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Coppertone vs Hawaiian Tropic 2022 (The Definitive Guide)

By Calum Torrington

24 May 2022

Stroll through the sunscreen aisle of your local beauty store and you’ll face a dizzying number of choices—two of the best brands that always stick out to us, though, are Coppertone and Hawaiian Tropic.

We’ll be comparing their best-sellers side-by-side so you can see which would suit you and your skin the best. Enjoy!

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Coppertone vs Hawaiian Tropic Sunscreen

If there is one skincare product that you must have all year round—especially in the summer—it’s sunscreen. SPF should be a part of your everyday skincare routine to protect the sensitive skin of your body and face from harmful UV rays.

Coppertone offers a host of incredibly popular sunscreens, however, our pick of the bunch is the Coppertone Sport Sunscreen Lotion. This is because the equally popular Ultra Guard Sunscreen Lotion contains oxybenzone (a potential carcinogen).

Hawaiian Tropic similarly offers an incredible range of sunscreens. For this particular comparison we'll be comparing the Hawaiian Tropic Everyday Active Sunscreen Lotion. To see the rest of our top picks from Hawaiian Tropic scroll to the "Top Picks" section.

Comparison

First and foremost, the similarities:

  • They both offer clinically proven broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection.
  • They both offer water & sweat resistance for up to 80 minutes.
  • They both offer a lightweight, non-greasy feel.
  • They are both chemical sunscreens.
  • They are both free from oxybenzone and octinoxate.

Expanding on the point regarding both offering broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection, both sunscreens actually contain the same active ingredients for sun protection, varying only slightly in concentration. To be specific, they contain: Avobenzone, Homosalate, and Octocrylene (Coppertone's Sunscreen also contains Octisalate).

They both also contain Vitamin E which provides extra protection against acute UVB damage, and protects against cell mutation caused by sun exposure.

Where they begin to differ are their inactive ingredients lists. The Coppertone Sport Sunscreen formula contains several moisturizing agents such as Glycerin and Beeswax to condition the skin and keep skin "moisturized all day long" (their words, not ours).

Hawaiian Tropic Everyday Active Sunscreen Lotion instead contains several island-inspired botanicals like Papaya, Mango, Passion Fruit, Plumeria, Guava, and Aloe for the iconic Hawaiian Tropic scent, as well as their skin soothing and nourishing benefits.

Summary

With both boasting incredibly similar formulas, clocking in at around the same price per fluid ounce, and with it being a genuine struggle to find any real negative feedback about them anywhere online, it's incredibly difficult to separate the two. This is never a bad problem to have, though!

Whichever you choose—whether it be because of the nostalgic Coppertone or Hawaiian Tropic scent, or a preference in packaging—be confident in the fact that you are getting the absolute best of the best sun protection.

Coppertone Sport Sunscreen is available as a lotion, spray, stick, and lip balm as well as a mineral sunscreen.

Hawaiian Tropic Sport Sunscreen Lotion is available as a lotion and a spray.

Sport Sunscreen Lotion by Coppertone, resists sweat + heat + water..

Sport Sunscreen Lotion by Coppertone

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Our rating: ★★★★★

Price: $$$$

Resists sweat + heat + water.

What makes it special? Coppertone Complete Sunscreen Lotion provides everyday sun protection for the whole family. With a multi-benefit formula that helps your skin in more ways than one, this moisturizing sunscreen protects you from the sun with a durable and water resistant sunscreen formula (80 minutes). Coppertone Complete Sunscreen Lotion offers broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection that feels lightweight and moisturizes all day.

Which skin types? For all skin types.

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Everyday Active Sunscreen Lotion by Hawaiian Tropic, high performance sport sunscreen lotion.

Everyday Active Sunscreen Lotion by Hawaiian Tropic

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Our rating: ★★★★★

Price: $$$$

High performance sport sunscreen lotion.

What makes it special? Hawaiian Tropic Everyday Active Sunscreen Lotion is an ultra-light, high-performance sunscreen that keeps up with your everyday active lifestyle with your beauty in mind, whether you’re taking your favorite outdoor workout class, hiking with your dog, or catching a few waves. This breathable formula is oil-free, and won’t clog pores, so you can feel good about applying and re-applying throughout the day.

Which skin types? For all skin types.

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Coppertone vs Hawaiian Tropic Tanning Lotion

Tanning lotions provide a means for achieving that radiant, deep summer tan without overexposing your skin to harmful UV rays from the sun. They are typically offered with a Sun Protection Factor of 15 or less, and are not strictly 'sunscreens' since they do not provide total protection from the sun.

Two of the best tanning lotions are: the Coppertone Tanning Sunscreen Lotion SPF 15 and the Hawaiian Tropic Island Tanning Lotion.

Comparison

When comparing the Coppertone Tanning Sunscreen Lotion with Coppertone's sport suncreen we reviewed above, there is practically zero difference in formula minus the fact that the tanning lotion has lower concentrations of the active ingredients and the packaging looks different. Of course, we loved Coppertone's sport sunscreen, so it should come as no surprise that we also love Coppertone's tanning lotion since they're so similar.

Drawing further parallels with the previous comparison, Coppertone's tanning sunscreen is also available as a spray (though it is not available as a mineral sunscreen).

Similarly, the Hawaiian Tropic Island Tanning Lotion also shares the majority of its ingredients list with the Hawaiian Tropic sunscreen we reviewed above. However, there are a couple of key differences that sets them apart. First and foremost, the Island Tanning Lotion includes Shea Butter and Cocoa Butter to nourish your skin with rich moisturization as you enjoy the sun. It also contains fewer active ingredients, containing only Avobenzone and Octocrylene

Supposedly the inclusion of Shea and Cocoa Butter helps to enhance your tan, too, but the only evidence we could find regarding this is anecdotal at best.

Summary

Again, it's incredibly difficult to choose between the two, especially considering their stellar ratings and reviews all over the internet. We're leaning a little more towards the Hawaiian Tropic Island Tanning Lotion (also available as an oil/spray) this time, though, since it is more than just a repackaged sunscreen, and actually boasts an impressively soothing and nourishing formula.

Tanning Sunscreen Spray by Coppertone, moisturizes skin for a radiant tan.

Tanning Sunscreen Spray by Coppertone

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Our rating: ★★★★★

Price: $$$$

Moisturizes skin for a radiant tan.

What makes it special? Make the most out of your time in the sun with Coppertone Tanning Sunscreen Lotion. Love the sun and love your skin even more with a lightweight sunscreen lotion formula that won't make your skin feel greasy. This Broad Spectrum sunscreen is water resistant (80 minutes), and is free from Dyes, PABA, and Oxybenzone. This Coppertone sunscreen formula is enriched with Vitamin E to keep skin feeling moisturized.

Which skin types? For all skin types.

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Island Tanning Lotion by Hawaiian Tropic, keeps your skin ultra-moisturized, soft and glowing.

Island Tanning Lotion by Hawaiian Tropic

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Our rating: ★★★★★

Price: $$$$

Keeps your skin ultra-moisturized, soft and glowing.

What makes it special? Hawaiian Tropic Island Tanning Sunscreen Lotion is a fast-absorbing luxurious lotion that nourishes your skin with rich moisturization and enhances your tan with broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection. Made with shea butter and cocoa butter, this lotion keeps skin soft and luminous as you enjoy the sun.

Which skin types? For all skin types.

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Coppertone Best-Sellers

For the best sun protection:
Try the ULTRA GUARD Sunscreen


For the face:
Try the Face Sunscreen


For kids:
Try the KIDS Sunscreen

Hawaiian Tropic Best-Sellers

For a matte finish:
Try the Sheer Touch Sunscreen


For after sun:
Try the After Sun Moisturizer


For the best sun protection:
Try the Silk Hydration Sunscreen

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