Few body products have eclipsed the cult status achieved by the Brazilian Bum Bum Cream. The caffeine-packed treatment delivers mega moisture with its promise of beach-ready tighter, firmer skin. It also just happens to smell like a vacation. Expanding on its success, Sol de Janeiro will release the new Coco Cabana Cream next month and after leaving the festive af Carnaval themed launch event with a jar of my own, I wish they would move up the launch date to make holiday shopping more of a win.
The Coco Cabana Cream is dubbed ‘moisture magnet oil-in-water body cream’ and provides a different sensory experience than the iconic Bum Bum Cream. It’s significantly more lightweight and has a unique gel-cream texture. It is as tropical as the OG and makes my mouth water every time I twist the jar open. It’s a body cream you actually look forward to applying. Whether you have dry skin or you just need a coconut fix.
The phrase oil-in-water spoke to me instantly. Two things: I am not super committed to a body moisturizer (this step seems too time-consuming) so I want something that absorbs quickly. And since my body is covered with hair, I need a cream that spreads easily. Finally, I don’t want to wait ten minutes before getting dressed so user-friendliness is crucial.
Before zooming in on the ingredient deck, let’s talk fragrance because Coco Cabana sounds cute but… could go either way. There is not so much as a hint of a Malibu cocktail or coconut frosting. Thank God. The latest from Sol de Janeiro hovers between the freshly cracked young coconut and its soft meat, and the delicate aroma of the foam topping a vanilla latte. The brand indicates toasted praline but it is nowhere near the cloying baked good note I have come to fear.
Deliciousness factor aside, the Coco Cabana Cream serves up to 72 hours of plush, dewy hydration. Not sure if this claim is intended for those who shower every third day, but it’s a comforting thought nevertheless. The superhero blend of fermented sugar and coconut oil performs such lasting miracles. The addition of ginger root extract, sodium hyaluronate, and Açaí fruit results in softest, touchable skin.
Day and night, after a shower, slather on a generous palm full of the airy moisturizer and take a minute or two to show your body some love. Did you know Brazilians focus on their bodies as much if not more as they do on their faces? Gisele Bundchen, Alessandra Ambrosio, Adriana Lima… need I say more?