In the '80s, my father art directed an ad for a popular tanning oil, and the giant framed poster that loomed in my play area-which featured a leggy, brunette model working a mean, golden tan-piqued my six-year-old curiosity to an extreme.
Before I learned about photoaging and skin cancer, I thought tanning oil was THE single most glamorous thing a woman could wear. I'd crack open the ones in my parents' bathroom and inhale, longing for the day that I'd actually be able to put 'em to use.
That day never came. I learned the dangers of sunbathing and protected myself. But now that I've got my (pale) grown-up hands on Avon's Tahitian Holiday Eau de Toilette, I finally feel every bit the way I wanted to two decades ago.
The scent is beachy and coconut-y all at once, but because it's also crammed with floral notes of lotus petals, Tahitian tiare flower, and white blossoms, it smells much more sophisticated than you'd expect from a beach-inspired perfume. (Or, say, a bottle of suntan lotion circa 1979.)In fact, the blend smells exactly like tanning oil layered over expensive perfume, a combo that's flattering on anyone.
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