I’m a total jerk. The heatwave is over, summer is coming to an end…and NOW I’m doing a sunscreen review. I know, I’m the worst.
For those of us living in SoCal, sunscreen is relevant almost year-round, and, hey, people take vacations, right?! Amiright??? (Pleeease validate me so I don’t have to stew in the discomfort of my procrastination!)
Anyway, I was lucky enough to receive an insanely generous sampling of various Coola Suncare products, a company that’s right here in San Diego, and let me tell you: I am in love. I am head over heels for this stuff. And I adore the company! Coola’s products are all 70-97% organic, cruelty-free, solar-powered and as “green” as possible (they’re little slogan is that they are “eco-cool,” which I think is adorable). Coola uses natural plant phyto-protectors to limit the number of “active ingredients” they have to use.
Products that I (now) cannot live without:
I am not dark but I do tan well and my skin generally loves the sun. So, sunscreen is not something I wear often. That being said, southern California sun is HOT and you can burn much more quickly here than in my beloved former home of New Hampshire. If I’m going to be out for a while directly in the sun, I definitely need some kind of protection to prevent a nasty burn.
Queue COOLA’s Sport SPF 30 Pina Colada Sunscreen Spray. They sent me a regular-sized bottle of the stuff, and after trying it the first time and falling in love, I ended up keeping it in my purse all summer and spraying down anyone who looked like they needed it. Seriously, I ended up spraying a random dude at the farmers market one day because his shoulders were starting to burn.
The Sport SPF 30 Pina Colada Sunscreen Spray is phenomenal. It smells fantastic, it goes on light, it is not greasy or sticky AT ALL (it makes your skin feel nice), AND it works!
For the purposes of this review, I am lucky enough to have a very light skin-did, sun-sensitive friend to experiment on and I’m happy to report that she also LOVES this sunscreen and is planning on buying it for herself. We went to my company’s summer event together at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park and using this sunscreen she did not get burnt at all despite it being a scorchingly hot, very sunny day and her being akin to a vampire. She gets burnt like, “Hey girl, you wanna go outside?” “Sure!” -takes two steps- “Oh damn, girl, you burnt!”
Summary: “I don’t usually wear sunscreen. But when I do, it’s COOLA.”
So, the best way I can explain how my skin looks after applying COOLA’s Face SPF 20 CC Cream in Rose Essence Tint is like I’ve just been running through a sun-dappled forest, being chased by a cute boy, and I’ve fallen into a meadow of soft grasses and flowers to laugh while he catches up to me. In other words: radiant and a little sweaty…but, like, sweaty in a sexy, dewy sort of way.
Face evens out my skin tone and gives a gorgeous creamy look to my skin. I love how my face looks and feels in Face, and I will definitely be ordering more once this bottle runs out. It’s perfect for every day wear, to make your skin look glorious while it protects you from the sun and nourishes you with antioxidants, B vitamins, and all other kinds of good stuff. The Rose Essence version of Face is great for sensitive skin types and is 98% natural ingredients. It’s great for all skin types and tones.
Lastly, I adored the SPF 30 sport Liplux that COOLA sent to me. I’m always burning my damn lips. Unlike my face, they can’t seem to tolerate the sun as well and I always forget to protect them. Fortunately, I kept Liplux in my purse all summer and managed to save my lips from the mean ‘ol sun. Liplux smells divine, goes on smooth, and seems to last for a long time. It’s even water resistant for up to 80 minutes. I will never be without lip protection again!
Coming to COOLA Conclusions
I loved everything I received from COOLA, but the three listed products were absolute standout stars for me. Above what I’ve mentioned here, COOLA makes a sun recovery line, to help reduce and reverse sun damage, as well as products for babies and even pets!
I know the world of suncare is a tricky one, full of scary chemicals and confusing information, so I’m glad I can recommend this local company that I trust more than the national brands.