Andrea Taylor is considered the Spray Tan Queen in the Industry - with well over 100,000 spray tans under her belt and educator to over 5 million sprays world-wide.
As someone who can only be described as a woman of action, Andrea Taylor has released her own brand of spray tan, wax and beauty products. Andrea has done this in a very short period of time. Andrea commenced work on the project in the Christmas break 2011 after watching brands being built up for manufacturers who were more interested in pure profits rather than being passionate about providing quality products at an affordable price.
Since that time Andrea has attracted the attention of Vogue Magazine and is regularly featured in the luxury brand magazine, and it the only spray tan to be featured in the 2015 Vogue Brides Directory. Miss Universe Australia have chosen Mediterranean Tan to be their official spray tan, Mr Universe (back to back winner) chose Mediterranean Tan to be sprayed in and the brand has been featured in numerous magazines as the spray tan of choice.
The brand featured in Spa Magazine as the Number brand. Andrea is also highly sought after as a speaker and has graced many a stage and training event providing information to the beauty industry. Andrea has been the only speaker to speak at the trade expos since 2012, securing her renowned industry title as the "World's most sought after spray tan speaker". Andrea is also recognized in the industry as an expert in the spray tan arena with fortnightly contributor to Professional beauty online, regular contributions to Professional trade magazines including Professional beauty, Spa Australasia, Smart Tan International and of course speaking Internationally at Nashville tanning show ( the largest tanning show in the USA) and at Cosmoprof Italy.
Andrea can also be described as a woman who has almost done it all. A country girl at heart, she was born in a small country town in the Wimmera. "Growing up was tough, there was not a lot of money. What we lacked in financial resources we made up for in love and innovation. I was fortunate to have strong women around me throughout my life who were also caring and compassionate. These women taught me it was not a level playing field for men and woman but that didn’t matter as we didn’t necessarily want to do things the way that they had been done previously but to create a better way of doing things."
"Learning was my escape from the poverty of growing up. Mum encouraged us all to get a good education so that as a young woman I could take care of myself and be able to make choices about my future.
I attended a primary school for the disadvantaged and although it was a school for the poor, I was probably the poorest kid there. I was often picked on and bullied; as I wore jeans with patches on them to make them last, I was somewhat over weight as a child and from this lacked self esteem. My haven was the school library where I would spend every possible moment. In the library I escaped the bullies and I could escape into reading about all sorts of people. This pattern continued throughout high school and into university days. The one thing I did learn throughout this process was that there were people who came from worse backgrounds than I did who were able to do amazing things with their lives. It was not about being the smartest, prettiest, wealthiest; but it was about being true to one’s self, being persistent and doing it better than the next guy and remaining humble."
After studying nursing Andrea became an Intensive Care Nurse and worked in some of the largest and best Intensive Care Units throughout Australia. She assisted in the establishment of Melbourne Private Hospital and several other regional programs, often launching them in rapid time frames that left her peers wondering how she achieved her before-schedule and under-budget projects every single time. Andrea’s answer is that while others sit around and talk about it she just gets on with it. It has been this approach that has allowed her to achieve a string of academic qualifications including a MBA from Monash whilst working full time.
It was whilst working fulltime in a regional town that Andrea decided to open a beauty salon. "It was my first real experience in beauty industry. Growing up I preferred to drive cars, ride motor bikes and generally be a bit of a tom boy. “Dad was a truck driver – so I can drive the wheels off anything and even have my forklift and truck licence”.But the beauty industry never appealed to me until I became aware of some of the myths that the industry was promoting and how this could affect an individual’s health. Andrea set about gaining qualifications in beauty and later employing staff to help broaden the salon's services.
Andrea is no stranger to building successful businesses and has a string of successful business ventures behind her. Andrea can turn any business into a successful venture ranging from running hospitals, property investing, recruitment companies and now she turns her talents to tanning.
Andrea has the prestigious record for selling her specialised recruitment companies for record EBIT’s in this tough competitive market during an economic downturn. Andrea stills manages a successful property development company and considers herself abit of a “block head’. Andrea laughs at how every successful venture has started like so many others – “from humble beginnings, in the garage”.
Andrea’s extensive critical care nursing background and thorough understanding of anatomy and physiology gives her the edge when manufacturing spray tan and other cosmetics in her brand. Andrea advocates the importance of quality products, and particularly the importance of ingredients in cosmetics. Andrea recognises that other companies would not have the scientific or medical knowledge to make decisions about ingredients in their products.
I don’t know any other spray tan brand owner who still sprays EVERYDAY, and has the medical/scientific qualifications that I have. Most of them either don’t spray, or they employ chemists to do the manufacturing for them. They certainly don’t have medical training. It gives me the edge – to make great decisions about what ingredients - DO AT A MEDICAL LEVEL – TO YOUR HEALTH, not just what they do.
"I think that through my experience of growing up and later caring for extremely sick people, that I realised that one person can make a difference. It might seem like a very small gesture at the time but it can make a lasting impression. It doesn’t cost anything to smile, to encourage someone or to take the time to just reach out." One person can also make a difference to an industry. I will not sit back and remain silent and allow companies to promote ingredients that i consider toxic such as Propylene Glycol, Erythrulose in spray tan.
Mediterranean tan has been made from a range of local and exotic ingredients and blended using the latest scientific techniques in a certified organic laboratory.
“My tan will outperform any other tan on the market because of the unique blend".
Andrea was the pioneer of the violet based solution™ still has the world’s ONLY VIOLET BASE SOLUTION , something that others are only now just trying to copy by introducing bronzers. Andrea’s violet base solutions™ are a ‘different’ base and therefore able to produce deeper darker more exotic tans without the orange.“Others can try and copy but there is STILL ONLY ONE VIOLET BASE SOLUTION™ – MINE! It is trademarked
Diploma of Applied Science ( Nsg)., Bachelor of Nursing., Graduate Diploma Applied Science, Graduate Certificate Critical Care Nsg.,Fellow R.C.N.A, Member of Australian College of Critical Care Nurses
Master of Business Administration., TAE40110 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, SIB30110 Cert III Beauty Services ,Cert IV in Warehousing - Heavy Vehicle Cluster/OH,
Director of the Australian National Association of Tanning (ANAT) 2012-2015
On a personal Note, what does Andrea like to do for inspiration and recreation. Firstly, she adopts dogs, no surprise there. Lilly her German Shepherd and Andrea work every night on Obedience and skills training and hold a number of Titles, ribbons and accolades. Andrea is pursing the 7 summits challenge of climbing the highest and toughest mountain on each continent. Thus far she has submitted 5 of the 7 in only 4 years. Most people take around 11 years to complete the task. Andrea trains twice a day for 2 hours at a time. Most of the time that is with Lilly by her side.They are literally inseparable. In her spare time Andrea still works in Intensive care, finds time to be a mentor to several women's group and carry's out her charity work to improve women's rights. Andrea is an endometriosis awareness campaigner having suffered the disease at the severest end of the scale ( Grade 4) for over 30 years.
It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves - Sir Edmund Hillary
I am an ordinary Person - doing extra ordinary things to make a difference - Andrea Taylor