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Friday, May 10, 2013

Palmer's Cocoa Butter Natural Bronze



Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Natural Bronze Gradual Tanning Moisturiser: £5.35

Since my love affair with the Palmer's Skin Therapy Oil (review here) began, I've been on a mini mission to try out some more from the brand. The Cocoa Butter Formula Natural Bronze Gradual Tanning Moisturiser has wormed its way into my bodycare routine and actually eliminated any 'proper' tanning products from my regular use which is no mean feat!

The Palmers Natural Bronze lotion is heavier than you'd expect but not overly so. Packed with (of course) cocoa butter and also vitamin E, it makes for a luxurious feeling, ultra moisturising cream that sinks in fully for me within the 10 minute mark. There's only one shade so I was sceptical about it showing up on my skin (I ashamedly opt for the 'medium to dark' option with most gradual tanners for a quicker colour), but even after one use I noticed a lovely golden glow. 2-3 uses gives me the kind of intensity I want from a normal tanning product but of course has added moisturising properties. When applying this I first use a normal moisturiser on my elbows, ankles, knees, hands and feet (to avoid those drier areas sucking up the tanning lotion and appearing darker after the colour has developed), and follow up with the Palmer's Natural Bronze.

It's important to wash your hands thoroughly after using this (as with all tanners) - make sure you double check between your fingers! - as they can still pick up the colour quicker than the rest of the body I've found. After this I squeeze a small blob onto the back of my hand and rub them together and around my wrists. Kind of hard to explain, but basically making sure it's nowhere on my palms/fingers! I haven't noticed any colour transfer onto my bedsheets, but I did notice a little bit of an orange/brown tint inside a playsuit (the lining was white) but it's come out fine in a standard wash which I'm happy to report! I also love the packaging; I can't say I've spotted many cheaper brands using pumps but it makes the job so much easier I think. A total dream for even the most clueless self tanners! I wholeheartedly recommend this! Another thing is the fragrance- you can definitely tell it's a cocoa butter product, but it's not half as strong as other lotions and potions from the range which I think is a lot better for every day use, since it's not quite so detectable..

Do you use gradual tanners or prefer to go all-out with your bronzing routine? Have you used the Natural Bronze lotion?

32 comment(s):

  1. I just received that in the mail!
    Was a bit afraid to try it,but after reading your review I feel better about it
    The smell is sooooo nice, I can't wait to try it on!
    It's great reading reviews about products like Palmer's cuz it's not very famous in France!

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  2. I've been having my eyes on this product. As I'm Japanese and am living in Japan, people admire fair / pale skin more than tanned skin, so I've never used bronzer or tanner, ever. I heard bronzers have really weird smell so that's kind of putting me off but this one seems really nice as I like Palmers! :) Thanks for the review :)

    The Beauty Maniac in Tokyo


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  3. I looove everything by Palmers. I haven't tried this product but normally their stuff smells amaaaazing!
    Xx

    http://sarah-nunn.blogspot.co.uk

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  4. I love Cocoa Butter so much. So Cocoa Butter with bronze in it has to be even better! xo

    Hannah xo | Glitter and Sparkle

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  5. Love this, The smell is amazing, cant wait to give this a go,

    Pipp xx
    http://pippjones281190.blogspot.co.uk

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  6. I love this too, although it built up terribly on my neck, wrists and feet! I think I need to try your pre-moisturizing trick! xx

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  7. I always get self tanner left behind on my fingers!
    This one sounds great and healthy at the same time. i'll have to keep my eye out for it!

    M.

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  8. I bought this last weekend and I love it! X

    http://theressomethingaboutalice.blogspot.co.uk

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  9. I'm currently using the Garnier gradual tanner, but when I run out I'l most likely be trying this one out! I love Palmers products x
    Amy | http://amysbeautyjournal.blogspot.co.uk/

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  10. This sounds good, especially seeing as I'm rubbish at using fake tan :)xo

    http://901lovely.blogspot.co.uk/

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  11. I love this but the fake tan smell the next day is horrendous! Great tanner though xx

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  12. I love gradual tanners but I haven't tried this one before, I might get it this summer!

    Louisa's Notebook

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  13. I'm imagining the scent ^^ Thanks for the review ^^ New to your blog, it's really pretty : ) xx

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  14. I have never used any kind of tanning product because I've always been so scared of them! This looks very easy to use and a good starting point. x

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  15. This looks like such a great price and a really lovely product too! xxx
    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD 

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  16. I have wanted to try this for ages, but never took the plunge. I have added it to my shopping list. I think it's important to use gradual tanners in between fake tans to prolong the tan and maintain colour!


    Brunette in Louboutins A fashion & lifestyle blog.

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  17. I've just tried this for the first time a few days ago and loved it! I'm not keen on fake tan but thought this was great :) xx

    D Is For...

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  18. gradual tanners are better. love it natural and to add a bit of colour

    yukluistyle

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  19. I really want to try this but I'm still hooked on my Garnier sun-kissed tanning moisturiser!

    Dusterknuckles | Fashion // Beauty // Lifestyle

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  20. I love everything by Palmer's, they do such great products for the price! x

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  21. I love this! It's so natural and smells amazing

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  22. This sounds like an amazing product! i have never used self tan so this sounds like the perfect start.,

    jess xx
    dotofdaisy.blogspot.com

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  23. This looks like an amazing product, I definitely want to try. I've always been an instant tan kind of person but I just love Palmer's cocoa butter lotions!!

    Another Fashion Journal
    Xx

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  24. I'm allways on a hunt for a good bronzer!
    <3

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  25. I'm very tempted to try this, I don't usually get on with many gradual tanners but this sounds good! xx

    http://anotherbritishblogger.blogspot.co.uk/

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  26. This sounds amazing.. I am such an idiot when it comes to fake tan, I end up looking like an orange barcode! This sounds like the fool proof option xx

    Gemma | ♥ | Miss Makeup Magpie

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  28. This sounds so nice, will definitely try it x
    Rachael - beautypea.com

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  29. I'm currently using a HeShi gradual tanner, but when it runs out I may try out this palmers one. A lot of people seem to like it and its cheaper than the HeShi one!

    Leanne @ Leanne-Marie | Beauty, fashion & lifestyle. x x

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