The Best Smelling SPFs Under the Sun

Sun protection products get a bad rap for having an icky chemical scent—or worse, eau de faux coconut. But that’s about to change, with a new crop of sweet-scented SPFs. From refreshing cucumber to energizing blood orange, the starring ingredients in these high-powered protectors wouldn’t be out of place on a perfume counter. Here, a roundup of favorites that are breaking the stinky stereotype.


With facial products, look for something that will smell fresh without being overpowering. Try a refreshing lightweight formulation like H2O+’s Face Oasis Hydrating Lotion SPF 30 or Erno Laszlo’s Blue Firmarine SPF 30, which both smell faintly like the ocean. Fortified with organic shea butter and cucumber extract, Coola Face SPF 30 Cucumber Matte Finish smells delish and leaves skin silky and primed for makeup. For a fuss-free multi-tasker, you can’t beat boscia B.B. Cream SPF 27 PA++, which hydrates, firms, and evens skin—without even a hint of that telltale sunscreen scent.


You won’t need that scented body lotion with these fragrant picks. Shiseido’s Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion SPF 60 has a flowery flourish to compliment its impressive SPF, while Tocca Beauty’s SPF 30 Sunscreen Towelletes in Stella are infused with a captivating blood orange scent. Want a fragrance-free option? Look for a light all-over hydrator with SPF like Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion SPF 15.


While you’re protecting your face and body, you should also be thinking about shielding your hair. After all, UV exposure can fade your color and fry your strands. Choose a specially formulated product like Aveda’s citrus-scented Sun Care Protective Hair Veil or Phyto’s fresh herbal Plage L’Originale Protective Beach Spray. Both of have the consistency of a hairspray but aren’t sticky and help protect against UVA and UVB rays. For color-treated hair, try Alterna’s Bamboo Color Care UV+ Fade-Proof Fluide, a gorgeous gloss that adds silkiness and shine, plus a subtly tropical scent. For damaged tresses, invest in a salve with rejuvenating powers like L’Anza Healing Strength Neem Plant Silk Serum. This citrus-and-sandalwood botanical booster restores shine, tames frizz, and fends off UV rays.

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