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Summer vacation may be a highlight of warm-weather months, but the hours spent driving or sitting on a plane are rarely glamorous ones. So indulge yourself once you arrive at your final destination by pampering and restoring your well-being with everything from skincare kits to beauty essentials. (View a slideshow of our favorite summer travel goodies.)
This month sees the launch of the Shops at Target concept with Aspen’s own Cos Bar as one of the specialty boutiques. Pick up a travel essential from owner Lily Garfield’s exclusive new collection (pictured); we recommend the conveniently packaged face wipes, available in blueberry white tea, cucumber melon, or orange citrus. $5, all Target stores and target.com
Molton Brown’s Travellers kits include cult body care classics like Re-Charge Black Pepper Bodywash for him and Instant Indian Cress Hair Conditioner for her. Men’s, women’s and frequent (unisex) Traveller kits, $55, moltonbrown.com
With its enormous selection of travel-size products, Kiehl’s is a goldmine for plane-friendly goodies, and the travel-savvy crew can stock up on their favorite minis all year long. Girls and guys can choose from skincare stars like Ultra Facial Cleanser, Crème de Corps body lotion, and White Eagle Ultimate Brushless Shave Cream for men. Ultra Facial Cleanser, 2.5 oz., $9, Cherry Creek Shopping Center, 3000 E. First Ave., 303-377-3900, kiehls.com
Moroccan Argan oil has become a favorite of the beauty world for its high levels of vitamin E and essential fatty acids. We like Kahina Giving Beauty’s version because it’s 100 percent organic, supports Berber women’s cooperatives, and is the ultimate multitasker: use it as a moisturizer, pour into your bath, use as body oil, or even apply it to your hair to reduce frizz and restore shine. $36 to $82, kahina-givingbeauty.com
Another multitasker that travels well is Bobbi Brown’s Pot Rouge—a creamy formula that can be applied to cheeks and lips. Available this spring in four new hues, women of all complexions can hit the road with their favorite shade. $24, Bobbi Brown counters and bobbibrowncosmetics.com
I love traveling with candles, as the air in hotel rooms is usually tinged with the scent of chemical cleaners or is just plain stale. Pick up one—or all three—new scents from Votivo Candles (Seablue Sky, Smoke on the Water, or White Ocean Sands) and stash them in the empty corners of your suitcase. $10 each, everythingbutwater.com