Gradual Tanner Review: St Tropez, Jergens, Cocoa Brown, Miss M by Minx

Gradual Tanner Review: Miss M, St Tropez, Jergens, Cocoa Brown

Gradual tanners are my favourite type of fake tan – it’s pretty foolproof, you don’t have to moisturise separately, and any mistakes tend to get blurred out after a couple of applications. I’ve tried out another 4 gradual tanners since my last gradual tanner review: St Tropez Gradual Tan Tinted Body Lotion, Jergens Natural Glow, Cocoa Brown Gentle Bronze and Miss M by Minx Bronzing Bliss. All of them give pretty much the same natural colour.

Gradual Tanner Review: Miss M, St Tropez, Jergens, Cocoa Brown

St Tropez Gradual Tan Tinted Body Lotion

St Tropez Gradual Tan Tinted Body Lotion is a thick, sticky cream that requires a bit of effort to spread and rub in, especially if you use a tanning mitt. I think it’s on purpose, to help the tanner spread evenly when you apply it with your hands, and it does indeed give a nicely even, natural-looking tan. It’s tinted, but it’s not very noticeable unless you have pale skin. There’s no strong DHA scent detectable under the standard St Tropez odour-neutralising floral fragrance. It’s on the pricier end at $33.99 for 200 mL.

Aqua (Water), C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Dimethicone, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Glycerin, Dihydroxyacetone, Lauryl PEG-10 Tris(Trimethylsiloxy)silylethyl Dimethicone, Propylene Glycol, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Sodium Chloride, Trimethylpentanediol/Adipic Acid Copolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Silica, Parfum (Fragrance), Sodium Metabisulfite, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-di-t-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Tocopherol, Linalool, Caprylyl Glycol, Decylene Glycol, Isoceteth-10, Hexyl Cinnamal, Benzyl Salicylate, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citronellol, Limonene, Geraniol, Hydroxycitronellal, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Anise Alcohol, Coumarin, CI 14700 (Red 4), CI 19140 (Yellow 5), CI 42090 (Blue 1).

Jergens Natural Glow Firming Daily Moisturiser

I tried Jergens Natural Glow Firming Daily Moisturiser in Medium to Dark. It also comes in Fair to Medium, which gives a lighter tan. It’s an untinted cream with a slightly floral vanilla fragrance that applies smoothly. As the tan develops, there’s a slight DHA scent if you sniff deeply and purposely look for it, but otherwise it mostly avoids the distinctive fake tan scent. In terms of firming and cellulite-hiding, I didn’t notice much difference apart from the deeper tan, which makes everything look a bit better. It’s a budget-friendly $14.99 for 221 mL, so even without the firming effect I think it’s a great value buy.

Water, Glycerin, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Cetearyl Alcohol, Dihydroxyacetone, Petrolatum, Mineral Oil, Ceteareth-20, Ethylhexyl Isononanoate, Steareth-2, Dimethicone, Octyldodecyl Myristate, Stearic Acid, Fragrance, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodiumacryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Isohexadecane, DMDM Hydantoin, Methylparaben, BHT, Propylparaben, Ethylparaben, Polysorbate 60, Citric Acid, Butylene Glycol, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Water, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Polyimide-1, Withania Somnifera Root Extract, Hydrolyzed Elastin, Centella Asiatica Extract, Fucus Vesiculosus Extract, Caramel, Erythrulose.

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Fake Tan Review: Cocoa Brown and Fake Bake

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Having had some success with gradual tanners, I decided to go further and try out some actual fake tan: Cocoa Brown 1 Hour Tan and Fake Bake Mousse Instant Self-Tan.

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The key difference between fake tan and gradual tanner is that fake tan also contains a colour guide, which is brown pigment that gives your skin instant colour in addition to staining your skin brown with dihydroxyacetone. The instant tan colour also means you can see where you’ve applied product, which means it’s less likely that you’ll wake up with unexpected streaks and white patches like with gradual tanner.

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