With all gradual tanners and false tan creams I have an issue and it's big ... THEY SMELL LIKE BISCUITS! I actually love biscuits but I do not want to spend 5 days catching a whiff of myself smelling like one and I'm pretty sure people around me don't want to smell this either!
Last month my very nice blogger friend Helen from The Flaky Fashionista pointed me in the direction of Cocoa Brown - it's a tan that doesn't smell and develops in 1 hour. Yes you heard me ONE HOUR!
I received my gift from Cocoa Brown at the beginning of the week and so operation brown legs started today. My top half tans naturally in the sun and with all that we've had this past week I'm a nice colour. But the legs ... man alive the legs don't tan AT ALL - why is that? They used to, but over the past 3 years or so they haven't and I spend all summer with this two tone body!
In the package I got the 1 hr tan mouse and the mitt - you must use the mitt because this tan agent works VERY fast and you won't have time to wash your hands before they're tanned! Also the mitt helps to smooth out and even the application.
The package that arrived
Looks weird but this is the mouse on the mitt!
Here are my pasty white legs before
Here are my nicely developed tanned legs after (I didn't want TOO dark but if you do then just reapply tomorrow)
Here is a side by side white vs light tan leg shot
Here are the steps I used to get the tan to work at its best:
- Shave legs one day before you plan to apply the mousse
- Next day shower and DO NOT moisterise.
- If you have dry patches (I do on my knees and ankles) then apply a barrier cream such as vaseline)
- Quickly apply mousse to lower leg, upper leg and THEN do knees and feet
- Ensure you use the mitt always - no-one wants brown palms!
- Leave tan on for 1 hr for a light covering. Leave on for 3 hrs if you want a darker look.
There is a video here on how to prepare and apply the tan which I watched yesterday and got some fab tips.
I didn't do my head/arms/body because they are already coloured enough.
My verdict? BLOODY BRILLIANT - I am going to use this ALWAYS for my legs this summer. It totally evens out my body colour.
So, do you use false tan? A gradual tanner? Or nothing!