Solmates and Your Sunscreen

Graphics of 4 sunscreen bottles in the Solmates Refillable Sunscreen Applicator colours (blue, orange, yellow and pink)

We always wanted our Solmate applicator to be sunscreen-agnostic because it meant that it would fit easily into your current lifestyle, routine and work with your choices.  Easy means buying your favourite sunscreen in bulk, filling and refilling your Solmate and no longer needing the small single use bottles!  Winner! 

We get a lot of questions about what type of sunscreens work in our Solmates. Let’s be honest,  you don't want to buy a Solmate only to find your favourite sunscreen doesn’t work in it!

We designed the applicator to work with as many sunscreens as possible. However the reality is that there is a vast range of sunscreens on the market and consistency can vary widely so some will work better than others!

So we’ve  pulled together a summary of the sunscreens we have tested to date. Of course, this list isn’t exhaustive, and we will continue to add to it.  Please note:  we’ve prioritised testing sunscreens that you can buy in larger bottles and have an SPF of at least 30.  

Key Things To Know First

1. Solmates work best with creams and lotion-based sunscreens.

2. This includes mineral (zinc-based) sunscreens although the very thick ones may be more of a challenge. We have some tips below on how to alleviate this.

3. Solmates DO NOT work well with liquid spray and very thin/runny sunscreens - our seals and the gap around the ball is designed for a slightly thicker consistency cream so you may see some leakage with very thin or liquid sunscreens.

4. When sunscreens get hot they can change consistency and become very liquidy and runny.  This may cause some temporary leakage in certain circumstances until the sunscreen returns to its original consistency.  Please note: Sunscreens should be kept as cool as possible as exposure to high temperatures can also affect their efficacy 


Chemical Sunscreens that love Solmates

Examples of the chemical sunscreens we have tested and know work well are:




Ombra Sunscreen - all types

Banana Boat

All Lotion types (not spray)

Bondi Sands

Coconut Beach, Sport

Cancer Council

Kids, Active, Sport, Watersport, Everyday


Everyday Lotion


Sensitive Sun


Sunscreen Dry Touch


Sensitive, Active Family

La Roche Posay

Anthelios Wet Skin

Le Tan

Coconut, Watermelon 

Mecca Cosmetica

To Save Body


Beach Defence

Standard Procedure


Sun Bum


Ultra Violette

Extreme Screen

We are Feel Good

Signature, Coconut, Kakadu Plum, Sensitive, Wild Rosella


Everyday Lotion


Chemical Sunscreens that may have a tricky Solmates relationship

There are a few runny / thin consistency sunscreens that work well with our Solmates, however as our seals and gap around the ball are built for a slightly thicker consistency sunscreen, you may experience leakage in certain circumstances with the following sunscreens so please take care:  



Nivea Sun

Protect & Moisture



Natio sun

Quick Dry

Mineral  Sunscreens

We also know many  of you love mineral (zinc-based) sunscreens. The zinc-based sunscreens we’ve tested that work in our Solmates are:



Bondi Sands

Mineral Zinc

Ethical Zinc

Natural Clear Zinc

Invisible Zinc

Face and Body

Key Sun

Clear Zinke

Little Urchin

Natural Clear Zinc




Mineral Zinc

Wot Not

Natural Sunscreen


Mineral Sunscreens that have a tricky Solmates relationship

Unfortunately some of the very thick mineral sunscreens / sun butters do not work well in our Solmates as the sunscreen tends to stick to the sides of the applicator and not fall well onto the roller ball.  

Examples of the sunscreens that don’t work well are:  




Clear Zinc 



Surf Mud

Natural Zinc 


Tips for Zinc-based or Thicker Sunscreen

1. We suggest keeping the Solmate upside down (or turning upside down before usage) so that the sunscreen falls on the ball.

2. Keep the Solmate quite full so there is always sunscreen on the roller ball end. 

3. Some customers have given feedback that mixing a tiny amount of liquid coconut oil with their zinc sunscreens helps the sunscreen fall better on the roller ball - please take precautions however if you choose to alter the makeup of a sunscreen.


So we hope this helps! Please drop us a line at if your favourite sunscreen is not on the lists here and we will make sure we test it.

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