[productsample/affiliatelink] I have to say that I really prefer a spray SPF to the old rub-in method – it’s just so much easier than finding someone to rub it into your back and a lot less effort. However, you do have to make sure you are generous when spraying because you’re not being tactile with the product and can’t so much rely on feel to ‘know’ that it’s properly on.

Coola SPF30 Pina Colada

In terms of formula, Coola goes the extra mile (so it should at £36) in terms of ingredients, building to an impressive 70% organic content if that’s something that is important to you. It’s a chemical sunscreen which means it absorbs into the skin rather than a physical that sits on top. Although a sunscreen without organic extracts will do the same job, this one has some beautiful ingredients that makes it feel more like skin care for the body than run of the mill SPF. We’re talking cucumber, algae, strawberry and raspberry seed oil, and I must admit it’s very skin softening.

The (natural) scent is really spot on for a holiday mood – pina colada speaks for itself – and much as I like a pina colada fragrance it’s very gentle – not at all the big burst of pineapple I was expecting. Honestly, I think that’s for the best – I was imagining myself basking in a fug of coconutty-fruity aromas when in fact it’s a very pleasing, make-you-smile kind of fragrance. There’s a 40 minute water resistance element to this meaning that you are safe from the sun while wet for that amount of time – unless you’re doing channel swim that seems reasonable enough before you need to reapply.

I know it’s expensive – more than I would naturally spend on a holiday SPF but you can get the smaller version for £22 to keep in your desk drawer if you’re planning on a lunchtime spot of sun. There are so many sunscreens available that it takes quite a lot to make one stand out more than another – the more I see of Coola the more I like it.  You can find it HERE, non affiliate HERE.


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