A late holiday treat | LUSH Snowcake Soap review, photos

Monday, January 9, 2012

Just a bit of a product ramble for you this morning, rather than a review! (It’s the first Monday of term; who can blame me if I don’t want to work?)

I’ve had a bar of LUSH Snowcake in my bathroom for — weeks, now. It spent most of December (and possibly part of November) in my “to test” box, travelled around from box to box to bowl to table… and finally, finally, weeks too late, I’m ready to review it.

(Tell me I’m not the only one that loves slicing soap.)

The thing about Snowcake is that, at first, I hated it. Hated. I couldn’t stand the way it smelled, with notes of rose, cassis, and benzoin, but I think I know why. It’s not the scent; not at all. It’s the weather.

Edmonton’s been unseasonably warm this winter, and to be honest, it’s rather put me off my usual cold-weather scents. I’m still reaching for my classic, springy Balenciaga Paris Eau de Parfum when I should (based on the time of year) be back in love with my winter favourites – Frederic Malle Musc Ravageur layered with Guerlain Spiritueuse Double Vanille.

(And oh god, don’t even get me started on the obscene price points of those two. Both scents that I adore, but that I doubt I’ll ever own in anything more than small decants.)

Strangely, after sitting in my bathroom for a few weeks, I found myself seeking out the comfortable warmth of Snowcake. It’s a sort of creamy, holiday fragrance, based (according to LUSH) off almond marzipan and rose absolute. They sound like strange notes to be listed together, but — it works.

If you can still get your hands on a bar of Snowcake, and you’re a fan of almondy gourmands, I’d say give it a go. (Oh, and if you can’t find it, perhaps keep an eye out for Smitten, a rich hand cream that features the same scent.)

LUSH soaps are sold as naked bars, of course, but you can’t just ship an unwrapped chunk of soap…

(Though I dare you to try.)

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26 Responses to “A late holiday treat | LUSH Snowcake Soap review, photos”

  1. I didn't like the smell at first too, but now I got used to it and actually in love. Oooh, and I do love slicing soaps :D
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  2. PinkGlitter, on January 9th, 2012 at 8:27 am said:

    My two favorite Lush soaps are Rockstar & Honey I Washed the Kids. Lush has so many products that I really should branch out and try some new scents.
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  3. Jamilla, on January 9th, 2012 at 9:01 am said:

    Snowcake sound luscious!

  4. I quite liked Snowcake when I bought it last Christmas, but Honey I Washed The Kids is my ultimate!
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  5. p.s.
    I totally love slicing soap, OMG!
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  6. I still have some left from last year, but sadly, I've come to the conclusion that Lush soaps are definitely drying on me :(
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  7. mostlysunnybunny, on January 9th, 2012 at 1:44 pm said:

    The scent sounds promising and lovely, but LUSH products always make me sneeze for some reason! I haven't entered a LUSH shop for a long time because I would start sneezing nonstop!
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  8. BeautyReflects, on January 9th, 2012 at 2:16 pm said:

    I love the one that smells like oatmeal. It's nummy. But, yeah like Monika I find them a tad drying.
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  9. Oh, good – so I'm not the only one! :D

  10. I'll have to put those on my "try" list! I don't typically use scented products, to be honest (too much of a perfume addict – I hate it when they interfere with one another), but I keep hearing really good things about Honey I Washed the Kids. It sounds so tasty, from what I've read online ;)

  11. Smells it, too ;)

  12. LOL! :D I've put Honey I Washed the Kids on my "try" list, so I'll let you know what I think (if I ever get around to it) :)

    (And okay, so that's maybe a little bit unlikely, because I rarely-if-ever leave the house for anything except the essentials. But, still. The intent? Totally there.)

  13. Aww :( Sorry to hear that, my dear!! I don't typically notice when scented soaps are drying (unless I'm specifically testing them for it), because I only use them to wash my hands – which I moisturize heavily & compulsively, so. :P

  14. Ha! I know what you mean; I tend to stay far, far away from LUSH shops. The products on a one-to-one basis are generally OK for me, but all at once – it's just too overwhelming!

    Thank goodness for online shopping, I guess :P

  15. Mmm, oatmeal! That sounds tasty ;)

  16. Oh. my. god. Soap slicing excites me SO SO MUCH!
    I don't dig Snowcake so much but Snowglobe is love. It smells like Lush Lemony Flutter and that stuff, I adore.
    If you don't get around to picking up Honey I Washed The Kids, I'll be forced to send you a bar ;)

  17. Oh wow…that first picture really makes me want to eat it (which I'm fairly certain is a bad idea). I thought about getting this at the after-Christmas sale, when it was BOGOF, but held off. Now I'm kicking myself.

    Maybe next year
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  18. It looks like cheeeeeeeeeeeese!! It's too bad they're a bit drying because i love the look of raw soap….and cheese.
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  19. Oh my goodness. I'm so glad you find them a bit drying as well. I love the soaps, I really do, but in winter my eczema-prone skin cries out for moisturizing, cream-based, shower creams that do not contain soap.

  20. LOL! I love how many secret soap slicing addicts we're uncovering in these comments :P

    I'll try to get my hands on some Honey I Washed the Kids soon, then! ;)

  21. Bleh! Yeah, bad idea :P

    Maybe this year! Call your local LUSH & see if they still have any ;)

  22. Eep! I know what you mean. It gets SO dry here in the winter – I end up oil cleansing in the shower (instead of using, er, normal soap) when it gets really bad! >.<

  23. Hello! I just started reading your blog but I'm curious-where did you purchase your Fredric Malle and Guerlain? I'm in the prairies as well and I'd love to get my hands on it! Thanks!

  24. Hi, Cindy! Unfortunately, I haven't found either of those in person – um, ever; not just on the prairies. You may be able to find them at Holt's depending on which city you're in/closest to, but mine are both samples from The Perfumed Court.

    Hope that helps! :)

  25. I love Snowcake – it's so creamy and comforting, and doesn't dry out my skin – glad it's grown on you!
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