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Soak Up The Last of Summer with Birchbox!

Jul 22, 2015

August is bitter sweet, with warm sunny days still in full swing but with shadows appearing longer and longer as the days fly by. So, it's time to "soak it up" says

Birchbox! There's no better time to savor the rest of the long days and sunshine than with fitting, summer-friendly beauty products from this month's Birchbox!

August's box includes a sample of our 70%+ certified organic SPF 30 Makeup Setting Spray, perfect for those pool/beach days where you want to wear a

little makeup and need to reapply your sunscreen without smearing lotion all over your perfectly applied bronzer and blush. Et voila! A setting spray that only

improves the look of your makeup throughout the day while reapplying that absolutely NECESSARY spf protection!


Check out Birchbox's August 2015 Sample Choice Revealed! Best part of the vid >> 1:40


Here's to soaking up the last of summer and making it a great one!


- Happy Sun-Blocking®! 

Finally - makeup meltdown has met its match!

Apr 13, 2015

Your pretty face, sealed with a mist.

Makeup meltdown and UV exposure have met their match! Introducing the first 70%+ certified organic SPF 30 Makeup Setting Spray from COOLA. A weightless,

matte finish mist protects the sensitive skin of your face while keeping your makeup looking fresh all day. This highly advanced formula includes both Cucumber

and Aloe Vera Extracts to help soothe and refresh skin; and Hyaluronic Acid, known to bind moisture and help soften, tone and rehydrate skin. Reduce the

appearance of pores, fine lines and wrinkles, and protect your skin from the sun's harmful UV rays with broad spectrum SPF 30 protection. Protect as you set!

Ideal for:

All skin types. Perfect for every day use after application of makeup, and touchups/applications. 



No touch/rub Matte Finishing Spray:

Easy spray application to keep makeup looking set and fresh all day. 


70%+ Certified Organic:

A Makeup setting spray that is Certified Organic and offers the benefit of 'just applied' makeup, with SPF 30 protection!


Hyaluronic Acid:

When used topically, hyaluronic acid creates a moisture barrier on the skin, helping to make it smoother and softer. This ingredient is able to hold up to 1000x its own

weight in water, thus producing amazing benefits for hydrating skin.


Cucumber Extract:

A non-irritating plant extract with anti-inflammatory and soothing properties to refresh and awaken skin.


Aloe Leaf Extract:

A natural cell regenerator containing more than 200 biologically active compounds that shields the skin, keeping moisture in and pollutants out. 


See our product detail page for directions and full list of ingredients! >> http://www.coolasuncare.com/classic/organic-spf30-makeup-setting-spray




- Happy Sun-Blocking!

Instagram Giveaway & Festival Must-Haves

Apr 10, 2015

Instagram Giveaway & Our 2015 Festival Must-Haves!

Enter in our Instagram Giveaway to win a suncare kit for you and a buddy! Winner will be announced on 4/10/2015 at 4pm PST! 

Follow us at @coola_suncare or enter here: https://instagram.com/coola_suncare/


Festival season can be a blast, but it can also be detrimental to your skin, hair, body, and overall health! Sunburned skin, dehydration, and fried,

dried out locks = no fun! So take our advice when we say: STAY SUN SAFE! Here are our top must-haves for staying protected without having

to sacrifice style!


COOLA Organic Suncare Travel Set

4 Piece Organic Suncare Travel Set

Shop here: http://www.coolasuncare.com/kits/organic-suncare-travel-set



Protective Sunglasses


Shop here: http://www.oakley.com/en/womens/sunglasses/lifestyle-sunglasses/frogskins-lx/product/W0OO2043/?skuCode=OO2043-06



Shoulder-Covering Dress


Free People

Shop here: http://www.freepeople.com/clothes-dresses-shop-by-shape/embroidered-austin-dress/_/PRODUCTOPTIONIDS/12B8C951-1A20-4EE1-BF90-10C3E51E5A64/



Wide-Brimmed Hat


Shop here: http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/bp-rope-trim-floppy-felt-hat/3715320?origin=category-personalizedsort&contextualcategoryid=0&fashionColor=Mauve&resultback=579



Backpack Blanket

Sea Foam-Festival-Bag-Towel

Sand Cloud

Shop here: http://www.sandcloudapparel.com/product/sea-foam-festival-bag-towel/



Here's to staying sun safe and having a great time!

- Happy Sun-Blocking!®

Green Your Routine

Mar 17, 2015


Happy St. Patrick's Day! Here at COOLA, we wear green every day. It is our mission not only to create the healthiest sunscreen for our skin, but also to make

the healthiest sunscreen for the environment too!

Plant Protection - Inside and Out!

Feb 24, 2015

Here at COOLA we love plants for numerous reasons! Not only because plant protection® and plant phyto-protectors lessen the actives in our sunscreens

by 85%, but because they are healthy for us all around and can benefit our well-being every day! From the office to our living rooms, the average American

spends roughly 90% of their day indoors. Not only does air pollution and free-radical damage occur outside, it can also occur inside as well with household

cleaning chemicals, formaldehyde from wood flooring, and poor ventilation. 

Clean, Green, Industry, Leaves, Plant

Environment, Home, Plant, Plants, Room


Benefits of Houseplants:

Purify air  -

According to NASA research, plants remove toxins from air - up to 87% of volatile organic compounds every 24 hours. This includes formaldehyde found in

flooring, chemicals from cleaners and plastic, cigarette smoke, benzene and trichloroethylene.

Breathe easier -

At night, once photosynthesis ceases, plants take in carbon dioxide and release oxygen, thus increasing oxygen levels in interior spaces. 

Improve health and healing - 

Adding plants to hospital rooms have been found to help patients heal faster, have lower heart rates and blood pressure, experience less fatique and anxiety,

and are released from the hospital sooner. 

Release moisture - 

Plants release moisture vapor which decreases dry skin, colds, sore throats and dry coughs.


Our favorite Houseplants:

Gerbera Daisy


English Ivy

Peace Lily

Spider Plant

Snake Plant

Red-edged Dracaera

Chinese Evergreen

Bamboo Palm




- Happy Sun-Blocking®!


Valentine's Day Wishlist

Feb 9, 2015

Whether you go BIG for Valentine's Day or just keep it low key with your significant other, these gift ideas are perfect for that special someone, or...

even as a gift to yourself!

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1) COOLA Mineral Face SPF 20 Rose Essence Tinted Moisturizer

What's better than romantic, divinely scented red roses? Our Rose Essence Tinted Moisturizer! A bouquet of red roses eventually gives out,

but this is the gift that will keep on giving every day with the faint scent of rose, light coverage, and healthy sun protection! 

Shop here >> http://www.coolasuncare.com/mineral/sunscreen-spf-20-rose

Face SPF 20 Rose Essence Tint


2) Succulent Garden

Okay, so you still want to go the flower route. Succulents are a great alternative because not only can you get really creative with these little guys,

they live A LOT longer! That means your special someone will think of you time and time again for as long as it survives (which can honestly be years

if you water them at least once in a blue moon). Just a thought!

Shop here >> http://www.shopterrain.com/blooming_gifts/?cm_sp=Homepage-_-week020115-_-bloominga

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3) Candles

You can never ever go wrong with a nicely scented candle! Simple and thoughtful. These SpaRitual candles smell amazing and are so relaxing! Not to mention

the cute little romantic titles on each scent!

Shop here >> http://www.sparitual.com/body-care/soy-candles.html


4) Spa Gift Certificate

There's nothing like the gift of pampering! A nice massage, facial, pedicure, we'll take it!

Here's a list of spa's where you can get pampered with COOLA >> http://www.coolasuncare.com/locator

Check out more spas here >> http://www.livelovespa.com/


5) Yoga Mat

The perfect gift for yogis or anyone! There's nothing like a new, cushy yoga mat. We're loving Prana's new Spring collection!

Shop here >> http://www.prana.com/henna-e-c-o-yoga-mat.html?color=marigold


6) Birchbox subscription

Another gift that keeps on giving, a Birchbox subscription! 

Join here >> https://www.birchbox.com/shop/join/#women-monthly


- Happy Valentine's Day & Happy Sun-Blocking!®


Healthy Beauty Smoothies

Jan 28, 2015

Good skin starts from within. Taking care of your skin from the inside out is important for an overall healthy, calm, clear, and beautiful complexion. And sunscreen

is just the icing on the cake! A healthy diet + healthy sunscreen = gorgeous skin for life!

Check out a few of our favorite smoothie recipes to make at home:


Sweet Beginnings:

Almond Milk (Vanilla or Unsweetened)

Cacao or Cocoa powder



1 Banana (peeled and sliced)

Spinach and/or Kale


Greens, Greens, Greens:

Apple (cored and sliced)

Celery (sliced)

Cucumber (sliced)

Spinach and/or Kale

Aloe Vera Juice


Carrot Ginger Smoothie

Chopped Carrots

Orange (Peeled and separated)

Apple (cored and sliced)

Ginger root (Freshly grated)

Filtered Water


Creamy Coconut

1/2 Avocado

1 Banana (peeled and sliced)

Spinach and/or Kale

Flax, hemp, or chia seeds


Coconut water

Coconut shavings for garnish and topping


- Happy Sun-Blocking! 

2015 Skin Resolutions

Jan 20, 2015

Our 2015 Resolutions for healthier, happier skin!


January is such an exciting and rejuvenating month! A time to reflect on your last year, and look forward to the next with new goals, resolutions,

hopes, and drive. This year, like every year, we strive to take care of our health and our bodies, thus of course, protecting our bodies' biggest

protector, our skin! We want to set attainable AND maintainable goals that all of us here at the COOLA HQ can hold each other accountable on,

and our friends and fans too! Follow along for the happiest, healthiest skin you've had in your life! Get ready for the never-ending compliments :)


1) First things first, STRESS LESS!

After the holiday madness it's sometimes hard to unwind and come down from the stress that comes with over-crowded malls, roads, family time, etc.

Here are our tips for stressing less:

·      Exercise. Get out and go for a run outside, join a yoga or pilates studio, cycle or ride your bike, just get moving and get those endorphins (a happy hormone) flowing!

·      Go on a hike or walk with a buddy

·      Take a bubble bath

·      Light your favorite candles

·      Engage in breathing and meditation exercises


2) Drink more WATER!

Our friends Karena and Katrina at Tone It Up recommend drinking half your body weight in fluid ounces every day for the ultimate hydration. You will be shocked

at how moisturized your skin is and how plump it looks! Plus you'll notice an instant lift on your mood!


3) EXFOLIATE all of that dead skin!

We suggest at least once a week taking the time to make a DIY natural scrub and really getting all of that dead skin off. It will reveal a brighter, more even complexion.



Have you ever heard the phrase "good skin comes from within"? Well, it just so happens to hold some truth. A large percentage of how our skin appears

on the outside has to do with what is happening on the inside, we'd say about 30% of how your skin appears is directly related to your diet.  We strive to

live by a clean, holistic diet. Nourishing rather than depriving. It's all about balancing healthy fats with protein, veggies, grains, and antioxidant rich fruits.

Here are our top picks for superfoods that will make your skin look AMAZING!

·      Avocado

·      Salmon (ideally wild salmon)

·      Blueberries, Acai berries, pomegranates

·      Dark, leafy greans (Kale, spinach, swiss chard, etc)

·      Tomatoes

·      Walnuts

·      Oatmeal

·      Dark chocolate (Yes, that's right!)

·      Red wine (Hello resveratrol!)


5) Good news... SLEEP MORE!

We're not saying hit the snooze button until you're running late for work, but sleep is definitely pertinent to your skin's health. During deep sleep the rise in

growth hormones allows damaged cells to become repaired, and without this deep sleep, your skin's elasticity and vibrancy begins to break down over time.

Make your zzz's a priority and try for at least 7 hours a night!



Okay, we might be a little biased here, but our favorite tip is to of course protect your skin every day by wearing sunscreen. 24% of signs of aging are caused

by UV damage and sun exposure. Just think of how many years you can begin to shave off your skin if you start making SPF part of your daily skincare routine now.


Cheers to a bright 2015!

- Happy Sun-Blocking!






Chapped Lips No More

Dec 31, 2014

NYE Ready Lips

Getting those lips ready for that festive red lipstick or for that special someone when the ball drops at midnight? We've got the perfect remedy to rid your lips of any unwanted flakes or dryness. Here are our favorite natural DIY lip scrub recipes for the smoothest, healthiest and happiest lips you've had all season!

Beauty, Heart, Lipstick, Love, Make-up, Makeup

1) Exfoliate! It's important to get all the dead skin and flakes off for a smooth and even surface. These DIY recipes are simple and easy to make, we'd even say they're fun too! Most of the ingredients you should be able to find right in your kitchen. Let's get started!


Holiday Lip Scrub

1 tsp honey

1 tsp almond oil

2 tsp brown sugar

2 drops peppermint oil

Directions: Mix together in bowl, apply to lips, rub gently in a circular motion, rinse


Java Lover's Scrub

1 tbsp ground coffee

1 tbsp olive oil

Directions: Mix together in bowl, apply tolips, rub gently in a circular motion, rinse


Coconut Scrub

1 tsp sea salt

1 tsp coconut oil

Directions: Mix together in bowl, apply to lips, rub gently in a circular motion, rinse


2) Hydrate! Even if you're planning on wearing lipstick or gloss, it's important to start with a layer of sheer hydration to further conceal any cracks or flakiness underneath your color. Not to mention, our SPF15 Peppermint Vanilla Liplux is perfect for the Holiday season! 

Tip: Don't forget your Liplux in your evening bag for under touch ups! Trust us, you and your lips will be happy you did :)


All of us at COOLA hope you have a safe & Happy New Year!


- Happy Sun-Blocking!

COOLA Approved Stocking Stuffers

Dec 10, 2014


Above photo via Pinterest


Our top picks for stocking stuffers 2014!

Whether you want to put together a generous, fully loaded stocking or just throw in a little "something something" for a special friend or loved one, these stocking

stuffer ideas have got you covered!


COOLA! The more the merrier ;)

Liplux SPF 15 Peppermint VanillaFace SPF 20 Rose Essence Tint



Photo: Opening my first box of Tieks was like...



Sweaty Bands

Photo: Our popular classic Bedazzled is back with a colorful twist! Shop all three options now: http://bit.ly/1qxLeum



Sparitual Nail Lacquer

Photo: Six SpaRitual favorites, just in time for the holiday season! Perfect as a gift! 

#nails #nailart #nailpolish #naillacquer #sparitual #vegan #organic #5free https://sparitual.co.uk/index.php/shop/nail-lacquers/gift-sets/holiday-6pc-mini-kit



Tone It Up Perfect Fit Protein

Perfect Fit </br>45+ Serving Bag



Clarisonic Mia



Eco Candle Co. Soy Candle

Holiday Classics 26oz





- Happy Sun-Blocking®! 

COOLA Organic Suncare Travel Set

Dec 3, 2014

The perfect gift this season!

Our NEW signature COOLA Travel Set includes a quartet of our most popular luxury organic and natural suncare must haves, in TSA approved carry-on size! Each of our high-performance products protect and nourish the skin with vitamins and age-defying antioxidants, while remaining free of parabens, paba, petroleum and phthalates. All in a reusable, travel-friendly and limited edition COOLA travel clutch! 

  • $75 Value!
  • Protects & repairs
  • Award-winning product assortment
  • TSA approved carry-on size products
  • Limited edition COOLA clutch

Includes TSA Approved Size Products:

  • 3.4oz Sport SPF 30 Pina Colada Sunscreen Spray
  • 2oz ER+ Radical Recovery® After-Sun Lotion
  • 0.85oz Classic Face SPF 30 Cucumber Moisturizer
  • Full-Size Liplux® SPF 30 Original






- Happy Sun-Blocking & Happy Holidays from COOLA!

Don't Let Your Healthy Glow Go!

Nov 19, 2014

Yes, it may only be in the low 70s here in San Diego, but we're definitely starting to feel the effects of the dry, chillier weather on our skin! Luckily with ER+ After-Sun Lotion, Lotion Bars, and SPF moisturizers strewn throughout the office, we're managing to keep our skin hydrated + protected throughout the day. But other than COOLA's lovely moisturizers what else can you do to keep the flakely, chapped, and cracking skin at bay? Check out our favorite products and remedies for keeping our skin healthy, hydrated, and soft throughout the fall/winter months! 


Coconut Oil... for everything!!!

Coconut oil isn't only for the kitchen! This oil has endless benefits for skin and hair! And the best part... coconut oil is great even for those with acne-prone skin! Before bed, take a little bit of unrefined or virgin organic coconut oil, rub it between your fingers to soften the texture, and then apply it to your skin. Face, hands, and even your entire body will benefit from the moisturizing benefits. If you're still afraid to cover your face in the oil, try starting off by dabbing it just under the eyes and on your lips. You'll be shocked at the results you wake up to!


Eating Healthy + Drinking Water

Sometimes on a chilly day all you want to load up on is broccoli cheddar soup and other sources of salty delicious comfort food. Don't get us wrong, this is totally fine, but don't forget to throw in your vegetables and fruit throughout the winter months! The food we eat does more for our skin's appearance than we think, as these foods including berries, greens, fish, and nuts are chock full of vitamins, antioxidants, and essential fatty acids that help fight free radical damage, keep our skin balanced, hydrated, and healthy. Keep drinking your water throughout the day as well! This will keep your skin's protective lipid barrier hydrated and able to protect your body against harsh winter elements including low humidity, harsh winds, high altitude, sun, long hot baths, the list goes on!  



Invest in a Humidifier

When humidity plummets our skin begins to pull all the moisture it can from out of the air. Humidifiers infuse the air with moisture, thus soothing dried out, itchy, cracked skin. These are best to use when you're just lounging around the house or while you sleep to wake up to a dewey complexion! 


Layering Products + Skincare

Layering skincare is always a good idea in the winter months to avoid flakey skin, especially if you wear makeup! Always start with fresh clean skin. Removing surface dirt and oil is the first step in allowing any moisturizer to penetrate your skin's surface. Next it's important to apply a moisturizer with SPF, as this is the first layer of protection to seep into your skin. You can then layer on your primer, tinted moisturizer, and/or foundation. Also, don't forget your lips! There's nothing worse than when you go to use that deep red lipstick you've been waiting to pull out all season and your lips are flakey, cracking, and dry! Always wear a lip balm with SPF protection and remember to reapply throughout the day.

So let's break it down:


  1. Cleanse skin with gentle creamy or foaming cleanser - ER+ Clear Recovery Foam Wash
  2. Moisturizer with SPF - Classic Face Unscented SPF 30 Moisturizer OR Classic Face SPF 30 Cucumber Moisturizer
  3. Eye Gel/Eye Cream - ER+ Calm Glow Eye Gel
  4. Primer (If needed) - Mineral Face SPF 30 Cucumber Matte OR Mineral Face SPF 30 Matte Tint
  5. Tinted Moisturizer/Foundation - Mineral Face SPF 20 Rose Essence Tinted Moisturizer
  6. SPF Lip Balm - Original SPF 30 Liplux OR Vanilla Peppermint SPF 15 Liplux


  1. Cleanse skin - Any cleanser, this is a great time to exfoliate!
  2. Serum - ER+ Fresh Relief Serum
  3. Eye Gel - ER+ Calm Glow Eye Gel or use an eye cream if your skin can handle heavier moisture 
  4. Hydrate body (Our After-Sun lotion is great for year-round, or our Organic Lotion Bars are always a great go-to for deep, lasting hydration!)

Hot Showers... A big No No!

We know, this one is a toughy! You come home freezing from a long day in the chilly hustle and bustle and all you want to do is take a long hot shower or bath. While it feels great and is super relaxing, it isn't so beneficial for your skin. The heat sucks all the moisture out of your skin and therefore leaves your skin itchy, dry, and red after you towel off. It's best to bring the water down to a luke warm temp. But if you can't handle a luke warm shower or bath, moisturize right after you jump out of the tub when your skin is still damp to lock in the hydration.

I would just like a tub I could actually take a bath in...

We hope our tips and favorite products get you through the season comfortably with beautiful, radiant skin! After all, holiday parties are just around the corner and it's time to show off that healthy glow! :)


- Happy Sun-Blocking!


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