Best of Beauty | Summer Must-Haves $25 and Under

Looking to save on beauty basics this summer?

Stocking up on summer supplies for you and the kids can be stressful, time-consuming, and expensive. But with family fun comes germ susceptibility and ultra-drying activities like sunbathing, boating, and splashing around in pool water. You need to have certain products handy to keep yourself and your family happy, healthy, and moisturized! Scope out this list of essentials, buy online to save time, and watch the savings pile up.

Bath & Body Works Anti-Bacterial Pocketbacs:

You’ve seen them being pulled out of diaper bags and purses all over your town; now it’s time to join the germ-fighting moms with these super-affordable, easy-to-use gels. Some soap-free anti-bacterial hand cleansers leave you feeling dry or sticky; these contain honey, coconut milk and olive fruit extracts to nourish your skin. Available in the following scents — Malibu Citrus, Pacific Blue, and California Poppy. Yum!  $1.50 each,

C.O. Bigelow Village Perfumer body lotion:

Lime and coriander and aloe vera, oh my! No 1536, a delicious smelling and super-moisturizing lotion from C. O. Bigelow is great for slathering on sunburnt, recently shaven, or other needy summertime legs. Your kids will love it. too! Smelling of lime and coriander, this lotion is summer freshness at its best. It contains olive and borage oils and aloe vera concentrate for smooth, soft skin. $14,

Soap & GLory Might Mouth:

This one’s just for Mom! Pretty, soft lips are moments away with this amazing glossy lip balm from Soap & Glory. In “Naked Pink” this is one of those beauty products that lets your natural beauty come through, with just a little oomph. The peptide complex within has been shown to help increase circulation, making lip wrinkles appear smoother and lips fuller. $22,

Ocean Potion:

You need a sunscreen with broad protection that’s easy to use and will stay on when the kiddies hit the beach. Ocean Potion Extreme H20 sunblock is a great choice for families. And it’s only 6.99 on right now, meaning you might want to buy a few cans today before they all disappear!

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About Jenny

Jenny Studenroth is a cosmetics junkie and bridal blogger from New York City. After graduating from Middlebury College in 2007 with a creative writing degree, she went on to the beauty departments at Elle and the Wall Street Journal magazines, before becoming a freelance writer. Her wedding blog is Jenny and her husband Josh split their time between Brooklyn and Washington, DC along with their cat Dolce and pup Harry. The family is expecting their first human baby in the fall.


  1. 100% agree on the pocketbacs–they are always in my bag too!