Body spray was for my first foray into fragrance, and I suspect the same is true for most of my friends. With names like Charlie or Impulse, the sprays—which came in can form—were something we'd chuck in our P.E. bags for a midday refresh. Bizarrely, misting myself in a sickly sweet cloud of scent felt very grown-up when I was 14. By 18, I'd moved onto my much-loved bottle of Lancôme Miracle—the gateway to "adult" perfume had been opened, and I felt no need to look back… Until now.
This summer, luxury fragrance houses and beauty brands are bottling light fresh scents in cans. Body mists are back, and I'm not angry about it. Body sprays 2.0 leave a light aroma on the skin; some are cooling, and others have skincare benefits. Classic scents have been reimagined; elsewhere, new blends are making us feel oh so summery and, dare we say it, 15 again—but without the teenage angst (or smelling like we've rolled in a field of doughnuts and daffodils—sounds fun though). Below, I've selected seven of my favourite body sprays that are well worth snapping up for your summer holiday.
This zingy, addictive scent always, always gets my attention when my colleague who sits opposite spritzes herself. Patchouli and cedarwood ensure this fruity mist is grounded and oh so addictive.
This body spray smells like Estée Lauder's cult Bronze Goddess, but it's also cooling on the skin, which is ideal when you're holidaying somewhere insufferably yet amazingly hot.
A sparkling floral scent with citron, jasmine and teakwood, this doesn't just impart fragrance—it lightly moisturises the skin too.
For starters, the bottle looks amazing—you definitely won't want to chuck this in your gym bag (the grown-up equivalent of that P.E. bag). Deputy editor Shannon Peter has been wearing this for a while, and it reminds her of Jo Malone's Earl Grey and Cucumber.
A total classic, this contains 14 aromatherapeutic plant extracts and essential oils to hydrate and smooth the skin and uplift you mentally. Patchouli is the lingering scent, but it's packed with citrus and herbs like rosemary and thyme too.
A seriously addictive aroma, give this body spray a smell—we're convinced it will become your go-to summer scent. Think white florals mingled with amber and sandalwood.
White florals and citrus give skin that clean smell like freshly washed laundry. Incidentally, you can also use this on your bedsheets.
Pick a favourite and stash it in your carry-on stat.