Who doesn’t want smoother, well hydrated and visibly tighter skin? Add to that the most addictive scent you’ve ever smelled in a body lotion, and it’s easy to see why Sol de Janeiro’s Brazilian Bum Bum Cream was an instant bestseller when it made its debut in 2016. In fact, the vegan and cruelty-free formula has won countless beauty awards, including the Allure Readers’ Choice Award in 2020.
Like many, we’re lured by the siren’s call of this exceptionally popular product and have purchased our own Bum Bum jar. The biggest (and really only) downside is that we can’t make our Bum Bum Cream last forever, although we gave it our best effort.
Since the 8.1-ounce Bum Bum concoction costs $48 ($5.92 per ounce), and since we went through the first one faster than Milli Vanilli’s music career, we had to find Bum Bum Cream dupes before that first one turned into a very expensive habit. We have high hopes since our dupes for Crème de la Mer went smashingly.
What Is Brazilian Bum Bum Cream?
Sol de Janeiro’s Brazilian Bum Bum Cream (pronounced “boom boom”) is more than a trendy product with a really cute name. And no, it’s not just for your tush. The combo of its buttery texture, unique scent and skin-firming properties makes it an extremely indulgent all-over body moisturizer. Not to mention it contains five times the amount of caffeine as coffee to help stimulate circulation. It pretty much does everything except clean the kitchen.
Why Is Bum Bum Cream So Famous?
Is it the quality? Amazonian ingredients? Skin-tightening promises? The clever name? Yes! But, it’s really about the marvelous and unique fragrance.
Sol de Janeiro’s Brazilian Bum Bum Cream has over 20,000 5-star reviews at Soldejaneiro.com and over 22,000 on Amazon. Most of those reviews cite the scent as the reason for their adoration. Reviewers, bloggers, celebrities (Hailey Bieber and Selena Gomez, for example), TikTokers and YouTubers rave about its fragrant scent — most using words like salted caramel, vanilla ice cream cones, pistachio, tropical vacations, fresh coconut, and summertime to describe the fragrance.
What We Look for in a Bum Bum Dupe
The same things that make Bum Bum Cream a favorite for others rock our socks off, too. But, like our Drunk Elephant dupes, we want to find dupes that have some same characteristics as the OG.
Here’s what we set out to find:
- Texture: Looking for Brazilian Bum Bum Cream dupes that mimic, not only the buttery texture but melt into our skin, leaving it velvety, not sticky or greasy.
- Smell: The smell of Bum Bum Cream is decidedly unique. We can’t duplicate the same fragrance, but we’re sticking to creams that bring to mind beach vacations and frolicking through a forest.
- Price: At $5.93 per ounce for 8.1 ounces, $8.80 per ounce for 2.5 ounces, and $10 for 0.8 ounces, we’re determined to find dupes that are at least half the price.
These are our choices for Brazilian Bum Bum Cream dupes that won’t bust your budget but will instead fill your life with a yummy scent and softer skin:
10 Affordable Bum Bum Cream Dupes
1. Hawaiian Tropic After Sun Body Butter
Why It’s a Good Bum Bum Cream Dupe: This Hawaiian Tropic Body Butter comes is a smokin’ dupe. The coconut and avocado oils as well as the shea butter provide an ultra-rich moisturizing base and leave the skin with the faintest of coconut scents.
2. C’est Moi Vanilla Vibes Nourishing Body Butter
Why It’s a Good Bum Bum Cream Dupe: The nourishing body butter from C’est Moi with organic shea butter, coconut and avocado oils hydrates skin and delivers a subtle vanilla fragrance. The tub of C’est Moi Vanilla Vibes is a little smaller than Bum Bum Cream, but it’s still a terrific bargain. This is a superb choice if you’re looking for a cream that is gentle enough for sensitive skin.
3. Fresh Sugar Lemon Body Lotion
Why It’s a Good Bum Bum Cream Dupe: Whether it’s the quick-drying, non-sticky formula that nourishes dry skin or the antioxidant-rich vitamins C and E that softens and protects, there’s no denying Fresh’s Sugar Lemon Body Lotion is a pleasure to your nose. Its scent is like a “lemon sprinkled with sugar,” containing 24-hour moisture for a healthier, more radiant glow.
4. Moroccanoil Body Lotion
Why It’s a Good Bum Bum Cream Dupe: The lightweight, fast-absorbing lotion blends moisturizing oils and aloe leaf extract will leave your skin softer, smoother and more radiant. It has the signature Moroccanoil scent that blends spicy amber with sweet floral notes.
5. Bath & Body Works Pure Wonder Body Cream
Why It’s a Good Bum Bum Cream Dupe: If you want your body cream to transport you to a fluffy cloud in the sky, then the Bath & Body Works Pure Wonder Ultimate Hydration Body Cream is what you need. Like “a dreamy, warm, joyfully bright delight,” this non-greasy formula with hyaluronic acid and shea butter leaves your skin with 24-hour moisture and a fragrance of “iced rosé, star jasmine and warm white amber.”
6. C.O. Bigelow No. 005 Lemon Body Cream
Why It’s a Good Bum Bum Cream Dupe: The Bigelow Company’s long-standing Lemon Body Cream recipe helps to nourish your skin with Shea Butter, natural vitamins and fatty acids while the Lemon Extract helps “restore the luster of dull skin with its detoxifying and rejuvenating properties.” The non-greasy cream is made in the small business’s apothecary and will renew, soften and moisturize your skin.
7. OGX Extra Creamy + Coconut Miracle Oil Body Lotion
Why It’s a Good Bum Bum Cream Dupe: With an ultra-hydrating blend of coconut oil and vanilla bean extract, the non-greasy formula of the OGX body lotion makes skin feel good while making you smell divine.
8. Hempz Koa & Sweet Almond Body Moisturizer
Why It’s a Good Bum Bum Cream Dupe: The Hempz Beauty Body Moisturizer is a vegan blend of avocado and sweet almond extracts, Shea Butter and hemp seed oil to hydrate, soften and smooth your skin. Its multivitamins protect against free radical damage. Its scent has been compared to Bum Bum Cream, too.
9. Trader Joe’s Brazil Nut Body Butter
Why It’s a Good Bum Bum Cream Dupe: Containing hints of salted caramel, pistachio, coconut and vanilla, Trader Joe’s Brazil Nut Body Butter is probably the most popular Brazilian Bum Bum dupe in its cute pink package. It contains Shea butter and a coconut oil base and is enhanced with açaí extract and guarana extract.
10. Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow AHA Pink Dream Body Cream
Why It’s a Good Bum Bum Cream Dupe: Even though this body cream comes in a cute pink container, that’s not the reason we picked it, nor is it because of the vegan, gluten-free and cruelty-free factors. It’s because of its lightweight, creamy texture featuring Glow Recipe’s popular watermelon scent and how it makes my skin feel.
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