Vacation in a Bottle

Get transported to tropical climes with these sweet-smelling products

At-Home Beauty Treats

Vacation in a Bottle

Get transported to tropical climes with these sweet-smelling products

-Paige Herman-Axel

beach vacationSo maybe this year you’ve decided to stay close to home over school vacation. But that doesn’t mean you can’t conjure up a few little vacation pleasures at home. So dim the lights, draw a bath, fire up some candles, crank up the heat, and picture yourself basking in the sun (with SPF, of course) on a sandy beach.

If you’re longing for a piña colada, try Malie Organics Coconut Vanilla Body Cream. The scent is to-die-for, and it’s jam-packed with indigenous Hawaiian botanicals that nourish your skin and uplift your spirits. $28,

Take a trip to the Polynesian islands (without the grueling flight) with a little help from Beauty of Bathing Coco Monoi Body Crème. Bursting with the scent of freshly cut gardenias with coconut oil undertones, this rich, decadent cream leaves your skin silky and lusciously fragrant for hours-and the jar is pretty enough to display on your countertop. $70, visit for retailers

Relive a sunset walk on the beach with Elemis Exotic Frangipani Monoi Moisture Melt. This intensely hydrating oil just might be the closest thing to the tropics in a bottle and it has a variety of uses to boot. Sure, it moisturizes and smells divine, but it also leaves skin with a sexy sheen, making it perfect for your arms and décolletage (just skip the perfume when you wear it). Before you step into bath, comb it through your hair for a deep-conditioning treatment, and you can also rub it into your nails and cuticles when there just aren’t enough hours in the day for a manicure. $48,

For an all-day mental getaway, spritz yourself with Kai. Created by Gaye Straza years ago in an effort to capture the scent of Hawaii, this gardenia-based scent has a celebrity following that includes Julia Roberts, Reese Witherspoon, Charlize Theron and countless others. $65,

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