The Scent of Summer

From lotion to piña coladas, the scent of coconut is synonymous with summer. But coconut has much more going for it than its scrumptious aroma.

Coconut has been used in health and beauty treatments for hundreds of years thanks to its natural ability to moisturize and regulate oil in the skin.

Coconut oil is commonly used in hair care products because it helps fight dandruff and conditions hair. Coconut water, pulp and milk also are used in a bevy of scent-ilating bath and body products.

Luxury Products

I am addicted to Coconut Cream Sugar Soufflé from Lalicious, a moisturizing sugar scrub that exfoliates and hydrates even the driest skin. (Kate Hudson also adores the Lalicious collection.) Key ingredients, including coconut oil, sweet almond oil and cane sugar, combine to make a sumptuous scrub that serves up sweet scents and ultra soft skin.

Coconut Cream Sugar Soufflé sells for $34 at Lalicious.com along with Coconut Cream Body Oil ($24) and Coconut Cream Body Butter ($24). Laura Mercier’s Almond Coconut Milk Soufflé Body Crème ($55 at lauramercier.com) has the sweet scent of coconut combined with milk, almond and vanilla.

Sweet almond oil, coconut oil and macadamia oil come together to serve up succulently scented smoothness to the skin while Vitamins A, C, E and liposomes work to protect skin from environmental damage. Did I mention the scent of powdered sugar, vanilla extract, cinnamon and vanilla meringue? It’s coconut at its irresistible best.

Housed in a wooden coconut decanter paired with a decorative hand-woven palm leaf, Ola Hawaii’s Hawaiian Coconut Tropical Bath Soak in coconut lemongrass, moisturizes and conditions skin with a proprietary mix of coconut cream, coconut butter and coconut milk mixed with Hawaiian salt, Hawaiian deep sea mineral salt and Hawaiian Alaea sea salt. It’s available for $25 online at hawaiianbodyproducts.com.

Affordable Escapes

Want to escape to a tropical paradise without spending big bucks? These ultra-affordable, coco-licious products serve up the sweet scent of the tropics with small price tags. Yummy!

Try e.l.f.’s Vanilla Coconut Collection for Bath and Body. This coconut milk and tea tree leaf oil-based collection includes bath gel, lotion, hand soap, body butter and more. Best of all, the price is right at just $10 for any three products of your picking.

Suave’s Tropical Coconut Conditioner and Shampoo combines coconut, honey and vitamin E with a promise that it will condition and soften dry locks. Also available in a coordinating body wash, each product in the collection sells for less than two bucks at your local drugstore.

The Boys Love Coconut Pin Up Lip Balm is a smooch-smoothing favorite thanks to a coconut scent that’s reminiscent of a poolside piña colada. Served in a slide top tin, this cruelty-free balm is oh-so-kind to summer scorched lips. Available online for $4 at pinupbalm.com.

The Organix Nourishing Coconut Milk hair care collection calls upon organic coconut milk, egg white protein and shea butter to hydrate damaged and dehydrated hair, which leaves locks manageable and smelling sweet. You can’t beat the price at just $6.99 each at Target.

About the Author

Carolyn Brundage is the founder of PrettyCity.com, a guide to all that is hip and happening in local beauty.  Need beauty advice? Email Carolyn at cbrundage@prettycity.com

 

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