About Banana Boat sunscreen

In 2015, Banana Boat rated very highly for customer satisfaction in sunscreen, with a five-star rating for texture and consistency, and ease of absorption.

The story behind the banana

“Banana boat. For sun protection. Banana boat. It’s 30 plus. Banana boat. It lasts 4 hours, 4 hours, 4 hours. Banana boat.”

Banana Boat was founded in 1978 by Miami Beach lifeguard and entrepreneur Robert Bell. The company was a huge success, with its high-SPF products. Its sunscreen products are tested for safe and effective broad spectrum UV protection under seven real-life conditions: sun, pool, ocean, wind, sand, sweat, and extreme heat.

Unfortunately for Bell, his many years in the sun without sunscreen as a youth lifeguard had already taken their toll, and in 2001 he was diagnosed with skin cancer. As a result, he is even more passionate about promoting “Sun Health” around the world.

Why is this sunscreen named after a banana, we hear you ask? Well, “banana boat” was the name used in the first half of the 1900s for the fast, refrigerated carrier ships used to transport bananas. You need a fast boat to carry bananas from the tropics to other countries because bananas ripen and then go off so quickly! Fruit companies with fast boats were extremely successful – and Bell saw a lot of them around the Californian shores where he served as a lifeguard.

Banana Boat has an exceptional sun safe education page on everything including how to apply sunscreen, what SPF stands for, and how to treat sunburn. You can also watch their funny and informative videos on their Facebook page.

Aussies love Banana Boat’s Schools Program that teaches kids easy ways to stay sun safe, and provides some amazing resources for primary school teachers. The Sun Safe Gang is a bunch of colourful animal characters who remind kids to stay safe and also teach them some interesting facts about these animals.

What’s on offer from Banana Boat?

Banana Boat’s sun care range is divided into several categories, and you can select multiple categories at once to find the exact sunscreen for your needs:

  • Outdoor EveryDay
  • Beach
  • Sports
  • Sensitive
  • Babies
  • Kids

On top of that, you can also select how you want to apply your sunscreen:

  • Pump Packs
  • Aerosol Sprays
  • Trigger Sprays
  • Tubes
  • Roll On
  • Lip Balm

What our survey respondents said about Banana Boat sunscreen

Canstar Blue’s most recent survey of consumers who have purchased and used sunscreen in the last six months garnered the following comments, among many others, from those who bought Banana Boat sunscreen.

Our favourite comment was one about the Kids Trigger Spray Bottle sunscreen: “Kids will let me put it on if we sing the banana boat theme song.”

Really like the consistency and texture of the lotion and the smell. (Kids). The packaging (roll on and pump pack) makes it hard to get the sunscreen at the bottom of the bottle. (Kids).
I love it – the best sunscreen ever. Sprays on easily, protects well, no mess, no fuss, and no white – even coverage… I won’t go back to any other sunscreen. (Sports SPF50+ Spray On). Very expensive. (Sports SPF50+ Spray On).
It works well, feels good and smells nice. (Beach). Its usual price is unreasonable and has a tendency to leave pool water cloudy and slippery when a large amount of people are using it at the same time. (Ultra SPF30).
I like how it is quite protective – I didn’t get burnt. (Sensitive). The texture of the sunscreen was a bit hard to manage, too thick to spread evenly. (Sensitive).

Sunscreen brands we rated

Canstar Blue commissions Colmar Brunton to regularly survey 3,000 Australian consumers across a range of categories to measure and track customer satisfaction. The outcomes reported are the results from customers within the survey group who have purchased and used sunscreen in the last six months – in this case, 1,749 Australians.

The sunscreen brands in this year’s survey are:

  • SunSense
  • ALDI Brands
  • Avon
  • Cancer Council
  • Hamilton
  • Le Tan
  • Neutrogena
  • Nivea
  • Coles
  • Invisible Zinc
  • Woolworths Homebrand
  • Woolworths Select

You can view the full results of our sunscreens survey here.

Watch the Banana Boat song

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