Essential Summer Gear Guide

by Cathay Che


If you're spending your days lolling in the sun in an overwater bungalow in Bora Bora, these potions will help protect your hair, skin, and lips. And if you're stuck in the office during the dog days, the sensual scents and textures will help you imagine being there. Clockwise from top: ECRU New York's Sunlight Holding Spray actually looks like sunshine in a bottle and gives your hair an antistatic, shiny hold while providing extra UV protection. New York boutique perfumer Bond No. 9 is releasing its new fun, fresh Summer 2007 scent, Coney Island (which smells more like citrus than like Nathan's Famous Hot Dogs). Pangea Organics' detoxifying Argentinean Tangerine and Thyme spray facial toner will do wonders for your face—but it won't teach you to tango. Right yourself after a long flight with two capfuls of Susanne Kaufmann's sensual bath oil with the invigorating scent of rosemary and moisturizing benefits of rosehip seed and marigold oils. Hydrate sun-dried lips with Baxter of California's Mojito-flavored salve so you can dole out sweet lime kisses as discriminately (or not) as you like. Celeb types call it the caviar of sunscreens; you can call it La Prairie Cellular Sun Cream SPF 30. It has five different UVA/UVB absorbers. Calm a sunburn with Evolution Surf's Coco de Mer Body Crème, which incorporates oil from an exotic nut found in the Seychelles. Positano's legendary hotel Le Sirenuse has its own signature bath salt crystals, Eau d'Italie. Too bad you can't expect one of the property's excellent staff to draw the bath for you.

ECRU New York Holding Spray, $22
ECRU New York
Tel: 888 327 8692

Bond No. 9 Coney Island, $180
Bond No. 9 New York
Tel: 877 273 3369

Pangea Argentinean facial toner, $21.99
Pangea Organics
Tel: 877 679 5854
Buy at: Whole Foods locations

Susanne Kaufmann's Sensual Bath Oil, $40
Aedes de Venustas
Tel: 888 233 3715

Mojito-Flavored Hydro Salve lip balm, $8
Baxter of California
Tel: 800 421 3614

Cellular Sun Cream SPF 30, 1.7 oz., $135
La Prairie
Tel: 877 527 7722

Coco de Mer Body Crème, 7 oz., $189
Evolution Surf
Tel: 858 755 2678

Eau d'Italie bath salts, $35
Aedes de Venustas
Tel: 888 233 3715

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