Our story: From NYC to South Beach to Italy and back!

Keith Charney, creator of BRONZO SENSUALÉ® (Sensuous Suntan) at one of his three South Beach swimwear stores where he launched the first Carrot Oil & Lotion sunscreen products in the U.S.A.

Keith Charney, creator of BRONZO SENSUALÉ® (Sensuous Suntan), at one of his South Beach stores.

From an interview with Keith Charney: 

"Back in the early 90's, South Beach was the American Riviera for tourists from Europe and South America, but somewhat unknown to Americans. Coming from Manhattan, South Beach looked wonderfully like Soho with palm trees to my wife Marilyn and I. We loved the Art Deco buildings and the feeling of something great and new about to happen.  We moved from NYC and opened three beach shops, with bathing suits, frisbees, towels, everything for the beach.  

But the European customers didn't approve of the brand name tanning oils and lotions with all their chemical ingredients and sunscreens. 'We don't understand you Americans, why would you protect your skin from the sun but not from chemicals?' I asked what they use in Europe for sun and skin care, and found out that their sun, skin care, AND baby oil products were made with natural olive or carrot oils and not mineral oil (derived from petroleum, the main ingredient in American tanning and baby oil products). 

It made a lot of sense and I experimented using different natural oils, extracts and scents, including sunscreens derived from cinnamon oil, Asian fruit tree bark and natural crystals. After months of conferring with leading dermatologists, nutritionists, beauty professionals, and cosmetology chemists, I finally developed unique skin-loving carrot oil based sun care formulas containing the highest quality botanical and natural remedies, and then later on, added certified organic ingredients to achieve the utmost in nutritive value for your skin. 

We finally had a perfect product but we were stuck figuring out the perfect name. We wanted to see European suntan products firsthand, so we set off  on a biz-vacation and wound up in beautiful Paraggi, Italy. While strolling on the beach an Italian gentleman commented on my wife's stunning bronze suntan (thanks to my concoction) and he remarked something that sounded like 'Bella, Bronzo Sensuale,' (Beautiful, sensuous suntan) and the rest is history!"

 Inspired in Italy...Perfected in Florida

Today, BRONZO SENSUALÉ® (Sensuous Suntan) is seen around the world. Our customers have spotted Bronzo Sensuale while on the French Riviera, while sailing the Caribbean, skiing the slopes of Vail, on a cruise in the Mediterranean, and even during Spring Break in Cancun.


"Dear Bronzo, while my husband and I were at the Fontainebleau in Miami Beach , a couple visiting from France, sat down on the lounges next to us. I offered our Bronzo Sensuale to them and they surprisingly said 'No, merci.' But then to our amazement they pulled out their own bottles of Bronzo Sensuale! We've all remained  friends and continue to be loyal Bronzo Sensuale users ever since." Celie F., Brooklyn, NY 

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Until now, you have wisely protected your skin from the harmful rays of the sun. With BRONZO SENSUALÉ® you can protect yourself and those you love from harmful rays and from harmful ingredients.