Bondi Sands Liquid Gold Self Tanning Dry Oil - review


This is one of those products that I've heard raved about for years but only recently tried. And I'm glad I've finally tried it because I love it and can't imagine a better tanning product for me personally. My skin is dry and I don't like tanning foams because they require extra effort (you have to apply them and then wash them off later), so a tanning oil is right up my street.

Plus the brand is Australian. Since I do prefer buying homegrown when I can, that's a huge plus for me.

I bought two Bondi Sands tanning oils the last time Priceline had one of its big sales (so I got them for around $12 AUD each). I opened this bottle first because it's smaller and I tend not to tan as much through the winter, and since both oils only have six-month shelf-lives, I figured it would be better to use this one now and save the large bottle for summer, when I tan more often.

It's hard for me to fault this product, I must say. It smells good, it works, it's easy to apply and you can also use it on your face so you don't need to buy a separate facial tanner if you don't want to.

Indeed, I love it so much that I've given it an HG tag.

Bondi Sands claims/product details:

  • This superior dry oil formula sets in a moment, develops over 2 to 3 hours and lasts for up to a week
  • Leaves you with perfectly bronzed skin that glows from within
  • Infused with the fresh scent of coconut and hydrating Argan oil
  • Liquid Gold is our longest-lasting tan and conveniently requires no wash-off
  • It's also our most moisturising formula
  • Suitable for: most skintones and time-poor tanners
  • RRP $19.99 AUD for 150ml, but do shop around


This is an excellent product. As mentioned above, I've given it an HG tag and it's hard to imagine that I'll ever find a self-tanner I prefer and one that you can buy very cheaply if you wait for specials.

It's a super thin oil that comes in a spray bottle. You spritz it over your body and then massage it in. The product comes out a neutral brown colour so you can see where you've applied it, which is something I like - and while I do notice a difference in colour as soon as I've used it, that colour does become a little deeper over the next couple of hours.

One of the things I love about this is the coconut scent. Indeed, it's easily the best-smelling self-tanner I've ever used. Plus it's a dry oil so once I've applied it, my skin feels hydrated but never greasy - so it should suit those who don't like the feel of oil on their skin.

The scent and the feel of the product would be enough to make me buy this - even if it weren't a self-tanner - but it also offers a very believable, natural-looking tan. This doesn't turn me orange but instead a credible dusty tan colour, and the shade is also strong enough that I don't need to build this to get a decent tan: one application is enough.

I have however tried it three days running and it did turn me very dark. While I personally prefer applying it once a week because I don't want to look so dark that I don't look like myself, you could certainly build this for a stronger effect if you wanted to.

It's also one of the longest-lasting self-tanners I've applied, even though I exfoliate my body twice a week. Plus I don't look streaky when I wear this, and the only time I've ever run into trouble is when I forgot to exfoliate my knees before I used it and ended up with dark patches there. I think we can call this user error ; )

Perhaps the only thing I don't love about this is that it doesn't fade as evenly as I would like. By the time we get to around day five, I'm looking pretty mottled. I don't know if this is because I naturally exfoliate my body more in some areas and less in others, but that's something to be aware of.

Overall I love this product and recommend it. It meets all its claims in my opinion and it's a pleasure to use.

A cult-favourite for a reason.

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