Summer beauty: Sol de Janeiro Bom Dia Bright Cream & more cult faves



The release of Bum Bum Cream catapulted Sol de Janeiro into mainstream consciousness and it’s pretty obvious why: one sniff of this decadent body cream, and you’re instantly transported to a sizzling Brazilian beach. Following up on that success, the brand has also just launched Bom Dia Bright Cream, and I’m more than happy to continue the vibe + bettering my skin while doing so. “Tall and tan and young and lovely, the girl from Ipanema goes walking, and when she passes, each one she passes goes, Ahhhhhhhhhh” — aka: what I hear in my head after playing with all these products 🎵🎶






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Brazilian Bum Bum Cream (CAN $59.00) | Ok, I’m going to call it: this body cream has the (which, by the way, is pronounced “boom boom” in Brazil). Beachy scents are my kryptonite, and this one is epic. Housed in a wide mouth jar, this is a lush body cream with a luxuriously thick butter-like consistency that melts into the skin. The formula contains:


Said to help visibly tighten the skin, this cream also imparts a delicate hint of shimmer that serves to detract the eye from minor imperfections. The fragrance contains notes of Pistachio & Almond (top), Heliotrope & Jasmine Petals (heart), Vanilla, Salted Caramel & Sandalwood (base) that combine to make you feel like you’ve stepped into a tropical paradise — all while leaving your skin softer than a baby’s bum-bum. For the record, this cream is so well-scented that it can also serve double-duty as your fragrance du jour  … or better still, use it as a base before spritzing on some Sol Cheirosa ’62.


Bom Dia Bright Cream (CAN $59.00) | Having a “good day” (or bom dia, in Portuguese) is always welcome, no? Basically, this is a body cream that is said to provide smooth, glowing skin while also helping to minimize the appearance of dark spots and those bumps known as Keratosis Pilaris (KP) through gentle exfoliation — all thanks to the fruit acids in includes. How’s that for a multi-tasker? The formula contains:


The yogurt-like texture of the cream is initially somewhat cool to the touch, and becomes quickly absorbed into the skin without any greasy residue. The scent is based on the brand’s new Cheirosa ’40 fragrance and includes notes of Black Amber Plum & Cassis (top), Jasmine Blooms & Brazilian Orchid (heart), and Vanilla Woods & Warm Musk (base) — forming this heady fruit/floral/sultry melange that smells as delicious as it sounds.



Coco Cabana Moisturizing Body Cream-Cleanser (CAN $33.00) | Maybe I should have started with this, because proper cleansing is key to Bum Bum-licious skin. The sulfate-free formula of this product is enriched with a CocoSugar Blend that works to gently exfoliate without stripping the skin, leaving a thoroughly clean yet absolutely moisturized feel behind. The formula contains:

As with everything in Sol de Janeiro’s lineup, scent plays a huge role here as well and this cleanser is enhanced by the mouthwatering notes of the brand’s Cheirosa ’39 fragrance that contains Coconut Cream (top), Warm Vanilla & Tropical Orchid (heart), plus Creamy Sandalwood & Toasted Praline (base). And yes, it’s absolutely mouthwatering. Also, every time I look at the bottle, Barry Manilow’s ‘Copa Cabana” starts playing in an endless loop in my head.

Triple Brazilian Butter Hair Repair Treatment (CAN $47.00) | True Fact: after washing my hair, I skip conditioner and always use a hair mask. My hair is also coloured a hi-lift blonde (no bleach), so hair masks that promise to thoroughly nourish and protect are always exciting for me. Interestingly, before the pandemic changed all our lives, I was attending frequent events, which meant I was blow drying and flat ironing my hair quite often. That resulted in major damage: not only did I lose a good portion of length (and to clarify, my hair has always been long), but regrowth slowed to a crawl. This was a first for me, as I’ve always had rapid hair growth and I’m fortunate to have good follicular genes — which provided some protection to what I had been putting my hair through. Then the world shut down, events stopped, and I changed my hair ways: the last time I used heat styling tools was mid-June 2020 and as a result, my hair is not only free of any split ends, but it’s literally at my waist now (before that it was above my boobs). Yes, I attribute these positive changes to eliminating heat styling, but I also give credit to using hair masks that help keep my locks in optimum shape. Getting back to this product though, the formula contains:

With the same fragrance as Bum Bum Cream, applying this surrounded by the moist heat of a shower, becomes a truly heady experience and even long after my hair is dry, I still pick up the scent with every swish of my hair. Regarding use, it’s recommended to apply after shampooing, comb through and then leave on for 10 minutes to get the most benefit, but that’s also dependant on one’s time and hair needs. Personally, once I apply the mask I then tend to the rest of my routine (shaving) and then rinse it all out as a last step. The result? Hair that’s easy to comb out and once dry, smoother-looking with significantly less frizz. Did I mention that is smells AH-mazing?


Sol Cheirosa ’62 Eau de Parfum (CAN $102.00/50 ml, 1.7 fl oz) | In Brazil, ‘cheirosa‘ means to smell incredibly delicious & apparently everyone wants to be a cheirosa (same). Written on the outer packaging is “The Scent of Summer”, and I absolutely agree. This is the newest fragrance from Sol de Janeiro, and if you’re into beachy scents, then THIS one is definitely for you. In fact, it’s now my new summer go-to — but I have a feeling it might also become my year round go-to. The bottle, with its sloped shoulders and pale gold juice, is capped with a golden ‘mirror-ball’ that’s inspired by Brazil’s blazing sun, while the name is an homage to 1962’s ‘The Girl From Ipanema‘ (I posted a snippet of the lyrics in my opening paragraph), a song that has basically become synonymous with Brazil & introduced the world to the sounds of Bossa Nova. The notes include Pistachio & Almond (top), Heliotrope & Jasmine Petals (heart), and Vanilla, Salted Caramel & Sandalwood (base). Upon receiving the bottle, I immediately applied a quick spritz to my wrist and I had an OH MY GOD moment; this is the beach scent I’ve been waiting for. As someone who is also fragrance-sensitive in that certain notes can trigger an instant migraine, I went in cautiously but it’s all good! No headache!!! A day later, and I can still catch the faintest trace of it on my wrist, but sillage (staying power), will depend on your personal body chemistry (and sense of smell, I imagine). So basically, I now have my Holy Grail Beach perfume.


Cheirosa ’62 Candle, limited edition (CAN $55.00/226.7 g, 8 oz) | With the same decadent fragrance found in Bum Bum Cream and Cheirosa ’62, this is a soy-blend candle with an unbleached cotton wick, hand poured in a small-batch process (the better to preserve the delicate aroma) and said to provide a 45-hour burn time. The glass jar with its sunny yellow hue is absolutely adorable, and once I bring myself to burn the entire candle down (but not before I pick up a few back ups), I’ll be definitely repurposing it to hold some beauty item — probably makeup brushes. Honestly, this entire range speaks to me and my love of the beach, so having this fragrance wafting in my home is both soothing and intoxicating. That said, I hope that Sol de Janeiro is reading this, because the brand NEEDS to make this a permanent addition.


Brazilian Touch Hand Sanitizer (US $10.00/90 ml, 3 fl oz) | Who would have thought that a hand sanitizer could smell this good? With the same delish fragrance as cult-fave Bum Bum Cream, this comes with a convenient spray pump for ease of application. Following the guidelines of the World Health Organization (WHO), the formula contains 80% alcohol for truly effective sanitizing and cleansing, plus glycerin to help keep hands soft & comfortable (none of that stripping feeling other sanitizers can leave behind) … all while smelling so, so good. Interestingly, I only see it available on Sol de Janeiro’s website at the moment where they also offer the option to subscribe and save 10%, meaning subsequent bottles will be US $9.00/each. Oh, and how awesome that to date, 50,000 bottles of this sanitizer have been donated to health care workers? Well done, Sol de Janeiro.


Ok, so now I totally get the hype surrounding this brand. I mean, even if the Bum Bum name wasn’t enough (it is), the fragrances + the way each product absolutely delivers, is good enough to make me a return customer. With warm weather season upon us, I intend to get my skin summer ready and channel some of that Brazilian heat … and smell damn great while doing so.


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