I don’t know where you live, but I’m sitting in a NYC coffee shop writing this piece because it’s hot as a mother and it seems like not a single person in this city has taken proper olfactory precautions.
That being said, I present you with the best smelling beauty products that aren’t some intense AF spritz to get you through the sweatiest days of summer. Also, I had the biggest and best beauty editors weigh in with their smell-loves, too. Open your nostrils and sink in.
“It’s a great bronzer option for those with darker complexions or those who aren’t into dewy or shimmery finishes,” says beauty veteran Valis Vicenty of Val’s Vanity. “I personally I love using it to contour. Plus it’s infused with cocoa powder, so I smell as delicious as I feel wearing it.” Guys, it smells like chocolate and that’s really all there is to say. Available here
“It smells HEAVENLY! The scent is straight up vanilla frosting and every time I shower with it I feel like I’m in the middle of my own bakery.” Tamara Anderson is a freelancer for Xovain and 100% does not play when it comes to beauty and/or frosting.
3. Speaking of body wash, have you sniffed the Dove Pistachio stuff?
I first discovered this gelato-scented goodness when I was on vacation in Israel. I posted it to my Facebook whining about how I’d never find anything as good as it again when I got back to the states, and then everyone on the internet was like ‘nah girl, it sells at Target.’ HOLY HEAVENS IT’S THE BEST. If you’re partial to pistachio ice cream, this is where your shower has the potential to turn into a SFW fantasy zone.
“The juicy red tint gives your lips that gorgeous, just bitten flush but the scent is what makes this product—like cherry Starbursts,” swears Carolyn Hsu, Digital Managing Editor of NewBeauty.
HOLY SWEET ANGELS IN HONEY-DRIPPING HEAVEN. Have you tried this stuff yet? I’ve been shampooing my hair more often just to get the sweet, delicious smell of honey sticks worked directly into my scalp. I mean, it does a great job cleaning and conditioning my thick, wavy hair as well— but it smells like a baklava workshop for your follicles, and I can’t express enough excitement for that. Also, the official name is ‘Honey Treasures’ and it makes all the sense. I would pay so much more than the drugstore price for this stuff, and that’s that.
Internet beauty genius Christene Carr says, “It allows me to bronze, blush and highlight light a boss all while inhaling refined citrusy, flowery, woodsy notes. It’s like sunshine and happiness for the face no matter the season.” That’s sophisticated.
This’ll sound weird because it’s a comb vs an actual product, but the comb itself is lightly infused with real coconut oil— giving it a super mild, clean, doll skin like smell that’s irresistible. Also, it’s cheap, so you can have like 93,000 of them over the course of your lifetime. Obsessed with this one because it also does a great job detangling.
Ok, that translates to “chic french makeup company manufactures surprisingly fragrant and amazing eyelid primer that doubles as a light concealer.” If you need any other French lessons feel free to reach out, obvi. Anyway, it’s delicate and sheer but has a soft floral fragrance that reminds me of stepping into a frilly boutique in Paris. Super cute.
HELLO THIS IS THE ONE WE’VE ALL BEEN WAITING FOR. “As tacky (and processed) as it may smell, I can’t stop sniffing (or licking) this soda flavored lip balm,” shares my homegirl and fellow beauty writer, Courtney Leiva. “Perhaps it brings me back to a time where student loan debt and ‘adulting’ clearly weren’t #problems of mine, but even as an adult, I still find myself drawn to this nostalgic aroma.”
10. Marc Jacobs Enamored Hi-Shine Lip Lacquer (current fave shade is ‘Uproar’)
“This lip gloss has the most awesome minty smell; I find myself reaching for it way often than I do my regular balm, since the smell is just so purely fresh and delectable,” explains Julia DiNardo, editor, Fashionpulsedaily.com. “It makes so much sense to incorporate this scent into a lip product, as it can double up as a breathe freshener. I guess you could even say that the gloss saves me money; I haven’t bought gum in quite some time!”
11. Lancôme Juicy Shaker, specifically in ‘Wonder Melon’
This bright pinkish hue gives all your summeriest watermelon margarita fantasies a run for their money. It hydrates with natural oils, but that’s not the point, watermelon is the point, and your lips with smell like Beyonce’s juice company all day… isn’t that what really counts?
It’s no secret that Neutrogena makes some of the best wipes a face could ever ask for, but have you tried the Grapefruit ones in the coral-ish colored packaging? You need to, and my bestie Aly Walansky agrees. “Obviously I’m more likely to remember to cleanse my face if it smells like grapefruit.” Your face will smell like the healthy breakfast you may or may not get around to having.
13. Watermelon bubblegum LIPSTICK, you guys
My friend and beauty blogger Aprill Coleman of HeyAprill.com says, “Milani Cosmetics Color Statement Lipstick has this delicious scent of watermelon bubblegum,” and that’s great info for the serious lipstick lovers out there.
“All it takes is one sniff of Clean Girls Body Wash to see heaven. It is warm and sensual, but paired perfectly to feel fresh and sqeeky clean after your shower,” details Belisa Silva, one of the editors who makes all this Berry shit happen (no, seriously, she works in-house to give you all the goodies). “The mix of natural vanilla and orchid notes blends to create a long lasting scent that is as complex as a fine fragrance.”
“It’s peach-scented, which reminds me of body splash I’d spray ERRYWHERE in high school. It’s like a tidy time machine back to the late ‘90s,” explains Amber Katz of rouge18.com. Millions of peaches, peaches for us!
OK, OK. We know. This adorable eye palette looks good enough to eat. The minute you open it, you will be greeted by the smell of chocolatey deliciousness, and 16 matte and shimmer shades of natural browns, soft pinks and smoldering plums, that will give you a sexy smokey eye.
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