Banana Boat’s New Sunscreen Natural Reflect Lotion Review & Giveaway!

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When I hear the name Banana Boat I immediately think of their Dark Tanning Oil that I used for many years.  I loved the stuff!  My mother has never believed in sunscreen.  Sure she would put it on me as a kid as I cringed and complained {I hated that greasy feel!} but every year after I got a tan she didn’t see any need for it.  I kept this idea until I married my husband who has a history of melanoma in his family.   He’s very cautious of the sun…and rightly so!


Since we’ve been married I’ve pretty much avoided the sun.  My husband is a fan of Banana Boat’s spray on sunscreen.  I admit that it’s handy in that it’s quick to apply and I can take it with us on an outing and not have to worry about it leaking in my bag.  Honestly though, I’ve never tried it.  I keep hearing my mom’s voice talking about the negative effects of sunscreen.




Now that summer is here and I need sunscreen for my little girl I’ve been reading labels like a mad woman.  Researching words I can’t pronounce.  All in hopes of finding a safe sunscreen for her sensitive skin.  When Mom Central approached me about a campaign for Banana Boat I was all on board!  Get it?  All on board?  Ha!


Banana Boat Natural Reflect

I was not only able to research Banana Boat’s new Sunscreen Natural Reflect Lotion but also try it out myself.  Banana Boat said that this lotion “contains 100% naturally-sourced mineral sunscreens with proven protection against sunburn and prevention against long-term skin damage”.  Sounds pretty great, right?  They have a sunscreen formula for adults, children, and babies.


Banana Boat Party


Banana Boat didn’t just give me a bottle of sunscreen, I was given enough supplies to host a Banana Boat party!  We enjoyed a cookout with our friends; we chatted while the kids played in the pool, tossed a Frisbee, hit a t-ball, played in the sprinkler, and played with bubbles. They had a blast and we could rest assured that they were safe from the sun!




Here’s a little more about the about Banana Boat’s Sunscreen Natural Reflect Lotion:
•  100% naturally sourced mineral sunscreen active with Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide!
•  Oxybenzone free!
•  Paraben free!
•  Gentle on sensitive and delicate skin
•  Proven effective against sunburn and to help prevent!long-term skin damage
•  Broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection
•  Water resistant
•  Recommended by The Skin Cancer Foundation


Banana Boat doesn’t want people hiding indoors {like I was doing}!  To get families out and playing together they’ve created a fun 101 Days of Summer Play activity guide.  If you go to Banana Boat’s Facebook page you can pledge to play and download their activity guide.  To learn more about the Banana Boat brand you can visit


My thoughts:


I’ll admit I was very hesitant to try to the sunscreen because I had awful flashbacks to the goopy film, also known as sunscreen, that my Mom would put on me as a kid.  I have to say that this new Banana Boat wasn’t bad!  It took longer to rub in than regular lotion but I suppose that’s normal of any sunscreen.  After a few minutes I couldn’t remember I had put it on!  My little girl doesn’t mind it and my husband gives it his approval.  If you’ve tried it already, what are your thoughts?


If you haven’t tried it yet, how would you like to?


Banana Boat Giveaway:


One lucky Embracing Beauty winner will receive a Banana Boat kit!  To enter fill out the Rafflecopter form below.  Good luck!
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I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of BananaBoat® Sun Care and received a party kit to facilitate my review, party kits to give to my guests, and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.

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Ashley is very happily married and the mother to a beautiful little girl, and she is the main voice behind Embracing Beauty.


  1. Jeana O'donnell-Murphy says

    Going to the lake

  2. Shannon Bartle says

    Doing anything outside with my kids

  3. Kristy Bodle says

    I like to go to the park with my husband and our almost 2 year old or play with my son is his little pool. It is little little things that I enjoy.

  4. Zack Tomasko says

    30+ mile bike rides!!!!!

  5. We like to swim.

  6. Front Page Freebies says


  7. Our favorite outdoor activity is swimming! Saw this product on display as I was rushing through wal mart yesterday. We desperately need to find a sunscreen that doesn’t cause 2 of my boys to break out in hives. Even the sensitive skin stuff has not helped. We use all natural body lotions after each bath and my boys do fine. I think a natural product like this is exactly what we need. This review was perfect timing for me!

  8. Cindy Weimer says

    right now, softball & t-ball.

  9. Christena says

    gardening (mostly weeding!) while the kids play on the playset in the backyard 🙂

  10. Family bike riding is my favorite, or just watching my daughters play with all the neighborhood kids! 🙂

    ~Jaime! ccff 41 at aol dot com

  11. Tie between Gardening and dog walking!

  12. Family picnics, watching sports and just walking 🙂

  13. taking the kids to the park

  14. swimming, riding bikes playing volleyball thansk

  15. Sharon Schoepe says

    Swimming and water fights with the kids

  16. Amy Desrosiers says

    My favorite outdoor activity is walking 🙂

  17. danielle fouts says

    Taking my son to the park or the school playground which are both less than a 5 minute walk away 🙂 He loves it!

  18. Noallashley374 says

    Love Banna boat products!!

  19. Jennifer Clay says

    I love going outside in my own yard (finally!!!) and just letting the girls play on their swing set!

  20. Mallory Bordelon says

    Frisbee with the family!

  21. fishing!

  22. I love being outside with the family and playing touch football

  23. Biking and taking walks with my family.

  24. Starr Greenwell says

    going to the pool

  25. Kathleen says


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  26. abfantom says

    I like to go bike riding

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

  27. Sheena M. says

    We love to play street hockey in our driveway

  28. Jeallgair says

    I love going fishing and skeet shooting with my dad 🙂

  29. soha molina says


  30. Chel Pay says

    Our family loves to BBQ and swim outside so good sunscreen is a must!

  31. Vicky Boackle says

    we go outside and play ball.

  32. I love going to the beach.

  33. Shelly Sawicki Lash Neuhouser says

    Going to the beach

  34. Jayedee Dewitt says

    i love gardening and playing frisbee with the furbabies!

  35. We love swimming, gardening and barbecues!

  36. Diana Hope says

    I love to take the dogs to the lake and play Frisbee.

  37. hawkshoe says

    I like going for walks.

  38. Michelle Oakley Warner says

    i love the water and swimming, its the best

  39. jodi lasher says

    I love playing volleyball and softball.

  40. Linda Lansford says

    we love the beach

  41. i love just laying outside and reading. i’m a nerd 😉

  42. fishing

  43. We love swimming

  44. Fishing!

  45. Swimming

  46. Danielle Bowers says

    My favorite outdoor activity is swimming… followed by boating and hiking.

  47. Monique Rizzo says

    Kite flying at the ocean.
    Thanks for the chance.

  48. I love to go hiking.

  49. wakeboarding!

  50. Laura20v says


  51. Jessica T. says

    We like gardening.

  52. Stefanie Gladden says

    I love swimming!

  53. christal c says

    I love swimming

  54. kevin yates says

    i love campng

  55. Love playing tennis
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  56. We enjoy picnics at the local park.

  57. Kathy Schoenherr says


  58. Christina Foley says

    During the summer we love going to the beach, going to the park to play & have a picnic, family bike rides and having family & friends over to bbq and play lawn games

  59. We love to BBQ outside, rain or shine!

  60. I love to go fishing

  61. Paula Tavernie says

    I love swimming!
    ptavernie at yahoo dot com

  62. I like to golf or just sit in the backyard and watch my son spend hours playing around on the swingset and sandbox.

  63. Kathlyne Brown says

    I like to go hiking.

  64. Jennifer MacDonald says

    We love spending time at the pool or eating lunch outside.

  65. Angela H says

    I love to play badminton.

  66. brich2222 says

    fav activity is playing vollyball

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  67. swimming

  68. like to go hiking

  69. Swimming!

  70. caroline b says

    going to the pool!

  71. Erica Carnes says

    I like hiking and biking.

  72. swimming 🙂

  73. swimming in the pool!

  74. Sonya Neal says

    We love hiking!

  75. I like to swim!

  76. harness racing

  77. My favorite outdoor activity is swimming at the lake 🙂

  78. Xcmiller93x says

    Swimming and camping!

  79. Krysta_salyan says

    Swimming 🙂

  80. swimming and reading by the pool!

  81. Boating is my fave.

  82. I love running

  83. Jansmith712 says

    Sitting on the dock by the lake

  84. J Fortunato says

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  85. camping

  86. Charles Burbridge says


  87. Debra Ford says

    we love to visit area waterparks

  88. Melanie Montgomery says

    I love swimming and walking my dog.

  89. Tennis

  90. Tami Reynolds says

    Watching my son on his competive baseball team. We travel 3 weekend a month

  91. Charity S says

    Reading by the pool.

  92. Kendraco22 says

    Gardening or gold panning

  93. Ardelong2 says


  94. Brittney House says

    I love going to the beach

  95. SHirley Zolenski says

    I love boating

  96. I love to go swimming.

  97. Marcy Strahan says

    Swimming! Is my favorite!

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