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Summer’s getting warmer in most places, and sunscreen use is still pretty high — but you’ll want to check your products to see if they’re part of the sunscreen recall.
Although sunscreen is intended to protect people from skin cancer caused by overexposure to the sun, one of Banana Boat’s products has been found to contain a cancer-causing chemical.
You probably have some questions. We’ll tell you which product is affected by the sunscreen recall and how you can get a refund.
Make sure to bookmark our product recalls page to stay on top of all the 2022 recalls and get refunds.
Why is there a Banana Boat sunscreen recall?
Edgewell, Banana Boat’s parent company, issued the voluntary recall July 29, 2022, after small amounts of a carcinogen called Benzene were found in their aerosol Banana Boat Hair & Scalp SPF 30 line.
According to the American Cancer Society, Benzene causes leukemia and similar blood cancers in both people and lab animals.
Are all Banana Boat products part of the recall?
No, the recall is limited to just the Hair & Scalp SPF 30 line — specifically, three batches with specific UPCs and Lot Code numbers.
The recalled Banana Boat Hair & Scalp SPF sunscreens are 6-ounce bottles that have the UPC code 0-79656-04041-8, with the following lot codes and expiration dates:
- 21139AF (exp. December 2022)
- 20084BF (exp. February 2023)
- 20016AF (exp. April 2024)
The UPC is a 12-digit number located on the product’s bottom and under the barcode. The lot code and expiration date are at the bottom of the product.
Have there been any reports of sickness from the recalled sunscreen?
No, neither the FDA nor Edgewell have received any reports of illnesses from the sunscreen. Any consumers who want to report an incident with the products are able to fill out the FDA’s online reporting form.
How can I get a refund for the Banana Boat sunscreen recall?
So, you won’t exactly be able to get a Banana Boat refund; the website doesn’t say they’ll give you a cash refund but “replacement coupons.”
Go to the official Banana Boat recall page and use their automated chat to submit a refund request.
In order to have your request considered, you’ll need to submit:
- Your name, address, email address, and phone number
- UPC number
- Lot code
- Purchase receipt
- Pictures of the affected products
You can also call 1-888-686-3988 to make a refund request. After Banana Boat reviews and approves your refund request, you’ll get your coupons mailed in six to eight weeks.
Note: Banana Boat says you won’t be able to get money back from the store where you brought the product.
Are there any other sunscreens that have been recalled?
Benzene seems to be a recurring problem among sunscreen manufacturers. In May 2021, Johnson & Johnson initiated a voluntary sunscreen recall of 78 lots of Aveeno and Neutrogena sunscreen after testing detected small amounts of benzene.
In September 2021, Coppertone recalled five of their aerosol deodorants for the same reason.