The fabulous Marissa Carter (she’s Irish too by the way;) ) owner of Carter Beauty in Blackrock is now also the proud owner and developer of the new 1 Hour Tan Cocoa Brown. Out only a month I can see this tan being HUGE next year!
I met Marissa at the Christmas Beauty Bloggers Event last Saturday, she was so sweet and gave a speech on her tan and how she developed it. I was very impressed by her hands on approach throughout the development of Cocoa Brown Tan, like she said ‘‘I wanted a tan that I would be proud to stand over” And that she can!
Marissa also explained how she has Psorisosis so she wanted a tan that would be gentle which is why it has half the alcohol (needed for drying so your not standing there freezing your butt off waiting for it to dry!) that most other tans use. Therefore, Cocoa Brown is more gentle than other tans 🙂
The reason why Cocoa Brown has no dog biscuit smell (yes really, not eve a hint!!) and develops so quick is because of a special ingredient Marissa chose. This special ingredient pulls the DHA (this is what makes the melanin in your skin activate) down into the layers of the skin quickly leaving it no chance to oxidize (this causes that horrible smell) and gets to work faster on those lovely melanin cells to make us golden brown. Now there is a smell…….but it’s lovely fresh floral scent Tahitian Gardenia to be exact. I can’t tell you how gorgeous it smells, I couldn’t stop sniffing it haha, I wish you could get a perfume with this scent…next product in the Carter Beauty Range maybe!?? 😉
OK so my verdict….I love this stuff! Especially for busy mums this is a life saver for when your rushing to go somehwere or want a quick fix to feel good! I usually have my shower in the evening so when I’ve used this I’ve put it on in the afternoon and then it’s ready to wash off in the evening, how handy is that!
You can leave it on for 1 hour for a light tan, 2 hours for medium and 3 hours for a deep bronzed glow. I go with the 3 hours 😉 I’m quite tanned already but deffo need a top up in the winter as I tend to look quite pale and pasty without the sun! I also applied this to my face, and I looked less pale without any make up on 🙂
It’s also a mouse so is very easy to apply and it glides on like silk. Cocoa brown has a mitt too and I’D always recommend a mitt with tanning, it just means your less likely to get streaks and it goes on even too
The final result of my tan was a very natural sun kissed tan so I’m very pleased. Best part is that Cocoa Brown is only €7.99 and is in most pharmacies, believe it or not but this has only been on shelves the past 3 weeks and it’s doing very well from what I hear. I will definitely be buying this tan again because it’s quick, suits me and certainly won’t make you feel guilty at such a great price.
Have you tried this new 1 Hour Tan yet? Or will you try it? Let me know if you do, would love to hear what other people think
Also want to know why the tan is in a pink bottle? Well, Marissa didn’t go for the mainstream brown bottle commonly associated with tan, she wanted something different and pretty for a womans dresser. Marissa told us she would line up all her mothers empty cosmetic bottle and jars on her dresses. And even as we all get older I think girls love to have their room nice so why not have a cool pink bottle of tan on your dresses! Here’s mine hehe!