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Beach Plums

If you had a ludicrously capacious beach bag, you could load it with every last thing on this list. Sure, it might be is excessive. But every item would be delectable and stylish. We offer this not under the belief that you’ll lug it all to the beach at once. Please don’t. Instead, consider these favorite things to stock in a beach house, offer as a host gift, and indulge in yourself



Huile Prodigieuse Néroli

Pretend you’re on David Geffen’s yacht. Before you leap into the sea, comb this orange-blossom scented oil through your hair to protect it from the elements. After you shower, smooth it over your legs, arms, and décolleté. You are now a glimmering mermaid.



Lipshade 100% Mineral SPF 30 Hydrating Lipstick

Your lips are actually more susceptible to sun damage than your face. Apply, reapply, and apply again. This lipstick makes protection stylish with six juicy shades plus peptides, shea butter, and a peppermint flavor.



UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46

Every dermatologist loves this stuff, and we know why. It’s lightweight, invisible, and an SPF powerhouse that also protects against acne and rosacea. It’s even a pleasure to wear.

Frédéric Malle


Lys Mediterranee Parfum

Consider this the cocktail of the summer: orange blossom, white ginger, and what Malle calls a “sea breeze accord.” Inhale and imagine a balmy night, a gentle breeze, and a sky full of stars.



Ghost Air Dry Whip

You know those people who go from wet hair to an impeccable style without lifting a hot tool? They don’t have superpowers but they might have this styling cream. Brush it through wet hair and promptly ignore it while your hair air dries without a hint of frizz.

Christophe Robin


Cleansing Purifying Scrub with Sea Salt

After swimming laps through the chlorine, rub in this scalp scrub as a luxurious antidote. It’s also perfect after coloring hair. It gives a brisk, invigorating exfoliation, removing any flakes and leaving hair completely clean and glossy.



Come Hell or High Water Volumizing Tubing Mascara

Made by legit surfers, this mascara endures even a vigorous sesh without smearing. It forms tubes of pigment around each lash that stay on until you coax them off with warm water on a cotton pad.

Sophie Buhai


Bessette Hair Fork

Don’t you want to be that person who twists their hair in a bun, pops a clip in it without a mirror, and looks as if they spent the afternoon in the hands of a one-name stylist? This handsome fork makes it easy—and could double as a sculpture.



Faux-Raffia Hat

This clever creation gives the look of raffia with a tighter weave for more sun protection. The low cloche style also allows you to travel incognito, if that’s your vibe.



Beauty Elixir

A spritz of this vitamin-packed spray is a refreshment on a hot day. It also delivers lovely antioxidants and essential oils. But it has no sunscreens, so please listen to your mother and reapply.

14th Night


The Natural Surf Spray

Unlike the surf sprays of yore, this one mixes salt water with aloe, and pomegranate and argan oils to hydrate hair. It works well on wet or dry hair with help from a little hand scrunching or an ocean breeze.

Maison Margiela


Replica Beach Walk

Do you like piña coladas and getting caught in the rain? Making love at midnight on the dunes of the cape? This fragrance is all that. It aims to smell like “sun-kissed salty skin:” bergamot, lemon, pink pepper, and coconut milk.



OI Oil

Want to jump off a mega yacht without a worry about frizz? Just ask Lauren Sanchez to hose you off, then smooth a few drops of this oil through your hair and blow or air dry. It doesn’t make hair brassy or greasy. One of our editors had great success with it even without Sanchez’s help.

Drunk Elephant


Silkamino Mega-Moisturizing Masker

This hair mask encourages procrastination. Not with your work; with your haircut. It gives us a good extra two months before needing a trim. Comb it in from the roots to ends and rinse it out. Or wear it all day for deep repair.



Nutrix Royal Body Nourishing Restoring Body Butter

Did you happen to catch a glimpse of the model Anok Yai at the Met Gala? She was head-to-toe incandescence thanks to her genetic gifts and this body butter. At least one of those two things is for sale.



Triomphe Oval Sunglasses

Remember Audrey Hepburn in Charade? It’s worth a rewatch if just to see the way she wears sunglasses similar to these by Celine with a scarf under her chin or a balacava covering head and neck at St. Moritz.



The All-Over Striped Tote

As much as we love a raffia beach bag, we don’t love the way it takes in mountains of sand. This sturdy cotton canvas tote with jaunty pink and red stripes holds a multitude securely.



Baume Essentiel

If there were one piece of makeup that contained the essence of summer, this would be it. This soft, broad stick works as a blush, eyeshadow, lipstick, highlighter. One and done!

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