I, like the rest of the world, have been obsessed with Sol de Janeiro’s Bum Bum Cream. And as I was meandering through the aisles, desperately trying to locate my coveted cream, I thought to myself: there must be another option, some Bum Bum Cream dupes with the same effect. Or multiple options.
It stuck in my head. So, off I went to the internet, and then went out IRL, to see if there was any truth behind that fleeting aisle thought.
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What I Looked For
Okay, a brief overview of Bum Bum Cream for those who don’t know: it’s a formula that claims to help with smoothing and tightening, so your skin looks alive and toned. The Bum Bum Cream also has a slight sheen to it, so in the sun, you glimmer a little.
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In terms of ingredients, it has cupuaçu butter to help with moisture and elasticity, courtesy of fatty acids, phytosterols, and polyphenols; açai oil filled with antioxidants; coconut oil, to condition and nourish your skin; and guarana, an Amazonian plant that helps with anti-aging thanks to its large amounts of caffeine.
So, for me, the Bum Bum Cream dupes had to have conditioning capabilities, anti-aging properties, and elasticity-boosting properties.
After endless digging, I’ve come up with some fantastic alternatives. These are the best 13 dupes that I’ve found, and yes, I’m already basking in non-Bum-Bum anti-aging as I wait for my next batch of Bum Bum cream to come in. But that’s not the point.
Don’t waste your time using a body cream that sits on your skin and takes time to work – this one instantly soaks in, then starts its job immediately. Its ultimate benefit is hydration, thanks to squalane (not squalene, no typo here), which locks in moisture and tends to dry spots. Like your good ol’ Bum Bum Cream, it has cupuaçu butter, too, as well as coconut oil, so your skin’s elasticity is nurtured at the same time.
The container says it’s a moisturizer, and, yeah, it is: avocado, coconut, and argan oils come into play to hydrate and condition skin with nourishing shea butter. But it’s the caffeine, working hard to tighten and firm, cocoa butter, and vitamin E that give this Bum Bum Cream dupe its other benefits: fighting lumps and bumps all over the body, erasing stretch marks and scars, and protecting skin from wrinkles and fine lines from free radicals.
Look at the comments, and you’ll see people comparing it to Sold de Janeiro’s Bum Bum Cream… and saying it’s just as good, if not better. Its ingredients are similar, with Cupuaçu Butter and guarana in there to smooth and tone. But Tropic Hut also adds in vitamin-E-packed pistachio oil to protect, as well as shea butter to moisturize and nourish dry skin.
No, it won’t really give you a bigger butt – sorry babe, you gotta do the squats for those – but it will make it look like you do reps each day. All skin types benefit from Honeydew’s Luxury Butt Nourishing Cream, with its delicious combination of ingredients: avocado oil, with its fatty acids to protect from UV; vitamin E and coconut oil to moisturize; and cocoa butter to give the illusion of a plumper butt.
Dry skin that needs a little extra help can always turn to Burt’s Bees – especially this body lotion, dedicated to hydration with a few other perks. The paraben- and phthalate-free formula uses nourishing shea butter and elasticity-increasing cupuaçu butter and grape oil to give you soft, smooth skin. The addition of vitamin E to protect from free radicals nixes the possibility of wrinkle-creating damage, while sunflower oil provides anti-aging benefits.
CoQ10, aka firming galore – this time in a serum! You can’t escape this enzyme, which is blowing up in the beauty industry thanks to its visual toning effects. Timeless’ CoQ10 Serum also features soothing aloe, moisture-locking hyaluronic acid, hydrating glycerin, and protective vitamin E. All together, you have a serum that firms, improves texture, hydrates, and both repairs past damage and protects from future damage.
It’s THE Body Lotion. That’s it, that’s the [title]. And with an extremely high rating — 4.7 stars out of over 1,200 reviews — you know it’s gotta be good. This Bum Bum Cream dupe is alllll about nourishment, with marula, cacay, and meadowfoam seed oils coming together to soften and make supple. Niacinamide joins the party next, strengthening your skin’s barrier. And then, enter the special guests: two signal peptides that firm and tighten your tush, just like Bum Bum Cream is known for accomplishing. Doesn’t get better than that!
Marissa reviewed their KP Bump Eraser cream, and now we’re recommending their collagen cream for its amazing effects on your booty. Niacinamide helps strengthen while also plumping up your tush, giving it a fuller appearance. But the big guns come out a’blazin’ with collagen and peptides. Collagen helps out with its overall look — no bumps or lumps here — while peptides (which are collagen’s building blocks) fight fine lines and wrinkles. The result: a butt so smooth, it’s literally as soft as a baby’s bottom.
Biossance throws in a mixture of ingredients that will take care of your skin, from hydrating to firming up and smoothing over those uneven spots – making it an ideal Bum Bum Cream dupe. Caffeine tightens and tones, giving the appearance of supple skin. Niacinamide takes care of those rough spots and retains moisture, while squalane swoops in to mimic natural oils, nourishing the skin without leaving grease.
Do you sometimes feel like your thighs and buns could use a detox? After sitting at a desk to work all day with pants rubbing against your thighs, it’s nice to take a cream, slather it over your lower half, and chill. Seaweed Bath Co.’s Detox Firming Body Cream refreshes and soothes skin with ingredients like coconut oil and vera, tightens with green coffee bean extract, and – most excitingly – fights aging with bladderwrack seaweed (a great name? No. But it works).
If your cellulite and fine lines are bothering you – first of all, stop. Second of all: we get it, and so does Truly. Their Bum Bum Cream dupe is made with wheat protein, shea butter, and watermelon to help with texture, firmness, and discoloration. Not only will your skin be hydrated and healthy, but with that combo you KNOW it’ll have your cake smelling like… cake.
Do you have a favorite Bum Bum Cream dupe? Tell us below!