Cocoa Brown by Marissa Carter 1 Hour Tan Mousse Review!

Cocoa Brown Tan

Disclaimer: A while back, Cocoa Brown sent me their 1 Hour Tan Mousse to try out in exchange for an honest review. As always, my thoughts and reviews are my own.

Hi readers!

Summer is just around the corner and with the weather warming up, my wardrobe is slowly shifting to dresses and shorts.  As an esthetician, I don’t condone staying out all day, everyday just to tan since the potential to develop skin cancer can increase.  As a result, I have pretty pale legs, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but sometimes I do like to add a little bit of color.  I’ve tried several self-tanners over the years but they were either too dark, too orange or they applied streaky.  When a rep for Cocoa Brown offered to send me their product to try out, stating that their tanning product would never turn orange, I decided to give it a try.

Did this product live up to its claims? Let’s find out.

Cocoa Brown by Marissa Carter 1 Hour Tan Mousse (Dark)

Description: “Cocoa Brown By Marissa Carter is an international best selling beauty brand that has a tanning range available in Ireland,  the UK, Sweden, Norway, the U.S.A and Australia. The founder and creator Cocoa Tan, Marissa Carter is certified in dermatology and cosmetic chemistry and has based her beauty range around this knowledge. Cocoa Brown has no fake tan stink, develops with just 1 hour, is guaranteed brown, not orange and lasts up to 5 days streak free. Cocoa Brown is made from a vegetable derived DHA, free from parabens and non-comodegenic.”


No funky smell

Tanning mitt protects your hands from stains

Subtle color

Cost effective

Mousse formula is easy to apply

Dries quickly


You have to work fast as soon as you apply it

Majority of product washes off when you shower

Can result in some blotchiness if you don’t work quickly to apply it

Overall: This tanning mousse is one of the best ones I have come across. It’s easy to apply though you do have to work quickly as it starts to set and dry almost immediately. I found that applying it in circular motions prevented it from looking streaky or blotchy. True to its claim, the product didn’t leave my skin orange looking and using the tanning mitt ensured that my hands remained stain free. I did notice that once I took a shower, the majority of the color washed off, even without using a shower gel; however, I don’t really have much of a problem with it because my skin still had a nice and subtle hint of color, almost like a glow and it lasted for days afterward.

Here’s a couple of pictures that capture the progress.


CB Mousse

A picture about 2 and 1/2 hours after application.

CB Tan 1

A different view

CB Tan 2

After I washed it off

CB Tan 3


If you are interested in Cocoa Brown products-they have several tanning products as well as non tanning ones- they are available in the US in Ricky’s NYC and worldwide online at

What are your favorite tanning products?



4 thoughts on “Cocoa Brown by Marissa Carter 1 Hour Tan Mousse Review!

  1. Ooh this looks great! I used to use the Jergens gel but then discovered their foam and I like it much better. It spreads easily and doesn’t leave streaks. I always have to tan my legs – they’re lighter than my arms so I need to match them up if I’m going to expose them! 😛

    • I used Jergens a long time ago but it left me kind of orange. Haven’t tried the foam yet. My arms are the same probably because they are exposed more, like when driving. I don’t usually worry too much about it but sometimes I’m like, yeah I am pretty pale, lol. 🙂

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