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Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Natural Bronze

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Brand: Palmers / Type: Bronzer / Subcategory: Butter / What it does: Bronzes, Enricheses,

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      11.03.2014 15:12
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      Nice tan, shame about the smell.

      The Product.
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      Palmer's Natural Bronze Body Lotion contains a pure cocoa butter formula with vitamin E, that builds and maintains a natural looking tan. It provides a sun kissed healthy natural looking glow all year round, without the damaging UV rays of the sun.
      The lotion is creamy and moisturising, so as well as obtaining a natural looking tan, you get the added bonus of silky smooth skin, unlike the drying effects of a sun tan from the sun.


      Ingredients.
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      Water, Isopropyl, Palmitate, Dimethicone, Dihydroxyacetone, Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100, Thobroma Cacao Seed Butter, Searic Acid, Propylene Glycol, Fragrance, Bentonite, Erythrulose, Tocopheryl Acetate, Mineral Oil, Lanolin Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Disodium EDTA, Methylisothiazolinone, Citric Acid, Yellow 5, Orange 4, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Cinnamate.

      How to Use.
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      With this product you can gradually build up your tan slowly, using a little every day, or for a more intense look, apply a thicker layer for a deeper looking tan. Best results are gained if you exfoliate your skin first, although I never do this and it still turns out fine. After applying your tan lotion where you want it, it then takes time to develop gradually. I've found it develops best after approximately 6-8 hours. You can leave it on to develop over night if you wish, but bear in mind this product will make your bed covers smell!

      Good Points.
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      * I have tried many fake tans on the market, but this one has to be my favourite in terms of most natural looking colour and ease of use. It doesn't give you that orangey look that a lot of other fake tans do.

      * It applies very easily, is simple to rub in and absorbs into the skin nice and smoothly.

      * It doesn't streak or smear, the end results are always nice and even and not patchy at all, unlike others I have tried.

      * It lasts well. Depending on depth of colour. I have mine of average depth and it lasts about 5 days or so (with daily baths or showers)

      * It makes your skin feel lovely, soft and smooth.

      * It is very reasonably priced, at around £4-£5 compared to other fake tans on the market I have tried, that are more than twice the price with not as good results.

      * Not tested on animals.

      *Paraben free.

      Bad Points.
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      * It only has one bad point, in my opinion. But as with all fake tans I have encountered, this doesn't smell very pleasant at all. Please, please, please can someone invent one that doesn't smell bad! Even after washing my body thoroughly, twice!, you can still smell that nasty fake tan aroma. You can smell the strong smell of cocoa butter through it, but it's still not enough to disguise that horrible smell. A bit like biscuits, I've been told!

      Overall Thoughts.
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      As much as the smell bothers me, I'd rather suffer that, than be pasty white, or bake myself in the skin damaging suns rays. So it is a small price to pay for what a great product I think this is. My only other wish is that it could come in bigger sizes too.

      I give this product 4 out of 5 stars.

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      19.08.2013 12:44
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      Palmer's with a little extra

      I always used to use the 'proper' self tanning products, however I now find that the body lotion 'gradual' self tanning products are actually much better suited to my skin tone; very pale and with tonnes of freckles. I've tried quite a few of the different branded versions of the body lotion self tanners, some I really like and continue to purchase, some don't really suit me and have been relegated to the back of the bathroom cabinet or even the bin.

      My personal favourite 'gradual' body lotion self tan, and so one that I buy fairly often, is the Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Natural Bronze Body Lotion Gradual Tanning Moisturiser - now that's a mouthful hey! It's typically just over £5 at full price, however it is occasionally on offer, the last time I purchased it there was a 'buy one - get one half price' offer on Palmer's products in Boots, and so I picked up a bottle of the Palmer's Cocoa Butter gradual tan and a bottle of the regular Palmer's Cocoa Butter body lotion.

      Unlike most of the gradual self tanners on the market, which normally come in two varieties; fair to medium skin, and medium to dark skin, the Palmer's Cocoa Butter gradual tan just comes in the one formula. It states on the bottle that it's suitable for all skin tones, and I've not had any problems using this on my very pale skin.

      The Palmer's Cocoa Butter gradual tan comes in a 250ml bottle, and the bottle is a very pale brown colour as opposed to white like the regular Palmer's bottles. The bottle has a pump on top which is easy to use and pumps out the perfect amount of lotion to apply at a time. I find that one pump is sufficient for each leg (I do only use the gradual tan on my legs).

      The lotion itself is quite a thick lotion, much more like a cream I would say, and it's a very pale brown colour. Once I start to rub the lotion into my skin it disappears into my skin completely, so the brown colour of the lotion doesn't help with an even application at all. To be honest you don't need it to though as the lotion is very easy to rub in and apply evenly all over. It's just like rubbing in a thick body lotion. I find that it spreads very easily over my skin and rubs in very easily, it disappears into my skin completely and doesn't leave any tacky or sticky residue behind at all.

      This doesn't have that 'fake tan' smell at all, either in the bottle or when I've rubbed it into my skin. It has a 'Palmer's Cocoa Butter' fragrance, it's not as intense a fragrance as the original Palmer's, but it's still absolutely unmistakable. This is the only gradual self tanner that I'm happy to apply in the mornings before I head out, as it doesn't take on that 'biscuity' smell that normally comes off self tanning products. It also doesn't stain my clothes at all.

      As I said I do only use this on my legs, and it just gives them a very subtle and natural golden glow. I've got absolutely pure white skin, and this gives my skin a very subtle natural golden brown colour. It doesn't look like my skin is tanned at all, it just takes away that blinding white colour and replaces it with a subtle hint of natural colour, and a healthy glow. This is perfect for me as I don't want to look 'tanned' as such, I just don't want to blind anyone with the whiteness of my bare legs! It does take a few applications to get to the golden glow stage, it's a gradual process. I find that I get the perfect colour after about 3 days, I then have a day or two off, and then I apply the gradual tan again for 2-3 days, then I have another day or two off, etc - you get the drift. I don't find that this stains my palms at all, I obviously wash my hands immediately after applying the self tan, and I've had no orange palm problems.

      This is just as intensely moisturising as the original Palmer's Cocoa Butter, as it contains both pure cocoa butter and vitamin E. I normally use this on my legs, and then the original Palmer's on the rest of my body, so as to keep the fragrance the same, and I can honestly say that this keeps my legs just as soft as the original Palmer's keeps the rest of my skin.

      I buy the Palmer's Cocoa Butter gradual tan fairly often, I do normally wait for some kind of offer though and don't normally pay full price. I'd certainly recommend it, and I'm certainly going to continue to use it.

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        03.08.2013 01:48
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        I bought this gradual tan last month as I like Palmer's products and I was curious to see how the tan would turn out as I'd not used gradual tan before. I bought it from Superdrug and paid £5.25 for my bottle of it which holds 250ml of product.

        This is really good value in my opinion. I've already had two uses out of it and I applied it all over my body, and the bottle still feels at least half full. The gradual tan comes in a pump bottle. I really like the packaging as it not messy or anything to get out of the bottle, and this design is much better than a tub or a bottle with a flip top lid. On the back of the bottle it has lots of information about the product, including directions on how to use it.

        When the pump is pressed down it dispenses just the right amount of product - a generous amount but not too much. This gradual tan is suitable for all skin tones which confused me a little, as usually fake tans are available in different shades for certain skin shades. I didn't let this put me off though, and I applied quite a thin layer to try and keep it from going too dark. Having not used a gradual tan before it did confuse me though! Before using the tan, I shook the bottle quickly as I remember reading somewhere that gradual tan can separate. I also exfoliated before applying like I do before using all fake tans. This use because I have very dry skin and exfoliating gets rid of dry patches and dead skin and makea my skin smooth and soft.

        The consistency of the lotion is runnier than I had expected but I found it easy to spread over my skin and I didn't need to work it into my skin too much. It didn't feel greasy or leave a sticky layer on my skin. My skin did feel a little softer and more hydrated after using this, but not by a huge amount.The lotion contains cocoa butter and vitamin e and it smells delicious, it's a very sweet almost sickly smell and it lingered on my skin for hours. The directions on the back of the bottle are clear and easy to follow. They say that the lotion should be applied over a few days to gradually build a subtle tan, so I was very surprised that I was able to see the tan when I woke up the next morning! Luckily though despite not being quite as gradual as the manufactures state the colour did look surprisingly natural and subtle and my skin had a nice glow to it - no orangey tones at all.

        I was surprised by how dark the colour was as I was only expecting a very slight change after one application, though it was not too dark and it looked pretty natural. After I'd applied this lotion I used my usual moisturiser on my skin for two days and on the third day the tan was fading so I re-applied the palmers gradual tan the same way I had done before. This time I applied it in the morning and by around 8pm the tan had developed. I didn't apply this with a tanning glove or anything but the finish was streak free and even - not as flawless looking as I'd had liked, but no obvious streaks or anything were visible

        All in all I highly recommend this gradual tan and I give it five out of five stars.

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          07.06.2012 12:22
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          Cocoa butter gradual bronzer.

          ~ NATURAL BRONZE BODY LOTION ~
          The creamy body lotion is made by Palmers and contains special combination of pure Cocoa Butter and Vitamin E, which is the perfect way to keep your skin beautiful and healthy with a natural looking glow. The body Lotion has a small touch of self-tanner which creates a delicate, sun-kissed, summer glow all year long. You can use the lotion to gradually build a subtle tan within a few days while deeply moisturising your skin. From far to medium to dark, you can control the intensity of your skin tone using this body lotion. I have read lots of good things about Palmers Cocoa butter products and I saw this in my local Boots store. I thought to myself not only is it a great way to moisturise but is also a great way to achieve a natural looking glow as well. I'm not one of these who like a fake deep tan that looks orange so I thought this would be perfect for me.

          ~ PACKAGING ~
          The Body Lotion comes in a 250ml pump bottle which is thin and tall and is beige in colour. On the front it has a label which states that it's a Natural Bronze body lotion and is a gradual tanner moisturiser. On the front of the bottle on the bottom Palmer's is embossed onto the bottle. On the back of the bottle is quite a lot of information about the body lotion and what it contains. This information is also in French. There is a list of ingredients and it states that they are against animal testing. It also gives you their website address and some contact details.

          ~ PRICE/AVAILIABILITY ~
          I purchased this from my local boots store for £5.35. It's currently only available in a 250ml pump bottle. You can also purchase this from Superdrug; how-ever prices may vary.

          ~ DIRECTIONS FOR USE/USING THE PRODUCT ~
          For best results apply evenly once or twice daily as often as necessary in order to build up achieve the desired level of colour. Ensure you wash hands after use. As always when applying fake tan or any kind of gradual bronzer it's important to exfoliate to ensure you have smooth, soft skin. This gets rid of all the dry, dead skin cells. I did have some faith if this product how-ever I wanted to do a small test patch first before covering my whole body in this lotion. I decided to do a small test patch on my leg where I seemed to be the whitest. I would surely be able to tell if this product was then going to work well or not. I twisted the pump dispenser round to ensure the pump was ready to dispense cream when I pushed down on it. I pressed the pump slowly a few times before some cream came out. The cream was white in colour and wasn't too runny but at the same time it wasn't too think. It smelt really nice and smelt like other Cocoa Butter products, how-ever there was also another distinct smell which must be the self-tanner in the lotion. I applied the lotion in circular motions, ensuring it was applied evenly. The lotion was cold, but had a nice smooth consistency to it and smoothed onto my skin very well. I decided to wait for the lotion to work and settle into my skin.

          ~ RESULTS ~
          I am quite pale, so I presumed that the colour of the product/bronzer would show up quite well, how-ever it didn't. I had to apply the cream 3 more times during the day before there was any noticeable colour on the test patch. I have since used this cream all over my body as I thought seeing as I purchased it I may as well now use it. The first time using the product over my body it didn't really show any colour difference. The smell got slightly too much, as it has a slightly odd smell to it. I re-applied some more cream in the evening of that day and I noticed a slight colour starting to show. Of course once I had a shower and used body scrub a lot of the colour had of course gone and I would have to start again with applying the product. I know it does states that the product is a gradual tan but I was hoping you may get some slight results from the first use, even if it was a very light colour. When I did get eventually get some colour on me, it wasn't too dark and it didn't look too fake. It was a very light brown colour and didn't make me look orange which was good. In terms of moisturising it did a very good at keeping my skin soft and smooth. The smell of the product did stay on my skin which wasn't great as I did smell slightly of fake tanning products.

          ~ OVERALL OPINION ~
          I was quite disappointed with the product, as although it states it's a gradual tan it takes at least 2-3 applications for any colour to show on your skin. As the pump bottle is quite small and I applied this all over my body I don't think the cream would last very long and I think if this is the case then it's rather pricey for what it is. The smell of the product was bearable although I'm sure the smell would put other people off as there is a slight strange smell to it. In order to achieve the colour I want, I would have to apply the product maybe 2-3 times during the day to build the colour up a lot quicker. I won't be buying this product again and don't recommend it to others as I think there are other gradual self-tanners that do a better job than this one. I give this product 3 out of 5 stars.

          Warnings: Avoid contact with the eyes. Discontinue use if irritation or rash appears. Keep out of reach of children.

          (review may also on ciao)

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            05.01.2012 18:05

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            Feels lovely, smells nice and is natural - looking

            I bought this because I love the Palmer's Cocoa butter lotions and thought it killed two birds with one stone as I could combine fake tan and moisturiser. However, on first using this product I think I misinterpreted the term "Gradual". As in I used loads. My major mistake was not washing my hands after so they looked pretty orange for a few days. Whoops!

            However this is down to my own mistake of not reading the label, not Palmer's body lotion's; now I have got the quantity right for my pale, pale skin I have a healthy glow to me. I also received many compliments on how well I'm looking from my friends! The smell is great, although there is a slight fake tan smell after a while. By the smell alone, you can probably tell it's fake tan but i think the cocoa smell overrides that negative factor. Only problem to me is that the bottle has no cap and I can't seem to be able to lock the dispenser without ending up with loads of lotion all over me.

            Overall, It leaves your skin really smooth and soft and a little goes quite a long way. Just don't make the same mistake as I did and use loads in the first go... and wash your hands after use!

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            04.11.2011 23:19
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            Worked for a while

            I've used a handful or so of gradual tanning products and the odd 'proper' tanning products. I've got really a light skin tone and normally just want a light tan or just something that stops me looking so pale!

            So far I've found Palmer's Natural Bronze to be the best that I've used. My main issue previously was that I could never find a gradual tanner that dried in properly after applying no matter how long I waited. Palmer's is the first that I've found which dries in really well.

            Most importantly it produces a really nice colour. It is darker than most other products I've used which on the odd occasion does make it noticeable if it goes patchy. However that doesn't happen too often, just make sure you wash your palms properly after applying and give it a few minutes to dry in. People with darker skin than mine would probably find that anything patchy would be less noticeable. I normally put it on a few days in a row and that gives me a very light tan. Like I said my natural colour is extremely light and I'm not going for a look like I've been in the Mediterranean on holiday.

            The smell is nice as well but I find all tanning products have a certain distinctive smell (maybe it's just me). The only bad thing is that I seem to go through it quicker than I have with other brands. However that may be a trade off for a product that dries in quicker.

            Overall it's the best I've used.

            **** More recently I have found that I have had more of a problem with the colour being patchy. This is particularly on my hands. This may be due to a lack of moisturising prior to application but as a result I have changed to another brand.

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            17.07.2011 19:45
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            A moisturiser combined with a self tanner that leaves the skin bronzed, soft and healthy.

            I have used Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula for many years and I have always loved how soft it makes my skin and how delicious it makes my skin smell. Moisturisers with tanning agents included are becoming more and more common but Palmer's version was one of the ones that I was most excited about trying.

            Palmers' Cocoa Butter Natural Bronze Gradual Tan Lotion is the same formula as the normal Cocoa Butter that many of us have grown to know and love so well. What makes this one extra special is that it includes a small amount of self tan to leave your skin not only touchable soft, but looking beautifully sun kissed as well. The product promises to build a gradual and natural tan with each application that will leave your skin looking healthy for the whole year without having to subject our skins to the dangers of actual sun exposure.

            How does it work?
            The product contains Cocoa Butter which is one of nature's best moisturisers. It is a natural substance that melts when it comes into contact with the skin and is absorbed deeply. This intense level of moisturisation means that skin is left feeling soft and smooth, and glowing with health. The substance contains Vitamins which nourish and strengthen the skin and antioxidants which prevent any premature aging.

            Also included is Glycerin, a form of sugar, which draws water into the skin and allows it to retain moisture and prevents it from becoming dry again. A tanning agent within the formula, gradually changes the colour of the skin and becomes darker with each application. Although the colour can't be washed off, as your body begins to shed dead skin cells, the colour will fade away again with time.

            How do you use the product?
            The product can be used in place of your usual moisturiser. It is best applied to clean, dry skin that has been exfoliated in order to achieve an even and long lasting coverage without dry and flaky skin ruining the results. It can be applied daily or sometimes if I am going someone special and I haven't used it for a while, then I will apply it maybe three times over the course of one day to build up the coverage more quickly. You need to try to apply equal amounts across the skin, ensure that you don't miss any spots and make sure it has been fully absorbed before dressing or climbing into bed to prevent any staining.

            You also need to ensure that you rub the lotion thoroughly into tricky spots like knees, elbows and ankles, if you want to make sure the colour appears natural. You need to remember to wash your hands thoroughly after use or you'll end up with a deeper tan on your hands than on your body. I wouldn't recommend using this on the face but you can use it all over the body.

            Packaging and Price
            The packaging follows the same design as the others in the collection, but this time the bottle is a subtle coffee colour. There is a girl on the front of the bottle and some writing which tells you more about the product. The lotion is released through the dispenser which is triggered by a pump action. The packaging makes it quite easy to control the amount of product that is released because you don't have to pump the lever down all the way so there will be no wastage.

            The products costs around £5 and for your money you will get 250ml of lotion. That makes this product on par with other similar products, if not a little cheaper. The lotion can be bought from most department stores, large supermarkets and many online websites and it is frequently on offer so you may find it for a little bit cheaper if you shop around.

            Extra Thoughts
            Rather unusually, this product is suitable for all skin tones. Usually a company will release a light, medium and dark lotion so that you can match your skin tone but with this one, you can build the darkness to your own taste. This means if your skin is darker, it may take a few days to reach the desired level but if you have pale skin like me, it will happen very quickly.

            This product is more of a speedy tanner than a gradual tanner compared with other products that I have tried because enough colour is achieved for my liking after two or three applications. Once my skin reaches the right level for my needs, I switch to a normal moisturiser until it has started to fade away.

            The colour that this product gives you may not be intense enough for some but on my fair skin, it is very much to my liking. It gives a lovely healthy glow without any unsightly 'orangeness' and does not make me look like I've been tangoed.

            The coverage is completely natural and if we actually had any sun in this country, then others would think my 'tan' was real. As long as you remember to exfoliate and take care not to miss out any patches, then the coverage is even so there will be no streaks or patchiness.

            The moisturising performance of the product is every bit as good as the normal Cocoa Butter by Palmers and leaves my skin feeling soft and smooth and looking healthy. It doesn't make my skin look or feel greasy and I feel comfortable all day with it on my skin. Because the moisturiser is so good, it means the tan lasts longer too because the skin doesn't become dry and flake away resulting in a loss of colour.

            The consistency of it is thick and creamy which makes it easier to use. You don't have to worry about it running off your skin as you are applying it and staining your carpet and it is not so thick that it takes ages to absorb. It is pretty easy to see where you have already applied it as it leaves a slight sheen on the skin so this makes it easier not to miss a bit.

            Gladly this product comes with the signature sweet chocolate scent that the normal Cocoa butter possesses and either this overrides the smell of the tan or it just isn't there because my skin smells nothing other than delicious, long after use.

            All in all, this product gives a lovely even and natural tan that builds with each application. It smells completely delicious, won't leave any streaks and leaves my skin feeling incredibly smooth and very soft. For this price range, this is definitely the best tanning/moisturiser combination that I have tried and I am very happy with the results.

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