Hello and welcome to the very first “Is it worth the hype?” post on Beauty Bucket List. I feel like the amount of products being recommended and promoted on social media can be very overwhelming these days. I know I can get sucked in quite easily and I’m sure we all feel the same way. So many products to try, only a billionaire could really afford to get them all.
I hope this series will help you make a more informed decision whether you should give in or rather save your hard earned money when it comes to the popular beauty products. To start off, how about we talk about the Sol de Janeiro brand…
I first heard about Sol de Janeiro from Tati, who compared the scent of the Brazilian Bum Bum Cream to Laura Mercier’s Creme de Pistache Body Butter (which I used to love!). I was living in Australia at the time and couldn’t get my hands on the product, but when I moved to the US, it was the first thing I purchased, along with the Brazilian 4 Play Shower Gel.
I’ve been using both products for just over a month now and, in short, my verdict is that (insert dramatic music) they are not worth the hype. Not because they are bad products, but because they are just too expensive for what they are.
Let me start from the positives. The scent of both the Brazilian Bum Bum Cream and the Brazilian 4 Play Shower Gel is lovely. Not exactly like the Laura Mercier pistachio body butter, but if you liked that scent, you won’t be disappointed. It’s sweet and warm, which makes you want to dip your entire body in the cream and stay there for ever. The products deliver on most of the claims and are very pleasant to use. I can’t say I’ve noticed my skin being much firmer than before, but the Bum Bum Cream makes it feel nice and soft. Plus, the scent lingers for a couple of hours – even when you won’t smell it on yourself anymore, others will.
It’s all fun, games and unicorns until you actually look at the ingredients list and realize that you are paying for the fun packaging and the promise of a Brazilian butt. 🙂 Interestingly enough, Sol de Janeiro products are made in the US and the brand was created by the Korean-born New Yorker, who spent some time in Sao Paulo. There’s obviously nothing wrong with that, but my perception of the product before reading the “About Us” section on the website was that it was actually made in Brazil.
Back to the ingredient’s list… if you, for example, look at the shower gel, you’ll notice that the first half of the list include water, glycerin and foaming agents. Only somewhere in the middle you’ll find the promised acai fruit oil, cupuacu butter and coconut oil. Similar goes for the Bum Bum Cream and the skin conditioning agents or emolients. I am no chemist but I know that if I’m to pay a lot of money for a skincare product, I would like to see the most beneficial ingredients as close to the top of the list as possible.
I hate to be a Negative Nancy but, while I actually do like both Sol de Janeiro products, they did not wow me enough to repurchase. Not for $25 for the shower gel (385 ml) and $45 for the body butter (240 ml). I go through those way too quickly (my Brazilian 4 Play is almost gone by now). If the price was 50% less, I would consider getting the body butter again, but at the same time I’m sure I can find products I like from other brands and pay even less.
Will you be disappointed if you splurge and get the Brazilian Bum Bum Cream or the Brazilian 4 Play? Probably not, maybe just a bit underwhelmed. I’m not advising against giving them a go, but don’t keep your expectations too high. Personally, I may just get a fragrance mist if I miss the pistachio caramel scent too much…