If I am happy to see a person to reach success, Jules Von Hep is definitely one. International tanning extraordinaire, all around bubbly person and the founder of Isle of Paradise has been through a lot in his life but these days, it seems, happiness and success have found him which is a joy to watch.
Jules managed to create a brand that it’s completely in tune with our times: it is modern, fresh, fun, positive and instantly raised the bar within the tanning industry. I didn’t know the tanning world needed something new until Isle of Paradise popped up but I was charmed straight away…and I am not even a huge fan of tanning. Isle of Paradise is a simple but a smart idea with only a few products, but it is just enough.
What makes Isle of Paradise products unique is its colour correcting properties. Back in the days when Jules was working backstage, he had to customise spray tans, colour correctors and foundations to create a radiant, bright yet realistic look and this experience gave him the idea of the brand. Using his products you can finally ditch flat, muddy-looking, smelly tan and enjoy a natural-looking glow.
Isle of Paradise consists of tanning water sprays, mousse and drops in three shades, light (peach), medium (green) and dark (violet), an instant wash-off tan, an everyday gradual tan, a priming spray and an eraser.
The peach tan is great for lighter skin tones who just want a healthy-looking, light glow and want to brighten up their skin tone a bit. It is a great thing to start with if you haven’t used tanning products before too. They used a so-called OXY-glow™ Technology in the peach range that has clinically proven to deliver oxygen to the surface of the skin and this is what creates that beautiful, bright appearance.
The green tan contains a SuperBalance Complex™ with Agastache Mexicana flower that has clinically proven to reduce redness and inflammation. This range is perfect if you have a slightly darker skin tone or just want a deeper, golden glow.
Colour correcting is very important especially when it comes to achieving a darker tan. The violet range contains a HyperViolet™ Complex that neutralizes orange, yellow and ash tones so even the darkest tan can look bright and natural-looking.
I have to say, Isle of Paradise has launched perfectly, just in time of the first few warm and sunny days in Brighton. Since I cannot live without my rich body moisturizers and I am very pale only wanting just a touch of colour, the tanning drops in Peach was a perfect choice for me. I just had to add a few drops into my daily moisturizing routine (it works on the face too) and that’s pretty much it. It couldn’t be easier to apply it, just make sure you spread it pretty evenly and wash your hands thoroughly after using it. In a few hours the tan develops, it releases a little tan smell at first, but it is not overwhelming at all and despite my acute dislike of that typical biscuity smell, this didn’t bother me at all and by the morning it was all gone: no smell, no stained bedsheets, no ugly yellow tone, just a subtle, natural-looking tan that you can build up over time. The product itself has a fresh scent, again, nothing too overwhelming.
I have to mention the packaging too: It is a glass dropper bottle that refreshingly stands out on store shelves among all the browns and beiges of tanning products and, of course, it’s perfectly Instagrammable with it’s bright and young look.
Here are the ingredients if you are a skincare geek or have certain allergies: Aqua (Water), Dihydroxyacetone, Alcohol Denat. (SD Alcohol 40-B), Glycerin, Polysorbate 80, Xanthan Gum, Erythrulose, Propylene Glycol, Tropaeolum Majus Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E Acetate), Aloe Barbadensis Extract*, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil*, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil*, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil*, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil*, Salvia Hispanica Seed Oil*, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Oil*, Methoxyphenyl t-Butylphenyl Propanediol, Agastache Mexicana Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Ascorbic Acid, Propanediol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Metabisulfite, Parfum (Fragrance), Sodium Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol, Triethylene Glycol *Organic
I am really pleased that I’ve found a tanning product that works for me. I can finally leave my pasty self behind and start Spring with a little bit of a healthy glow. After a good few days of use, my friends asked if I have been in the sun a lot lately so I guess that is a good indicator of how great and natural the tan looks.
Isle of Paradise is an exciting new brand based on a smart idea, created with love and positivity. They are vegan, cruelty-free, organic and have a very reasonable price.
Here is the before and after on my arm in natural light after using it for 4 days:
(I know the second one seems lighter at first but it’s only because it was made during a different time of day. If you look at the undertone of the skin, the first is quite pink, the other two are warmer. The difference is subtle but it’s just enough for me.)
I highly recommend listening to the two episodes with Jules of the Emma Guns podcast where you can get to learn about his journey and his positive outlook on life.