From suntan 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, commonly used in hair care products, helps fight dandruff while conditioning hair while coconut's water, pulp, and milk are also used in a bevy of scent-ilating bath and body products.
I'm addicted to Coconut Cream Sugar Soufflé from Lalicious, a moisturizing sugar scrub that exfoliates and hydrates even the driest of 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). Or shop the line locally at Paris Salon & Spa in Tampa, (813) 835-7275.
Laura Mercier's Almond Coconut Milk Soufflé Body Crème ($55 at lauramercier.com) calls upon 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 skin, while vitamins A, C and E plus liposomes work to protect skin from environmental damage. Did I mention the scent of powdered sugar, vanilla extract, cinnamon and vanilla meringue? I call it coconut at its irresistible best.
Housed in a wooden coconut decanter paired with a hand woven palm leaf, Ola Hawaii's Hawaiian Coconut Tropical Bath Soak in Coconut Lemongrass ($25 at hawaiianbodyproducts.com) moisturizes and conditions skin with a proprietary mix of coconut cream, coconut butter, and coconut milk paired with Hawaiian salt, Hawaiian deep-sea mineral salt and Hawaiian Alaea sea salt.
Want to escape to a tropical paradise without spending big bucks? These ultra-affordable, coco-licous products serve up the sweet scent of the tropics with small price tags. Yummy!
e.l.f.'s Vanilla Coconut collection for bath and body features coconut milk and tea tree leaf oil in a line of products that includes bath gel, lotion, hand soap, body butter and more. Best of all, the price is right at $10 for any three products of your picking.
Suave's Tropical Coconut Conditioner and Shampoo and combines coconut, honey and vitamin E with the promise to condition and soften dry locks. Also available in a coordinating body wash, each product in the collection sells for less than two bucks at local drugstores.
The Boys Love Coconut Pin Up Lip Balm ($4 at pinupbalm.com) is a smooch-smoothing favorite thanks to a coconut scent that's reminiscent of a poolside piña. Served in a slide-top tin, this cruelty-free balm is oh-so-kind to summer scorched lips.
Organix Nourishing Coconut Milk hair care collection calls upon organic coconut milk, egg white protein and shea butter to hydrate damaged and dehydrated hair, leaving locks manageable and smelling sweet. Plus, the price is right at just $6.99 each, available at Target.
— Carolyn Brundage is the founder of TampaBayBeauty.com, a guide to all that is hip and happening in local beauty. Need beauty advice? E-mail her at email@example.com.