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The 5 Sol de Janeiro Products We’re Obsessed With Right Now

January 1 | 4 minute read

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Words by Gemma Dawkins & Samantha Brigden

Originally published on | February 9

Big, bright, bold and beautiful – that’s the Sol de Janeiro spirit.

The Brazilian-inspired body care brand has garnered an absolute cult following thanks to its ability to bottle, well, fun. From its bright, curvy packaging to its can’t-get-enough scents, this is an approach to beauty that’s all about one thing: celebrating joy.

Drawing inspiration from the Brazilian take on body positivity (all about flaunting it, no matter your shape, size or skin tone), Sol de Janeiro packs a whole lot into their colourful tubs of body creams and signature fragrance mists. But while experience ranks high on the Sol de Janeiro priority list, so too does efficacy. The brand’s products might be something you pick up for the fun of it, but their high performance keeps beauty lovers coming back again and again.

The cherry on top? That would be the ethos behind this effervescent brand. The love infused into Sol de Janeiro’s formulations radiates out into its ingredient lineup; every product is PETA Certified cruelty-free and vegan-friendly (except for the Brazilian Kiss Cupuaçu Lip Butters, which contain beeswax).

Overwhelmed with options? With so many tempting products and scents on offer, we get it – so we’ve nailed down our five favourites to clue you in on the best of Sol de Janeiro.

Pronounced ‘boom boom’, this fan-favourite, richly hydrating and super luscious cream is a mainstay on MECCA’s bestseller list for good reason. Aside from the richness of cupuaçu butter – an Amazonian take on shea butter – and nourishing coconut oil for a hefty hit of replenishment, this buttery body cream is enriched with guarana to take it to another level. With five times more caffeine than coffee, this is another Amazonian native ingredient that makes Bum Bum so coveted.

Guarana stimulates circulation, which can lead to a firming effect on the skin’s surface. The bottom line (pun intended) is smoother-looking skin that’s soft to the touch and smells amazing. Infused with the original Sol de Janeiro scent with notes of pistachio, salted caramel and vanilla, you’ll barely be able to resist yourself.

The newest scent to join the Sol de Janeiro obsession, Cheirosa 59 has fast earnt its place as an icon. With notes of vanilla orchid, sugared violet and sheer sandalwood, this sultry blend perfectly captures the feeling of winding down after a day by the beach. Yes, you will be inhaling deeply while wearing it.

Fragrance is at the heart of the Sol de Janeiro offering, in honour of a Brazilian word that has no direct translation to English. Cheirosa, which you’ll see emblazoned on many of their products, loosely means ‘to smell incredible’. And that’s exactly what you’ll do after a few spritzes of this moreish body spray. Lighter in intensity than a perfume, the mist nevertheless has impressive staying power. Sweet but not cloying, if you’re a fan of warm evenings and shimmering sunsets (who isn't?!), this mist will hit the spot.

AHA-infused moisturisers have to be one of the most ingenious developments in the world of exfoliation. Following on from your physical or chemical exfoliation routine, an AHA body cream promotes continued cell turnover while delivering hydration and nourishment to your skin. And Sol de Janeiro’s Bom Dia Bright Cream cream does just that, while smelling typically heavenly and adding a brightening element that’s the cherry on top.

If you prefer a more sultry, evening-style fragrance, you’ll love Bom Dia’s Cheirosa 40 scent which is a little darker and more full-bodied. With warm notes of black amber plum, Brazilian orchid and vanilla woods, it’s a fruity-yet-sexy take that has a little more bite.

And in terms of efficacy, this cream is a real multitasker, amping up the glow from all angles. Slough away skin cells and build up with mango and banana-derived AHA fruit enzymes, while vitamin C ester combats free radicals and pumps up the brightness for visible results. Willow bark extract rounds out the formula with its soothing anti-inflammatory properties that prevent ingrown hairs and keep pores clear. It’s safe to say this one’s the ultimate glow-getter!

If your fragrance preference leans floral, fruity, fresh and feminine, then Sol de Janeiro’s Brazilian Crush Cheirosa 68 Perfume Mist is your sweet dream (emphasis on sweet) come true. Like the other fragrance mists in the range it’s designed for hair and body, so it’s lightweight but addictive. Plus, it layers beautifully with other Sol de Janeiro products to make your scent last even longer.

Inspired by a vision of a lush Brazilian garden by the ocean, Cheirosa 68 is poppy pink in colour and in attitude. Reminiscent of fairy floss and bubble gum, notes of sun musk and ocean spray balance out the sugar and make it surprisingly subtle.
Given how much we love the original Brazilian Bum Bum Cream, it's no surprise we can't get enough of its even more weightless, luminosity-boosting sibling. Oils are the secret weapons of your body care routine, delivering a next-level nourishment that sinks in instantly (especially great for hot summer days).

More than just moisture, this superchaged blend features the brand's signature Guaraná Caffeine+ Complex™ to improve the look of firmness, while a unique micro algae extract helps to depuff. Massage in after your 'Everything Shower' to lock in silky smooth skin – and, of course, that same Bum Bum scent you can't get enough of!

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