Sad but true: summer in Australia is drawing to a close. Those long lazy days that melt into the evening, the delectable smoky fug of barbecues drifting over the back fence, the smell of your skin, tight with salt and sand after a day at the beach; the delicious mess of mango juice dripping down your chin…
It’s a total feast for the senses that is always over far too quickly for my liking. So, in denial of the shortening days and cooling weather, I’ve developed a little coping mechanism. I manage to hold onto my summer high with a few nostalgic beach beauty essentials, because with the right scents and textures you can transport yourself right back into your last tropical memory. Here, my edit for prolonging those sultry summer sensations.
Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess. Not many fragrances capture that sun lotion scent quite like this one. It reminds me of a suncream my parents used on me when I was little, with the welcome addition of pineapple and coconut. Yummo.
Creed Virgin Island Water Bath Gel. This scent will always remind me of Ibiza. Every day I would douse myself in this sweet coconut scent and we would kick back on the daybeds at The Blue Marlin or have lazy barbecues drinking rose on our terrace.
O&M Surf Bomb. That effortless-surfer girl hair is like the holy grail of summer beauty. Tousled, sexy and so impossible to achieve with my pin-straight strands. This salt-spray gives me the effect, minus the sea-lice.
Jao Brand Goe Oil. I learnt about this product on a beauty shoot. (Shoots are like hotbeds of beauty intelligence: models and makeup artists trade cult products and beauty secrets while they’re prepping for their close up.) This semi-solid oil melts in your palm, sinks in deliciously and leaves skin delicately fragranced with frangipani.
Korres Coconut Milk Bodymilk. I recently discovered during a shopping spree at Mecca Maxima store and, frankly I’m a bit obsessed. I’ve gone through one tube already and am slathering the next with reckless abandon. It’s free from all chemical nasties and smells like coconut heaven.
Custom Tan Mousse. One of the most natural chocolatey tans I’ve found, that is also a dream to use. I can even use it in the morning because it doesn’t leave that fake tan stink, nor is it sticky. I always apply it with a ModelCo velveteen mitt to prevent finger streaks.
Reef Coconut Oil 30+. Another dose of nostalgia. When we were fourteen we used to roll up our knee-length uniforms, slather our legs with Reef and sit out on the tennis courts. We would then compare results from our baking-competition in science class. So fun. So dumb. This smells just the same but has sunscreen in it. Much smarter.
Nars Body Glow. I always loved the molten metal bronze the original body glow oil gave my skin, but I didn’t love the grease marks it left on my clothes. This tinted gleaming moisturiser absorbs quickly and won’t stain your silk.
Rationale Nutrify SPF30 Multivitamin Mineral Sunscreen Lotion. No mucking around, this is what I trust to protect my skin post-laser and IPL sessions. It’s thick enough to know that you’re putting a proper shield on your skin but with a little massaging it disappears without leaving a ghostly mask.
Shiseido Gentle Sun Protection Lotion. This beautiful milky sun lotion is easy to apply but contains both physical and chemical blocks so it will protect even the most precious little people- I use it on my little boy Max – when he will sit still long enough.
Puretan Pure Moisture Coconut Body Crème. Another coconutty-sensation. This feels utterly indulgent and leaves skin supple and scented with summer goodness. I think it stretches out the fake tan an extra few days, too.