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Coppertone vs Banana Boat 2022 (The Definitive Guide)

By Calum Torrington

23 May 2022

Stroll through the sunscreen aisle of your local beauty store and you’ll face a dizzying number of choices—two of the best brands that always stick out to us, though, are Coppertone and Banana Boat.

We’ll be comparing their best-sellers side-by-side so you can see which would suit you and your skin the best. Enjoy!

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Coppertone Sport vs Banana Boat Sport Sunscreen

When you see something on the shelves labelled as a 'sport' sunscreen, it doesn't mean that it can only be used when playing sports; it typically just means that it is lightweight, water-proof and sweat-proof, which are all just as big of a plus for day-to-day sun protection (and even lounging on a sunny beach).

Two of the best 'sport' sunscreens are the Coppertone Sport Sunscreen Lotion and the Banana Boat Sport Ultra Lotion (available in varying SPFs from 15-100).

As with all sunscreens by Coppertone and Banana Boat, they are also available not only in the form of a lotion (which we'll be comparing here), but also as a convenient spray (see: Coppertone Sport Spray / Banana Boat Sport Spray).

Comparison

First and foremost, the similarities:

  • They both offer clinically proven broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection.
  • They both offer water & sweat resistance for up to 80 minutes.
  • They both offer a lightweight, non-greasy feel.
  • They are both chemical sunscreens.
  • They are both free from oxybenzone and octinoxate.

Expanding on the point regarding both offering broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection, both sunscreens actually contain the exact same active ingredients for sun protection, varying only slightly in concentration. To be specific, they contain: Avobenzone, Homosalate, Octisalate, and Octocrylene.

They both also contain Vitamin E which provides extra protection against acute UVB damage, and protects against cell mutation caused by sun exposure.

Where they begin to differ are their inactive ingredients lists. The Coppertone Sport Sunscreen formula contains several moisturizing agents such as Glycerin and Beeswax to condition the skin and keep skin "moisturized all day long" (their words, not ours).

Banana Boat don't make the same direct claims about their Sport Ultra Lotion being moisturizing, though it does contain a few additional moisturizing agents such as Glyceryl Stearate. Most interestingly, though, is the fact that it contains Aloe Vera extract, which offers anti-inflammatory, soothing, and anti-itch qualities (perfect for a sunscreen!).

Summary

With both boasting incredibly similar formulas, clocking in at around the same price per fluid ounce, and with it being a genuine struggle to find any real negative feedback about them anywhere online, it's incredibly difficult to separate the two. This is never a bad problem to have, though!

Whichever you choose—whether it be because of the nostalgic Coppertone scent, or the appealing Banana Boat packaging—be confident in the fact that you are getting the absolute best of the best sun protection.

Coppertone Sport Sunscreen is available as a lotion, spray, stick, and lip balm as well as a mineral sunscreen.

Banana Boat Ultra Sport Sunscreen is available as a lotion, spray, cooling spray, mineral lotion, and mineral spray.

Sport Sunscreen Lotion by Coppertone, resists sweat + heat + water..

Sport Sunscreen Lotion by Coppertone

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Our rating: ★★★★★

Price: $$$$

Resists sweat + heat + water.

What makes it special? Coppertone Complete Sunscreen Lotion provides everyday sun protection for the whole family. With a multi-benefit formula that helps your skin in more ways than one, this moisturizing sunscreen protects you from the sun with a durable and water resistant sunscreen formula (80 minutes). Coppertone Complete Sunscreen Lotion offers broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection that feels lightweight and moisturizes all day.

Which skin types? For all skin types.

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Ultra Sport Sunscreen Lotion by Banana Boat, superior endurance vs. sweat & water.

Ultra Sport Sunscreen Lotion by Banana Boat

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Our rating: ★★★★★

Price: $$$$

Superior endurance vs. sweat & water.

What makes it special? Banana Boat Sport Ultra is a high-performance sunscreen specifically designed for the sport enthusiast and active individual who wants protection that will stay on while they play on. This lightweight, breathable formula is perfect for the sweatiest outdoor activities and provides clinically proven UVA/UVB protection so that you can protect the fun.

Which skin types? For all skin types.

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Coppertone vs Banana Boat Tanning Lotion

Tanning lotions provide a means for achieving that radiant, deep summer tan without overexposing your skin to harmful UV rays from the sun. They are typically offered with a Sun Protection Factor of 15 or less, and are not strictly 'sunscreens' since they do not provide total protection from the sun.

Two of the best tanning lotions are: the Coppertone Tanning Sunscreen Lotion SPF 15 and the Banana Boat Dry Oil Tanning Spray SPF 15.

Comparison

When comparing the Coppertone Tanning Sunscreen Lotion with Coppertone's sport suncreen we reviewed above, there is practically zero difference in formula minus the fact that the tanning lotion has lower concentrations of the active ingredients and the packaging looks different. Of course, we loved Coppertone's sport sunscreen, so it should come as no surprise that we also love Coppertone's tanning lotion since they're so similar.

Drawing further parallels with the previous comparison, Coppertone's tanning sunscreen is also available as a spray (though it is not available as a mineral sunscreen).

The Banana Boat Deep Tanning Oil Sunscreen, however, is only available as a spray, and is really quite different from their sport sunscreen that we reviewed. More specifically, it contains fewer active ingredients—Avobenzone, Homosalate and Octocrylene—and is packed with oils such as Coconut Oil and Argan Oil.

Oils supposedly help you achieve a deeper tan by allowing for an increase in the absorption of UV rays, we need not tell you the obvious risks that this poses, though.

Summary

Again, it's incredibly difficult to choose between the two, especially considering their stellar ratings and reviews all over the internet. For those that prefer lotions over sprays, the choice is a little easier since only the Coppertone Tanning Sunscreen is available as a lotion. If you prefer sprays, though, you might see better results with the Banana Boat Deep Tanning Oil Sunscreen due to its inclusion of oils.

Tanning Sunscreen Spray by Coppertone, moisturizes skin for a radiant tan.

Tanning Sunscreen Spray by Coppertone

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Our rating: ★★★★★

Price: $$$$

Moisturizes skin for a radiant tan.

What makes it special? Make the most out of your time in the sun with Coppertone Tanning Sunscreen Lotion. Love the sun and love your skin even more with a lightweight sunscreen lotion formula that won't make your skin feel greasy. This Broad Spectrum sunscreen is water resistant (80 minutes), and is free from Dyes, PABA, and Oxybenzone. This Coppertone sunscreen formula is enriched with Vitamin E to keep skin feeling moisturized.

Which skin types? For all skin types.

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Dry Oil Sunscreen Spray by Banana Boat, deep tanning dry oil sunscreen spray.

Dry Oil Sunscreen Spray by Banana Boat

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Our rating: ★★★★★

Price: $$$$

Deep tanning dry oil sunscreen spray.

What makes it special? Made with coconut oil, this unique, lightweight dry-oil formula goes beyond sun protection, leaving your skin feeling silky-smooth. The low SPF, lightweight and water-resistant formula with coconut oil promotes a sun-kissed glow.

Which skin types? For all skin types.

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Coppertone Best-Sellers

For the best sun protection:
Try the ULTRA GUARD Sunscreen


For the face:
Try the Face Sunscreen


For kids:
Try the KIDS Sunscreen

Banana Boat Best-Sellers

For the best sun protection:
Try the Ultra Defense MAX Sunscreen


For sensitive skin:
Try the Simply Protect Sensitive Sunscreen


For weightless protection:
Try the Light As Air Sunscreen

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