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 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. 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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 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.
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 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.
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 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.
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 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.
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 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.
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 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