Beauty | First Time Tanning With Cocoa Brown 1 Hour Tan

Let's get down to business; I'm a pale girl
A super pale girl.

Actually, I could be classed as almost see-through I've come to terms with that over the years and embraced my paleness but I also couldn't help be a little curious.  I wondered what I would actually look like with a tan.
So I bit that bullet and treated myself to Cocoa Brown I figured that I didn't want to spend loads on an expensive product in case I didn't like it but at the same time, I didn't want a £1 streaky tangoed mess So after chatting to some ladies via the BBloggers chat one evening, I was recommended Cocoa Brown 1 Hour Tan Mousse.  I picked up a bottle of a recent Primark trip for the purse-friendly sum of £6.00 I've only ever tried tinted moisturisers in the past.. Y'know, the ones that make you smell like an old Rich Tea and you end up with burnt orange elbows and knees?! They really were not for me.
Cocoa Brown looked bit scary to start with.  
It's a Mousse!  How much do I use?  Do I just rub it around until I look positively caramelly?
Do I have to do that weird naked frog walk I've heard my friends talking about while drying?
To my surprise, once I plucked up the courage and sprayed that first lot of mousse out of the tin, I found it very easy I used a mitt to apply the colour, I really liked that you could actually see the tan as you applied it - the main thing I hated about those tinted moisturiser products was that they developed over time.  You could never tell if you'd missed half a boob.  
With the Cocoa Brown I could tell exactly which areas I had already covered The instructions were easy to follow; apply tan, leave on skin for 1 hr for a light colour, 2 hours for deeper or 3 hours for a dark tan.  
The formula dried really quickly, no need for the frog dance. Me being me; I got distracted by Netflix and jumped into the shower after 90 minutes.  I was really worried I would end up too dark but worry not, I think I ended up with just the right shade.

Soz, excuse the sock-marked chubby hotdog legs.
I'm really happy with the results.
I've been moisturising and showering every day and I think the tan still looks reasonable after 4 days There were a few points that I did find awkward though
How do you do your back when applying tan? Am I suppose to practice double-jointedness or just have a white back? 
The smell upon application really impressed me.  It didn't make me all ginger-nutty but in fact it was slightly floral BUT the biscuity aroma developed later, I assume as the colour developed.  My OH was certainly not a fan. 
Oh, and what's the deal with doing your hands too?!  Since I used a mitt my hands just got a quick swish ontop but it really didn't do the job. 
I'm surprised how easy this product was to use.  I think I need a bit more practice on some areas but I'd certainly give Cocoa Brown another go.  I'm not turning into a tan addict just yet but for special occasions or if I decide to get my pins out this summer, I know I'd feel more comfortable with a layer of tan on. 
Have you ever used Cocoa Brown? Do you embrace tan or are you like me, Little Ms Goth? Or do you have any other budget tan recommendations?


  1. I wonder the same thing about tanning your back, I guess you need some to help (or be super flexible lol)


  2. It turned out really well! I am definitely Little Ms Goth (could that be a new Mr Men character?!) when it comes to skin. I enjoy being pale and scared tan would turn out bad/orange anyway! but you rock the tan!
    x GNAR MOSH x