I have long had an affinity for the tropical, fruity, coconut smells of Coppertone Sunscreen Lotion ($8.50) and Hawaiian Tropic Tanning Oil ($7.60). As much as I'd love to slather those items all over my body, I'm thinking it might not be so practical for everyday non-beach usage.
So, I've done a little research, gathering together some fragrances that have similarities to these classic aromas, which often feature notes of vanilla, coconut, amber, tropical flowers, and citrus (particularly orange). With the official start of Summer coming up in just under two weeks, I can't think of a better way to kick it all off. Life’s a beach, after all.
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Ensoleille Moi Eau de Toilette ($84)
Miranda by Fragonard ($55 to $75)
L'Aromarine Coco Perfume Extract ($9.50)
Comptoir Sud Pacifique Vanille Coco Eau De Toilette Natural Spray ($53)
Jil Sander Sun ($49)
Songes by Annick Goutal ($80 to $115)
Ebba Miss Marisa Tropical Perfume Oil ($62)
Jean Patou Chaldee ($72)
Hermes Eau de Merveilles ($34 to $49)
Bobbi Brown Beach ($55)
Bond No. 9 Fire Island ($140)
I Hate Perfume at the Beach 1966 ($13 to $65)
Monyette Paris Eau de Parfum Spray ($70)
Demeter Fragrance Library Suntan Lotion ($6 to $39.50)
Guerlain Mahora ($32)
Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess Eau Fraiche Skinscent ($49.50)
Island Michael Kors Hawaii ($65)
Avon Tahitian Holiday Eau de Toilette Spray ($15)
Jean Paul Gaultier Classique ($58)
Robert Piguet Fracas Perfume ($75 to $110)