After finally tracking some down, today I would like to share my thoughts on the Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Natural Bronze Tan Lotion and how I feel it fares compared to others on the market…

Palmer's Cocoa Butter Natural Bronze Tan Lotion

Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Natural Bronze Tan Lotion

Here is a little information about Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Natural Bronze Tan Lotion…

This creamy, moisturising lotion, with a special combination of pure Cocoa Butter and Vitamin E, is the perfect way to keep your skin beautiful and healthy with a natural-looking glow.With just a touch of self tanner, Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Natural Bronze creates a delicate, sun-kissed, summer glow all year long. Gradually builds a subtle tan within a few days, while deeply moisturising your skin.From fair to medium to dark, control the intensity of your skin tone year round with Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Natural Bronze.

How to Use

  • For best results, apply Palmer’s Natural Bronze evenly once daily or as often as necessary to achieve the desired level of colour.
  • Wash hands after use.


Firstly, let me say I am a huge fan of Palmer’s cocoa butter. Putting aside it smells absolutely amazing, when it comes to having exceptionally dry skin I just don’t think you can go wrong with it. So, when I saw they have bought out a gradual tanning version of course I was excited. I already own the normal Palmer’s cocoa butter and the one with an SPF 15 (Which is just as good as the original, but obviously has the added extra of an SPF). Surely, the Natural Bronze Tan Lotion was going to be amazing, right?

Lotion is non tinted and appears just like the original Palmer's Cocoa Butter

Lotion is non tinted and appears just like the original Palmer’s Cocoa Butter

Unfortunately, after seeing so many people say how much they loved it, I just didn’t. And trust me, I am as shocked as maybe you are! There are a few things I disliked about this product;

  1. Being a gradual tanner you would expect to be able to build up a good colour with it over a period of time, most gradual tanners are what I class as idiot proof, meaning they are perfect for those who struggle with fake/self tanners and you can’t go wrong with them – I got streaks with this product! I also noticed that the tan was noticable on the first application (This was overnight, I had not been in the sun from when I applied it till the following morning), which for some is great, but if you have streaks, then not so much.
  2. Application you would think is simple too. Its a rather thick moisturising product (Much like the original product), yet this one just didn’t seem to absorb as well into the skin. So, even when you applied a little and massaged it in, there still seemed to be a residue, which maybe is why there was an uneven application/streaks?
  3. The actual colour result, I have tried this both on my legs and on my body. I tan very easily and also have quite a good tan at present already. I found it was more of a golden/orange result than a golden tan on myself. Please note, with other gradual tanning products (Johnson’s Holiday Skin and Garnier Summer Body) I have always achieved a nice golden tan.
  4. Now this may be a fault with my product, I’m unsure (Maybe someone can tell me if they have had the same issue)…. My pump action top gets stuck and the product either comes out in a massive pump squirt or not at all. Also, when closing down the lid properly again (To seal up the product) it squirts huge amounts (Although, I find this with many pump action products).

In fact, the only things I actually liked about this product were the scent (As its just like the original Palmer’s Cocoa Butter) and how moisturising it is (Again, like the original formula).

Palmer's Cocoa Butter Natural Bronze Tan Lotion - Before

Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Natural Bronze Tan Lotion – Before

Palmer's Cocoa Butter Natural Bronze Tan Lotion - After (2 applications)

Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Natural Bronze Tan Lotion – After (2 applications)

I haven’t give up all hope on this product though. I am going to try it again once I have lost some of my natural tan to see if the result is better. Also, I have contemplated trying it with a tanning mitt, rather than my hands (I always use just my hands with gradual tanners).

To summarise, would I recommend this product to others? Well, in a nut shell yes but with the following warnings or points;

  • Make sure you don’t rush application! Treat this product like a normal SELF/FAKE tanning lotion.
  • Do massage the product into the skin well. Use small amounts at a time.
  • If you are worried about the colour result, do a patch test area. Somewhere people won’t openly see.
  • If you have oily/greasy skin, I would avoid this product, due to it being suited more for drier skin.

I still love Palmer’s Cocoa Butter and think it is one of the best moisturisers out there, but unfortunately Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Natural Bronze Tan Lotion was just not for me.

You can purchase Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Natural Bronze Tan Lotion from Boots, Superdrug and some Supermarkets. I found mine on Amazon (My Boots and Superdrug kept selling out) for £5.49.

Lots of Love,

Mel xxxx