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The Ultimate Summer Beach Bag Essentials

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The weather is getting warmer and the days are getting longer which means summertime is almost here in the northern hemisphere. Soon we’ll be soaking up the sun and spending every moment we can at the beach.  To make sure you have the best beach day ever, we’ve curated a list of brands to help you chill like a pro and prepare you for whatever mother nature (or your sandy kids) throw your way.

ATRAC USA Price: Starting at $10.00 Designed out of sheer frustration and a desperate need for convenience! Atrac (short for “attraction” because of the highest quality magnets used inside of these accessory holders) is one of those essentials you will buy and wonder “How did I ever live without this?” ATRAC is almost like a snap bracelet but with magnets that you can “slap” or “wrap” around your purse/backpack strap without losing them. They stay in place! They also hang from your wrist or gym pants! You can even hang it from your bathing suit bottoms! The magnets are that strong and secure. ATRAC is designed to keep your keys and or cellphone right where they are supposed to be so you don’t have to spend minutes rummaging through your purse digging for your keys while your children are throwing tantrums at the grocery store. At least, that is how the founder came up with the idea. She could not take one more tantrum in public while she emptied out her purse digging for her keys to put her daughter into the car and leave the store without more mortification. The patent-pending strap is high quality vegan leather and made to look like a luxurious accessory for any activity in your life.  

SunPlus Price: $22.00 Imagine having silky soft, nourished skin while also keeping it protected from harsh sun rays! SUNPLUS is the sunscreen that has you covered no matter the activity. It’s a luxury lotion of vitamins, rich and multi-level moisturizers, antioxidants, and skin-loving superfoods. The sunscreen line gives protection from the sun’s harmful rays while moisturizing, soothing, and guarding skin against pollutants and premature aging. Enjoy a moisturizing sunscreen that won’t sting your eyes and is gentle on sensitive skin, plus water-resistant and sweat-proof. Kind to the skin and the planet, the packaging is vegetable-based and ingredients are biodegradable and ocean and reef safe. SUNPLUS is now at the Ritz Carlton Bacara Resort in Santa Barbara, joining our growing list of resort customers (and their guests) such as Montage, Terranea, Pasea, and the Ranch at Laguna Beach.    

Earth Baby Price: Varies Organic sunscreen that’s both reef-safe and gentle on baby’s skin! Earth Baby created a 100 percent certified organic sunscreen that is safe for your skin and even an infant’s sensitive skin! Committed to using certified organic fruit and vegetable-based ingredients, Earth Baby’s products are non-toxic, gentle, and effective on baby skin, hair, and body. Earth Baby products provide immediate moisturization and superior hydration, emollient oils and vitamins with a time-controlled release, and dramatically reduced need for high levels of UV filters. They also have abest-selling, moisturizing, organic, hand-sanitizer for even children’s hands! Founded by a grandmother, mother, and orphan, Earth Baby’s founder donates 1% of all sales to two incredible organizations (Preface Project Foundation and Folded Flag Foundation) that build a better tomorrow and impact our community by fostering opportunities for the next generation as a token of gratitude to those that helped her along the way. Available on Amazon 

Auraïha Price: $19.99 – $39.99 Lock in moisture and reduce redness with this soothing aloe and witch hazel-infused spray after spending all day in the sun! Auraïha is a fresh, fun, eco-friendly brand that bridges the gap between drugstore offerings and luxury-priced options found at popular retailers like Sephora. The clean beauty products are free from any harmful ingredients such as parabens, phthalates, sulfates, silicones, and synthetic fragrances and are cruelty-free and EWG-verified. They proudly use sustainable packaging that is recyclable, reusable, and zero-waste, with non-toxic labeling ink and biodegradable adhesives. Our current lifestyles have us spending more time indoors and focusing on skincare, making it the perfect time to try out this new and upcoming brand to keep on your radar this year. Simple and to the point, Auraïha enhances your natural beauty in under five minutes and cultivates a relationship between skin and overall wellness in line with the “skin first” movement.  

Butter & Me Price: Varies For the beach goers that prefer to go plastic-free, Butter & Me takes what’s most important in bath and body products and uses a minimalistic approach in simplified plastic-free versions. The brand’s mission is to help consumers avoid using plastic containers and materials by making multi-purpose products with amazing benefits in a bar format. From head to toe, enjoy 100% plant-based active ingredients that are simple and effective. Products are great for the travel-bound with the ultimate convenience and space savings. There are no more than five core ingredients in each product, all vegan and cruelty-free.  

Bia Skin Price: $19.00 – $142.00 Bring your skin back to life! Paving the way for effective skincare all over, Bia Skin picks up the slack by becoming a pioneer in providing you with revolutionary performance-based products and body care routines. Bia Skin combines the fun of pampering yourself with the active ingredients usually only found in face products. Working with a Vancouver-based skincare lab, the brand created a line of body care using Clean-ical formulas for maximum efficacy while being free of toxic ingredients. By using science-driven formulas and dermatologist care, Bia Skin is empowering women to feel confident in their own skin.All our products are vegan and cruelty free.  

Kyte BABY Price: Varies The cutest cover-up for your little one! Award-winning, celebrity-loved, sleep bags and baby and adult apparel! Kyte Baby has designed these effortless tiered dresses for mothers and daughters that are the perfect “throw over your swimsuit at the beach” wear! Unlike other baby apparel, Kyte BABY has the softest baby and adult pajamas that are economically sourced out of bamboo! Bamboo is three degrees cooler than cotton, while also being hypoallergenic. The fabric itself also promotes the smart use of resources and sustainability. Bamboo is the best choice for your baby and for the planet’s future, and this way of thinking is evident in every aspect of Kyte BABY! The founder’s daughter suffered from infant eczema and she needed comfortable clothing for her at night time for her sensitive, itchy skin, bamboo’s buttery soft fabric was the best answer for her baby girl! She invested in and created Kyte BABY for all babies, and mommies too! Recently featured inForbes and by A-lister Jessica Alba on her Clean Baby Registry List: Poosh! Available on Amazon and ShareASale.

Baesix Price: Varies Achieve that “dewy” beach glow while protecting your skin! Baesix (/ˈbasics/) is your vegan, organic, cruelty-free, inclusive & eco-responsible simple, skincare routine for happy skin everyday! Baesix skincare is ONLY SIX steps to healthier skin! They have a face moisturizing SPF that is perfect for no make-up and also to wear under your make-up! The “BAE” means “Before Anyone Else” – meaning love yourself first then others will fall in love with you too; and the “SIX” stands for the six simple steps to follow for glowing, healthy skin! Baesix developed their unique formulas from scratch in Korea with a focus on healthy hydration and bioactive nourishment. They use 100% organically certified bamboo in their products. As one of nature’s richest sources of silica; bamboo extract is known to stimulate the production of collagen, loaded with antioxidants that combat free radicals, and boasts potent anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial qualities. Their packaging is either biodegradable or 100% recyclable. Their bottles are made from corn starch and bamboo, their tins are aluminum, their paper is FSC certified and refills sachets are made from sugarcane! Available on ShareASale

Ooh La La Skincare – Organic Strawberry Lip Balm Price: $6.50 While nourishing and moisturizing, add a ripe strawberry pink color to your lips to add to your sun-kissed beachy vibe! This organic, natural lip balm is packed with skin-quenching nutrients like shea butter, beeswax and vitamin E. The color is made from mica, a natural mineral, compliments of Mother Earth herself.  

Bombay Hair Price: Varies Keep a hair dryer brush in your beach bag! You’ll want it after a windy beach hair day! Plus, this brand is One of Oprah’s favorite things — Bombay Hair 5-in-1 curling wand set made her list in 2021! Bombay Hair tools make it possible to master salon-style from the comfort of your own home. Their biggest sellers are the Hair Waver, giving you those mermaid locks, blow-dry brush, and their three-in-one wands! The wands are interchangeable, meaning you save some serious drawer space! Made from various precious metals and equipped for long-lasting performance, this brand offers a variety of curling wands, curling irons, flat irons, and styling kits. In addition to hair tools, Bombay has a huge selection of hair extensions. The hair is beautiful, soft, natural hair that is thick from root-to-tip; and there is no silicone used on the hair, so the extensions can be used easily with hot styling tools. Available on Amazon

Momotaro Apotheca Prices: Starting at $24.00 If you’re worried about beach day bacteria “down there” Momotaro Apotheca is your BFF. Momotaro Apotheca is a certified organic, vaginal wellness business that supports your “business” issues down there! It supports the physiological challenges and quality of life issues associated with the nuanced aspects of sexual and reproductive health. Think of it as your go-to, must-have in the bathroom cabinet at all times when it comes to the health and comfort of your outside vaginal area.  Momotaro Apotheca’s salve, tonic, tincture, hydrosol, probiotic and body oil are always plant based, certified organic, and intentionally crafted to be a part of a positive and compassionate conversation about how gentler, systemically more effective, natural products are essential for health, wellbeing, and self care. Their team selects ingredients that support yeast infections, bacterial vaginosis, and discomfort and irritation from sex, clothing, and exercise. Their number one seller is their Salve! It’s sexual wellness at your fingertips. The salve naturally addresses bacterial vaginosis and pH imbalance! A comforting and powerful balm made with echinacea, tea tree and calendula that all soothes symptoms of infection, pain, & itching. Featured in Forbes, Medium and Byrdie! The products are made in small batches in Portland, Oregon. They prioritize quality, safety, and sustainability as pillars of their business. Their supplier partners are Oregon Tilth Certified Organic, which is fully accredited with the USDA National Organic Program and with a focus on finding the highest quality materials, they exclusively use certified organic ingredients and they promise to never test on animals.  

Sold in Anthropologie stores and online!  Urban Originals – Tote BagsPrice: Varies The perfect bag to hold all your beach essentials! Urban Originals creates drop-dead gorgeous bags that are Uber practical, without using any animal leather. The brand is 100% cruelty-free and vegan. Urban Originals uses the finest quality vegan leathers and recycled materials where possible and works to very low chemical requirements. So when you buy Urban Originals, you can feel as good as you look. Based out of Sydney and now Los Angeles, Urban Originals can be found in boutiques in Australia, the United States, Mexico, Japan, South Korea, and the United Kingdom. The global love and demand also support them in their commitment to ensuring that every product is made in fair trade conditions and passes Department Store and Industry ethical standards. Find their complete lineup on their website, on Anthropologie, Macy’s, and Nordstrom.

Command Cosmetics – Confidence & Blending Brush Set Price: $40.00 Get your contour on for when you wear that bikini! Command Cosmetics’ best selling Confidence Contour Stick and Blending Brush Set creates the perfect application every time. Confidence is the only contour stick ever formulated specifically for use on the body. Striving to give its customers the confidence they need to live their truths, entrepreneur and professional model Monica Montanari created the perfect combination for contouring success.

Confidence Contour Stick: Waterproof, transferproof, buildable, and blendable. Its universal shade flatters almost all skin tones and can be used as a body contour and/or a facial contour. Infused with a unique blend of Rose Hip Seed Oil and Argan Oil to promote hydrated and healthy skin, the formula won’t leave skin feeling dried or greasy. It is also cruelty-free, vegan, gluten-free, non-GMO, paraben-free, and enriched with Vitamin E.

Blending Brush: Unique tapered flathead brush exclusively designed for Confidence, also works to blend any cream or liquid makeup. Blend in a circular motion for building and blending stick and cream formulas. Its versatility allows for use with bronzers, foundations, blushes, concealers, and more. The brush is 100% vegan, cruelty-free, soft, and dense.  

Ivy Swimwear Price: Varies Look and feel sexy as you lounge poolside in the stunning bikinis from Ivy Swimwear. Finding the right fitting bikini is difficult. The tops are too small or the bottoms don’t flatter your curves. Or the designs simply aren’t cute. Ivy Swimwear is here to end all your bikini woes with their fashionable options. Featured in the upcoming Miami Swim Week 2022, Ivy Swimwear’s unique designs have made them a hit with models and influencers across the nation. Each bikini gives you the perfect amount of delicate touches to create a fun and flirty look, with ultra modern prints to stand out at the pool and beaches. As a minority and women-owned brand, Ivy Swimwear knows just how important it is to represent and support all body types and people. In addition to ensuring its models are representative of that diversity, the brand uses its growing popularity and sales to donate to various charities, like Save the Children, Black Lives Matter, and AAPI, to create positive and lasting change for a better world. Available on Amazon and ShareASale.

REVVV SWIM Price: $160.00 In a world of swimsuits that are either way too sporty for hanging out in the sun or too fashion-orientated for secure laps in the water, REVVV Swim is encouraging women to not compromise on what they want and need. Made out of 100% recycled Italian fabrics and designed and made in NYC, the recycled fabric supports an on-the-go lifestyle with the 100% recycled nylon’s 4-way stretch, wrinkle-free material, quick-dry technology, and UPF 50+ performance fabric. The swimsuits protect you with their Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) of 50+, blocking 98 percent of the sun’s rays and reducing your exposure risk significantly.  

Lani + Kei Price: Varies The perfect no-fuss bralette to slip on after the beach so you can go out on the town without having to worry about wearing your wet swimsuit the rest of the day! With spring almost here, the idea of warmer weather already has us planning our season’s wardrobe. Lani + Kei designs chic, colorful, and sexy floral bralettes that are a fun way to welcome spring’s arrival. They jazz up any outfit and are made to be seen underneath tops! The collection features supportive, cute designs, with racerback, triangle, crochet, longline, padded, and halter options for various preferences. With a supportive fit and quality fabric, the bralettes make women feel confident and sexy in their skin. Customers love that the bralettes are stretchy, comfortable, and colorful, with beautiful quality detail. Best of all, they fit nicely and look chic under your cute spring tops.  

Empty Provisions Footwear Price: $135.00 – $155.00 A both cute AND functional sandal that will go with any bikini! Empty Provisions Footwear is an ethical line of footwear that is committed to designing and producing items that are sustainable, comfortable, and stylish. After noticing a gap in the market for shoes that are modern, cute, and durable while being kind to the environment, founder Chrissy Durden sought to create a brand that followed these goals and ideals. Every shoe is designed in Somerville, MA and crafted by hand in small batches in central Maine with the materials also being sourced locally. Since less than 1% of shoes in the U.S. are made here, they take great pride in their partnership with local New England craftspeople to support their businesses. Sourcing and crafting locally also means Empty Provisions is minimizing their carbon footprint by reducing unnecessary CO2 emissions. All while stimulating the local economy.  

Sisi Spray n’ Style Price: $30.00 Say goodbye to bulky bottles that take up way too much room in your bag! Sisi Spray N’ Style combines your haircare essentials into one convenient tool. Inspired by her daughter’s sensory needs and a popular comb and spray combination from the ‘80s, founder Jessica Urzua added the modern needs of women today to create her own unique design. With interchangeable bottles, you can have one for your detangling products, another for your leave-in conditioner, and another for pre-heat treatments. The innovative curved brush head with a mix of boar hair bristles and nylon pins glide through hair to detangle with ease and pain-free. Available on Amazon.

Hangover Hoodies Price: Varies Stay warm and toasty after the sun goes down! We’ve all dealt with a lot the past couple of years with the ongoing pandemic and changes to the workforce. Hangover Hoodies is a company that was built despite these difficult times, with the intention of reminding customers of their favorite memories. Connect to the good ol’ days with Hangover Hoodies. Each Hangover Hoodie was designed to bring you comfort during such isolating times. Tapping into the nostalgia of favorite memories, each product has the ultimate goal of being representative of customers’ favorite experiences. The idea was to make a sweatshirt that was trendy enough to wear out and have fun in, and comfortable enough to throw on the next morning. Available onShareASale.

Kubra Kay Skincare- Radiating Body Oil Price: $34.99 Keep your skin glowing and hydrated all summer long! This lightweight, fast-absorbing, yet deeply hydrating body oil will be your favorite skincare purchase this spring. This body oil is a decadent combination of juicy blackberry buds and rich vanilla, which work seamlessly together to create a warm, playful scent that you can wear year-round. Made from Organic coconut oil, organic sweet almond oil, avocado oil, vitamin e oil, and fragrance oil, it’s great for repairing the skin barrier. nourishing dry, overworked skin and locking in long-lasting moisture. This radiant body oil absorbs in seconds, leaving skin dry to the touch but nourished and hydrated.  

Sun Patch Price: $26.00 – $49.00 Protect your under eyes from the sun! Sun Patch is the only peel-and-stick UPF+ silicone sunblock on the market (UPF measures the amount of radiation that can penetrate fabric to reach your skin). Think of it as an accessory to your sunscreen. The patches feel like a second skin and have a California vibe that’s irresistible. They look like cool neon stickers in bright colors, with neutral options coming soon. Founder Gena was a mom looking for a solution to applying and reapplying suncare products on her kids, eliminating the fuss and mess. She also wanted protection and anti-aging benefits for herself too. The more she talked with other moms, the more she realized she had the perfect background to launch a sunblock brand. Hence, Sun Patch was born.  

Spa Technologies – ECO DEFENSE DAILY MOISTURIZER SPF 25 Price: $57.80  The perfect everyday sunscreen! With an antioxidant-rich formula and sun protection, this everyday lotion helps protect your skin against environmental damage and stressors. Lightweight and creamy with a mild fruit scent, it absorbs quickly, leaves no white residue, and provides the ideal base under makeup. Creating a home spa is a must to help ease our daily stresses and take care of our bodies. Spa Technologies makes it simple and soothing. The brand delivers essential items made of seaweed to revitalize the body, mind, and soul. The brand has inspired an industry trend and has been a trusted source for over 30 years. Available on ShareASale.

Boob-Eez Price: $16.00 – $34.00 Throw these on under your favorite swimsuit for better coverage! Whether you’re a no-bra girl, a bra-with-no-padding girl, or a sports-bra girl – life is too short to feel uncomfortable with your own body. Boob-eez lets you live freely and exactly as you want. The idea for their pasties was born when founder Carlie Christenson was just nine years old! She felt uncomfortable about her developing body and the changes she was going through. After refusing to wear any kind of bra and seeing all the covers and products her Mom had, Carlie wanted something that got the job done while still feeling good in her skin. Find your perfect size and shade on their website, along with other apparel options to feel free in the skin you’re in. Available through their website and through SPANX as an endorsed product. Available on Amazon.

Malibu Bronze Price: $32.00 – $33.00 Get that deep tan without having to deal with the consequences of harmful UV rays! Malibu Bronze is deeply passionate about educating people on tanning practices, helping other people tan safely, and avoiding potential issues in the future. As the world’s first squalane tan, featuring Vitamin B and Collagen, the products provide tanning and skin nourishment in one unique formula. One-hour and ultra-dark options are available. This luxury mousse is similar to getting a professional spray tan. Organic and vegan ingredients lock in moisture, calm and protect, and improve elasticity.  Here’s to an awesome, SAFE tan and happy, healthy skin.   

Chido Price: $26.00 + Another must have for those beach day scorchers! This is the tequila cocktail that’s always ready for a good time. Grab a variety pack and get the party started! Made with real Blanco tequila, CHIDO serves delicious flavors filled with good vibration that treats each can as a mini getaway. With five flavor-filled varieties, there’s sure to be one that captures your tastebuds and lifts your spirits for the good things in life, one can at a time. Try the classic sea salt, tequila, and lime margarita, all that’s needed to concoct a drinking experience that serves up positive energy and delightful moments best enjoyed with friends. There’s even a pumpkin spice latte to savor, hot or cold! They take their mixology seriously.  

PureWine Price: $9.99+ Throw these in your beach bag and off you go! Imagine no more headaches or other pesky side effects that come after enjoying that beloved glass of vino. Thanks to PureWine, you no longer have to suffer as it offers two unique filtration systems that eliminate the histamines and sulfites that cause wine allergies without altering the flavor of your delicious reds and whites. We’ll cheers to that all summer long!  Available on Amazon and ShareASale.

Mayne & Co. Price: Varies Pop these babies in your cooler and go! Mayne & Co. handcrafts the modern mimosa with style, zest, and flavor, sure to be your next favorite beverage in a can. Prepare to stimulate your taste buds and add color to your Instagram feeds as you share your enjoyment in partaking in natural ingredients with a kick. Sip sustainably grown Italian wine blended with a splash of organic California orange juice anywhere, anytime. It makes the perfect gift for any occasion. There are so many reasons to say “cheers” this wedding season with one of their gift boxes ideal for bridal parties, bubbling over to celebrate life’s special moments. Every day is a reason to sparkle with this delicious brand. Refreshingly simple, effortlessly portable.  

Badass Mom Wine – Mix & Match MinisPrice: $46.99 A fun non-alcoholic beach drink for the mamas! Satisfy those pregnancy cravings for a glass of wine with Badass Mom Wine. Offering a truly zero-alcohol experience, Badass Mom Wine is perfect for everyone. From pregnant and breastfeeding moms to moms who want to limit their alcohol intake but keep the fun of relaxing at the end of the day. This isn’t your grandma’s non-alcoholic wine either. Every bottle still has the bold flavors and tastes as the real thing while being safe for mamas to drink. Each bottle follows the same fermentation process to capture the rich and complex palette you crave. After being made in Spain, the wine is then sent to Germany where the alcohol is extracted to make it completely alcohol-free.

About the Author

Ann is a freelance writer who started her professional career at the NY Trend more than two decades ago. Ann has since gone on to write for a number of major outlets including: Black Enterprise, Essence, MadameNoire, Pathfinders, Frequent Flier, Playboy, The Source, Girl, Upscale, For Harriet, The Network Journal, AFKInsider, Africa Strictly Business, AFKTravel, among others.