The NIVEA Ball

Fun in the sun

Before the beach ball, there was the NIVEA ball. And it took the world by storm. Originally created in the 1930s as a 3D version of the NIVEA Creme tin, the inflatable NIVEA Ball was designed to help people make the most of their leisure time outdoors. While it was initially popular in Germany, the NIVEA Ball really took off in the 1950s, when post-war prosperity gave people money to spend on holidays and having fun. As cars became increasingly affordable, people began flocking to beaches and the great outdoors – and the NIVEA ball became the perfect holiday accessory. It was easy to pack and even easier to inflate. And it was fun for the whole family. By the 1960s, the NIVEA ball had become a huge hit, and it remains popular to this day. We’ve produced more than 20 million balls over the last 40 years alone, and people around the world know it and love it. And just like our skincare products, the NIVEA ball brings us closer to the people we love. That’s why this simple, inflatable rubber toy has been one of our most active and understated brand ambassadors for decades.