Body Sprays Are Taking Us Back to Our Teenage Years (In a Great Way)

Body spray was for my first foray into fragrance, and I suspect the same is true for most of my friends. With names like Charlie or Impulse, the sprays—which came in can form—were something we'd chuck in our P.E. bags for a midday refresh. Bizarrely, misting myself in a sickly sweet cloud of scent felt very grown-up when I was 14. By 18, I'd moved onto my much-loved bottle of Lancôme Miracle—the gateway to "adult" perfume had been opened, and I felt no need to look back…Until now.

This summer, luxury fragrance houses and beauty brands are bottling light fresh scents in cans. Body mists are back, and I'm not angry about it. Body sprays 2.0 leave a light aroma on the skin; some are cooling, and others have skincare benefits. Classic scents have been reimagined; elsewhere, new blends are making us feel oh so summery and, dare we say it, 15 again—but without the teenage angst or smelling like we've rolled in a field of doughnuts and daffodils. Below, I've selected seven of my favorite body sprays that are well worth snapping up for your summer vacation.

Jo Loves Grapefruit A Fragrance Body Spray
Jo Loves Grapefruit: A Fragrance Body Spray $55

This zingy, addictive scent always, always gets my attention when my colleague who sits opposite spritzes herself. Patchouli and cedarwood ensure this fruity mist is grounded and oh so addictive.  

Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess Cooling Body Spray
Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess Cooling Body Spray $45

This body spray smells like Estée Lauder's cult Bronze Goddess, but it's also cooling on the skin, which is ideal when you're holidaying somewhere insufferably yet amazingly hot.

Chanel Chance Eau Fraiche Sheer Moisture Mist
Chanel Chance Eau Fraiche Sheer Moisture Mist $47

A sparkling floral scent with citron, jasmine, and teakwood, this doesn't just impart fragrance—it lightly moisturizes the skin too.  

Jo Malone Cattleya Flower Body Mist
Jo Malone Cattleya Flower Body Mist $57

For starters, the bottle looks amazing—you definitely won't want to chuck this in your gym bag (the grown-up equivalent of that P.E. bag). Deputy editor Shannon Peter has been wearing this for a while, and it reminds her of Jo Malone's Earl Grey and Cucumber.

Clarins Eau Dynamisante
Clarins Eau Dynamisante $58

A total classic, this contains 14 aromatherapeutic plant extracts and essential oils to hydrate and smooth the skin and uplift you mentally. Patchouli is the lingering scent, but it's packed with citrus and herbs like rosemary and thyme too. 

Tom Ford Soleil Blanc All Over Body Spray
Tom Ford Soleil Blanc All Over Body Spray $70

A seriously addictive aroma, give this body spray a smell—we're convinced it will become your go-to summer scent. Think white florals mingled with amber and sandalwood.

Rituals The Ritual of Karma Bed & Body Mist
Rituals The Ritual of Karma Bed & Body Mist $20

White florals and citrus give skin that clean smell like freshly washed laundry. Incidentally, you can also use this on your bedsheets. 

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