Brazilian Beauty Brands that Give Back to The Amazon

Curated by Claudia Shannon / Research Scientist / ishonest

Brazil holds a very special place in our hearts because it's home to a lot of our favorite ingredients. Camu camu, cacao, açai, and Amazonian white clay — all of which have become staples in our everyday skin, hair, and makeup routines — are sourced from the largest rainforest in the world: the Amazon.

Rich in biodiversity and vital to our existence, the Amazon is home to millions of animal species, which stabilize the local and global climates. Now more than ever, it is crucial that we don't just take from it — we must preserve it as well.

Many of our favorite Brazilian brands are committed to protecting this magnificent ecosystem so that it can continue to thrive. Natura and Sol de Janeiro source ingredients safely and responsibly. Other brands like Teadora, Costa Brazil, and Rahua conserve thousands of acres of that make up this rich land.

So while we continue to practice social distancing and self-quarantining at home, we found the next-best thing to catching a flight out to Rio. Let the refreshing smells and soothing feel of these five Brazilian products transport you to this vibrant and beautiful country.

Rahua Leave-In Treatment Light

This light rendition of Rahua's Leave-in Treatment is made with Amazon-sourced Ungurahua oil to strengthen fine hair and help it grow.

Costa Brazil Resina De Breu

Revered for its aromatherapy benefits, breu is a natural resin that grows in the jungles of Brazil. Once you burn Costa Brazil's Resina De Breu, it releases a deep woodsy aroma that's extremely relaxing — if you're drawn to darker scents, of course. Use it while you meditate or when you have the need to bring harmony into your life.

Natura Ucuuba Restorative Body Butter

For the South American Indian Tupi people, the word ucuuba translates to "butter tree." And it's an accurate description: The Natura Ucuuba Restorative Body Butter is a hydrating cream made from the sustainably-harvested Amazonian fruit that makes your skin feel buttery soft.

Teadora Wild Superfood Lip Drops

A twist of the top unlocks Teadora's biodegradable capsules, the Wild Superfood Lip Drops. They are filled with vitamin E- and A-rich oil from the pequi fruit to moisturize lips and add sheen.

Sol de Janeiro Sol Cheirosa ’62

One whiff of the warm caramel scent coming from Sol de Janeiro's Sol Cheirosa '62 perfume — the same sugary scent as the brand's signature Bum Bum Cream body moisturizer — puts you in a summery state of mind.

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