A tropical beach escape might seem like a faraway prospect right now, but close your eyes when you’re using one of these, and you’ll almost feel the sand between your toes. Here are our favourite beauty products that smell just like summer, with prices starting from 99p.
19 of the best beauty products that smell like summer
If suncream is the ultimate scent of summer to you, you’ll love this Amazon exclusive; each spritz unleashes the unique fragrance that was developed in 1994 by perfumer Jean-Paul Pons, especially for Nivea Sun products. It’s summer holidays in a sunny round bottle.
As EDTs go, the Nivea Sun perfume is purse-friendly, but for an even more affordable take you can enjoy every day, this shower gel is a must-sniff.
Yes, even your SPF can smell like summer, when Coola’s cult Pina Colada spray formula is involved.
Glossier’s soothing coconut balm can be used on lips, elbows, eyebrows and more – inhale deeply as you dab and pretend you’re on the beach.
Another one for fans of sweet summer scents, & Other Stories’ shimmery, limited edition launch for summer 2020 is gloriously coconutty, vanilla-ey goodness – so good you’ll (almost) want to eat it.
The smell of this guarana and caffeine infused formula is so popular it’s been added to haircare, body mist and even shower gel, but if you ask us, you simply can’t beat the original. The key notes are pistachio, buttery caramel, and nuts.
The instant zing of the lemon here is grounded by brown sugar and mango seed oil for a bright and fizzy sweet treat. Long hot baths may seem less alluring in the summer, but a drizzle of this might tempt you into the tub regardless.
Cool, crisp and refreshing – The Body’s Shop’s new cucumber hand cream is everything you want from a quick summer beauty fix on the go. Made with juice from ‘wonky’ cucumbers and Community Fair Trade shea butter, it’s ultra-nourishing too.
Biscuity fake tan smell? Not in this tube! St Tropez have managed to cleverly mask the usual aroma of tanning products with juicy watermelon – perfect for times when the sun’s not playing ball but you still want to get your bronze on.
Want more watermelon? This Sanctuary Spa skin jelly is genius – apply it in the shower before you dry off, it’ll cut your morning routine in half and make you smell delicious simultaneously.
Cocktail hour in the bathroom? Why the heck not. This fast-absorbing lotion is rich in Malin + Goetz’s signature dark rum scent, which will keep you coming back for more whenever the sun is shining.
In summer, body oils really come into their own, nourishing area of skin that might not normally see much sunlight (hello, pale winter legs) and giving them an instant glow. As with all of Herbivore’s range, the coconut in this isn’t sickly: it’s more of a light, natural vibe.
Not into coconut on its own? Try Nars’s famous Money Body Glow, which infuses the oil with Polynesian Monoï de Tahiti, frangipani, ylang ylang and vanilla for an instant smell of the exotic.
Even if you don’t make it to an actual dip in the waves this summer, Bondi Sands’ delicious and super effective scrub will help you to incorporate a little sea salt into your routine.
It’s iconic for a reason – Estee Lauder’s Bronze Goddess is the ultimate sun-baked scent to wear on a tropical escape – or simply to remind you of one. Its blend of bergamot, white flowers, vanilla and warm amber is totally irresistible.
A lighter offering with a more purse-friendly price tag, Nuxe’s Sun Delicious Fragrant Water has radiant top notes of sweet oranges and petitgrain, tempered with vanilla, coconut and musk – it’s often described as a holiday in a bottle, and for good reason. It’s also long-lasting not at all overpowering, making it ideal for everyday wear.
Signed up to Beauty Pie yet? If not, this portable perfume could be the perfect excuse. It’s summer gone seductive, with green sand gardenia teamed with jasmine, ambrette, vanilla and a dash of coconut; genuinely blissful to wear.
Every spray of Byredo’s new bottle on the block is fresh, youthful and perfect for summer – think cassis, tangerine and vanilla with light and blonde woods galore. It doesn’t come cheap, but a small amount goes a long way.
Does a candle count as a beauty product? We say yes, because we couldn’t bring ourselves to leave this bergamot, mandarin, and orange flower beauty off our list. It’s said to capture the sensations of a a sun-baked stroll through Italian streets, a vibe you’ll lean into as soon as you open the box. If you want to wear rather than fill your home with it, there’s an equally affordable EDP too.