The Best-Smelling Body Products, According to Byrdie Editors
There’s nothing we love more than a beauty product that serves double duty, and a body product that keeps our skin silky-smooth while also helping us smell like vanilla cookies/flowers/patchouli/everything nice ranks high on our list. Though some fragrances can be irritating, we’d be lying if we said we could denounce scented products altogether (our bathrooms would give us away anyway). Fact: A beauty product that smells like something we’d like to eat (or someone we’d like to meet) instantly gets our attention—and the attention of those around us. *Insert hair toss.*
Ahead, we’re sharing the best-smelling body products on the market—the ones that earn Mmm—what are you wearing?! cries from friends and significant others. From an OG body lotion to a cellulite-blurring butt cream that smells like piña coladas (yes, really), keep scrolling to see them all!
Ellis Brooklyn Excellent Body Milk in Pseudonym ($66)
“What first drew me to this body milk was its story. To create her product, founder Bee Shapiro blends the scents of renowned perfumer Jerome Epinette with her natural skincare formulas crafted in small batches in upstate New York. Each scent has a literary-inspired name and smells absolutely incredible. My favourite of the bunch, Pseudonym, is both seductive and fresh with notes of Capri fig, jasmine, pepper, and sandalwood (can you tell I adore sandalwood?).” — Hallie Gould, senior editor
Laura Mercier Almond Coconut Milk Soufflé Body Creme ($65)
“I’m not even a coconut fan—or a fan of sweet scents at all, for that matter. But just as some people are so physically attractive they transcend ‘type,’ this body lotion smells so delicious it renders your particular taste in fragrance meaningless. I treasure every scoop of this pricey body cream, using it only on special occasions—like anniversaries or the two times a month when I shave my legs. Deliciously hydrating formula aside, the light yet rich gourmand scent yields some of the most passionate compliments I ever receive. While wearing this, people often tell me they want to ‘eat me,’ which may sound a little questionable but is ultimately just a reflection of how amazing this stuff smells.” — Amanda Montell, associate features editor
Lina Hanson Global Body Serum ($90)
“This all-natural serum from Lina Hanson is my favourite post-shower treat. Unlike body lotions, it sinks in instantly and leaves my skin looking soft and J.Lo-esque. Smell-wise, it’s a delightful blend of crisp citrus and smooth vanilla. Trust me: You’ll apply this obsessively after your first use.” — Faith Xue, editorial director
Nucifera The Balm ($49)
“I’m obsessed with this balm. It’s an organic, medicinal-grade essential oil blend scented with what I imagine heaven to smell like. Picture a mix of coconut oil, mango butter, sandalwood, palo santo, patchouli, lavender, peppermint, and grapefruit. I kid you not. It’s like vacation mixed with luxury mixed with good vibes in an allover moisturising, collagen-boosting package.” — Hallie Gould, senior editor
Tatcha Indigo Smoothing Black Sugar Body Gommage ($98)
“I’m addicted to the delicious, sugary scent of Tatcha’s Body Gommage. It’s so luscious, and I always look forward to using it in the shower.” — Victoria Hoff, news editor
“Tatcha’s body scrub makes every shower the most enjoyable, indulgent experience. It’s made with black sugar from Japan and smells slightly like a sugar cookie with a twist (which may explain why I’m tempted to eat it every time I use it). The day I run out of this limited-edition product will be a devastating day indeed.” — Faith Xue, editorial director
What’s the best-smelling body product you’ve ever used? Share with us below!