It’s no secret that I am a big lover of fake tan, and use it quite regularly. What with living in the UK, it is near to impossible to keep up a natural tan, and I am very wary of using sun-beds all of the time, plus it would cost me an absolute fortune even if I did want to.
I have used a lot of different fake tans in the past, and when I turned vegan, I was set on finding a good vegan and cruelty-free one. I am also quite picky with fake tans, as I don’t like to look orange, and some can be really patchy, especially when they start wearing off. Also, some can be an absolute nightmare to get off when exfoliating.
I actually came across Bondi Sands when I was in Australia, funnily enough. Everybody imagines Australia to be hot all year round. I hate to break it to you, but their winters are cold and miserable, so fake tan was needed. The brand is actually Australian, and even though their winters are bad, their summers sure as hell make up for it, so when it comes to fake tan, who is more trustworthy than an Australian brand.
I had always gone for the light/medium shades of fake tan before, as I am quite pale so I never wanted to over-do it, however, because I had been travelling and living in Australia for the past 3-4 months, I opted for the darker foam to keep up the tan I had been slowly building up.
A L W A Y S applied with a mitt (if you try without, please send me a photo of your hands after!), it is really easy to evenly apply. When you apply the fake tan to your skin, you can see where you have applied it, so it is really hard to get it wrong and miss sections. It says to leave it on for a minimum of one hour, depending on how dark you want it to go. I leave it on for an hour an a half (it used to be an hour, but have become braver over the last year).
There are certainly a few things I really L O V E about this brand.
Firstly, they are vegan and cruelty-free, which is always the first thing I look for, and an immediate winner in my eyes.
Secondly, the particular product I use doesn’t smell like stale biscuits, which is what so many other fake tans do. Enriched with aloe vera and coconut, the coconut smell is very prominent (click here to see another coconut infused product which I talk about).
Thirdly, because of the easy application, the tan comes out streak free and NOT orange! (woohoo).
And lastly, it is easy to remove when exfoliating, setting you up nicely for your next application.
I tend to do my tan once to twice a week. If you moisturise daily, the tan will stay longer, however I find it does come off my hands and face quicker, as I tend to wash those parts of my body more regularly, so I prefer to keep it up so that I am fully tanned always.
Having found this product, and now been using it for about a year, it is hard to try others when you have found the one, however I am keen to try their other products. I just hope they live up to the standard of the dark foam.