The Best-Smelling SPF Ever?
Ok so the summer may not *technically* be here yet but I’m already thinking ahead to sunnier days (and frankly it’s never too early to enjoy some beautifully-fragranced body care). So I’ve been getting out some of my Sol de Janeiro favourites.
Born from a love of all things Brazil, this sun, sea and surf-inspired brand goes heavy on the tropical scents, glittery-glowy formulas and skin-nourishing ingredients: and I’m a big fan.
Their Amazon rainforest-based ingredients are also sustainably sourced from certified suppliers.
The brand is also cruelty-free, as well as sulphate, phthalate, paraben, mineral oil and microplastics-free.
Sol de Janeiro Bum Bum Sol Oil SPF 30 (£36 for 90 ml, Feel Unique)*
Although I’m a fan of pretty much most of their products, as a total SPF addict, one of my favourites is their Bum Bum Sol Oil (pronounced ‘boom boom’ and inspired by Brazilian slang for, well, you guessed it).
For those already fans of the brands cult body moisturiser- the Bum Bum Cream (from £18 for 75 ml, Feel Unique)– this glittery sunscreen oil will provide a familiar experience, since this SPF shares the brand’s signature Cheirose ‘62 scent.
And for those who’ve never so much as tried the original Bum Bum Cream, just know that its scent is all warm salted caramel- and will remind you of pretty much every sun holiday you’ve ever had.
I will point out though that one of my friends actually hates the scent- so if you don’t enjoy warm, vanilla-y type fragrances try to have a sniff in store before buying.
On the Skin
I’m normally slightly skeptical of spray oils like this, finding the product is usually so thin it runs away the second you try to spritz it onto your arm (very annoying).
Luckily, this has a thick enough texture that is easy to work with but still absorbs really quite quickly.
It does leave behind a slight residue which those who like their products very matte or dry may not enjoy, though, but isn’t greasy and it doesn’t leave enough of a residue to interfere with getting dressed etc.
And since the combinations of sweet almond, coconut and grape seed oils moisturises my skin instantly I’m not complaining.
I’ve included the full list of ingredients at the bottom of this post.
As well as leaving my skin *ridiculously* soft- more so than most body oils I’ve tried- the combination of moisturising ingredients and tiny amounts of glitter (almost imperceptible but you can occasionally see them in the light) gives my skin a really lovely sheen.
I suspect it would do the same to hair too so I may well brush a little of this through my frazzled strands when summer comes too.
Because this oil absorbs enough to not be too shiny, and because it’s factor 30, this is something I’ll very happily use for trotting about sightseeing in the sun.
The mixture of broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection here, as well as the 80-minute water resistance make this great for beach days too.
This is a chemical sunscreen, however, using (reef-safe) octocrylene, ethyhexyl ealicylate and butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane to absorb the sun’s rays, so those with sensitive skin or who normally stick to mineral sunscreens should take note.
Overall I’m a big fan of this oil- both as a sunscreen and as a glowing skin tool. As someone who loves the Cheiros ’62 scent too I also love the fragrance of this and enjoy that I can skip my normal perfume when I’m wearing this.
Great for: Glowing, soft, sun protected skin and sweet scent fans.
Not-so-great for: Those who don’t like chemical sunscreens.
*Denotes PR sample
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The full list of ingredients:
Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut/Noix de Coco) Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape/Grain de Raisin) Seed Oil, Homosalate, Octocrylene, Ethyhexyl Salicylate, Neopentyl Glycol Diheptanoate, Octyldodecanol, Parfum, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Oil, Mica, Silica, Theobroma Grandiflorum (Cupuaçu) Seed Butter, Tin Oxide, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Salicylate, Coumarin, Limonene