Tuesday’s Honest Reviews – Banana Boat – Kids Sunscreen Lotion SPF 60

Banana Boat

Already returned the product, so I don’t have an at home picture.

For our Post today, it will be a review on the Banana Boat Kids Sunscreen Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 60.

I needed to have an extra sunscreen, that I could stash in the vehicle, for those just in case situations. I do have a spray on in there, but my eldest reacts badly to aerosol sunscreen, so I try to keep both in there. Between school needing sunscreen for each, and them requiring to have one in their backpacks as well(for surprise outdoor trips to the local splash pad), I was running out of bottles at home. Thus the need!

Item – Banana Boat – Kids Sunscreen Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 60

Cost – $8.47CAD on Rollback

Size – 240ml

Purchase Location – Walmart

Item Facts

  • Broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection
  • Water-resistant for up to 80 minutes
  • No fragrance added
  • Pediatrician-tested


Active ingredients – Homosalate 15.00%, Octinoxate 7.50%, Octisalate 5.00%, Titanium Dioxide 2.40% – Sunscreen.

Inactive ingredients: Water, Isohexadecane, Ozokerite, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Dibutyl Adipate, PEG-8, C30-38 Olefin/Isopropyl Maleate/MA Copolymer, Glycerin, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Chloride, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Retinyl Palmitate, Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Disodium EDTA, Alumina.

My Thoughts



I’ve always purchase from Coppertone and Banana Boat, as they are some of the only name brand sunscreens that I don’t have severe reactions to. I am allergic to most sunscreen, and Paba, which use to be in a lot of sunscreens(though companies have been axing it from the ingredients in recent years).

I also tend to wear kids formulas, as they always have higher SPF values. I am photosensitive, and one of the many things that comes with that is an extreme sensitivity to the sun. I don’t sweat through my pores normally, and exposure causes my sweat to actually bubble under my skin(gross, sorry, but part of the story). I am actually fairly afraid of the sun, as I once got a really bad burn as a child, during one of the times I wasn’t wearing pants and long sleeves in the summer. It left me with scarring on the whole upper half of my back and shoulders(which have since faded). This has caused me to be super careful with the products I purchase, and what I wear.

Unfortunately, sometimes unexpected things happen, like the kids wanting to go mini putting. This weekend we were out swimming, and after the swim, they decided they wanted to try Mini Golf. I said yes. I didn’t have a button up with me, but I did have that sunscreen, so I figured I’d be okay. I dosed us all up, and we played for about 45 minutes at about 11am in the morning. It was hot, but we were right near a ravine with a waterfall, so there was lots of nice cool breezes.

I got home, and was starting to feel uncomfortable. Then I felt hot, and then the pain came, like getting stung by fire ants on my back and shoulders. I went to the bathroom, and low and behold I was burnt. Severely burnt. My first thought was I hadn’t been that burnt since that one time when I was a kid. I then started to look for the little bubbles, and yup, there they were, starting to form. I immediately washed the area, and threw on Aloe Gel.

Brokedown Vanity - Review - Banana Boat - Kids SPF 60 - Bubbles

Ewwww bubbles. They luckily have died down a bit, so you don’t get the whole gross factor.

Brokedown Vanity - Review - Banana Boat - Kids SPF 60 - Burn

Bonus undercut shot. I was having issues taking photos of myself one handed, so used the mirror. This was after 4 days of fading.

I have since taken the product back to Walmart. I talked to a manager as well as their pharmacist, and we seem to think it might have been a faulty batch. I did shake the bottle before apply, so it came out looking normal and not separated at all. It smelt fine too.

My burn was only on my neck, ears, one arm, shoulders, wrist/hand of the other and the apples of my cheeks. I applied this normally, how I always apply my sunscreen. I should have been evenly fried all over, as the mini put was in all sorts of directions, so it wasn’t like the sun was only ever shining on me one way.

The pharmacist was fairly stumped, but the more we talked about it, the more we thought it might have been a faulty batch. Somewhere along the lines, something happened, either at the factory, or in transit, to cause a negative reaction in the formula. The Manager got someone to take it all off the shelf, and her and the pharmacist took pics of my burns to send in. They thought the most alarming thing was that this is a kids product. I am super thankful I didn’t put this on the kids that day, as I had already sun screened them up at the pool, with what we had in our pool bag.


NOOOOOO! Not anytime soon. Walmart has put in an indecent report, as well as sending in the evidence(product, account, photos). They are waiting to hear back from Banana Boat, and will let me know what the verdict is.

I am a little leery of trying out different stuff right now, but that will soon pass. In the meantime, the manager gave me a free Coppertone Sunscreen of my choice, I got a refund, and a $50 Walmart Giftcard. She also said more than likely I will get some sort of compensation from Banana Boat, as they will probably not want me to sue them, and honestly, I wouldn’t want the hassle of suing anyone anyway.

At this point, I don’t know what is wrong with the actual product. I would suggest that if this is something you are interested in, test it before slathering it all over your kids.

I was super impressed with how Walmart handled this situation, and am glad that there is a good team running my local Walmart still(I use to work at that location when I first moved to this area of Canada). I have already contacted Head Office on behalf of my former Walmart, applauding them on their great handling of the situation.

‘Til Tomorrow


***Disclaimer – I am not sponsored by any of the companies mentioned on this blog. I just started to blog, so who would sponsor me, seriously. All items featured were purchased with my own money, gained by some other means, like awesome gifts from peoples, trades, or perhaps even a promotion of some sort.***


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