Self Tanning with Bondi Sands Pure Gradual Tanning Lotion.

Bondi Sands Pure is the newest line from the well loved company from Australia. I have watched a lot of tutorials and reviews for the Pure Self Tan Water and Pure Tanning Face Mist, but have found little on the Gradual Tanner. Since I prefer gradual tanners, I took a chance and purchased the Bondi Sands Pure Gradual Tanner from Target. I’ve been using it for a little over a month and I’m here to tell you my thoughts on it, as well as my self tanning routine.

Pure Gradual Tanner

As I stated in my post, 5 Reasons I Love Summer, I love being tan. Unfortunately, I am not a regular user of self tanner. Before now, my experience with self tanning mostly consisted of the Cheeto disaster in High School and the use of Ocean Potion Gradual Tan in the summer. There was also that one time I was in a pageant and my mom applied at home tanner to me. I was a lot darker than we were expecting and when the tan started to fade, it made me look like I had a really bad skin disease. Since then I’ve been more apprehensive about self tanners and only stuck with what I knew.

However, these days I’m more aware of what I put on my body. When researching through affordable self tanners, I found that Bondi Sands Pure line is labeled as Clean from Target, is Non-Comedogenic, and it is free from: Fragrance, Dyes, Parabens, Sulfates. It also contains good for skin ingredients Vitamin C and E, and Hyaluronic Acid. It is also Vegan and the packaging is made from “ethically sourced, 100% recyclable plastic”.

I realize there are other self tanners out there that are cleaner, but I am trying to work within a budget, here. The Pure line is less than $25.00, which I think is a great price for quality material that won’t turn me into a cheeto.

First Impression

  • No Smell. Not even the typical self tanner smell.
  • Hydrated my legs instead of giving my legs a dried out feeling a few minutes later
  • Definitely left my legs feeling soft
  • Dries quickly. Within about five minutes my legs were dry without feeling sticky.
Before First Application
Four Days Later

I made sure to get these pictures in similar light. The first one, I’m sitting inside by an open door in natural light. The second one I’m outside with some cloud coverage.

A Month Later

I’ve been using it for about a month now and I’ve noticed a few things, both good and bad, about it.


  • It becomes patchy when fading. Not horribly, but I have noticed that certain areas on my thighs, the back of my calf, and of course your typical “problem areas” hold the color more than other portions of my leg.
  • Doesn’t hold up well in a swimming pool. While I can take a shower with minimal damage, being in a swimming pool seems to completely take it off.
  • You need a Mitt or Gloves to protect your hands from getting Tan Palms. Even though I washed my hands immediately after applying, my hands still became way darker than the rest of me.
  • Once applied, there is the typical self tanner smell. It isn’t too strong and does go away or can be covered up.


  • Doesn’t turn me orange. I have yellow undertones and I think Bondi Sands works pretty well with it.
  • Goes on smoothly. Whether I’m applying it with a Mitt or my hands, it goes on really well. I don’t worry when I apply it to my back, either.
  • It still leaves my legs feeling soft and hydrated
  • Color appears after the first application. This may just be because I am so pale, but I do notice color after the first application.
  • Doesn’t streak. Though I have to be careful of your typical areas (knees, ankles, toes) I haven’t had any issues with it streaking once applied.

Self Tanning Routine

I recently learned the trick of applying regular lotion to the problem areas before applying self tanner. I had no idea this was a thing, but I am willing to try just about anything for a smoother tan and it works! I’m still careful of those areas, applying self tanner to them last in one smooth motion (like going from calf, over the knee, and to my thigh in one motion) with what little self tanner is left on my mitt.

  1. Apply regular lotion to problem areas (knees, feet, elbows, hands, and armpits)
  2. I apply self tanner to my Mitt (I have this one from Tarte Cosmetics) then dot it on my leg before smoothing it in sections (lower leg first then thigh). Once I’m sure those sections are blended, I use long strokes to cover my knee and down my foot.
  3. I do my arms next, using the same method.
  4. I use a small amount of tanner to for my chest, neck, and upper back. I try to do these three sections together using longer strokes.
  5. I tan my stomach and lower back last, including my sides as I move from back to front


Overall, I am happy with the Bondi Sands Pure Gradual Tanning Lotion. I do think it is more of a tan-extending lotion as opposed to a stand alone lotion, but it gets the job done. In fact, I liked this brand so much that I am debating trying their Pure Self Tan Water and seeing how it compares.

If you’re wondering why I went with the Tarte Mitt instead of Bondi Sands’ tanning mitt, its because Tarte has a plastic liner within the mitt so there’s no way product gets on my hands. I don’t know if Bondi Sands has the same liner. It’s one of those instances where I’d rather be safe than sorry. Also it was only $8 from Tarte’s website.

Do you have a favorite brand of self tanner? What other tips can you give me on self tanning?

(Seriously guys, give me ALL the tips on self tanning. I am begging you!)

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