Hi all – back again with another natural self tan review! This time I am sharing my thoughts on the express self tan bronzing Cacao Firming Mousse by Eco by Sonya/EcoTan. This product has really good reviews and is one of their top sellers being *WINNER OF THE BEST FAKE TAN AT JANEY LOVES PLATINUM AWARDS 2016*.
Just to avoid confusion Eco Tan and Eco by Sonya are the same brand, they just have to trade under Eco By Sonya in Europe. In general EcoTan are a very cool brand, I really love their ethics, they have very clean products and strive to be cruelty free.
How to apply
- Exfoliate 24-48 hours before applying the Cacao Firming Mousse.
- Apply to clean dry skin and apply generously. It is in a mousse form so be gentle when applying. Don’t make the mistake of slapping the mousse against your skin (like I did) because mousse will go flying everywhere.
- I wouldn’t recommend using tanning mitts. The directions on the bottle didn’t recommend it and I think because it is a mousse form, that the tanning mitt would just eat up all the mousse.
- Remember to wash your hands thoroughly after you’ve applied the mousse and avoid having a tanning mishap like I did 🙂
You will notice some of the product running off in the shower but it will still develop for upto 48 hours after application. The directions advise not to use oils or soap based products to help your tan last longer but how else is one meant to shower? I found that a little silly.
I used a gentle body wash and it still lasted me a decent amount of time. However EcoTan recommend to use their use Coconut Mint Body Washor Foaming Body Wash for a longer lasting tan. They also suggest moisturising with Coconut Body Milk daily to prolong life of the tan. I warn you though that these add on products don’t come cheap though ranging from £25-30.
How well did it work?
This isn’t the first EcoTan product that I have tried. If you follow me on IG you know that I have tried the Invisible Tan and didn’t have the best results from this. It gave me a subtle tan and glow which is nice but I wanted deeper results so I was naturally a little sceptical about the EcoTan Cacao Firming Mousse.
Boy was I proven wrong, this gave me such a beautiful deep tan without turning me into an orange! I love it. The results are very quick and this stuff dries really quick so I didn’t get any transfer onto my clothes – although I’d stay clear of wearing any light or white clothes just incase.
There is a teeny tiny bit of a fake tan smell but I’m yet to find a fake tan without at least a little scent. However the scent is much weaker than any other fake tan I’ve ever used. It’s clear of synthetic fragrances, artificial orange dyes, parabens & GMOs. It is suitable for vegans. 80% of the ingredients are organic and 20% are natural. This is a certified organic product. The ingredients are very clean as you can see below. No hidden nasties and no synthetic ingredients.
- Grapefruit Seed Extract – Promotes skin healing and nourishing and protects the skin.
- Arabica Coffee Extract – Rich in antioxidants and helps promote rapid cell regeneration.
INGREDIENTS: Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice*, Dihydroxyacetone**,Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water*, Decyl Glucoside**, Ethanol**, Chamomile Recutita (Matricaria) Extract*, Glycerin*, Lecithin*, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract**, Fusel Wheat Bran/Straw Glycosides**, Polyglyceryl-5 Oleate**, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate**, Glyceryl Caprylate**, Coco Caprylate**, Cocoa (Theobroma Cacao) Fruit Powder**, Caramel**, Coffea Arabica (Coffee) Extract*, Zingiber officinale (Ginger) Oil*, Citrus reticulata (Mandarin) Essential Oil*, Citrus sinensis (Blood Orange) Essential Oil*, Fragrance (Natural)**, Limonene**
How much is it?
UK customers can get this from Glow Organic for £30.05. In comparison to the Green People Self Tan Lotion (£21) its pretty expensive. But this is an instant tanning situation whereas the Green People Self Tanning Lotion is more of a gradual tan for me. I have to apply it a few times to build up the intensity. Also considering the quality ingredients that go into the Cacao Firming Mousse the price seems reasonable.
So to conclude…
It gets a huge thumbs up from me. The proof is in the pudding. The EcoTan Cacao Firming Mousse gave me a beautiful tan which faded nicely without any patchiness. It’s great for impatient people like me who don’t have time for gradual tan. It actually works well on my skin tone – not all self tanners show up on my skin. It’s free from synthetic fragrances, artificial orange dyes, parabens & GMOs. Infant this is one of the cleanest self tanning products that I have ever used. I love this stuff – it gives me such a healthy bronze tan – it’s silly but I just feel so good about myself when I’m tan so hats off to EcoTan for making a girl feel good about herself!