Cocoa Brown by Marissa Carter 1 HOUR TAN MOUSSE Review

I was lucky enough to try this brand new innovative (& IRISH) tanning product this week and as I have tried so many tans at this stage, I am fairly in tune with whats out there. Gradual, organic, instant, natural fade, shimmer, matte are all words that spring to mind when I think of the ‘types’ of tans out there. But ‘1 HOUR’? Thats definitely unheard of…



Cocoa Brown 1 HOUR TAN by Marissa Carter of Carter Beauty is ‘revolutionary’ for the tanning market. Its ‘first-of-a-kind formula combines hi-tech accelerating agents which are activated upon contact with the skin and they speed up the tans absorption and development. This means the tan only needs to be left on the skin for 1 HOUR and can rinsed off after that.’

Marissa Carter, the woman herself

Marissa Carter, the woman herself

Reading a lot of reviews on this product before I actually started mine may not be the best of idea’s. I did, however, already make up my mind about how I feel about this new tan. When trying out new products I talk to myself as though I’m writing, quoting my review while applying the product. And then laughing at myself for being so stupid!


When you first apply the tan, ensure the bottle is facing downwards towards your tanning mitt/glove (or hands! Tanning mitts are a fiver these days, sheesh!). The mousse sprayed all over the place at the first little squeeze, it was almost like a mini foam party. For myself. This could be down to the fact that it was posted to me. The bottle probably got more shaking up than usual. Anyway, once you keep the bottle close to your applicator, you’ll be grand…as they say!

The tan goes on so easy and smooth. It comes out a nice sandy brown colour and you can see where you are applying it – always extremely handy! When it starts setting into your skin, it does not leave you mahogany brown. Instead you are a golden brown, normal looking (but a bit on the tanned side) type of person. Oh, and it smells like sweet angelic heaven on your skin. 

After one hour (yes, I timed it) I got straight into the shower. The excess tan flowed down my drain and when I was dried up and ready for the day, I was left with a subtle golden, natural looking glow. So yes it is ‘1 HOUR TAN’ and no, I did not smell like chinese leftovers on a Sunday morning.



Usually with tanning products I like to re-apply every other night. Re-phrase that – I NEED to re-apply every other night. With Cocoa Brown ‘1 Hour Tan’ that wasn’t necessary at all. I really felt like one application did me for a few days. It’s convenient for those who hate applying tan or just don’t have the energy to be applying it every night. And the fact that this one will have you like a bronzed godess in one hour is just a cherry on top.

I did however learn this the hard way. I applied the tan, like a ritual, again the next night. Woke up a teeny bit too ‘Snooki’ for my liking. But it’s not a negative, it simply means that the second application was not necessary and the product will therefore last a lot longer. Wahey!


Over all, this is a good buy. For €7.99 you can’t go wrong really. The price range kind of puts it middle of the road with regards to tanning. It’s a good few steps up from the €4 Penny’s St.Moritz and a far cry from  St.Tropez which is (over) priced at €30 – €40. Its a recession people, wake up!

If your looking for a tan that ticks all the boxes your in for a treat:

– Inexpensive

– Quick and easy application

– Develops naturally and fast

– Limited/no smell when fully developed

The tan being too dark was my fault really. This is called ‘1 Hour Tan’ and it specialises in doing just that. Marissa Carter recommends the product to be washed off within one hour or if you want a darker tan to leave it develop longer. Up to you!


Cocoa Brown 1 HOUR TAN is available to buy in 97% of Irish pharmacies nationwide, Tesco, Dunnes, Penneys, Boots, Superdrug, Primark and on for just €7.99.

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