These 12 Fragrances Smell Just Like Expensive Suncream

Summer holidays are (finally!) back on the agenda and it's never been more exciting to jet away to warmer climates. 

Whether it's dozing under sun-dappled palm trees or returning from the beach with salty, sun-kissed skin, or sitting on your balcony pre-dinner with a packet of Lays, there are so many feel-good moments on a beach holiday. Perhaps that's why the scent of suncream brings back those summer memories.


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After all, fragrance has the power to take you back to a holiday. There are some summer fragrances that we go back to every year, while some summers we stumble across a new-found favourite (this beauty editor's favourite summer fragrance is just £15) but, in my opinion, you can never go wrong with a fragrance that smells just like your bottle of SPF 50 and sun-kissed skin.


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So, what exactly makes suncream smell so great, and where can you find it in a fragrance? You'll want to look for notes that replicate the scent of warm, sun-drenched skin. Think creamy white florals like jasmine and frangipani, and warm base notes like amber, sandalwood and musk. If you like your suncream on the sweeter side, then notes of coconut and vanilla will add to that beachy vibe. Whether you're planning a getaway or want a fragrance to remind you of days spent on the beach, then these fragrances are bound to transport you without the need for a passport.


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1. Tom Ford Soleil Blanc Eau De Parfum

2. Nivea Sun Eau De Toilette

3. Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess Eau De Parfum

4. Maison Margiela Replica Beach Walk Eau De Toilette

5. Byredo Sundazed Eau De Parfum

6. The Body Shop White Musk Eau De Toilette

7. Sol De Janeiro Cheirosa 62 Mist

8. Jo Malone London Sea Daffodil Cologne

9. Bobbi Brown Beach Eau De Parfum

10. Aerin Hibiscus Palm

11. Glossier You Eau de Parfum

12. Juliette Has a Gun Vanilla Vibes Eau De Parfum

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Eleanor Vousden
Beauty Editor, Who What Wear UK

Eleanor Vousden is the beauty editor for Who What Wear UK. She was previously deputy editor at Hairdressers Journal, health writer at Woman & Home and junior beauty editor at beauty website Powder. She has also contributed to Wallpaper and Elle Collections with written and styling work.Working as a beauty journalist since 2015 after graduating in fashion journalism at the London College of Fashion, she has been highly commended at the BSME Talent Awards for her work on Powder and also contributed to the title winning Website of the Year at the PPA Awards.Eleanor’s journalistic focus is to provide readers with honest and helpful beauty content. Through words, video and live broadcast, she has interviewed several celebrity makeup artists, hairstylists and top dermatologists throughout her career, as well as celebrities such as Sarah Jessica Parker and Scarlett Johansson. She has a particular interest in finding solutions for acne and eczema, which she has experienced firsthand. She has also amassed a large collection of fragrances and can never say no to a new candle.When she’s not writing or testing the latest beauty product or treatments, she’s on the seafront in her hometown of Brighton and Hove, where she lives with her partner and her miniature dachshund.