Take a Tropical Vacay Without Leaving Home

Are you in desperate need of some R&R, but this year, your vacation is more like a “staycation?”  Even if you’re not jet-setting off to a tropical getaway, you can still get the same care-free feeling without stepping foot out of your door. The BX editors give their top picks to surround your senses with warm island breezes, lush tropical plants and well-tanned cabana boys (ahem – maybe not the last one, but you get the picture).

  • Cheers! Sip on a smoothie.

cocktailWho cares if it’s freezing outside? An ice cold smoothie made with tropical fruits will make it seem like you’re sitting poolside in scorching temperatures. Just throw some pineapple, mango, orange juice and ice in a blender, pour the mixture into a tall glass, top it off with a plumeria flower, and you’re ready for a game of Marco Polo.  Want something a little more adventurous? Spice it up with an alcohol-laced cocktail like a Piña Colada, Mai Tai or Margarita.

  • Fool yourself with fragrance.

Coconut, interior viewTrick your sniffer into thinking you’re on the beach by lighting up a coconut-based candle or fragrance oil.  We love Aunt Sadie’s Beach in a Can candle and The Body Shop® Coconut Home Fragrance Oil.  Or simply spritz on a tropical scent like Coconut Lime Verbena from Bath & Body Works.  You’ll be tempted to slather on SPF 30 to keep up the ruse.

Bonus: The next time you’re on vacation, wear one perfume the entire time.  When you return home, you’ll be brought back to paradise with every sniff!

  • Groove to tranquil tunes.

Nothing gets you in the “aloha spirit” more than the Hawaiian harmonies from Israel Kamakawiwo’ole (best known for his medley of “Over the Rainbow”).  Fire up the iPod and download other island-inspired classics from Bob Marley or even some newer stylings like “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz, and you’re off to your very own Margaritaville.

  • Get the island (spa) treatment.

mimosaPretty yourself up with tropical-themed treatments. Soak in a Mimosa bubble bath by Philosophy, exfoliate with The Body Shop Mango Body Scrub and smooth unwanted hair with a tropical-scented Venus Disposable razor. Post-bath, give your skin a healthy glow with Jergen’s Natural Glow Express Moisturizer, and finish the experience with a do-it-yourself mani/pedi in a sizzling-hot hue (try Duri‘s Girl Power and OPI‘s Conga-line Coral).

  • MR

    I actually have Bath and Body Works Coconut Lime Verbena, and I totally wore it recently to be reminded of the summer months I am anxiously awaiting!