06 June 2017

Review: Divine Company - Body Scrub & Naturally Bronze Gradual Tan

I am annoyingly allergic to most self tanners. I have tried countless self tanners only to break out in a rash mainly on my thighs and arms that lasts about 3-4 days. I have also tried a couple of professionally spray tans to no avail. I'm always on the hunt for a self tanner that my skin likes because skin cancer sounds fair too painful. To date, I've only found one that my skin semi-likes - a gradual tanner by St Tropez. I did break out in a rash with St Tropez, although not as severe and as long lasting.

So when Divine Company contacted me to trial and review their body scrub and gradual tanner, I jumped at the opportunity.

The body scrub smells absolutely divine (haha see what I did there... the company name's Divine). It has all sorts of great organic ingredients:

Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)*, Juglans Regia (Walnut) Shell Powder, Cetearyl Glucoside, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin*, Pumice, Benzyl Alcohol, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus Oil, Eucalyptus Dives Leaf/Twig Oil, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Oil, Backhousia Citriodora Leaf Oil, Xanthan Gum, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Dehydroacetic Acid, Juniperus Communis Fruit Oil*

*Denotes ACO Certified Organic ingredients

The lime oil really stands out, making this scrub smell deliciously citrusy.

When I first tried this out on the back of my hand, I was so pleased with the amount of grit in this scrub (I like my scrubs super gritty). It also left my skin feeling so ridiculously nice and smooth.

However, when I tried it on my body, it just wasn't as gritty, which was disappointing. However, my skin did still feel soft and smooth.

The instructions on the back does say to use with an exfoliating mitt (which I do not have). So maybe that might ante-up the gritty exfoliating goodness.

The body scrub retails for $32.95 and can be purchased here.

Like the body scrub, the naturally bronze gradual tan is full of certified organic ingredients -

Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis leaf juice**, Dihydroxyacetone, Glycine Soja (soybean) oil**, butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter**, cetearyl glucoside, cetearyl alcohol, glycerin**, benzyl alcohol, sodium stearoyl glutamate, pelargonium graveolens flower oil, xantham gum, cocos nucifera (coconut) oil**, Dehydroacetic acid, lycium barbarum fruit extract**, calendula officinalis flower extract**. 
**Denotes Certified Organic Raw materials

The gradual tanner has a lovely subtle scent that does smell a little florally. However, it does fade and that distinct self tanner scent does come through after a few hours. (I personally do not mind it, as there's nothing a good shower or perfume can't fix).

I found the gradual tanner really easy to use, as it is a cream product. I basically apply it like I would a moisturiser, and then wash my hands after to avoid freakish unevenly tanned palms.

I am happy to report that I have only had an extremely mild reaction to this tanner, after using it approximately 4-5 times (I had no reaction whatsoever when I used it the first few times). My thigh where I applied it got a tat itchy overnight but was fine the next morning.

As for whether it provided a noticeable tan, I will let you be the judge of it. Can you tell which thigh I've applied it on?

After 4 applications

After 4 applications in a different light
If you guessed the one on the left, then you are correct!
Honestly, I wish the naturally bronze gradual tan provided a deeper, darker tan. However, I am really pleased that my skin (mostly) agrees with the formula of this gradual tan.
The naturally bronze gradual tan retails for $34.95 and can be purchased here.
I do have a special coupon to share - enter "WINTERGLOW" for a free body scrub scrub when you purchase the naturally bronze gradual tan!

*This was kindly provided for my consideration. All opinions expressed are my own.

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