ward off skin damage from the tanning process.

Supre Snooki Hot Skinny Sizzling Super Dark Maximizer

While Supre Snooki’s Skinny Sizzling Super Dark Maximizer doesn’t have a bronzer in it, it does make you feel a powerful rush of heat when you tan with it. It’s also designed to protect your tattoos from fading.

Jwoww Mad Hot Tingle Bronzer, Tanning Lotion

The Jwoww Mad Hot Tingle Bronzer is one of the most fiery tanning lotions in our review. Its almost-combustible formula will turn your skin fire-engine red and speed up your tan like nobody’s business. Plus, the lotion darkens skin color with tyrosine melanin in anticipation of a lasting tan.

While most tinglers dry skin, this one contains Vitamin E, shea butter, and black currant oil to keep your skin soft. It doesn’t feel greasy at all, and it smells rather like cinnamon red hot candy.

Devoted Creations Trinity XS Mega Extreme XXX Sizzling Tingle Tanning Lotion

Devoted Creations doesn’t pull any punches with their Trinity Mega Extreme Tingle Lotion. A tanning salon once said this lotion is hot, hot, hotter than the BombShell. This is for advanced tanners only.

The formula tans your skin ahead of your session with the Black Bronzing Silicone Emulsion, then uses the power of DHA to accelerate your tan like crazy while you’re under the lamps. Devoted Creations mixes in other benefits like anti-aging and skin firming ingredients, plus the tropically fruit scent masks the just-tanned smell quite well.


The Glamour Goddess 300x Tingle has a tropical scent and a strong tingle. While the company makes it sound like their lotion is intensely hot, users with experience of tingle lotions say it’s good, but not as fiery as some others.

The formula doesn’t contain DHA (which some tanners avoid because it’s one of those chemicals we weren’t going to warn your about). It has grape seed oil and other natural ingredients to soften and nourish skin because after all, tanning is hard work for it.

Brown Sugar SPICY BLACK CHOCOLATE Tingle Bronzer

Want to smell like rich chocolate? Try the Brown Sugar Spicy Black Chocolate Bronzer. Yes, it actually has chocolate extract in it. One user says they recommend this lotion to everyone because it smells great and feels nice and hot. It also speeds up your tan with a little bronzer.

Designer Skin BombShell, 100XXBronzer

Designer Skin says their BombShell 100XXBronzer has “ultra-extreme sizzle.” Users say it’s hot, not the hottest ever, but definitely tingly, plus it smells great. When they use it, their tan gets darker faster. The formula includes white tea extract, soy, and Co-enzymeQ10 to protect skin.

Tan Asz U FIRE IT UP 200X Tingle Bronzer

Tan Asz U’s FIRE IT UP lotion doesn’t have parabens or DHA, so it’s probably a little better for your health. It tingles and it’s hot while you enjoy your session in the tanning bed. Users say it really helps them get darker faster, and it even aids those hard-to-tan parts.

Supre Cherry Bomb Red Hot Dark Accelerator Tanning Lotion

If you’re looking for a tingle tanning lotion that won’t burn off your skin, try the Supre Cherry Bomb. Users say it’s good for speeding up a tan, but it’s not intensely hot.

Tanovations Ed Hardy Body Shots Double Shot Warning Mega Extreme Hot Tingle

Longtime tanners who love tingle lotions find that they get used to the hot sensation. Users who tried the Body Shots Double Shot from Ed Hardy say two different things about it. Some users say they can still feel this one when they’ve gotten used to so many other tingle lotions. Others say it’s hot, but milder than some they’ve tried.

Take those comments and decide if you’re brave enough to try it. Yes, it contains DHA as a tan accelerator. Ed Hardy points out that there are “high amounts” of it, plus a bronzer and tyrosine blend for a deep tan as fast as possible.

Pink Diamond® T2 Tingle Bronzer Swedish Beauty

Swedish Beauty’s T2 Tingler is a tan accelerator that will soften your skin, give you a little bit of bronze, and let you feel some heat while you tan. If you’re new to tingle tanning lotions, this is a pleasant one to try.

Devoted Creations IGNITE NOIR Hot Tingle Bronzer

Devoted Creations presents their Ignite Noir Hot Tingle Bronzer as containing lots of DHA to accelerate your tan, plus cosmetic bronzers to give you that sun-kissed look right now. It also has protection against fading tattoos and a formula that fights cellulite. But even with all these things they didn’t forget the tingle.

Users report that this lotion is tingly, but opinions seem to be divided on whether it’s only mildly warm or hot for real. The difference seems to fall on how much experience the tanner has had with lotions as well as whether they had a base tan to start.

White 2 Black, Tingle, Ultra Fast, Darkening Lotion

Devoted Creations offers yet another tingle lotion, and it’s intensely hot. One user said they had built up a resistance to the heat in other products, but they could really feel this one.

The White 2 Black doesn’t have a bronzer. The tan you achieve is all yours. It does have cranberry seed oil to hydrate skin and black tea to shrink pores.


Once you have a base tan, you enjoy these tingle tanning lotions to the maximum. Lots of people love them because they make tanning a much more stimulating experience, plus they make skin darken at a faster pace. We hope we helped you discover new tinglers to try during your next tanning session. Visit us again soon to see new reviews of the best in beauty and personal care.