About Hamilton Sun sunscreen

hamilton logo (unedited)In 2015, Hamilton Sun rated highly for customer satisfaction in sunscreen, with a five-star rating for texture and consistency.

The story behind the brand

Hamilton Sun began in the 1920s, when young chemist Milton Blake was experimenting in his bedroom at an Adelaide boarding house. He’d read in a German trade journal that a certain burns treatment could actually absorb ultraviolet rays as well. His kerosene room heater and old saucepans produced many failures, but eventually he developed an effective sunscreen, tested and approved by the University of Adelaide.

In 1932, Hamilton Laboratories was established by Blake and three of his friends. They also extended from sunscreen into other skin care products for dry or sensitive skin. As you can see, Hamilton Sun and Hamilton Skin have come a long way since these early beginnings.

What’s on offer from Hamilton Sun?

Hamilton Sun focusses on producing a small number of high quality, high sun protection products. Their sunscreen range at the time of writing encompasses the following products:

  • Active Family SPF50+ (available in 110g tube, 250mL bottle, and 500mL pump pack)
  • Toddler SPF50+ (available in 50mL roll-on, and 250mL bottle)
  • Sensitive SPF50+ (available in 250mL bottle)
  • Everyday Face Cream SPF50+ (available in 75g cream dispenser)

What our survey respondents said about Hamilton Sun 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 Hamilton Sun sunscreen.

I like the smell, and it is a good consistency. (Family) Sometimes watery. (Family)
It is easy to apply and works effectively. Always reliable, very effective at stopping sunburn even in extreme weather. (Family). A little more expensive than alternative brands. (Family).
Works reasonably well and does not irritate my skin. It is made by people who are experts in skin products. (Sensitive). Expensive. You can’t always find it. (Sensitive).
I like that it is not oily and absorbs well. (Everyday Face). Small bottle. (Everyday Face).

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 other sunscreen brands in this year’s ratings were:

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

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