Little Honey Self Tan Review
BY REBECCA DIEUDONNE
I've tried most other brands on the market before settling on Bondi, including supermarket gradual tanners, professional spray tans and St Tropez, so I would consider myself a fake tan connoisseur!
3 OCT - 2018
Little Honey is a paraben-free formula enriched with Pro Vitamin B5 and Aloe Vera which provides additional moisture and softens the skin.
It’s cruelty-free too, and created by a Kiwi company which gets two massive ticks from me.
Having naturally very fair skin, I like to have a light tan all year around to give me a healthy glow. But rather than risk sun damage (hello, aging!) I religiously apply my Bondi Sands Dark Self Tanning Lotion every Thursday night – yes even in winter. One application is enough to last me the week and if I’m looking for additional depth before an event I might double up with a Tuesday application too.
The Little Honey Flawless Bronzing Kit includes a 125ml spray mist and a decent quality glove for NZD$55. You can also buy these items separately. They have also recently introduced the ‘boyfriend mitt’ which is a wider fit glove for the man in your life to reach those hard to get places on your back!
Little Honey has a lovely light vanilla scent. Initially, I tried spraying directly onto my skin and rubbing it in – but it got a bit tricky to keep the bottle upright when trying to spray the back of my legs etc, so I sprayed the mist onto the mitt and then rubbed the formula into my skin. From there, it was much more effective.
Application is Everything
The tan is very quick drying – 10 seconds or less, so you gotta work fast! Before it dries, it does spread easily and the mist is tinted so you instantly have a light glow and can see where you have applied. The tint is a soft golden colour and not fake-looking at all. I have no streaks and it’s easy enough to rub into my ankles and wrists.
I hop into bed and my partner remarks it smells nice – poor thing is getting used to tanned sheets every week, as I’m yet to purchase a Tanzee despite my regular tanning habit (I like to snuggle him too much!).
I always sleep in my tan, the bottle advises at least four hours development time, so this is up to you. I am impressed that there is little to no transfer, and when I rinse off the tint in the shower, I don’t get a lot of the colour washing off like my Bondi babe. The final colour result is a beautiful golden colour which doesn’t look unnatural at all.
I would suggest you exfoliate + moisturise your wrists and ankles though as I can see the colour has grabbed a bit here. I have white fingers but tanned wrists – nothing a bit of bronzer can’t help but still noticeable enough to feel a bit self–conscious in meetings. I do feel brave enough to wear a white blouse though, confident I won’t get any residual transfer throughout the day.
The colour lasts well until about day 3/4, I do use moisturising gel in the shower but no moisturisers throughout the week (just as I normally would) – and I find my skin goes quite dry and the colour becomes patchy and washed out in places, especially on my arms and legs. Ironically, I need to rub quite hard to remove the remaining tan (hot shower, exfoliating glove + moisturising shower gel).
Overall, I love that it has little to no transfer, it has a beautiful natural colour and a nice scent. The formula is non-streaky and quick to apply (I could do a full body in about 2-3 minutes!). My only advice would be to have a good moisturiser handy for ankles, wrists and elbows – and then apply your moisturiser every second day to keep the tan in tip top condition. It’s important to note I did try this in the middle of winter, so I would need to use it again in summer when skin moisture levels are higher.
You can purchase Little Honey from Life Pharmacy stores, and online at