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Sunday, 1 September 2013

Cocoa Brown's Tough Stuff Review! Tan Remover and Exfoliator

Hi Everyone,

Recently I was kindly sent Cocoa Brown's Tough Stuff. Everyone has been raving about this in the blogging world so I was looking forward to giving it a try. Cocoa Brown is an Irish company, headed up by the lovely Marissa Carter.

The product comes in a pink sachet. I believe it will soon be launched in a tube with more in it. One sachet currently covers about 2 uses.

I had put on tan only about 4 days ago but I needed to take it off as I was getting a spray tan. It's probably best to normally wait a little longer before removal...

Exfoliation is a key step in the tanning cycle - if you don't exfoliate, your tan will likely become very patchy and if you apply new tan, it won't take to your skin as well and become even more patchy. I always exfoliate after my tan is applied for a few days and always before re-application.

I decided to use Tough Stuff with wet skin in the shower (you can use it on dry skin for an even tougher exfoliation). I used it on my arms, underarms, neck and decolletage. I find there is a particular build up of tan just above my underarms for some reason so I really wanted to concentrate there.

After cutting the packet open, a bright pink liquid oozed out. This looks like a raspberry sorbet! The smell of Tahitian Gardenia is the same as with the Cocoa Brown tan, a really pleasant scent.

There are many exfoliators on the market so I was really interested to see what was different about this one that makes it so special. The answer is the intensity of gritty granules in the mix. Normal exfoliators have some grit in a liquid base. Often when scrubbing there are only a few bits and a lot of liquid. Tough Stuff basically has large grits and a much finer grit base. There is no part of this product that is not gritty. This means a far, far stronger exfoliation.

It's not just the brown bits that exfoliate, there is micro-grit all thorugh the pink liquid which increases the scrub-iness!
It did a really good job of taking off the tan considering it had recently been put on. I would recommend giving the shower a bit of a clean as there is so much grit, it gets all over. More than half the pack was still left to use again.

I would 100% buy this when it comes out it a larger format. This is a great product for removing tan quickly. I am also a fan of scrubby gloves and my Clarisonic Body Brush but I think Tough Stuff is much stronger for when you need your tan all off.

Have you tried this yet? How do you remove your old tan?




  1. I haven’t tried this yet, but I sure will be next time before I put on tan!

  2. Definitely, I think it's pretty cheap too and it works so well! x

  3. Replies
    1. I know, I don't think there is any other exfoliator out there that colour! Love the blog btw! :)

  4. I have a sachet waiting to be used. I can't wait to try it. It's the first time I've been excited to exfoliate because I usually find it a chore! Great review by the way. I too suffer from tan build up just above my underarms and it's a nightmare to remove! X

    1. Thanks so much! I wonder what is is about the underarms?! :)


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