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Is Banana Boat Cruelty-Free and Vegan?

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Banana Boat

Is Banana Boat Cruelty-Free?

Banana Boat is NOT cruelty-free.

Is Banana Boat Vegan?

Banana Boat might have some products without animal-derived ingredients, but I don’t consider any of their products vegan since they test on animals.

Is Banana Boat Certified Cruelty-Free?

No, Banana Boat is not certified cruelty-free by Leaping Bunny or PETA.

Is Banana Boat Owned By A Parent Company That Tests On Animals?

Yes, Banana Boat is owned by Edgewell, which is not a cruelty-free company.

Banana Boat’s Animal Testing Policy

Banana Boat admitted in their email response (you can read the entire email below) that they test on animals when required by law.

“Cruelty-free” has no legal definition. Any brand can claim “cruelty-free” even if they do test on animals.

Some brands like to say that they are “cruelty-free” because it is a marketing buzzword to sell more products.

The only way to find out is to ask the company. One important question to ask is if their products are sold in China.

Animal Testing in China

Animal Testing is required by law in China for all foreign cosmetics companies. All American and European cosmetic brands that are sold in China must undergo animal testing. 

Any brand that chooses to sell their products in China cannot be considered cruelty-free. Even products that can bypass mandatory tests may still be pulled from the shelves by Chinese authorities to be tested on animals.

This does NOT include products that are made in China, only if they are sold in China. 

The only way to know if a brand sells products in China is to ask them directly. Make sure to note that Hong Kong is not included in this policy, and neither are products only sold online to Chinese consumers.

Is Banana Boat Sold in Mainland China?

Yes, Banana Boat admits to selling in China in the email shown below.

Email to the Company

Before classifying any brand as cruelty-free and vegan, I send them an email with the following questions:

  1. Are your products vegan? If only some are vegan, which ones?
  2. Are any of your products or ingredients tested on animals?
  3. Do you have a Leaping Bunny or PETA certification?
  4. Do your suppliers or any third parties test animals on your behalf?
  5. Does your company sell products in mainland China (except Hong Kong)?
  6. Are you owned by a parent company that tests on animals?

This is how Banana Boat responded:

At Edgewell, we manufacture and sell a wide range of consumer products sold around the world in the categories of sun care and skin care (Banana Boat®, Hawaiian Tropic®, Schick®, Wilkinson Sword®, Edge®, Skintimate®, Wet Ones®), as well as on feminine care (Stayfree®, Carefree®) and infant care (Playtex®). It is our policy not to test our products on animals. Edgewell only performs animal testing on products where required to do so by law.

We participate in industry efforts to improve the awareness among regulators about non‐animal alternatives. For more information on Edgewell’s animal testing policy, please visit our website:

Banana Boat is on the verge of completing a consumer-driven effort to remove all animal-derived ingredients from our Banana Boat and Hawaiian Tropic product offerings.  Nearly all of our products have no animal-derived ingredients added, and the small number which still contain an animal-derived collagen are in the process of being phased out in favor of replacements without the animal-derived collagen.  Edgewell will continue to strive to ensure that the materials we source for our products suit the wants and needs of our consumers.

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