I spent the majority of my teen years doused in either Bath and Body Works body sprays—specifically Cucumber Melon (summer) or Warm Vanilla Sugar (winter). Naturally, I combined them with the coordinating lotions. It was not what you would call a subtle scent profile. I'm willing to bet that you likely had a similar experience once upon a time—but it's time to reevaluate our relationship with body sprays. They don't have to feel twee or like a watered-down perfume.
The 2018 iteration of body spray is more grown-up. Think featherlight scents that offer a touch of fragrance without being full-on perfume, allowing you to mist with abandon. Some of them even boast skincare benefits. Sold? Here—we found the best body sprays.
The brand's Brazilian Bum Bum Cream is famous for both its skin-smoothing abilities and its amazing tropical scent. This body spray captures the scent—pistachio and salted caramel—in an easy-to-wear spray that we basically want to swim in.
Tropical scents can often skew too saccharine, but this spray manages to be softly sweet with a blend of coconut, amber, vanilla, and Tiaré flower. Mist it on and pretend like it's still summer.
This spray is both a fragrance and a soothing skin treatment. It hydrates and protects against free radical damage while also imparting an aromatherapeutic fragrance of ruby red grapefruit, cardamom, and verbena.
This spray is like a bright summer day on the coast of Italy. Citrus notes—think neroli, lemon, and mandarin—weave with orange flower and lavender for a super-fresh scent that's both grown-up and playful.
This is the body mist version of Kenzo's first-ever perfume (you definitely remember the Spike Jonze video that introduced it). It's playful and floral, with notes of jasmine and peony.
A nutty, warm scent that's sweet without being overly twee. The formula is made with community-trade sugarcane essence from Brazil and community-trade shea from Ghana.
A fast-absorbing, super-hydrating mist that's infused with sunflower and olive oils, plus vitamin E, this leaves behind a delicate wash of the brand's popular Amazing Grace fragrance, which features notes of lily of the valley and musk.
This mist is formulated with jojoba oil, vitamin E, and Dunaliella algae to leave skin soft and moisturized. The light fragrance is perfect for daytime and features a blend of moringa and prickly pear.
Notes of honeysuckle and sea salt make for a clean, light scent that's perfect for daytime. Both the bottle and the scent feel much higher-end than the price point.
This refreshing, crisp scent is made to be applied throughout the day as a pick-me-up. The single note of verbena feels especially clean and easy to wear.