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LUSH Celebrate, Baked Alaska, Old Father Time review, photos | Christmas 2015

LUSH celebrate, old father time, baked alaska review

The products: LUSH Baked Alaska, Old Father Time, and Celebrate Hand and Body Lotion

Happy Decem-burr, dear readers! I’m super jazzed for the holidays this year despite the eerily warm weather we’ve been having, so I’m very temporarily suspending my regular to-review shelf in favour of some more festive finds.

Up first are a few cruelty-free, vegan products from LUSH’s holiday range. Or, as they like to call it, the Christmas collection! (Because fuck political correctness, I guess?) (Um. Also, sorry for swearing at you bright and early on a Wednesday morning.)

LUSH Celebrate Hand and Body Lotion review

Celebrate Hand and Body Lotion ($32.95 CAD)

LUSH went a different route from most brands this winter & released a bunch of fruity and citrusy products for the holidays, so (of course) I had to check at least a few of them out!

Celebrate is one such product, and it’s great — not really all that festive, but it’s hydrating and lightweight and it smells super tasty. (True fact, my partner put his head in my lap yesterday, looked up at me, and said, “Your knee smells really good,” with an almost reverent in his eyes.)

Love the scent? Celebrate is made with the same fragrance as Lush’s Golden Wonder Bath Bomb.

This one is formulated with almond oil and cocoa butter, and scented with orange flower, lime, benzoin, and cognac oil. I get almost a lime/grapefruit feel from the scent, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it was back for a third year in 2016 — it’s that good.

LUSH Baked Alaska soap review

Baked Alaska Soap ($7.95 CAD)

Another fruity holiday product from LUSH this year is their Baked Alaska soap, which is fluorescent and cheerful and smells as zingy as it looks. I was expecting a sweeter/more gourmand scent based on the name, but I think the lemon myrtle, grapefruit, and ylang ylang blend really suits this bright cube of yellow and green!

Fun fact: Baked Alaska was actually inspired by “The Baked Alaska Story,” a book about a snow empire built on a foundation of multi-coloured ice cream!

(I cut mine into a square after taking these photos, and goddamn, it is really cute square.)

Baked Alaska does smell a little bit lemon cleaner-y, so if you don’t like your citrus scents bitter or sour at all, maybe skip this one.

LUSH Old Father Time soap review

Old Father Time Soap ($7.95 CAD)

Old Father Time is a “properly” festive scent, dolled up in deep red and gold with notes of sage, thyme, and myrrh. This was the product that I was most excited to try from Lush’s holiday range, but funnily enough, it was my least favourite!

I’m not crazy about the dark red colour that this tints the water with, and the scent is kind of weird. Don’t get me wrong, it’s cool, but it’s… weird. It smells like spiced Kool-Aid blended with motor oil, and I am 100% certain that a lot of Lushies are going to LOVE it, but it’s a very strong, saccharine scent. If you can, smell this one in person before buying — and if you love, stock up. It’s only around for the holidays!

LUSH Holiday 2015 reviews

The verdict?

The LUSH holiday catalogue is, as usual, huge — and there’s something in it for everyone, I think. I wasn’t as smitten with these three products as I have been with other LUSH holiday products (the Sikkim Girls Body Lotion and Snowcake soap come to mind as particularly great ones), but it’s awesome to see a brand doing something other than cinnamon and spice for the winter months. 

I would definitely recommend checking out the Celebrate Hand and Body Lotion if you like citrus, and make sure to keep your eyes peeled for another LUSH feature soon — I have a great little gift set to review in a couple of weeks!

Availability: Currently on shelves and online at LUSH. Limited edition!

LUSH Winter Garden holiday set review

Coming soon: LUSH Winter Garden gift set review!

Read other reviews of the LUSH Christmas 2015 collection:

  • Maddy Loves – Joy to the World review, including Old Father Time, Snowcake, Baked Alaska, and Yog Nog.
  • Cosmetic Proof – Jayne reviews the 93, 000 Miles Shower Jelly, Needles and Pines Shower Jelly, Salted Coconut Hand Scrub, Rub Rub Rub Shower Scrub, and Golden Handshake Hand Treatment. She hearts everything Lush holiday and I heart everything Jayne, so you need to check out this post!
  • Swatch and Review – Lush Christmas media party, plus like the best-ever shot of Santa’s Belly Shower Jelly (which I will never get tired of saying).
  • Natalie Heather – A whole bunch of Christmas snippet-reviews, but more importantly — go read her Jackie Oates and Feeling Younger review!

Celebrate Hand and Body Lotion ingredients

Almond Oil, Water, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Glycerine, Stearic Acid, Triethanolamine, Brazilian Orange Oil, Cognac Oil, Lime Oil, Orange Flower Absolute, Tincture of Benzoin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Linalool, Limonene, Citral, Fragrance. 

Baked Alaska soap ingredients 

Water, Glycerine, Rapeseed Oil, Coconut Oil, Sorbitol, Fragrance, Lemon Myrtle Oil, Ylang Ylang Oil, Grapefruit Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Gardenia Extract, Sodium Chloride, EDTA, Tetrasodium Editronate, Sodium Hydroxide, Citral, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Hydroxycitronellal, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Yellow 8, Blue 1, Red 27, Red 33, Red 4 .

Old Father Time soap ingredients 

Fresh Sage and Thyme Infusion, Glycerine, Rapeseed Oil, Coconut Oil, Sorbitol, Water, Fragrance, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Red Currants, Myrrh Resinoid, Opoponax Oil, Rosewood Oil, Tuberose Absolute, Sodium Chloride, EDTA, Tetrasodium Editronate, Sodium Hydroxide, Benzyl Benzoate, Hydroxycitronellal, Linalool.

Shimmer: Radiant Gold Lustre, Gold Glimmer Lustre, Glacier Blue Lustre, Yoshi Yellow Lustre, Ollie Orange Lustre, Rosie Red Lustre, and Snowflake Lustre (Potassium Aluminium Silicate, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Silica, Blue 1, Yellow, Red 4, Red 33). 

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  • mgggggawakfjasfja I keep baked alaska in my sock drawer and they smell SO good.
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    • AHAHAHA yeahh, girl!

      (I kept Cosmic Love on my dresser for all of–god, 2013? 2014? before finally putting it away, old and dusty. I'm pretty sure it's unsafe to use by now, but goddamn. That thing smelled good.)

  • esharp1978

    I like some of their products but usually feel they are overpriced honestly. Walking into a lush store gives me an instant headache too and I love strong fragrances. I did like to get their bath bombs when I had a big tub and an hour to justify the expense!
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    • Ahh, I feel you on that, Erin! I have a couple big loves from LUSH, but I totally agree: they tend to be really expensive for what you get, and the stores = instant headache land.

      If LUSH products were as natural as their marketing would lead you to believe, I'd be happy to shell out $30 for a body moisturizer. When it's full of parabens and synthetic fragrances, though? I'll treat myself to a couple must-have scents or blog-related purchases each year, but no more than that.

  • Holy shit. I need to get to Lush. You've totally sold me on the soaps. Baked Alaska is BEAUTIFUL! (And I love citrus/cleaner smells.) I totally thought it looked like a leaf imprint though…. that must just be the way it got cut? The Father Time one sounds… unique. lol I'll give it a whiff when I'm in Lush next! (Which may be tomorrow since now I'm seriously lusting after it…)
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    • Nope, it's more like little neon balls! If you can, look for a chunk with magenta and purple in it — they're soooo pretty. ;)

  • I love the look of those soaps! Funnnnkaaaaay! :-)
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    • Me too, Melissa!! It totally freaked me out that Baked Alaska stained its packaging highlighter-yellow, but it doesn't stain my skin, so it gets a pass, lol :P

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    That Baked Alaska Soap looks wonderful!
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    Weeee! I love LUSH Xmas times!

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