Saturday, 25 April 2015

Cocoa Brown Gentle Bronze gradual tan

Over the years I have approacked fake tan very cautiously. I've mostly used it in the form of moisturisers that smell like old buscuits and have had 2 professional spray tans which always leave me looking like an umpalumpa.

I've tried lots of products but have never found a good tanning product to use on a regular basis. So when the golden tanned people at Cocoa Brown asked whether I'd want to try the Gentle Bronze Gradual Tan product I was really excited. The Cocoa Brown tanning range was launched in November 2012 and has had unprecedented success ever since. Marissa, founder of Cocoa Brown has developed the brand to include a ‘wardrobe of tans’ including eight sister products to suit different types of tanners and non-tanners alike!

I'd heard some really good things about Cocoa Brown over the years but I've never felt brave enough to try any of their products....until now. Cocoa Brown sent me a lovely pink parcel with a tube of their Gentle Bronze gradual tan. This product is what I would describe as a tinted moisturiser, so you can use the lotion as you would your usual body moisturiser everyday.

Before I used the gradual tan, the day before I did actually prepare my skin as if I was having a proper fake tan. So I exfoliated my whole body with Cocoa Brown Tough Stuff (purchased myself), I've never used it before so i'll do a separate review of that. After exfoliating, I shaved my legs and underarms, once I was dry I used my usual body moisturiser. I'm no fake tan expert but when you moisturise in preparation for any tan it's important to moisturise the places that are prone to dryness like knees, elbows, ankles and feet. Marissa Carter the founder and creater of Cocoa Brown has some great tips on exfoliating here.

The gradual tan lotion when squeezed out is actually brown in colour so it's a bit easier to see where you've applied it. You don't get that instant wiff of burnt biscuits, it's actually quite a nice floral smell. The first day I used the product I applied the lotion using a tanning mitt, which just made it easier for me to cover everywhere. After wearing the product for a good few hours I could see a hint of a glow, I did get a slight wiff of the usual fake take smell though. I have continued to use the lotion throughout the week and I am very pleased with the overall colour, I haven't experienced any streaks or usual tell tale signs of fake tan apart from the smell. 
After 4 days of using Gentle Bronze
Overall I am very please with the product, I will definitely continue to use it.  Not only has it given me a great tan but its made my skin feel supersoft aswell. The great thing about gradual tan is that it allows you to build up your tan to whatever shade you want. As a fake tan beginner I've found the product really easy to use and hopefully once I am more comfortable using the gradual tan for I may progress to the more advanced Cocoa Brown tanning products. I would recommend this product to any self tan beginners who want an easy and low cost product with great results. 

Cocoa Brown Gentle Bronze Gradual tan is available from a range of stockists including Superdrug & Primark. Are you a Cocoa Brown fan? I'd love to know your thoughts or any tips. 

Thanks for reading 

*I was sent this product for free in return for an honest review. All opinions are 100% my own. 

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