Compared to the self-tan mousse that I usually buy, Palmers Gradual Tanning Moisturiser is affordable and much easier to use. After the first use I had a gorgeous, subtle bronze tan and after the second night, a lovely bronzed glow.
The pump action bottle makes it really easy to dispense and the fact that it’s applied just like a moisturiser makes it really easy to use. I find that one pump is enough to do my lower leg and foot and the second pump covers my thigh and knee. I like to start with my lower legs and feet and work my way up to avoid getting accidental blotches of self-tan or gradual tanning moisturiser on my stomach (from bending over already tanned thighs to reach my feet and ankles).
After applying it for two nights in a row, I begin to alternate each night between my usual body lotion and Palmers gradual tanning moisturiser, as this seems to work best for my naturally fair skin. I did try using it every night for a while, but found that the tan became too bronze for my skin tone and started to look a little fake. I find that by alternating between the gradual tanner and any normal body lotion, I’m left with a long-lasting bronze tan that never fades and the colour doesn’t end up looking too dark or fake.
It does smell a little bit like self-tan but not nearly as bad as the real stuff. I find that Palmers Cocoa Butter Formula Natural Bronze Gradual Tanning Moisturiser has an almost biscuity, butterscotch smell, which I really don’t mind. I do understand that it smells a little different to each person and some can’t stand the smell, so I guess it’s all about personal preference (maybe smell it before you buy it, if you’re worried about the smell).
Palmers Cocoa Butter Formula Natural Bronze Gradual Tanning Moisturiser doesn’t streak or stain your hands and the cocoa butter moisturises wonderfully too. Just remember to wash your hands after applying the moisturiser to your legs, otherwise you will start to gradually tan your palms, too.
Would I recommend it or buy it again? Yes, I’ve just started on my second 400ml bottle.
Palmers Cocoa Butter Formula Natural Bronze Gradual Tanning Moisturiser is available from Farmers, Department Stores, selected pharmacies and online.