Bondi Bronze in a Bottle

April 29, 2019

If you’ve been following me on Insta then you’ll know that I’ve been lucky enough to have been travelling for the past month. It was one of the best trips I’ve ever done. I started in Japan staying in Kyoto, Hakone and Tokyo (the posts are on the way) before taking off for Straylia. I can’t wait to fill you in but first thing’s first. I had to look the part before I went anywhere – especially Bondi aka land of the bronzed goddesses.

Being of a pale Caspar the friendly ghost complexion I always feel better with a lick of bronze on my body and couldn’t think of a better time to sample the infamous Bondi Sands Gradual Tan. I mean I was heading to Bondi after all so why not do it as an Aussie would. It’s true to say that I made many tanning mistakes in my teens and twenties when I routinely turned myself tango because I was chasing after a shade that was about ten times too dark for me. Well you live and learn (although regrettably the lesson took far too long for me to learn that I’d never look “natural” in the darkest deepest spray-tan – hello Ross from Friends tanning catastrophe episode and a multitude of photo-evidence to never let me forget it….) but now; now, I think I’ve nailed it.

My strategy? Slow and steady wins the race. A gradual build up of bronze is the way it works best for me and no delusions about what would pass as a “natural tan”. I give myself a good scrub before and then apply the gradual tan with the mitt that comes with it. The result is a subtle glow that I can easily top up over time if the mood or beach takes me without the risk of prompting people to reminisce on Ross’s tanning tragedy when they see me rollin. Everyone wins!


I like to apply the tan in natural light just so I can see that I’ve covered my skin evenly. Although the lotion is colourless I still feel like the light allows me to better see any patches I might have missed. The added bonus is that the fragrant cocoa smell of the lotion can seep into the rest of the flat too which I love!

So there it is. My tanning tribulations that have lead me to the gradual and subtle look that allowed me to blend in better when I was in Bondi (featured image). I hope this helps you if you’re looking for a similar effect.

Written in collaboration with Bondi Sands.

Images: Oda Biede

Bondi Image: Thanks to my pal!

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