20 Island-Inspired Beauty Buys Giving Endless Summer, Head to Toe

Summer beauty, all year long: from scents to sprays to soaks, these transportive, island-inspired beauty products are proving summer never has to end.


Last updated: September 2023

Whether you’re waking up these days in balmy temps or bitter temps, let’s face it. Summer beauty is best beauty. Sun-kissed skin that seems to glow from within, sea-spritzed hair that always looks effortlessly tousled and easy beauty prep calling for nothing more than a swipe of barely there bronzer. Not to mention the accompanying profile of carefree summer aromas (think: coconut, mango and sea salt) wafting endlessly through the air.

Luckily, one only needs to look toward a transportive arsenal of escapist beauty products to not just elongate summer – but effectively give the sultry season year-round permanence. Ahead, we’ve rounded up 20 such picks giving summer beauty all year long, from sun-soaked scents to island-inspired sprays to luxuriant soaks. Plus, dewy skincare proving you never have to lose your summer glow.

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philosophy / Best Summer Beauty Products
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philosophy Señorita Margarita + Melon Daiquiri 3-in-1 Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Bath (2 x 16 oz), $48.00

Cue Jimmy Buffet, because this cheeky duo is effectively bringing tropical happy hour to your shower. Whether you choose to lather up as a shampoo, shower gel or island-inspired bubble bath, don’t be surprised if after-effects leave you thirsting for the real thing.

Old Whaling Co / Best Summer Beauty Products
Old Whaling Co
Old Whaling Co. Coconut Milk Body Butter (2 x 8 oz jars), $32.00

Handcrafted in Charleston, SC, this decadent body cream is bringing you straight to the seaside with notes of coconut and summer florals, plus earthy sandalwood and musk. 8 ounce jars are packed with a skin-nourishing trio of shea butter, organic sunflower oil and organic aloe vera, ideal for your bathroom, bedside table or – when warmer days beckon – beach bag.


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OGX Argan Oil / Best Summer Beauty Products
OGX Argan Oil
OGX Argan Oil Moroccan Sea Salt Spray (6 oz), $10.69

Perfectly tousled beach waves without the beach? Achieved in a spritz with this leave-in texturizing mist. Sea salt, sea kelp and Moroccan argan oil give your hair a breezy boost, while notes of citrus and florals lend the perfect summer finish.

Elina Organics / Best Summer Beauty Products
Elina Organics
Elina Organics Face Glow in Pearl or Bronze (0.75 oz), $38.00

Sun-kissed or sun-free? None will be the wiser when you give your skin an instant glow-up with this shimmering, versatile elixir. The lightweight formula packs a punch, counting skin-plumping hyaluronic acid, rejuvenating sea kelp and sun-protecting zinc oxide, among other organic botanicals and minerals. Wear as a subtle highlighter or mix with your favorite moisturizer or foundation for an all-over glow.


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NYX Professional Makeup / Best Summer Beauty Products
NYX Professional Makeup
NYX Professional Makeup Matte Lipstick in Indie Flick, $6.90

Instantly brighten dull days with a coat of this creamy, bright coral-red lip color. It screams sultry summer, plus boasts a silky, long-wearing matte finish.

Lulu Candles / Best Summer Beauty Products
Lulu Candles
Lulu Candles Poolside Soy Candle (9 oz), $19.95

No, I don’t want to lounge poolside. Said no one ever. Bringing you straight to the cabana, this slow-burning soy candle boasts notes of white floral and sea mist, plus a vegan, paraben-free formula.


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LOUMI Skincare / Best Summer Beauty Products
LOUMI Skincare
LOUMI Skincare Daily Dew-O (2 x 0.7 bottles), $40.00

This illuminative pair is the stuff of dewy dreams. Kick off your morning with Rose Glow Illuminating Face Oil, containing earthy extracts (think: jojoba, rosehip, seabuckthorn) that help repair and prevent damaged skin. At night, Revive Retinol Drops harness the power of hyaluronic acid, grapeseed and avocado oil to increase collagen production and promote cell turnover – all while dreaming of your next tropical escape.

Dignity Coconuts / Best Summer Beauty Products
Dignity Coconuts
Dignity Coconuts 100% Organic & Unrefined Raw Coconut Oil (15 oz), $19.95

If you’re only going to add one island-leaning solve to your beauty routine, make it coconut oil. The versatile wunderkind can be used in a myriad of ways: lip balm, cuticle oil, undereye cream, face and body moisturizer, deep conditioning hair mask, the list goes on. Not just any coconut oil, jars purchased from mission-driven Dignity Coconuts are packed with ethically and sustainably extracted, raw coconut oil (that happens to boast 4x the antioxidants of non-raw coconut oil). Plus, your purchase directly aids in the brand’s commitment to combat modern day slavery of coconut farmers in the Philippines.


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Coppertone / Best Summer Beauty Products
Coppertone
Coppertone Glow Shimmer SPF 50 Sunscreen (5 oz), $10.39

Wherever (and whenever) in the world you are, the sun is still shining – and that calls for at least one perpetual layer of sunscreen. This SPF 50 formula is lightweight, goes on silky smooth and is free from reef and skin-harming additives like oxybenzone, octinoxate, PABA and phthalates. Plus, illuminating shimmers deliver an instant summer glow-up.

Bootleg Bath / Best Summer Beauty Products
Bootleg Bath
Bootleg Bath Gentle Exfoliating Salted Margarita Body Soap (3-pack), $26.95

A body bar we can get behind: while bright lime and zesty ginger send your senses straight into a state of tropical bliss, purifying sea salt provides gentle exfoliation and nourishing shea butter delivers essential moisture. Plus: an ethically sourced, palm oil-free formulation.


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eos / Best Summer Beauty Products
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eos Vacay Vibes Lip Balm (4-pack), $9.98

Vacation in a lip balm. Nourishing shea butter and jojoba oil combine with four fun flavors – Pink Lemonade, Island Coconut, Guava Berry Punch and (throwback) Wild Cherry Slushie – to give your pucker a hydrated, tropical boost.

TAN-LUXE / Best Summer Beauty Products
TAN-LUXE
TAN-LUXE Hydra-Mousse Hydrating Self-Tan Mousse (6.76 oz), $49.00

Fake it til you bake it. This luxurious self-tanning mousse boasts a whipped formula that glides effortlessly onto the skin, combined with hydrating, paraben-free benefits. Plus – a transparent application that won’t stain clothing, sheets or towels.


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nbc BeautiLab / Best Summer Beauty Products
nbc BeautiLab
nbc BeautiLab Mango 4-Step At Home Pedicure Kit (3 sets), $17.79

Treat your tootsies – and your sinuses – to a dose of tropical R&R with this easy at-home pedicure kit. Four pampering steps leave your feet feeling soft and nourished, all while enveloping you in the bright, curative scent of mango.

Sweet Water Decor / Best Summer Beauty Products
Sweet Water Decor
Sweet Water Decor Island Air Reed Diffuser Set (3.5 oz), $27.99

Warning: one whiff of this reed diffuser – a heavenly combination of tropical fruit, sugared citrus and exotic mountain air – won’t just put you on island time, it’ll likely have you scheming up your next island adventure.


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HERBIVORE / Best Summer Beauty Products
HERBIVORE
HERBIVORE Coco Rose Coconut Oil Body Polish (8 oz), $40.00

Boasting a luxurious blend of virgin coconut oil, shea butter, pink clay and Moroccan rose, this transportive body scrub leaves skin softer, smoother and dare I say beach ready?

GLAM UP / Best Summer Beauty Products
GLAM UP
GLAM UP Moisturizing Avocado Sheet Mask (10 sheets), $11.55

Skin feeling dull and dry? Treat yourself to a dewy glow-up any time of year with this nourishing avocado sheet mask. A triple-layered pulp sheet (no synthetics here) grips and absorbs instantly, delivering deep hydrating and antioxidant benefits in just 20 minutes.


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Urban Decay / Best Summer Beauty Products
Urban Decay
Urban Decay Stay Naked Threesome Palette (Bronzer, Highlighter & Blush Trio), $38.00

Bikini season or not, this cheeky bronzing palette is encouraging you to bare all year-round. The sand-hued trio beckons of warmer days, giving you an instant summer glow with a silky smooth finish. Plus, a hydrating formula infused with antioxidant-rich moringa seed oil.

Homesick Miami Candle / Best Summer Beauty Products
Homesick
Homesick Miami Soy Candle (13.75 oz), $38.00

Whisk away to sunny Miami with uplifting notes of lemon, sea breeze, lavender and coconut – even a hint of suntan lotion – wafting through the room. This 13.75 ounce candle is hand-poured in the States, formulated from natural soy wax and boasts 60-80 hours of burn time.


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Nubian Heritage / Best Summer Beauty Products
Nubian Heritage
Nubian Heritage Coconut & Papaya Bath Bombs (6 count), $13.99

Drop one of these effervescent beauties in the tub, sit back and soak in the scent of a luxurious island getaway. All the while, your skin will be reaping the polishing and renewing benefits of natural coconut, papaya and vanilla extracts.

TOM FORD / Best Summer Beauty Products
TOM FORD
TOM FORD Soleil Blanc Eau de Parfum (1.7 oz), $295.00

The actual definition of vacation in a bottle. “Soleil Blanc is unexpected, sultry, and addictive. It is a solar, floral amber that unapologetically exudes the pursuit of sun and luxury that defines Soleil.” – Tom Ford