Almost everyone seems to love Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream, but I wanted to compare the popular cream to others within its own line. How does the Bum Bum Cream compare to the Acai Body Power Cream, and the Coco Cabana Cream? I’m confident that most people (who like to sparkle) will love at least one of the creams. So, I want to go over what makes them similar, what makes them different, and what makes them worth the splurge? At $45 for 8.1oz, these body creams cost a whopping $5.56 an ounce. That is extremely expensive for a body product, so why do we spend that much?
I never have, and you do not have to either. Whether getting a special price through FabFitFun, getting it in a kit (no articles, but I have purchased kits from Sephora), getting it in a subscription box, or waiting for a sale, there are ways to get it for less. It makes it a little easier to fall in love. So, tip number one is stock up when you get a good deal. Tip number two is the most important. Find the one you love the most. They all give you that kissed by the sun glow, but they all smell and feel different. That means there is no one size fits all scent for my fellow glow lovers.
The first differences are pretty obvious. You can see the different colors. Bum Bum cream is a pale yellow. Acai is a pale purple. That means they both kind of match their outer packaging. Coco Cabana does not take on a pale teal. As the name suggests, it is a pale white. It has coconuts in it. A lot of people will tell you that Bum Bum cream has a tropical scent. This is why fragrance is so personal. To me, Bum Bum smells like sweet, butter cookies. Expect it to smell like baked goods. There is a floral scent to Acai where you’d only expect fruit. While we got kettle corn from the original Coco Cabana, we now get something closer to fresh coconuts with the reformulated version.
I can tell you from fragrance alone, I prefer the Bum Bum Cream. Nothing beats smelling like a bakery to me. It smells so sweet, and the smell really lasts a long time. Coco Cabana comes in just behind it, because I love the smell of coconut, even though I can pass on the taste. While I do not dislike Acai, it is my least favorite. If it smelled more like Acai, I would have preferred that to the floral scent it has.
That brings us to texture. The Bum Bum Cream has a medium density, the Acai is the thickest, and the Coco Cabana is the thinnest. Surprisingly, they moisturize in order from thinnest to thickest. Coco Cabana is the most moisturizing, Bum Bum Cream is in the middle, and Acai is the weakest. It’s funny, because Acai feels the most moisturizing, but it starts failing before the 24-hour mark where the other two hold on. Sadly, none of them moisturize my dry skin enough in the winter. I have officially tested them now, and I am sad. No winter glowing for me, because I do not need flaky skin mixed with glitter.
Here I am sparkling with the Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream.
Here I am sparkling with the Acai Body Power Cream.
Here I am sparkling with the Sol de Janeiro Coco Cabana Cream.
With the formulation change, Coco Cabana also got a packaging overhaul. The old packaging is on the right.
The texture of the cream did not really change. I did not check the ingredients before, so I am not sure how many things changed. It is clear something made the fragrance smell drastically different.
I will say the new one did not moisturize my skin as well as the old one, but I used it in late fall when it was already cold. Sol de Janeiro products are not rich enough for my dry skin in cold weather. If I test this product again in the summer of 2020 and it does not live up to how well it performed in the summer of 2019, then I will be ready to say the reformulation was a disservice to the formula. It was a service to the fragrance though. The new one is better.
Only buy this if you want to glow. The glow is imperceptible until the light hits it just right. Then, it is perfect. It is not too bold or too subtle. All the formulas provide the same amazing glow, so choose based on fragrance and moisturizing needs.
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I'm Kimberly. Shopping is always more fun when I've found the best deal available, so I am always on the hunt. My father instilled that in me, and I love that I carry a piece of him. Sometimes, my husband and sons (12 and 7) let me shop for them, too. They do not use as many beauty products as I do. We can all benefit from nice products, even though their routine ends with moisturizer. That is when I can convince my 12-year-old to apply it.