I have discovered the foolproof way to cure a bad mood: Go to your local CVS/RiteAid, pick up a bottle of Coppertone Sun Tan Lotion, snap open the lid, and take a deep whiff. That smell? It's summer -- carefree days, ocean swims, and boardwalk fries.
If Coppertone sunscreen can send me to that happy place, I figured there must be more beauty products out there that also capture those warm, sunny months. After some searching, I found ten products that evoke that summery vibe, and not just through scent alone. Tropical colors, sea swept hair, smooth skin, and candy-flavors were other big harbingers of summer. To check out my picks, scroll down for the first five, or click here to see the entire list.
We can't think of another product that reminds us of summer as much as Hawaiian Tropic sunscreen. (Try Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Lotion Sunscreen, $10.) It could be the scent (exotic botanicals) or the ultra-moisturizing formula (sun protection + lotion = amazing); either way we love this summer staple.
Plus, when it's winter, and your skin feels almost reptilian, slather on some of this lotion. It will work wonders on your skin -- and your mood, since one whiff will instantly transport you to the shores of Waikiki.
Skip the spray tan. Instead, try Benefit Hoola Bronzing Powder, $28, to recreate that warm summer glow year round. Unlike other bronzers, this product doesn't contain any sparkle or shimmer, just pure matte color. That means it'll look like you just stepped off the plane from your Caribbean vacation, and didn't just swipe on some powder. (We won't tell.)
You don't need to live near the boardwalk to experience the joy that is salt water taffy. All you need is a bathtub and the Philosophy Salt Water Taffy Set, $48. This trio of shampoo, shower gel, and bubble bath comes in three scents (or should we say flavors?): strawberry, lemon, and lime. As you rub these moisturizing suds into your skin and scalp, you can't help but smile. After all, salt water taffy is the ultimate summer candy.
Want to smell like summer? Yes, summer does have a smell … and it's kind of like Nars Monoi Body Glow II, $59. This product is multipurpose body oil from French Polynesia that helps hydrate and soothe skin. And it's got an amazing scent -- a mix of the Tahitian gardenia (tiare flower) and refined coconut extract. Plus, each bottle has a tiare flower, which is pretty cool if you ask us.
We don't know what's better -- smelling like a floral tropical paradise or having beautiful glowing skin? Doesn't matter, we'll take both.
Frederic Fekkai has an entire line of products dedicated to summer hair. (Reason number 356 why we love this man.) Our favorite product is called Beach Waves, $25, and it's perfect for when you want to look like you just spent the day by the water. Instead of creating a smooth curl, it gives you a texturized, tousled wave. And did we mention it smells like coconut?
Tell me: What beauty product reminds you of summer? Leave your answer in the comment box below.
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