Who doesn’t want to have smoother, well hydrated and visibly tighter skin? Add to that the most addictive scent you’ve ever smelled in a body lotion (or dessert for that matter), and it’s easy to see why Sol de Janeiro’s Brazilian Bum Bum Cream became an instant bestseller when it was introduced in 2016. In fact, it continues to be one of Sephora’s hottest-selling products of all time.
Like so many, we were lured in by the siren’s call of this exceptionally popular product with a celebrity following and recently purchased our first tub. But frankly, we couldn’t make our Bum Bum Cream last “forever,” like some reviewers. In fact, we lathered up with little restraint until, sadly, our tub of Bum Bum Cream was depleted, and our skin was begging for more.
Since an 8.1-ounce jar of Bum Bum Cream costs $48 so roughly $5.92 per ounce. And since we went through our first jar like a hot knife through butter, we had to search out Bum Bum Cream dupes before that first tub turned into a very expensive habit. We had phenomenal success finding dupes for our Crème de la Mer addiction, so we were pretty optimistic.
What Is Bum Bum Cream?
Sol de Janeiro’s Brazilian Bum Bum Cream is more than a trendy product with a cute name. And no, it’s not just for your tush. The combination of its buttery texture, unique scent and skin-firming properties makes it an extremely indulgent all over body moisturizer. The texture, absorbency and skin-tightening attributes are a result of special ingredients, including fatty acids, coconut oil, açaí, cupuaçu butter and guaraná extract — which stimulates circulation with five times the caffeine as coffee.
Why Is Bum Bum Cream So Famous?
Is it the quality, Amazonian ingredients, skin-tightening promises or the clever name? None. Trust us. It’s the fragrance. Sol de Janeiro’s Brazilian Bum Bum Cream has over 5,000 5-star reviews on Sephora and 17,000 on Amazon. Most of those reviews cite the scent as the reason for their adoration. Reviewers, bloggers, celebrities (Hilary Duff and Shawn Mendes to name two), TikTokers and YouTubers alike all rave about the smell — most of them use words like salted caramel, vanilla ice cream cones, pistachio, tropical vacations, fresh coconut and summer to describe the fragrance.
10 Bum Bum Cream Dupes That Cost Less
What Did We Look for in Selecting Good Dupes?
The same things that made Bum Bum Cream a favorite for others rocked our world as well: the texture and the fragrance. But, like our Drunk Elephant dupes, we wanted to score Bum Bum Cream dupes that were at least half the price of the original product. Here’s what we set out to find:
- Texture: We searched for Bum Bum Cream dupes that mimic not only the buttery texture but also melted into our skin, leaving it velvety, not sticky or greasy.
- Smell: The smell of Bum Bum Cream is decidedly unique, which is why it’s such a fan favorite. We knew we wouldn’t be able to duplicate the exact fragrance notes, but we stuck to creams that reminded us of desserts and beach vacations.
- Price: At almost $6 per ounce or $48 for an 8.1-ounce tub, almost $9 per ounce or $22 for 2.5 ounces and $10 for 0.8 ounces, we are determined to find dupes that were at least half the price. We’re not always cheap, but just like makeup artists who have cheap makeup brands they use, we have our solid-performing bargain dupes.
Without further ado, here are our choices for Bum Bum Cream dupes that won’t bust your budget:
1. Hawaiian Tropic After Sun Lotion Moisturizer and Hydrating Body Butter
What Makes It a Good Bum Bum Cream Dupe: This Hawaiian Tropic Body Butter comes in an 8-ounce container making it $1.42 per ounce, one-third of the cost of Bum Bum Cream, it’s 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 coconut scent.
Positive Review: “Great coconut scent of summertime, very thick moisturizing for sun exposure. No SPF so you’re gonna burn if you’re out too long. I’m pasty white, but I actually got some color this pandemic summer laying in my inflatable pool on my float in timed increments.” – SeaWitchRavenclaw
Price: $11.39 at Amazon
2. C’est Moi Vanilla Vibes Nourishing Body Butter
What Makes It 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 at 6 ounces and $2.50 per ounce but is still a terrific bargain. This is a superb choice if you are looking for a cream that is gentle enough for sensitive skin.
Positive Review: “Smells like real vanilla. Super thick texture, a little bit goes a long way. Love love the clean ingredients, the way it hydrates my skin perfectly and the smell! Will buy again.” – Lekili
Price: $12 (reg. $14.99) on Amazon
3. Tree Hut 24-Hour Intense Hydrating Shea Body Butter
What Makes It a Good Bum Bum Cream Dupe: The hydrating shea body butter from Tree Hut is infused with certified organic shea butter, cocoa butter, coconut and lime extracts, providing skin with an intensely nourishing moisture bath. Made without parabens, formaldehyde or phthalates, this 24-hour body butter will drench your skin in the most delicious scent of coconuts and lime. And at $1.85 per ounce for a 7-ounce container, you could buy five for the price of just one 8-ounce tub of Bum Bum Cream.
Positive Review: “Love the smell and the creaminess of this body butter. Hate the increased price of this. Used to get it, about a year ago, for around $8 at Walmart.” — NanB
Price: $12.99 at Walmart
4. NIVEA Cocoa Butter Body Cream With Deep Nourishing Serum
What Makes It a Good Bum Bum Cream Dupe: NIVIA’s Cocoa Butter body cream is made with shea butter, coconut oil, cocoa seed butter and infused with vitamin E. The light clean scent makes it ideal for those looking for a lighter aroma that won’t overpower perfume or cologne. Besides having a thick and creamy texture that provides long-lasting hydration, the standout feature of this Bum Bum Cream dupe is the price. This 15.5-ounce container of body butter by NIVEA will set you back at just $0.47 per ounce (and even more if you’re a Beyond+ member) and is the cheapest option we’ve found.
Positive Review: “When I tell you this has become a staple of my self care experience, believe it. And little dab here and there, and I’m all set. I hit up those ashy knees, elbows then I treat my face to some serious luvin’. I’m so grateful I found this product.” – DaNeetra
Price: $7.29 at Bed Bath & Beyond
5. Bath and Body Works Watermelon Lemonade Ultra Shea Body Cream
What Makes It a Good Bum Bum Cream Dupe: If you want your body cream to transport you to a tropical island, and leave you with the money to get there, the Bath and Body Works Watermelon Lemonade 24-hour Ultra Shea Body Cream is just the ticket. The non-greasy formula with aloe butter, cocoa butter and shea butter promise to hydrate the driest skin while the one-third price tag leaves money in the bank. It’s about $1.79 per ounce.
Positive Review: “LOVE IT! Awesome scent, skin super soft and lasts all day.” – Amazon customer
Price: $14.33 at Amazon
6. Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter Body Butter
What Makes It a Good Bum Bum Cream Dupe: The Righteous Butter from Soap & Glory is, well, pretty stinking righteous. It contains deep-hydrating ingredients like aloe vera, cocoa seed butter, coconut oil and shea butter. The scent is on the more fragrant end of aromas listed here, but most reviewers found it pleasant. It’s approximately $2.46 per ounce.
Positive Review: “This body butter is soooooo awesome. This is my second time buying this. The first time I bought it cuz someone gave me it as a gift and I loved it; went thru it quickly cuz I used it so much, so I searched Amazon for this body butter. When I went through that one, I tried buying a regular body butter from a store and it wasn’t as rich and didn’t smell as good as this one … so here I am again! I love this particular one. It smells so clean and fresh, and it’s rich and makes my skin feel amazingly soft. It’s worth the money and searching the internet for. I also got the body wash which smells good … but this butter is one of my necessities now!!!” — Kim
Price: $24.89 at Amazon
7. Alba Botanica Hawaiian Body Cream, Deep Moisturizing Kukui Nut
What Makes It a Good Bum Bum Cream Dupe: Made with botanical extracts like vanilla, cucumber and arnica — and leaving out the parabens, phthalates and sulfates — this 100% vegetarian moisturizing body cream from Alba Botanica is a brilliant Bum Bum Cream dupe. The kukui nut is high in essential fatty acids and nutrients, which soften and nurture skin. The aroma is similar to Bum Bum Cream in that it is reminiscent of the cross between your favorite food and something tropical you can’t quite identify. It runs about $1.69 per ounce.
Positive Review: “This is my favorite body cream that I reorder over and over again. Smell isn’t too strong. Perfect level of emollience. Not too thick, not too thin, not greasy, just right and sinks right in. Will use this for as long as they make it! Only thing that would make it perfect is if there was a pump option, instead of the tub. Sometimes you just want a quick pump and go.” – The Mrs.
Price: $10.99 at Amazon
8. Trader Joe’s Coconut Body Butter
What Makes It a Good Bum Bum Cream Dupe: The Trader Joe’s Coconut Body Butter is roughly $1.70 per ounce. It performs at, or very close to, the same texture and fragrance level, making it a top Bum Bum Cream dupe. The quality ingredients, including coconut oil, shea butter and vitamin E, as well as the light coconut smell and thick, luxurious texture, earn this cream a solid spot in Bum Bum Cream dupe rotation.
Positive Review: “This is an excellent product. Great coconut smell. This is one of the few body butters that I use to the bottom of the container and scrounge for more. This is the second time I ordered it and will reorder again when it is gone. Delivery and service was also very good, prompt and intact.” – PYWB
Price: $14.35 at Amazon
9. Jergens Sweet Citrus Body Butter Body and Hand Lotion
What Makes It a Good Bum Bum Cream Dupe: The Triple Butter Body Moisturizer features an energizing citrus scent and ultra-hydrating blends of shea, cocoa and mango butters. Its soothing relief helps soften skin and fight dryness with a touch of summer color and a fruity scent. It’s about $0.96 per ounce.
Positive Review: “I love this body butter, it’s light enough for summer use and layers well on top of oil during harsh winters. It puts me in a better mood every time I put it on. Please make this into a body wash, body spray, body oil and hand sanitizer.” – Farrah
Price: $6.69 at Target
10. Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow AHA Pink Dream Body Cream
What Makes It 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 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. It’s roughly $3.30 per ounce.
Positive Review: “After trying / using a lot of Glow Recipe in my regimen, I was excited to see a body care product added to the lineup. It’s scent isn’t too overpowering like other luxury body lotions, and feels amazing — the added benefit of an AHA was the most appealing factor this lotion offers as it should help with keratosis pilaris on my arms!” – Offerson
Price: $28 at Sephora