If you’re the type of person who says, “Sun’s out, bum’s out,” then Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream is probably a fun skincare body product you would love. Like flirty bikinis and easygoing days on the beach, Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream is a best-selling product that doesn’t promise to be more than it is. It’s a hydrating product with a rich scent that doesn’t promise to get rid of cellulite, or lift the skin, or do much firming. Instead, it’s just going to make your skin look a little better instantly – with light-reflecting shimmer – and admittedly make you feel a little sexier, with its rich scent and fun theme (“love it, flaunt it, you’ve got it”). For an ingredient analysis, read on!
Cupuaçu Butter is a Great Source of Phytosterols and Vitamin E
For not being commonplace in skincare products, there’s a surprising amount of research done on Cupuaçu Butter and the skin. It’s been used for centuries by people in the Amazon region to treat skin conditions and heal the skin (Journal of the American College of Clinical Wound Specialists). It’s comprised of 2% phytosterols (Vegetable Fats and Oils), compounds like cholesterol, which are naturally found within the skin and which keep it supple and firm when you’re young, but which diminish in both quality and quantity with age. It also has a high concentration of vitamin E.
Do I think applying Cupuaçu Butter is going to correct uneven skin tone, wrinkling, sagging, or other common issues with the body? No. But will it help with dry skin, and maybe even aid mildly irritated skin? Absolutely.
Coconut Oil is Great for Dry and Inflamed Skin. NOT a Sunscreen!
I’ll admit, for a while there in the 2010’s, I was getting mighty sick of hearing about coconut oil. Eat it! Cook with it! Put it in your hair! Put it on your skin! Sleep with a jar of it under your pillow! OK, OK, maybe not the last one, but the benefits of coconut oil seemed, at least to me, a little overblown.
That said, coconut oil is a proven anti-inflammatory agent, helping with mild to moderate skin redness, irritation, and swelling (Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine). It is also very good for treating dry to very dry skin (International Journal of Life Sciences Research).
However, despite what you may have read for years, coconut oil is NOT a sunscreen or a substitute for sunscreen or a sunscreen potency enhancer. It’s just a potent hydrator and skin soother.
Açaí Oil is a Seemingly Very Potent Antioxidant
While we’re on the subject of superfood-based ingredients, açai oil is another. Interestingly enough, the use of açai oil before phototherapy for melanoma enhanced the effectiveness of the treatment by up to 85% (Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology). Exactly why açai oil photosensitized melanoma cells to treatment is unknown at this time – greater clearing of unhealthy cells? Huge antioxidant potential? Enhancing cellular metabolism? All of the above? Something else entirely?
That said, there’s nothing about açai oil in Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream that is going to harm your skin.
If Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream were a celebrity, it would be Gisele Bundchen – fun, beautiful, sexy, and not the type you imagine dealing with constant drama or complaints. It’s a product that makes you feel a little better instantly – with light-reflecting shimmer – and admittedly makes you feel a little sexier, with its rich scent and fun theme (“love it, flaunt it, you’ve got it”). Nothing less, nothing more. A fun buy! I’m going to use it whenever I have to wear a swimsuit for an extra little “mama boost!”
Ingredients in Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream
Aqua (Water, Eau), Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, Phenyl Trimethicone, Dodecane, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetearyl Alcohol, Parfum (Fragrance), Glycerin, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Euterpe Oleracea (Açaí) Fruit Oil, Theobroma Grandiflorum (Cupuaçu) Seed Butter, Bertholletia Excelsa Seed Oil, Paullinia Cupana Seed Extract, Ilex Guayusa Leaf Extract, Ilex Paraguariensis Leaf Extract, Bixa Orellana Seed Extract, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Oil, Squalane, Tocopherol, Sodium Phytate, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Xanthan Gum, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Sorbitan Isostearate, Phenoxyethanol, Mica, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Salicylate, Citral, Coumarin, Eugenol, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Limonene, Linalool.