Get smooth, bronze and beautiful with these medal-worthy Brazilian (and Brazilian-inspired) beauty products.
Because the country has yielded a sizeable percentage of the supermodel community, as well as superfoods and “miracle” products sourced from the Amazon, it’s practically a cliché to say that the word “beauty” is synonymous with Brazil.
But it’s not just models and ingredients coming out of the country: Forbes reported in 2014 that Brazil was the fastest-growing beauty industry worldwide. Embracing the incredible plant ingredients of the region, Brazilian women strike a balance between tropical glamour and a more natural sensibility — and their go-to products reflect that.
So whether the Olympics have sparked your interest or you’re perennially fascinated by best-kept secrets, we thought it only fitting to count down the best Brazilian (and Brazilian-inspired) products to help you find your inner Gisele.
Natura Seve ($26 at natura-usa.com). Natura is Brazil’s resident cosmetics giant — far and away the biggest beauty company in the local market. Fans particularly love the brand’s bath and body products, like this sweet-almond bath oil.
Sol De Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream ($45 at Sephora). U.S.-based company Sol de Janeiro harnesses the power of Brazilian plant ingredients for formulas that truly deliver cellulite-fighting power. Come for the intoxicating scent, stay for a dimple-free bum.
BestBronze Autobronzeador Spray ($20 at rickysnyc.com). Brazilians know that in their tropical clime, SPF is nonnegotiable. So to get their goddess-like bronze, they rely on this particular formula, which is the top-selling self-tanner in the country.
Pure Brazilian Coconut Water ($5 at Whole Foods). If we had a nickel for every time a Brazilian Victoria’s Secret Angel told us that she washes her hair and skin with coconut water, well, we’d buy more coconut water, because it’s clearly doing something.
Sol De Janeiro Brazilian Golden Body Veil Sol De Janeiro ($32 at Sephora). This slightly lesser-known product from the brand behind Bum Bum Cream is a bleach-meets-depilatory. When you use the cream combo on, say, your arm hair, you’re left with a flattering layer of glimmering peach fuzz.
Rahua Conditioner ($36 at rahua.com). Our go-to all-natural hair brand, Rahua, is another American product sourced from Brazilian ingredients. Come for the delicious palo santo scent, but stay for the addictively glossy finish the product leaves behind.