The Best Fragrance-Free Sunscreens—Whether You're Allergic or Can't Stand Scent

The key to remembering to wear sunscreen every day? Use one that you actually like to wear. And everyone has their different preferences. Some people want a spray formula that's easy to apply and doesn't cause much mess. Others prefer a lightweight face sunscreen that can be worn with makeup. Some prioritize "clean" and mineral versions.

A preference that can be divisive when it comes to sunscreen is the fragrance vs. no fragrance debate. There are sunscreens that are formulated to smell like you're on a tropical island—with scents of coconut, banana, and flowers. And some people really love when their sunscreen can double as a daily fragrance. And then there are the people who want to avoid fragrance at all costs, either because they're allergic to it or because it's just irritating to their noses (or both).

For those of you who are in the no-fragrance camp, I'm on board with you. Partly because my sensitive skin can get irritated by certain scents and partly because I'd rather choose my own perfume to layer on. Since there are actually quite a few sunscreens out there that have fragrance (and you wouldn't really know until you read the bottle!), I've compiled a list of the best fragrance-free sunscreens I could find. Now there are no excuses for not wearing SPF.

Best fragrance free face sunscreens



1. La Roche-Posay Anthelios Melt-In Milk Body & Face Sunscreen SPF 60

La Roche-Posay's sunscreen can be used on both the face and body. It's also formulated with a "Cell-Ox Shield," which means it has both UVA/UVB protection and antioxidant benefits.

2. Elta MD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46

Many dermatologists recommend Elta MD's sunscreens and it's not hard to see why. They're so effective and good for skin. This particular one contains sodium hyaluronate to moisturize and lactic acid to help clear pores and reduce shine.

3. Alba Botanica Sensitive Sunscreen Spray, SPF 50

Folks with sensitive skin are going to love this spray. It's made with botanical ingredients and free of anything harsh. Plus, it's water-resistant for up to 80 minutes.

4. Supergoop Unseen Sunscreen Broad-Spectrum SPF 40

Supergoop makes some of my favorite sunscreens because they're not too heavy and greasy. I actually want to wear them every single day. The Unseen Sunscreen is a weightless formula that also works as a primer.

5. Coola Classic Body Organic Sunscreen Spray SPF 50

Coola's unscented spray features a blend of red raspberry seed oil, buriti oil, meadowfoam seed oil, and prickly pear extract to protect against free radicals and leave the skin nourished.

6. Biossance Squalane + Zinc Sheer Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30

This is a great zinc mineral option—but don't worry, it won't leave any white cast, it's sheer. In addition to UVA/UVB protection, the formula contains water lily to calm the skin and sugarcane-derived squalane to lock in moisture.



7. Babo Botanicals Sheer Zinc Continuous Spray Sunscreen SPF 30

Formulated for sensitive skin, this sunscreen contains 100% non-nano zinc for water- and sweat-resistant coverage. It's also reef-safe.

8. Kiehl's Super Fluid Daily UV Defense

Kiehl's sunscreen also has anti-aging protection—it shields against free radicals and the other causes of early aging. The lightweight formula leaves a matte finish.

9. Versed Guards Up Daily Mineral Sunscreen

Versed's sunscreen has a peachy hue to neutralize any white cast, but it blends into the skin quite easily and naturally. The mineral sunscreen also includes blue-light protection.

10. SkinMedica Essential Defense Mineral Shield Broad-Spectrum SPF 35

This lightweight and sheer sunscreen contains green tea extract to calm irritation and even out discoloration, plus caffeine to reduce inflammation and puffiness.

11. Blue Lizard Sensitive Mineral Sunscreen with Zinc Oxide, SPF 50+

Blue Lizard's mineral sunscreen is water-resistant for up to 80 minutes, reef-safe, and easy to apply. And the bottle itself is really cool—it changes colors if it's in harmful UV light.

12. Paula's Choice Resist Super-Light Daily Wrinkle Defense SPF 30

There are so many things to love about this sunscreen. Not only does it have UVA/UVB protection, but it also contains ingredients that will nourish the skin. They include resveratrol to calm and minimize redness; vitamin C to brighten; and willow bark and bisabolol to soothe irritation and redness.

13. Avène Solaire UV Mineral Multi-Defense Sunscreen Fluid SPF 50+

This 100% mineral sunscreen defends against UV rays, pollution, and blue light. It features skincare ingredients like bisabolol, allantoin, and niacinamide to soothe and calm the skin.

14. Shiseido Ultra Sun Protection Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ WetForce for Sensitive Skin & Children

This is a sensitive skin version of Shiseido's popular Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion. It's mineral-based and free of fragrance, chemical sunscreen agents, alcohol, and parabens.

15. Coppertone Pure and Simple SPF 50

Coppertone's hypoallergenic, zinc oxide sunscreen also features nourishing extracts—tea leaf, sea kelp, and lotus.

16. Drunk Elephant Umbra Sheer Physical Daily Defense SPF 30

This sheer physical sunscreen is enriched with sunflower shoot extract, to neutralize free radicals; astaxanthin-rich algae extract to protect against oxidative damage; and raspberry seed oil for antioxidant benefits.

17. Neutrogena Sensitive Skin Mineral Sunscreen Lotion with Broad Spectrum SPF 60+

Made for the face and body, Neutrogena's Sensitive Skin sunscreen has the brand's "Purescreen Technology," which absorbs, reflects, and scatters dangerous sunrays.