body care products for summer

On My Vanity: Body Care Edition – Vol 1


Here’s what happened. Recently, I was doing some rare in-store shopping and found myself in the dressing room, nearly naked under flourescent lights. Aaaack!! Oh body, body, body care.

Let me be clear. I am perfectly accustomed to all my things lean, long, lumpy and bumpy, but what I hadn’t realized is that my body skin was in need of some serious attention. And I mean serious! There were dry patches, scaly bits, and weird colors everywhere! What the French!

I had been focusing on the skin on my face so much that I’d completely forgotten about the rest of me. Big mistake. Big. Huge. Well, no more my lovely. Today I’m launching a new blog series, On My Vanity, and I’m kicking it off with the Body Care Edition. And it’s not a moment too soon.

body care products for summer
Welcome to my new series, On My Vanity. Today I’m featuring body care products for smooth skin all year long.

On My Vanity: Body Care Edition

Full disclosure. I’m hella guilty of letting my body care slide in the summer, which is odd I know, because summer is when most of my skin is exposed. I guess it’s the sweltering NYC heat that keeps me from putting anything extra on my body.  I don’t have the energy for all that rubbing and exfoliating and whatnot. I talk about that a bit in my summer favorites video where I mention choosing products that can be applied in the shower or with a spray bottle. Easy peasy.

body care products - coola sunscreen spray
Coola Sport Guava Mango Sunscreen Spray

Which brings me to my first body care pick, Coola Guava Mango Sunscreen Spray. This organic, spray-on sunscreen is a breeze to use. It offers broad spectrum sun protection, smells delicious, and its power nozzle helps you get those spots you might miss with a lotion sunscreen application.

If I had been using this more diligently, I probably wouldn’t have this weird V-shaped arm tan that I’ve since last October. Don’t ask me how it happened or why I still have it. I hold color for a long time apparently. 

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body care - gold bond ultimate radiance renewal cream oil

Next up is Gold Bond Ultimate Radiance Renewal Cream Oil. This stuff is magical especially on rough areas like neglected knees, elbows, and feet. It’s packed with coconut oil, cocoa butter, and African shea butter making it super creamy and rich. I use this for spot treatments during the summer when I’m less inclined to apply an all-over lotion and in the winter, I add it to my all-over lotion for an extra boost of moisture.

belli stretchmark minimizing cream
Belli StretchMark Minimizing Cream reduces the appearance of existing stretch marks.

Another great spot treatment cream is the Stretchmark Minimizing Cream by Belli Beauty. Designed to reduce the appearance of existing stretch marks, this cream is also quite rich and, well, creamy. No cream can promise to remove stretch marks, but some can reduce the appearance of your wonderfully squiggly skin art. 

This Minimizing Cream is made with darutoside and registril, which are ingredients scientifically reported to visibly reduce the appearance of stretch mark depth by up to 72% and visibly reduce the appearance of stretch mark length by up to 52%. Now, I haven’t been measuring my own stretch marks but I’ll tell you that my bum is definitely softer, smoother, and a little cuter since I’ve been using this cream more regularly.

body care - honest organic body oil
Honest Organic Body Oil

The Honest Organic Body Oil is a perfect add-on for all-over moisturizing. It’s great for the colder months when even the best lotions struggle to provide enough lasting moisture. I add a few drops to my lotion before applying and it also works well as an in-shower moisturizer. Smooth it on just before stepping out of the shower for locked-in moisture.

body care - tea tree oil
Sundown Naturals Tea Tree Oil

Lastly, we have Sundown Naturals Tea Tree Oil, a magical elixir. All tea tree oils are not created equal so brand matters in this space. That said, tea tree oil has a myriad of skin-saving uses. It fights acne, soothes inflammation, aids in wound healing, and disinfects minor cuts and scrapes.

The fragrance is quite strong and I would definitely advise using it when you’re going to be spending a lot of time alone, but it is a life saver for treating ingrown hairs around my bikini line. Curly hair problems.

That’s it for Volume I of On My Vanity: Body Care Edition and on my honor, I will never neglect my body care again. Cheers to smooth skin, my lovely, and share this post with your skin-loving friends!

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On My Vanity: Body Care Edition. Oils, lotions and potions for summer-smooth skin.


  1. I love Gold Bond Lotion. I didn’t know they had this kind though. I have some scaly patches and I need serious moisture in the winter.

    1. Patranila says:

      It’s new and it’s awesome!

  2. I get lazy with my skincare routine during the summer, too! This post is a great reminder that I need to get back into a good routine. And all of these products look great!

  3. Such a wonderful collection! I think I want to try everything you have here! Most of the brands are not available in my country though and I love trying new brands and products.

  4. Andrea Larson says:

    I need to try all of these. Great list! 🙂

  5. I think it is something most women tend to neglect from time to time. It should be a habit nourish ones body but lets get real, we all fail. Luckily we have you providing the solution to remedy. Thanx and good luck with the new you.

  6. April Marquardt says:

    I love this list! I need to add some of these to my shopping list for the weekend.

  7. I love skin care products. and I will find this product. looks good to apply it on my skin 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

  8. The organic, spray one sounds so cool. I have never heard of one with guava and mango. I would love to find order this and try it out!

  9. I am so bad about taking care of my skin, too. I put lotion on my legs every day after shaving, but that’s about it. I used to use scar cream on my cesarean scar, but haven’t done that in a long time either. My skin is usually worse in the winter because of the cold weather drying it out.

  10. Oh! I need to try that gold bond. My shins look like they don’t know what to do, crack or flake. Oh to have youthful skin again.

    1. Patranila says:

      It is magical! You’ll love it!

  11. This is such a great list! Fall and winter are both extra hard on my skin, so I look forward to trying all of these out!

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