It’s been years since I did a fake tan and I had memories of going a sickly orange colour in my teenage, experimental years with self tanning cream. Streaky legs, bright orange knees and elbows and oh yes, looking at the very orange palms of my hands. Has tanning technology advanced in all these years since I was a teenager? You bet!
I was lucky enough to attend an event recently and was gifted some gorgeous Vani-T products including a full size tube of their Bronzing Custard. This cream isn’t one that gives you a full tan with one application. Instead, it’s designed to gradually tan you with each application once a day. Alternatively, it helps you to maintain an existing tan with an application each day.
For me, I’ve been applying it after I get out of the shower to my shins and calves. My arms and chest are all tanned from incidental sun exposure but given I wear jeans or trouser 90% of the time, my lily white legs don’t get to see a ray of sun very often. My lower legs in particular look like two sticks of white chalk really so now that I’m wearing dresses a little more, they deserve some tanning love.
The formula is very moisturizing and in fact the blurb on the back of the tube calls this product a “luxury body moisturizer with a hint of self tanning agent” and that’s a fantastic description. It has a lovely buttery texture that slides over the skin and sinks in beautifully. You don’t need to use a tanning mit and applying it with your hands works really well. (Remember to wash your hands afterwards as you don’t want tanned palms!)
It has a delicious scent to it that reminds me of chocolate but the scent doesn’t last so it won’t overpower any perfume you may want to apply. It doesn’t feel greasy, it doesn’t transfer to clothing and it sinks into the skin really quickly.
The resulting colour is very subtle but builds up with each use so that after three or four days my lily white lower legs actually looked like they’d seen a little Aussie sunshine at last.
The colour is a gorgeous warm brown and there’s not a hint of sickly orange anywhere to be seen. I do suggest exfoliating your skin first, especially knees and ankles because those dryer areas will grab more product. I tend to exfoliate my skin every second day so for me, my colour came out beautifully even with no streaks or patchy sections.
I’m also proud to say this is an Australian company and the product is made right here in good ol’ downunder too (some Aussie owned companies still have their products made overseas). The ingredients include some Aussie natives and it’s a cruelty free product so not only is it high quality but it showcases some of our own unique ingredients too.
So is it hot or a croc? Without doubt this is definitely hot. I love, love, love this product and it’s absolutely going to be a staple body moisturiser for me from here on in. If I can moisturize my skin and give it a subtle tan at the same time, what’s not to love!
I’m really keen to hear about your self tanning favourites and any tips you have for application. Please share your ideas below with us all.
Smiles and hugs,