When it comes to body sunscreens, I definitely have a “type”; they have to spray, and they have to smell nice. Lotion sunscreens? Not for me - I hate the feeling of sand sticking to the lotion. And I’m not a fan of the typical “sunscreen” scent, so I’m definitely on the picky side when it comes to sunscreens. So on my latest trip to Florida (which was a few weeks ago) I decided to take three sunscreens to compare.
I already had the Coola Citrus Mimosa Sunscreen Spray, so I packed that, along with a newbie (the Hawaiian Tropic Sheer Touch), and one I had tried in Cabo with Ingrid (the Neutrogena Beach Defense Water + Sun). Here are how they breakdown:
Coola Citrus Mimosa: $32, SPF 35, 180 ml.
Hawaiian Tropic Sheer Touch: $8.99, SPF 30, 170 ml.
Neutrogena Beach Defense Water + Sun: $9.99, SPF 30, 184 g. (Not sure why this one is in grams and not ml. like the others…)
I tried them all, and they all passed my “spray” and “nose” test, so it really came down to which scent I liked best. If you’re going to be at the beach, lake, or pool all day and therefore reapplying your sunscreen a lot, then it definitely matters what it smells like (at least to me). The better it smells, the more likely I am to want to apply more. On first sniff all 3 of these have a really, really nice smell (not “sunscreen-like” at all), so I decided to put it to the ultimate test.
I sprayed each of these on a separate piece of paper, and had 3 sniff-testers give them all a smell and vote on their favorite without knowing which was which. The sniff-testers were String Bean, age 15, Loli Bean, age 13, and Jelly Bean, age 10. The results were surprising…
I first asked them which one they THOUGHT would be the winner, and both Loli Bean and Jelly Bean thought the Hawaiian Tropic would be the winner, while String Bean thought the Coola version would be best. But, when voting on the scent alone it was a unanimous vote for the Coola. All 4 of us thought the Coola Citrus Mimosa smelled the most yummy both on paper and on our bodies, so it’s clearly the winner here.
That being said, the Coola version is insanely expensive compared to both other sunscreens, so while it is nice and smells amazing, if you are on a budget it just won't do. Out of the other two options, I recommend the Neutrogena Beach Defense Water + Sun. I think it smells just a tiny bit better than the Hawaiian Tropic one.
And for the record, all 3 of them kept me equally un-burned, so in that aspect they were all even :)
Do you have a favorite sunscreen that I haven't listed here?