Cocoa Brown One Hour Town


I have really ummed and ahhed about writing this review and to be honest I've been putting it off for a few weeks. I was so unbelievably excited to try this tan out after reading so many great reviews and I had so many people telling me it was the best tan that they've ever tried, so for me this review is going to be quite hard to write. 

First things first, let's start with the basics. Cocoa Brown One Hour Tan is a new tanning product on the market which claims to give you "beautifully bronzed, radiant skin in just 1 hour". It also uses vegetable derived DHA (the active ingredient in self-tanners) and no parabens so is kind to sensitive skin. There are no nasty ingredients in this tanner - which also means no nasty smells. 

The day before tanning, I did all the usual preparations. Shaving, exfoliating, moisturising - I did the lot - and the next day I woke up excited and ready to be a bronze goddess. I applied a generous amount of tan to my fake tanning mitt (Primark £1) and buffed it into my skin in a circular motion until I had covered my whole body and then I waited...

The tan itself has a lovely floral scent to it. It isn't overbearing and it certainly isn't anything close to that horrendous biscuit smell that some fake tans come with. It dries very quickly - maybe too quickly - so you really have to rush getting this on your skin correctly. One plus point was that because it dried quickly, it didn't leave any sort of stickiness on my skin and was able to cover up after a few minutes of application. 

Cocoa Brown boast that you don't need to leave this tan on for more than 3 hours, in fact I've been told it completely stops developing after 3 hours. This is because Cocoa Brown contains tan accelerating ingredients which is meant to give you a rich brown town in just 1 hour. After an hour I must say that I saw little to no improvement in the colour of my skin so I decided to keep it on for the whole 3 hours. 

Now I am an extremely pale person naturally because of bad genes and because I have been cursed with a Vitamin D deficiency and anaemia. Both of these things effect the colour of your skin and so I am usually a ghostly, pale white. I honestly would of thought that after an hour I would of seen some sort of improvement and I thought that I would definitely, definitely have a gorgeous tan after the whole three For some unknown reason this tan just did not work for me. It didn't stick at all. I had a very pale tan, maybe a shade or two darker than my natural pale skin tone, but nothing significant and nothing anything close to that gorgeous brown tan I'd been promised by the product, friends and other bloggers. I wasn't the only person that this tan didn't work on, in fact I'd convinced my friend to buy it as well and she had the same bad results. 

I'm really unsure of what happened here. Everyone else has had such a good response to this product but I guess that stuff like this just doesn't work on everyone and I have the accept that. It wouldn't be the first time that a fake tan hasn't worked on me either. I didn't want to write a negative review. There are a lot of great things about this product because there's no icky ingredients and there's no icky smell, but I guess that all of that doesn't matter if it doesn't completely work on some people. 

I would however, like to try the darker Cocoa Brown tan, just to see if that one would work better on my skin. Clearly I am just destined to be pale forever and ever until the end of time!
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  1. I actually left mine on over night and it gave me a good enough colour the next day. I know people it works on within 3 hours and some it doesn't really work on at all.
    Good to see a real honest review :)

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    1. I think I'll have to try and keep it on overnight to see if that makes a difference! :) x

  2. so strange how there was no colour, im really pale too and they normally go so dark!

  3. Although you didn't give it the thumbs up, I'll still give it go, fingers crossed! Xo

    Hannah Rose// Blog

  4. I just recently purchased the fake bake one hour tan and like you im VERYYY pale, i was so sceptical and didnt think it would work but after an hour i had a light golden tan, i washed it off and realised i should probably have left it a little longer so reapplied for an hour and a half the next day and i have been brown ever since, i would say its only started fading today and i did it 8 days ago so if you want to find a quick tan that actually works on us pale girls give that a try, its a little more exspensive but seems to last ages :)

    Frankie Boo Blog

  5. I absolutely LOVE Cocoa Brown - I'm always too lazy to hop in the shower though so I just leave it overnight. I think the main thing is not to actually shower afterwards though - You literally just let the water run over your skin, or the oils in your shower gel etc wash it off!


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