Beauty Review: Caudalie Divine Legs*

Disclaimer: This post contains PR samples. All views are 100% honest and my own.

When the weather's hot like this I get frustrated that my legs take a long time to tan naturally. I see all these gorgeous girls walking past with lovely tanned limbs and my own milk-bottle legs pale (literally) in comparison. But I've been a bit scared of fake tan after too many bad experiences as a teenager when even the lightest shades of many tans just went orange on me. However, recently I was lucky enough to get sent a bottle of Caudalie Divine Legs by the lovely people at Birchbox UK, and it's converted me to the ways of the tan! Read on to find out why...

First things first: the packaging. Whilst the glass bottle is a little on the heavy side, I like that it feels solid and adds a sense of luxury to the product, as does the gold writing on the packaging. The fact that the nozzle locks by twisting so you can travel with it without fear of it splurging everywhere is good too, although just because it's glass it's something I'd keep wrapped in a plastic bag and very gently placed in my bag rather than just tossed in there.

In the packaging, the product looks a very dark caramel brown shade, and out of the bottle it looks even darker. I have to admit that at this point I was very much 'Oh. O-K...', because I didn't want to go from pasty white to suddenly looking like my legs had made a guest appearance on The Only Way Is Essex. However, I have to say once it's applied it evens out really well and doesn't look too dark at all - instead, it just lifts my skin and adds a nice bit of colour, as you can see in the photo below:

The left leg is with Divine Legs, the right is without. Yes, I really am that pale.

Another big advantage: it has a lovely warm slightly floral scent that you get hints of occasionally when you move, as opposed to the slightly stale biscuity scent that a lot of other tanning products have, which is definitely a plus point. The texture is ideal too - not too heavy or thick, but not too thin or watery either, and once it's sunk in it doesn't feel sticky or greasy at all. I normally use a pump's worth on each leg, but depending how much tan you want you can use more or less than that as it's a really buildable product.

In terms of durability, it does take a couple of minutes to sink in, but once it's on it's not going anywhere - I sat on my white couch for a few hours wearing this in sweltering heat and it didn't leave any marks, result! However, it's also really easy to remove with soap and water, so if you do put too much on you can easily start again. I also liked the fact that it was super-moisturising; I have a tendency to dry patches on my shins, but once I'd applied this they were barely noticeable, so if you're concerned about fake tan settling in your dry patches this could well be a great product for you.

Overall, I really love Divine Legs. It's so easy to use, gives enough colour without looking like too much, lasts all day and doesn't dry out my skin. Plus it's 92.8% natural ingredients, contains no nasties like parabens or isn't tested on animals - all of which are Very Good Things. It is slightly pricey at £26 per 100ml bottle, but personally I think that's definitely worth it for a product that works on every level. I think I may have found my tanning Holy Grail!

Have you tried Caudalie Divine Legs? What's your favourite tanning product?


  1. It looks like it gives a really nice natural glow rather than orangey, I like it xxx

    1. It's such a good product - I was a bit scared when I saw it in the bottle but when it's on it has just enough colour to make you look like you've been out in the sun for a day. Although you can use more or less depending how much colour you want as well!

  2. This looks lovely. I currently use Sally Hansen airbrush legs!
    Great blog, I met you on bbloggers chat tonight :)