10 Beauty Products That Smell Seriously Good

There are hundreds of beauty products out there that promise to make our skin glowy and soft and our hair silky and shiny, and then there are products that do all of the above but also just so happen to make our skin and hair smell great in the process. For many people, this added bonus can bring a sense of delight to the otherwise mundane tasks of cleansing and moisturising, evoking feelings of refreshment, relaxation, and luxury. In fact, there’s a literal science behind why using great-smelling beauty products makes us feel good – it’s all to do with the connection between our nose and the part of our brain that process memory, mood, and emotion. Cool, huh? 

Below we’ve rounded up the lotions, mists, oils, and scrubs that leave our skin and hair smelling as good as it looks. 

Shea Moisture Coconut and Hibiscus Illuminating Body Lotion

What it smells like:   

Coconut, hibiscus, papaya 

This body lotion is the sort of product that you’d expect to find in a spa on a luxury restort somewhere hot and peaceful. The scent lingers subtly on limbs for hours after application. 

Briogeo Banana + Coconut Nourishing Body Cream

What it smells like:  

Coconut, banana, mango, pineapple, papaya 

One sniff and you’re instantly transported to a tropical island. And not only does it smell good, the oil-rich formula is thick and buttery, making it perfect for nourishing dry skin. 

Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask

What it smells like: 

Vanilla, honey, avocado, mandarin orange, lemon 

There’s nothing more satisfying than a skincare product that does good and smells good. If you want your next at-home facial to feel a bit spa-like, this  mask is the ultimate treat for stressed skin and mind. 

Coco & Eve Glow Figure Body Moisture Whip

What it smells like: 

Coconut, papaya, fig, mango, lemon 

Everyone who smells this sweet and fruity scent falls in love with it. The butter-rich formula is packed with hydrating and nourishing ingredients which leave skin glowing and full of life. 

Freck Lil Prick Cactus Seed Dry Oil

What it smells like: 

Apricot, almond, raspberry, rosemary 

For those who like to finish their skincare routine by massaging in a nourishing oil, this is one of the best-smelling (but not too overpowering) ones I’ve tried. I find the scent helps to calm and relax my mind before bed. 

Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Sage, and Orange Blossom

What it smells like: 

Orange, sage, thyme, lemon 

A super summery take on everyone’s favourite face mist, this truly does smell like summer in a bottle. The perfect upgrade for your skincare routine when temperatures begin to rise. 

Yes To Watermelon Fresh Jelly Mask

What is smells like: 

Watermelon 

At first it might seem overpowering, but watermelon is such a refreshing scent when you want to clear your head (and hydrate your skin at the same time). This skin-soothing mask is fruity and uplifting in the best ways. 

Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask

What it smells like: 

Avocado, orange, mango, apricot

Not only does this mask literally smell good enough to eat, but it’s also one of the most powerful and fast-acting moisture masks I’ve ever tried. Like a smoothie for skin, dull, dry skin is banished overnight. 

Bondi Sands Tropical Rum Body Wash

What is smells like:  

Rum, jojoba, coconut 

With luxury getaways in far-flung destinations off the cards for the foreseeable future, this body wash is the next best thing to getting that holiday feeling (without stepping out of your bathroom). 

Aesop Geranium Leaf Body Scrub

What is smells like: 

Geranium, bergamot, mandarin orange, lemon 

Aesop are known for their incredible smelling products, but they rely solely on natural ingredients and no artificial fragrance, which is always a bonus. This powerful scrub smells fresh with a hint of luxury – I wish it came in candle form.