“ Brand: Banana Boat / Type: Sun Oil / Subcategory: Spray / UV Protection Factor: SPF 8 / What it does: Tans, „
I was looking for a sun lotion that was cheap and easy to use. I saw this in Tesco on offer for £4 instead of it's usual £8.
This spray comes in an aerosol can. It contains 177ml of spray. It is described as having an 'ultramist' which allows you to deliver a continuous spray from just one pump as well as being sprayable from any angle to allow coverage all over. The formula contains coconut and grape seed oils to moisturise your skin as well as protect.
The spray protects against the ageing UVA rays and the burning UVB rays.
To use the spray you simply depress the pump and spray all over your body. It advises you not to spray directly to your face but to spray into your hands and rub into your face. The first thing you notice is the smell when you spray this product. It is described on the can as banana and rum. I didn't notice the smell of banana but I noticed the distinct smell of rum. It was nice and reminded me or a Caribbean holiday. The smell might not be to everyones taste however.
The spray was easy to use, you don't need to rub it in you simply spray and leave. The spray comes out as a fine clear mist so you get even coverage even if you turn the can upside down.
It left my skin with a lovely sheen. It looked greasy but it certainly didn't feel greasy and none of the spray transferred onto my clothes. What I liked about this spray was how easy it was to apply, you didn't have to waste time rubbing in a chalky lotion which left your skin white, you simply spray and go.
I used this at hourly intervals in the sun, it was about 21 degrees and I didn't burn but I still got a nice glow.
I would definately buy this again, the only thing was that it is only 4 star UVA rated and you can get cheaper make lotions such as Asda that are 5 star UVA rated. I would rather the higher rating as I don't want to look like a leather handbag when I am older!
I would give this 4 out of 5 for that reason.
This product smells absolutely delicious - good enough to eat! I love to use sun creams that have a lovely smell to them and this has to be one of the best! It smells a bit like a pina colada, with a coconutty, banana smell which reminds you of a sunny beach n the Caribbean. The packaging is eye catching and the nozzle makes it really easy to apply. It comes out like an oil which makes it very water resistant so if you forget to apply it when you get out of the pool it's not a big deal. I have quite fair skin but have never burnt when using this factor 8 product - i recently returned from Egypt where it was almost unbearably hot but this product kept me burn free for the week i was there and my skin felt moisturised and had a healthy glow from the oil. That said once the smell gets onto your clothes it's difficult to get it off and i did have a white beach dress which i accidentally got the liquid on and it has left a bit of an oily patch on it!
So i was on a mission to find a sunscreen that my boyfriend could apply quickly and painlessly in order to not get burned on our trip to the cottage for the weekend. I proceeded to my local drugstore at the last minute looking specifically for a spray formulation suncreen that contained just enough sunscreen to avoid a burn but still achieve a nice tan. I was a huge fan of the banana boat line of sunscreens, as i religiously use their tanning oil every summer and owe my bronzed summer skin to their products. So i was pleased to notice that they had a spray formulation with spf 8 that was a dry oil formula with an ultrafine mist. That sounded man-proof enough, so i carried it over to the checkout. It cost about 11 GBP for a 100 ml bottle which was expected, and the bottle seemed large enough to last a good few weekends away.
Day one of our weekend at the cottage, we get to the beach early and begin our suncare routine. My boyfriend sprays me with oil and i proceed to try the new product out on him. All skincare products advise application should be done 30 minutes prior to sun exposure, and so it is best to stay in the shade for 30 minutes before exposing the skin to the suns rays. So we sat under an umbrella and I sprayed his back, chest, arms and legs, but despite the fact that it is a fine mist, the product still needs to be rubbed in for proper absorption into the skin. I suppose it would be okay if one was lazy to simply spray the product on and leave it on without rubbing, however, i personally like to rub it in to ensure all areas get properly coated.
Another downside is that you have to apply the product first to your hands before applying to your face, and once my boyfriends rubbed the product into his face, he said he could taste it in his throat. So be careful to apply it away from the nostrils and mouth to avoid an unpleasant aftertaste. I was pleased with the packaging of the bottle at first because it is metallic and shiny and quite appealing to look at, however i noticed later it was quite hard to grip and spray with wet, or oily hands. So i was constantly having to wash/dry my hands before re-applying it which was a slight hassle.
The scent of the product smelled like an island in a bottle, it was cocounut scented which made it feel like we were away somewhere tropical. It also left the skin looking slick and shiny but not overly shiny like the oil formulations. My boyfriends skin felt smooth and after 2 hours he showed signs of a tan and no sign of redness which was a great sign overall. After being in the water for about half an hour he had to reapply and continued to bathe in the glow of the sun. He continued to use the product for the weekend and managed to avoid burning, and came back with a gorgeous brown colour. We were both extremely pleased with how easy the product was to apply and the protection was great even though the spf was low. We would definately recommend it to anyone who wants less hassle than traditional sunscreens.
Faced with three weeks in New Mexico, with nothing to do but read, sunbathe and do a bit of surfing on t'interweb...I wanted to be prepared for muchos sun exposure. But, I'm not really one to spend time trying to get a tan. If I get one from being out and about, that's fine, but if I don't, that's fine too.
So, with so much time on my hands, I set myself a little task...of getting a tan. I headed to the supermarket for suntan lotion. I got two bottles, one with an SPF 30, to start then work down to a SPF 8 - and for the lesser SPF, I chose the Banana Boat Tanning Dry Oil, for two reasons: One, I liked the name 'ba-na-na' (eh-hem) and two, it boasted a scent of coconut and almond - if there are two smells that remind me of holidays and relaxing, it's certainly those. The bottle also explained that it was a dry oil, so the lack of grease appealed, as did the fact that it came in a spray, which is handy as you don't have to rub it in...so if you reapply out in the sun, your book (if you're reading one, obviously) doesn't get oiling marks on...bonus! Also, the bottle was metallic and looked rather pretty too...double bonus!
The bottle advises that you should apply the spray 25 minutes before you go in the sun. This is to make sure your skin absorbs it properly. The product is described as having a 'ultra mist', and the I agree, the mist is very fine. It's advised that you apply it to your face, by spraying in your hands first so as to avoid inhalation. Even so, when it gets near your nose or mouth, I couldn't help but give a good cough and splutter, it is strong stuff, so I wouldn't use it on little ones (well, the SPF is too low to use on kids anyway).
So, once stripped down to my smalls, I started to spray. I noticed immediately how shiny it made my skin, it also gave it a slight golden glow (it may have been the lighting, but I tried it in different rooms, and it still looked the same). I felt bronzed and silky before going in the sun, nice. It was a weird sensation, being so shiny, I felt oily, but I wasn't oily to touch, as after a few minutes, the spray had absorbed into my skin. The smell was as I had hoped, coconutty, thus reminding me of being on holiday, how appropriate, as I was indeed, on holiday. I couldn't help feeling somewhat 'porny' though, parading round the pool (as you do) so shiny and sunkist.
It is water proof, so you are safe to swim with it on, but if you towel dry, it's advised that you reapply, incase you rub any off of your skin. I was able to stay in the sun up to an hour at a time, and I didn't burn. The spray contains UVA and UVB filters (UVA to stop the ageing of the skin, and UVB which stops the burning), which is important to note. Also, I can't remember the exact science, but it is important to either reapply the sun protection or wash it off your body, when you've been out in the sun. This is because the free radicals can be absorbed into your skin if you don't wash off (which has been found in skin cancers) or if you reapply, the lotion/spray protects them from your skin longer. It's also worth noting that this sun spray doesn't include any insect repellent, and although I didn't experience swarms of insects (only a few baby lizards) there is no guarantee that wasps or flies aren't drawn to the coconutty smells.
I paid $4 for the bottle (that was 8fl oz), which works out just over 2GBP. You can buy it on amazon for a massive 10GBP though, although I suggest having a good look in Boots or other shops that sell sun protection type stuff.
So begs the question, did I succeed in a tan? Well, it wasn't bad, I was quite proud of my bronzeness, my chest had never felt so golden before.
Thanks for reading
© MarcoG 2008