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Finding the perfect sunscreen isn’t easy. Far too often, the protectant globs up on your skin and leaves a filmy white residue behind. Instead, you want a formula that’s light and airy—something like whipped cream. And thanks to the award-winning sunscreen brand, Vacation, that idea isn’t as far-fetched as it sounds.
Touted as the world’s best smelling sunscreen, the Miami-based brand is known for its retro packaging and laid-back ’80s beach aesthetic. While Vacation already has a range of “leisure-enhancing” products, they recently added another one to the list. The company’s latest sunscreen launch—Classic Whip—is inspired by the look, feel, and application of everyone’s favorite sundae topping: whipped cream.
The product is the brain-child of Dr. Elizabeth Hale, a board certified dermatologist and the brand’s chief medical advisor. She oversaw its performance and efficacy in partnership with engineers from the food industry who helped recreate the experience of whipped cream for cosmetic purposes.
The “lighter-than-air” sunscreen is made with eco-friendly propellants and an authentic tilt valve actuator that produces perfect peaks of foam. Everything from the design of the can to the texture and feeling of the product is identical to whipped cream—so we knew we had to try it.
Ultimately, it’s not just all about the aesthetics for Vacation—the reef-friendly, dermatologist-tested formula, which is free of parabens, oxybenzone, and octinoxate, is comfortable to apply and wear. Plus, it’s completely vegan and cruelty-free. Formulated with coconut oil, banana extract, aloe vera, shea oil, and vitamin E, the product is lightweight, hydrating, and plush with antioxidants.
Although the launch is the first of its kind for the brand, the sunscreen still has Vacation’s signature, nostalgia-inspired scent. It infuses notes of coconut, banana, pineapple, and orange blossom with unmistakable poolside aromas—thing pool water, pool toys, and swimsuit lycra.
When using Classic Whip, apply liberally 15 minutes before sun exposure by dispensing a ping-pong ball size amount; apply to a single area—arm, leg, chest, or back. According to the packaging, you should repeat this about four times to coat your entire body. As you rub the product into your skin, you’ll notice how smoothly it applies without leaving behind pills or a white-cast. As always, be sure to reapply the waterproof product after 80 minutes of sweating or swimming.