If you’re anything like me, you spend the entire winter checking the prices of flights to somewhere—anywhere—south. Unfortunately, a plane ticket costs about the same as a few months’ worth of rent do, so unless I win the New York state Powerball on Wednesday, consider me grounded for the foreseeable future.
I may be stuck trudging through the snow, but that doesn’t mean I can’t smell like I’m on the best damn vacation of my life. Thanks to the following five perfumes, all of which feature a strong note of sunscreen, anyone can smell like they’re lying on the shores of Aruba, Jamaica… The Jersey Shore, whatever.
Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess ($65, 3.4 oz)
The name says it all, friends: Bronze Goddess is the quintessential summery scent. The primary note in Bronze Goddess is coconut, and it’s rounded out beautifully by bergamot, mandarin, orange blossom, sunscreen, jasmine, and amber. Now all we need is for the good people at Estée Lauder to get their girl Kendall Jenner in a Bronze Goddess campaign, amirite?
Bond No. 9 Fire Island ($280, 1.7 oz)
I almost hate Bond No. 9 for making such incredible fragrances, because I want them all but really can’t afford them. I guess when you consider the cost of a tropical vacation, $280 doesn’t seem so bad after all. Fire Island “summon[s] up the scent of musky, sun-baked skin,” which I know sounds kind of gross, but honestly, it’s delightful. The notes in this fragrance are of cardamom, neroli, musk, honey, tuberose, and patchouli.
Demeter Fragrance Library Suntan Lotion ($20, 1 oz)
Of course my beloved Demeter has created a suntan lotion fragrance! This perfume reminds me of the dark tanning oil I wore to the beach when I was a teenager and didn’t care about skin cancer or wrinkles. Now that I’m an adult with a fully formed brain, I’m SPF 60 all the way, but I still miss the scent of that oil. This perfume is pure Hawaiian Tropic with just a bit of orange blossom on the finish.
Bobbi Brown Beach Fragrance ($74, 1.7 oz)
This is one of my favorite perfumes of all time. Aside from the fact that I get stacks on stacks of compliments when I wear it, I just love the way Beach makes me feel—like I just made my way out of the ocean and plopped down on the sand to slather on more sunscreen. Beach features notes of jasmine, sea spray, and mandarin.
CB I Hate Perfume At The Beach 1966 ($110, 1.7 oz)
If you haven’t heard of CB I Hate Perfume, you need to get your life together and click here right now. Christopher Brosius is a genius perfumer, and each of his fragrances are more unique and transformative than the last. At The Beach 1966 is perhaps his most iconic perfume. The primary note in the scent is Coppertone sunscreen, and it also features notes of wet sand, seashell, driftwood, and boardwalk.