A sunny day came out of nowhere and led me to wear a short dress. Everything around me, except my skin tone, suddenly looked like summer, so I decided to check out Portland Spa and Boutique’s Organic Bronze Bar for their $30 happy hour tanning special offered Monday-Thursday. The Portland Spa introduced Organic Bronze Bar this spring. It is the first in the Pacific Northwest to feature a chemical-free spray tan without parabens, fillers, or any other unhealthy or unnecessary ingredients. Their natural formula uses all organic ingredients to naturally tint skin a gorgeous, healthy tan that lasts 5-7 days. The more you sweat, shower, or exfoliate your skin, the faster the tan fades – mine lasted through 5 days of routine running and yoga. There are various levels degrees of tan you can request, ranging from a light, very natural looking tan, to dark brown. I requested something in the middle, hoping for a convincing tan.
One of the licensed estheticians from Portland Spa led me to an enormous velvet-curtained dressing room. I was shown the wonder bin of pre-tan prep supplies: hair tie, hairnet, disposable panties, and face wipes. She instructed me to dress down to my modesty level – I have no modesty level! The disposable panties amused me, and are perfect for the shy, but I’d rather not have tan lines. After putting on the always flattering hairnet, I stepped into the next velvet-curtained space for the actual spray tanning. To get an even, non-streaking tan, I am instructed to position my arms and legs in various awkward ways, which led to much laughter on my part, since I faced a full-length mirror the entire time. The spray tan was a cool mist lasting a quick 15 minutes. Since the formula includes a bronzer and SPF (protect your skin for a couple hours after!) I immediately looked like a bronzed goddess. The tan developed over the next few hours, so when I woke up in the morning, I looked even tanner! If you need a touchup later in the week, Organic Bronze Bar has bottles of the formula available for retail for $24.99. Next time there is a break in the rainy weather, stop by Organic Bronze Bar and instantly feel summery again. Organic Bronze Bar 0315 SW Montgomery Street, Suite 390 Portland, OR 97201 503-222-0105 Portlandspa.net