Does it work? In a word – yes. I actually planned to devise a blinded trial for the product, to really test its effectiveness. I had already used the product a few times, and really seemed to feel less irritation afterwards – but the product tester in me wanted to know for sure. After all, I’m not immune to the placebo effect. However, a few days later, I forgot to bring my SwimSpray with me, and the familiar irritation and burn was back right away. That was all the convincing I needed.
Keep in mind, I do not think this product is appropriate as a substitute for normal skin lotion. I tested this product in one of the driest places on earth – Colorado – in the winter. While the spray definitely eliminated odor and reduced irritation, I still needed to use normal lotion to combat the dry skin that every Colorado resident feels.
What about value? The 4 oz bottle costs about $13 (USD). Three bottles can be had for $34. SwimSpray quotes that a single bottle is good for 30-40 applications, depending on how much you use. On the conservative side, that’s 0.13 ounces per application (for 30 uses).
I received a handful of trial size bottles, which I measured to be about 1.5 ounces. The first bottle lasted exactly 5 applications (0.3 ounces per use). My math puts that at 13.3 applications for the full 4 oz bottle – or about one dollar per use. I thought I was using it sparingly, but seemed to use it up much faster than their quoted rate. Obviously the amount used will vary based on how tall and/or lean you are, and how much hair is on your head. If you can't stand pool chemical irritation and smell, you may consider the investment to be minimal.
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