The World Cup starts tonight in Brazil, in case you have been under a rock recently and don’t know this! We’ve all gone Brazilian bonkers, it seems, so we thought we’d jump on the bandwagon and bring you a few bits and bobs of true Brazilian beauty.
I’ve had a little look about the beauty world and come up with a few Brazilian products for you to choose from. Perfect way to embrace the Brazilian trend this summer – but without having to involve football at all, if you don’t want to!
Surya Brasil are an organic, vegan brand, who use ingredients from the Amazon rainforest from sustainable organic farming. The new Sapien Women range has anaturally delicious coconut, mango, raspberry and vanilla scent, and uses ingredients like coconut, buruti oil, cupuchu and murumuru butters. There are eight products in the new range, from scrubs, to shave gels and moisturisers. Prices range from £14 to around £25. You can buy Surya Brasil products from yourtonic.com
Organix Ever Straight Brazilian Keratin Smooth Shampoo and Conditioner (£6.99 each, superdrug.com) use a blend of keratin proteins and antioxidant coconut oil to help smooth out your hair – perfect for battling summer humidity.
Aveda’s Dry Remedy Daily Moisturising Oil (£17.50, aveda.co.uk) contains Buruti Oil, harvested from the fruit of the Moriche Palm – or the ‘Tree of Life’ which is found in Brazil’s wettest area. This daily treatment is great for dry, brittle hair, controls flyaways and restores shine. You can use it on wet or dry hair.
Since 1993, Aveda has collaborated with the Yawanawa People of Brazil to organically grow Urukum, the source of Annatto pigment, which colours Aveda’s Uruku products and packaging. The partnership fosters economic independence for the Yawanawa and helps them to protect their sacred land, which, in turn, helps prmote a healthy rainforest eco stystem.
Derived from the seeds of the Urukum shrub comes Aveda’s Uruku Bronzer (£19.50). it’s free of talc, parabens and synthetic pigments, and provides a low-shimmer for a subtle glow. It comes in thre edifferent colourways.
L’Artisan Parfumeur have created a gorgeous fragrance called Batucada EDT, a celebration of Brazil! It is the resut of a collaborative effort between two perfumers, Karine Vinchon in Grasse and Elisabeth Maier in São Paulo. It has top notes of lime, cachaça and fresh mint intoxicating our senses, much like Brazil’s signature cocktail, the Caïpirinha. Exotic scents come into their own as the middle notes of the fragrance reveal Tiaré and ylang ylang flowers, recalling the heady scent of sun cream. A sea salt note, so reminiscent of holidays, purifies the senses with its delicate fragrance, and takes us to the famous Ipanema beach.
Finally, a skin accord comes through to the fore, just like the seductive scent of the samba dancers’ skin, emanating a powerful and addictive sensuality. It really is a beautiful fragrance and is available in various department stores, including House of Fraser, £60-85, 50ml to 100ml.