Who’s ready for SUMMER? Memorial Day marks the unofficial start to the year’s sunniest season. Celebrated on the final Monday of May, it's a special day to commemorate our veterans and their utmost sacrifice for our nation's freedom.
With the change of seasons comes backyard BBQs, lazy days by the pool, and sun-splashed activities like swimming, surfing, and sipping. It's time to clear out your trove of cool weather beauty and body care products for those ready to spark some real fun in the sun!
Break out the big sun hats and breezy sundresses—it's time to say buh-bye to cool weather and welcome a new season of sunshine! These American Makers have just what you need to boost the summer readiness of your beauty kit. Check out these 10 sun-splashed must-haves you can buy now!
1. Rhinestone Hair Clips, by Bright North Studio (Oregon)
Maker: Rachel Whipple
Summer hair, don't care! But don't let your sandswept locks ruin your view. This dazzling set of jeweled hair clips is the perfect poolside accessory to keep your ‘do in place. You'll never miss a word of the season's hottest beach read and you can keep a close eye on a budding summer romance.
2. Soothe Salve, by Free Flow Botanicals (California)
Maker: Patty Liu
Summertime unlocks the great outdoors—it's time to dig your toes into the sand and wander aimlessly along winding, verdant trails. There's so much to soak in, that you can't let dry, cracked, or sunburnt skin slow you down! Soothe Salve is a must-have for any summer adventurer's knapsack. This fresh, herby blend of plantain, rice bran, and rosemary keeps your skin in tip-top shape so you're ready to take on any journey.
3. Citronella Outdoor Soy Candle, by Great South Bay Candles (New York)
Maker: Theresa Gorgone
Keep summer bugs at bay with this Don't Bug Me citronella candle from Great South Bay Candles. These eco-friendly chandlers know a thing to two about keeping it pure: this natural soy wax burns cleaner than traditional bug busters and doesn't emit any toxic soot into the air. Plus, its sweet and pleasant aroma is an instant upgrade to any patio setting.
4. Organic Sunblock Stick, by Coco Janell Organics (Florida)
Maker: Janell Tobin
Floridians know a thing or two about sun protection—it's called the Sunshine State, after all! For fans of swim and surf, this Organic Sunblock Stick serves up the water-resistant UVA/UVB protection you need so you can enjoy your day of water play. Pick from two tints for all-natural coverage pasty creams can't beat.
5. Jenny's Natural Hemp Lip Balm, by Jenny The Hemp Goddess (Michigan)
Maker: Jennifer Watt
Got your eye on a summer sweetheart? Keep your lips soft and nourished with Jenny's Natural Hemp Lip Balm. The silky soft formulation of hemp oil, coconut oil, and cocoa butter hydrates dry, chapped, and flaky lips. Plus, it's infused with a vanilla-orange flavor for a sweet kiss of summertime citrus.
6. Cooling Mist Spray, by Lavender Falls (Louisiana)
Maker: Bonnie Brochhausen
Temperatures are rising, but that doesn't mean you have to endure the sweltering heat! A breezy blast of this Cooling Mist gives you instant relief from too-hot temps. With hints of sweet lavender and aloe vera, it's like carrying the freshness of a dewy meadow stroll right in your pocket!
7. Bye Bye Bugz Shea Butter Lotion, by Scrubz Body (New York)
Maker: Roberta Perry
You step outside for a relaxing day by the pool…turns out your neighborhood's army of airborne critters have the very same idea! With Bye Bye Bugz Shea Butter Lotion you'll blast those creepy crawlies right back to whence they came. Wave buh-bye to bothersome bugz and turn your backyard or vacation spot into the summer sanctuary you've been waiting for!
8. All Natural Essential Oil Deodorant, by Steph's Scrubs and Stuff (California)
Maker: Stephanie Calderon
Backyard BBQs, baseball games, and beach trips with the fam—summer is an up-close-and-personal season with no time for stink! Beat body odor with this All Natural Essential Oil Deodorant. It's available in six fresh sun-ready scents that'll keep you smelling spectacular all season long.
9. Sun Si'belle Broad Spectrum Moisturizing SPF30 Sunscreen, by Sweetsation Therapy (Florida)
Maker: Natalja Millsap
Nothing turns heads faster than the perfect just-back-from-the-beach glow! While you're perfecting your sun-kissed look, apply SPF30 Sun Si'belle Broad Spectrum Sunscreen to defend against the harmful side of sun rays. Fruit extracts like Pineapple and Papaya not only boost your rosy glow, but give this tinted cream a sweet burst of sunny summer scents. Plus, it's a favorite of bonafide California girls like actress Kate Bosworth.
10. Skeeter Beeter, by The Purple Sage (Louisiana)
Maker: Sandy Engels
Don't waste the added hours of sunshine swatting away pesky critters! A Southern native, Sandy knows a thing or two about battling bug season. She packs her bug-beating expertise into Skeeter Beeter so you can enjoy lazy summer evenings (and an ice-cold Abita, please!) free of aggravation.
Questions for discussion and sharing
Are you as excited about summer as we are? What products are your must-haves for the sunniest season of the year? Let us know in the comments!
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