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June 20. The first day of summer.
Although, in Kansas City, it’s been summer-hot for nearly 6 weeks now! With all that bright sunshine, my kids are, of course, outside for hours at a time. And that means SUNSCREEN. Lots and lots of scunscreen.
In the past, I’ve always bought the spray bottles of Coppertone and the like. But even with a sale and a coupon, I still pay $3 or $4 per bottle (regularly $8-10). And I must say that I find that those spray bottles, while super convenient – especially for quick re-application at the pool, seem to run out so quickly.
This summer, I decided to give something new a try and went with Alba Botanics Aloe Vera, SPF 30.
I picked mine up (from Vitacost – after reading the many glowing reviews) for $5.68 per bottle. We started with two bottles, one for applications at home, and one for the pool bag.
The cream is thick, but goes on very smoothly – and it’s not at all sticky or tacky. It absorbs quickly into the skin and feels like you are applying a good moisturizer. I even use it on our faces – and it feels great to me.
Alba Aloe Vera also has a very pleasant, but mild scent – it’s not at all over-powering.
And unlike spray bottles, the cream leaves no filmy after-taste in your mouth. In fact, my six year old said to me the other day, as I was slathering him up, “Mommy, I love this suntan lotion – it smells so good. Like mint chocolate chip cookies coming out of the oven!”
Since the cream is rather thick, a little really does go a long way. I use about four smaller-than-a-dime size squirts to slather on one kid, from head to toe. After using this bottle every day – on both of my boys – for a week before their cub scout camp, I still have more than half the bottle left.
So even though it’s only a 4 oz. size, I’d say it will definitely last you as long – and probably longer – than an 8 or 9-oz spray bottle.
I also love that it’s water resistant (reapply after 40 minutes in the water), paraben free, phthalates-free and organic.
With all these positives, I suppose I should also mention that it works! We have used it several times at the pool already this summer, and no one got a burn.
Full Disclosure: My boys did get sunburned necks the first day at Cub Scout Camp, but we were actually using Coppertone that day! Plus, they were outside for almost 8 hours and didn’t have their sunscreen reapplied.
Where to Buy Alba Aloe Vera for Less
As I said, I picked up my Alba Aloe Vera for $5.68 per bottle from Vitacost. If you still haven’t taken advantage of your $10 new member credit there, you can get two bottles for just $3.18 each, after applying your $10 credit and paying the $4.99 flat rate for shipping.
This is right in line with my “after sale & coupon” price on the continuous spray bottles ($3.50 – $4 is my target price) – and I like the Alba so much better!
If you decide to go the Vitacost route, be sure to sign up to get your free Vitacost credit (check your email – it should arrive almost instantly) – and then click thru Ebates for 4% cashback on your purchase.
Even if you already used your $10 credit, Vitacost’s $5.68 still beats out Amazon by a ton. Right now, the next lowest price on Amazon is around $9/bottle!
You can also buy Alba at Whole Foods – so keep an eye out for coupons (or try writing to them to ask for a coupon!).
Do you have a favorite sunscreen? Have you tried Alba Aloe Vera?