Everybody knows Francisco Costa is a creative genius. He is the man responsible for making CK great again. But after 13 years of working with the world famous brand and a trip to his homeland and the rainforest, Francisco decided to follow another one of his passions. He gave up on CK and created his own brand, based on sustainability and respect of the natural world.
The story of Costa Brazil is one of magic, spirit and beauty.
Are you ready to discover its secrets?
A journey on the Amazon
Although born in Brazil, Francisco Costa took his first journey on the Amazon when already a grownup. Still, the moment was perfect, almost a touch of destiny one might say, as it gave him clarity and a sense of belonging to something sacred. It was a journey like no other where he got to discover and experience the rainforest step by step, one day at a time.
Francisco spent time in the isolated villages of the Amazon, on long boat rides along the rivers, discovering unique plants and flavors. He found a simple life and simple ingredients that had done wonders for centuries for the people of the rainforest.
Seeing the potential in these new found ingredients, Francisco decided to work with a team of local chemists and botanists and explore their true potential. He created rich oils and skincare products that also helped him reconnect with mother earth and this is why Costa Brazil is unique. His company is more than a skincare brand. For Francisco it is a way of expressing this new found connection and the wonders he found during his travels. Also, it is the embodiment of his strong belief that beauty is directly tied to the health of the Earth.
All Costa Brazil formulas are based on a holy trinity of ingredients, all native to the rainforest. First, there is Kaya, a super nutrient for the skin, sustainably cultivated in the rainforest, exclusively for Costa Brazil. It is nurturing, moisturizing and revitalizing, but also firming and a good boost for natural luminescence.
Second, there is Cacay, a rich oil with 50% more vitamin E than argan oil, one of the most used and renowned oils in the beauty game. Cacay is also an amazing source of vitamin A, Omega 3, 6 and 9, as well as a natural source of retinol. It works wonders against fine lines and in improving the skin tone.
Last but not least, there is breu, an aromatic resin that calms both the skin and the mind. It reduces anxiety and has powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. Also, it is the signature scent of Costa Brazil.
Besides these three super ingredients, Costa Brazil uses other rainforest native ingredients such as baobab oil, buriti oil, tea tree oil and many more according to the specifics of each product. On the other hand, what they don’t have is synthetic ingredients. You will not find parabens, silicones, gluten, sulfates, mineral oils, artificial colorants or any other kind of toxic ingredients on any Costa Brazil ingredient list. Just powerful oxidants, good minerals, micronutrients and a little bit of dermatologically tested pure magic.
Beauty on the inside and the outside
The Costa Brazil formulas may be inspired by the rainforest but for packaging Francisco Costa took to Italy, to the Arte Povera movement and the Merde D’Artiste cans made by Piero Manzoni. Basically, he liked the idea of creating art out of nothing and he wanted the packaging for Costa Brazil to be more than little bottles and cans, he wanted them to be beautiful, real works of art.
Also crucial when it came to packaging was sustainability. As a result, all packaging is sustainable, recycled and biodegradable whenever possible.
Our favorite products
What we love most about Costa Brazil is that the brand is in full expansion. We are soooo excited about what is to come that we made a pretty long list of what you really need to try while waiting for the new releases.
It is impossible to start with anything else than the Kaya Jungle Firming Oil and its shimmering siblings, LUA and SOL. These are super hydrating body oils, flagship products for the brand with the holy trinity of ingredients shining in the formula.
What is more, if you decide to go with LUA or SOL you will fall in love with the way your skin glows after applying any one of them. Simply put, they will give you an editorial glow and turn you into a real Amazonian goddess. We’ve said it and we are not taking it back!
The Body Cream has the signature Costa Brazil scent and is a true wonder product. Loved by all beauty editors, it comes in two sizes, one of them perfect for traveling so it will be the perfect companion if you’re a busy little bee all day long and for the holidays, of course.
The Serum Para a Face and the Kaya Anti Aging Face Oil also work wonders. The first is so powerful that it actually gives you a little face lift, while the second is super moisturising without leaving any oil residues on the face.
The Bath Salt is actually out of this world good. It is super relaxing for the body and the mind due to the unique CBA in its formula. Naturally derived from Copaiba and passion fruit oils, CBA is just like CBD but without the guilt trip (if you ever felt it).
Seeing that we are talking about all things relaxing, let’s not forget the home spa kit (basically): the candle, the breu resin and the massage instrument. The last is also used in the most hyped spas in the world so you definitely don’t want to miss it.
Are you still here? We took you on a real power tour, we know, but keep in mind that this is only the beginning. As we’ve said, Costa Brazil is expanding its line so there are many more amazing things to come for all the beauty and skincare lovers out there. So don’t fight it. Let the magic of the Amazon seduce you.