My Favourite Self Tanners: St Moriz, Bondi Sands, Cocoa Brown


favourite fake tan

I wrote about my favourite fake tan ever, which is the Bondi Sands Dark foam recently, but  I still love two other foams! So I decided to write about all three today, with my thoughts, ratings out of ten and comparison for anyone trying to decide between which one to try.

(I apply all of these tans last thing in the evening with a foam mitt, leave over night to develop and wash away carefully in the morning)

st moriz


First is the St Moriz Instant Self Tanning Mousse. I have mine in the shade ‘Medium’ and it costs around £5. The packaging has changed now, but as far as I know, the formula is the same (correct me if I am wrong please!) and can be bought from Boots here.

Now, I find this to be a fab bottle of tan that I use if I want a bronzed colour but still look quite subtle. It doesn’t come up to dark on me, just a natural brown colour. It doesn’t smell bad, in fact when you apply it smells quite pleasant! You are left with a tan smell by the morning however.

I get eczema in the creases of my inner elbow so the skin is really dry there and I do find this one can cling to it quite badly so definitely one to exfoliate really well prior to use. I do find this is the one I reach for the least, just because it doesn’t last very long and a little drying.

  • Value For Money – 8/10
  • Scent – 6/10
  • Lasting Power – 4/10
  • Colour – 5/10

cocoa brown


Next is the Cocoa Brown 1 Hour Tan Mousse. I bought mine from Primark but can be bought here from Superdrug and retails at around £8.

This was the first foam tan I ever tried and I’m so glad I did as it was a great introduction to tanning. This is so easy, as you can leave for just one hour for a really subtle colour. I still leave mine on over night, as I think it stops getting darker after about 3 hours anyway and even then I don’t find it to be too deep in colour.

This one leaves me with the most natural tan colour of the three I think, especially as my skin is so pale. It goes on SO smoothly. This one can come up dark and noticeable on my inner arms, again just something to note it you have dry skin. This one fades so naturally, I don’t feel like I have to urgently scrub it off due to patchiness. I really do like this tan

  • Value for Money – 9/10
  • Scent – 7/10
  • Lasting Power – 5/10
  • Colour – 7/10

bondi sands


Finally, the Bondi Sands Self Tanning Foam in ‘Dark’. This one retails at around £15 and can be bought here from Boots.

This is the tan that I reach for the most at the moment. I love it, it has a rich, slightly deeper colour that still looks natural. It isn’t super dark so if you wanted a really deep tan you could probably add two layer. I would say this tan is best if you have already had a little experience just because it will be more noticeable if you don’t get it quite right. This one shows up the least on my inner arms where the skin is dry.

I adore the scent of this one, it smells like coconuts and holidays! It does smell of tan by the morning though, but this can be avoided if you don’t leave it on overnight. I usually get aorund 4-5 days wear from this before I want to scrub it off and reapply. This is because it is darker on dry, pale skin, you can see the patches so for me it is best to fully remove then re-apply.

  • Value for money – 7/10
  • Scent – 9/10
  • Lasting Power – 7/10
  • Colour – 9/10


The Verdict – It depends what you are looking for really! For me the Bondi Sands comes up on top for colour and scent, St Moriz is a fab budget option that works well and Cocoa Brown is a great all-rounder at a mid-range price.

Please let me know what your favourite tans are as I love trying out new ones! I hope this review was helpful!


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