Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

St. Petersburg chemist sues actress Lindsay Lohan over self-tanning formula

TAMPA — Not everyone is glowing about a new fake tan spray that actress Lindsay Lohan claims to have invented.

A lawsuit filed in Tampa federal court says Lohan and a Nevada woman stole the formula for Sevin Nyne from a St. Petersburg chemist named Jennifer Sunday.

Lohan launched the tanning mist spray this summer, taking credit for co-creating it over the past three years with Lorit Simon, a Las Vegas businesswoman who air-brushes tans for celebrities.

Impossible, says Sunday's attorney, Marcia Cohen, who told the St. Petersburg Times that her client only recently completed the ingredients used in Sevin Nyne.

"We are certainly looking for the profits that are being generated right now from that product," Cohen said Monday. "If Ms. Lohan and Ms. Simon and their companies and their shareholders are profiting from the theft of my client's formula and are profiting from that product, my client is entitled to those proceeds."

A publicist for Lohan couldn't be reached Monday, and Simon didn't respond to an e-mail seeking comment.

Sunday is suing Lohan, Simon, and Simon's company for breach of contract, theft of trade secrets, civil conspiracy, intentional interference with contractual relations and deceptive and unfair trade practices.

Simon signed a confidentiality agreement in January with Sunday's company, White Wave International Labs. A copy of the agreement was included in the lawsuit. The suit says Simon and Sunday had been negotiating over samples of the tanning mist, but the sides couldn't agree on a price.

"The next thing we know, Lorit Simon and Lindsay Lohan are partnering and Ms. Lohan is taking credit for developing this formula, which she indeed had no role in," Cohen said.

Cohen said Sunday and Lohan have never met.

Simon told Sunday that she had a friend who would help publicize and market the sunless tanning product, which Simon's company would distribute, according to Cohen.

The tanning mist ingredients include goji berry, caramel, Chardonnay extracts and a sugar-coconut base, according to published reports.

Sevin Nyne launched this summer at Sephora. It retails for $35, according to the store's Web site. Lohan calls it her "sunless secret." She named the product, she says, after her lucky numbers.

Sunday graduated from Eckerd College in 1999, her Web site says. She worked as a pharmaceutical analytical chemist after college, before spending time in genetic research at Shriners Hospital in Tampa.

She later launched her own personal care product company. For the past five years, the site says, Sunday focused on creating indoor tanning products.

Times researcher John Martin contributed to this story. Kevin Graham can be reached at or (813) 226-3433.

St. Petersburg chemist sues actress Lindsay Lohan over self-tanning formula 07/06/09 [Last modified: Friday, July 10, 2009 4:28pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Gunman opens fire in Nashville church; 1 dead, 7 wounded


    NASHVILLE — A masked gunman invaded a Nashville church Sunday and opened fire, walking silently down the aisle as he shot unsuspecting congregants. At least one person was killed and seven others wounded, authorities said.

    Kaitlyn Adams, a member of the Burnette Chapel Church of Christ, hugs another church member at the scene after shots were fired at the church on Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017, in Antioch, Tenn. (Andrew Nelles/The Tennessean via AP)
  2. Woman dead in St. Petersburg shooting



    Woman fatally shot Saturday night

    A 31-year-old woman was shot and killed Saturday night, police said.

  3. Jones: Rather than criticizing anthem protests, we should be asking about the reasons for them


    MINNEAPOLIS — They are football players. They are teammates. They are Tampa Bay Bucs.

    Bucs wide receivers Mike Evans (13) and DeSean Jackson (11) kneel during the national anthem. [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times]
  4. Here kitty, kitty ...


    In a toned down version of the annual rookie dress-up day based on MLB's new anti-hazing policy, Rays rookie players and staff - plus second-year LHP Blake Snell - donned DJ Kitty onesies for the trip to New York.

    Rays rookie players and staff - joined here by Alex Colome - sporting their DJ Kitty onesies before the flight to New York.
  5. Pasco residents affected by Irma invited to town hall meeting

    Local Government

    NEW PORT RICHEY — Representatives from Pasco County Emergency Management and the Federal Emergency Management Agency will play host to a town hall-style meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in the first-floor boardroom of the West Pasco Government Center, 8731 Citizens Drive, New Port Richey

    Sandra Cunningham assesses the damage a water oak did to her Church Avenue home when it crashed into her bedroom roof during Hurricane Irma.