FAQ’s

What does Sol de Janeiro mean?

The literal translation of Sol de Janeiro is Sun of January.  It’s a play on words that combines the name of the city that inspires us, Rio de Janeiro, and the beautiful sun that shines on its beaches. Rio de Janeiro’s endless beaches, rich rainforests and beautiful bodies serve as the inspiration for Brazilian Beauty Secrets and the Brazilian attitude of confidence and playing up your best assets.  Our mission is to share this beauty attitude with the World.

Are your products made in Brazil?

Our products are made in the US with the finest ingredients, including those that are indigenous to the Amazon Rainforest in Brazil.

Are your products Natural or Organic?

When you buy a Sol de Janeiro product, we are proud to ensure the highest levels of safety, efficacy and aesthetics.  We use a blend of natural Amazonian raw ingredients for potent efficacy, ECOCERT certified emulsions for superior texture and the finest fragrances by a top French fragrance house.  This blend of synthetics bolsters the efficacy of the natural components and freshness of our products.  All of our products are formulated without phthalates, parabens, animal by-products, propylene glycol, synthetic colors, PEGs and petrolatum.

What are the key ingredients in your products?

We believe that all skincare formulations should offer a cocktail of benefits for the skin: nourish, hydrate, moisturize and provide plenty of anti-oxidants.  Therefore, all of our products are formulated with three core ingredients:

  • Cupuaçu Butter was discovered by Amazonian tribal women as the wonder remedy for dry and damaged skin. The Amazon’s answer to shea butter, it is chock full of fatty-acids, phytosterols and polyphenols which are powerful ingredients that lock in moisture and help restore skin’s elasticity.
  • Acaí was the potent berry known to have saved Chief Itaki’s prosperous Amazonian tribe from malnourishment, so he named it after his daughter. Açaí, is an antioxidant powerhouse packed into one super fruit that helps keep skin young.
  • Coconut Oil is all the rage now, but Brazilians have been enjoying their ample supply for centuries. Coconut Oil melts easily into your skin to soften, condition and moisturize.
    With the above base, each product is infused with additional ingredients that are specific to each product

Do you test your products on animals?
No, we do not. We are Cruelty Free.  We only test test  our products on ourselves!

What does “bum bum” mean?

Bum Bum (pronounced boom-boom) is a cute Brazilian slang that refers to a person’s bottom.  All Brazilians love a beautiful Bum Bum.  We love to show ours off and have others admire it.  That’s why our bikinis are so small and our jeans are fabulous!

Can I only use this cream on my Bum Bum? 

No, you can use it as a total body cream. Our original vision for this product was, in fact, for it to be a cream to care for your bottom, Brazilians’ favorite body part!  We developed a formula using only the best ingredients available: guaraná to tighten, cupuaçu butter to moisturize, coconut oil to nourish, açaí to fight free radicals, and a drop of shimmer to visibly achieve an immediate smoothing effect.  The final result felt so luxurious, smelled so good and melted into the skin so easily that we couldn’t resist using it all over our body.  We realized that if it’s good enough for the bum bum, it’s good enough for the entire the body.

The fragrance of the cream is really wonderful. What is it? 

The fragrance is Pistachio Caramelo, a wonderfully rich fragrance that will make you feel like you’re on vacation all year long! Our customers seem to be particularly pleased with the admiring comments they receive when wearing our Brazilian Bum Bum Cream .

Will this cream remove my cellulite?

Guananá, the key ingredient in this product, is known to temporarily tighten and lift the skin.  The subtle shimmering effect, reflects light on the skin providing an immediate look of smooth, healthy skin.  While this product will not remove cellulite, it will leave your skin feeling tight and looking smooth immediately and over time.

Why do you need 2 steps to care for your feet?

Our goal was to find an easy, fast and convenient way to care for your fee:

  • Step 1. Removing dry, rough skin is the first step.  We developed the Foot Smoothing Board to be used on dry feet so that you don’t need to spend extra time soaking your feet. Simple, quick and mess-free Foot Smoothing Board perfectly prepares your feet for Step 2.
  • Step 2. Massage our Samba Foot Fetish Foot Cream into your feet to keep your feet soft and moisturized.

Don’t skip either step. Both steps of the Samba 2-Step Foot Fetish Care are equally important to achieving soft, kissable feet.

Most foot creams leave my feet feeling slippery and greasy. How is Samba Foot Cream different?

It was our goal to create an easy- to- use foot care system that people could quickly use and then immediately put on their shoes and go! The Samba 2-step system is perfect to quickly buff away dry skin and then soften feet with a fast absorbing, non-slip formula.  There is no need, as with most foot care creams, to put on thick gym socks and stay in bed with your greasy feet. We tracked many miles testing in our high heels. With Samba 2-Step Foot Fetish Care you’re ready to apply and then dance with even your highest heels.

Why is taking care of your feet so important to Brazilians?

In Brazil, everyone has a foot fetish – men and women.  Having beautiful feet is an important beauty secret and part of everyone’s routine.  Whether you’re wearing running sneakers, stilettos, flip flops or snuggling up in bed, feet must feel soft and smooth.

What is the fragrance of the Samba Foot Fetish Cream?

The fresh and natural fragrance is Açaí.  It’s so energetic, that it gives you an extra spring to your step!

Why do Brazilians lighten the hair on their bodies? 

Who doesn’t love the look of golden, sun-kissed peach fuzz against the skin?  Perhaps it’s because it reminds us of long sunny, summer vacations during our younger days.  The transformation of hair on the body into a golden veil looks beautiful, natural and feminine, and Brazilians love this!  It’s not about being bare, it’s about natural beauty.

Do Brazilians also shave, wax or laser?

Yes, we do it all in Brazil! But we don’t remove everything. It’s common to see a golden veil on beautiful Brazilian women’s arms, tummy, lower back and thighs. If the hair has a peach fuzz texture, we keep it and turn it golden. A Brazilian golden body veil is beautiful, feminine and sensuous; adding a lovely luster to skin.

Are there any particular areas of my body that are best suited for lightening?

You can use this product anywhere.  It’s gentle enough for the face and strong enough to use on legs, tummy, arms and back.  For first time users, please test on a patch of skin before using it in a larger area.  For external use only.  Do not use if pregnant.

How do I use the product?

You can achieve your golden goddess look in 5 easy steps:

  • Mix equal parts of Lightener and Accelerator
  • Using the applicator, coat generously and cover hair well
  • Leave on for 5-15 minutes
  • Wash off with cold / warm water
  • Apply Rainforest Relief Hydrator Cream as the finishing touch

Can I use the Brazilian Golden Body Veil on my face?

For sure, our product is gentle enough to lighten facial hair. The most common areas targeted by our users to keep peach fuzz soft and golden on your face include :brows, sideburn area and the  upper lip. Our Lightener and Accelerator are formulated with gentle and nourishing Amazonian care ingredients: Cupuaçu Butter, Açaí and Coconut Oil—all great for skin.

How long will the lightening effect last?

Everyone’s hair type is different and grows at different rates, so the answers will vary for each one of you. It depends mostly on the area lightened. Hair on the face usually grows slower than hair on the body. Hair on the tummy and lower back grow slower than hair on the arms and legs. Typically, many customers will see regrowth after 2 weeks while others may notice after longer periods.

What does it feel like on my skin?

Most users do not feel any sensation – but everyone is different.

We recommend doing a patch test on a small area of your skin first to see how your skin reacts.

Some people may feel tingling or itching, which is caused as a result of the hydrogen peroxide coming in contact with oxygen. (You may even notice that the product bubbles and swells a bit, no need to worry.)

If you do feel any discomfort while the product is on your skin, you can take the applicator and gently smooth over the area (without removing the product) and that will provide some relief.

Our Lightener and Accelerator are formulated with gentle Amazonian skin care ingredients: Cupuaçu Butter, Açaí and Coconut Oil.

Always apply our Rainforest Relief and it will instantly sooth and hydrate.

Can the Brazilian Golden Body Veil change the color of my skin?

Some users will experience temporary redness or lightening of the skin where the product was applied. Please be assured that this is temporary and, for most people, this will go away in 10 – 20 minutes. For some, it may take as long as 24 hours, so plan accordingly. Again – since everyone’s skin is different, please do a patch test first.

How is the Brazilian Golden Body Veil different from other drugstore products out there?

Where do we begin? For starters, we make it our priority to use only the highest quality ingredients in all of our Sol de Janeiro products. Lightener, Accelerator and Rainforest Relief Instantly Soothing Hydrator are formulated with only the finest natural Amazonian care ingredients, including Cupuaçu Butter, Açaí and Coconut Oil. We’ve also developed the easiest, most foolproof formula ever, with both Acclerator and Lightener in the same luxurious cream texture (vs. messy awful powder).  Just mix equal parts of the white bottle (Lightener) and the yellow bottle (Accelerator) —and voila, you’re done. Feel free to add more product if needed while you’re applying. It’s really a no-brainer.

What is different about the tools that come with the Brazilian Golden Body Veil?

We’ve designed the perfect set of long-lasting tools to mix, apply and remove our lightening mixture: a proprietary mixing dish & silicone applicator. The mixing dish is roomy and high, for spill-free mixing. Products fit right in the dish for easy storage. The applicator is made with pharmaceutical grade silicone, and the edges are oh-so soft and gentle against skin. The triangle shaped applicator is designed to cover all of you. The tip for targeted applications like face, fingers and toes, the medium-sized edge for neck, hands, and arms. And the longest edge is perfect for larger areas like thighs, tummy and lower back. When you’re ready to remove the product, neatly scrape mixture off, and simply rinse away. Wash and dry tools thoroughly after each use as they’re built to last. Our Lightener & Accelerator, and Rainforest Relief are sold separately as replenishments, so there is no need to repurchase tools.

Can I use the Brazilian Golden Body Veil after I get a spray tan or use a sunless tanner?

Please use this product before doing any sort of sunless tanning, as the product will remove the artificial tan from your skin.

Can I use the Brazilian Golden Body Veil in the winter?

Absolutely! When tans fade, skin lightens and hair darkens without the sun. The hair on your body can becomes a lot more noticeable. Winter is a great time to use the Brazilian Golden Body Veil and maintain your inner golden goddess.

rator after applications.

Does it change the color of my skin?

Some users will experience temporary redness or lightening of the skin where the product was applied.  Please rest assured that this is temporary and, for most people, this will go away in 10 – 20 minutes.  For some, it may take as long as 24 hours, so plan accordingly.  Again – since everyone’s skin is different, please do the patch test.

Do Brazilians also shave, wax or laser? 

Yes, we do it all in Brazil!  But we don’t remove everything.  It’s common to see a golden veil on beautiful Brazilian women’s arms, tummy, lower back and thighs.  If the hair has a peach fuzz texture, we keep it and turn it to gold. Brazilian golden body veils are beautiful, feminine and sensuous, adding a lovely lustre to skin.

Can I use the Brazilian Golden Body Veil in the winter? 

Absolutely!  When tans fade, skin lightens and hair darkens without the sun. The hair on your body can become a lot more noticeable. Winter is a great time to use the Brazilian Golden Body Veil and maintain your inner golden goddess.