Those that know me are aware that when it comes to fragrance, I am a complete almond fanatic. It is by far my favorite note, and in the past few years I have tried almost every almond scent on the market in my quest to find the perfect one. But I've remained largely unsuccessful, mainly because in my mind, I already know what my perfect almond scent is, and it doesn't come in perfume form yet. It is the smell of LUSH's Snowcake, a wonderful soap with an incredibly lovely smell of cream and sugared almonds.
Unlike many gourmand scents, it's not heavy, sweet or cloying, but rather a very milky, gentle, creamy and light fragrance, almost a second skin scent. It is also a lovely product in general, giving off a creamy, moisturizing lather, though like most LUSH soaps, it melts away extremely quickly. The main downfall of the product, however, is not its lasting power but its sadly limited availability: it is only available for a few months during the winter Holiday season, a fact that causes me to paranoidly stagger out the local LUSH store every December with armfuls of Snowcake in tow to soothe my irrational fear that the fourteen bars I've already bought will somehow run out before next Christmas-time.
Last spring, however, the gods at LUSH smiled down upon as they debuted Smitten hand cream, an ultra scrumptious lotion with the same dreamy almond icing smell. Fortunately, it is available year-round. It not only smells true to Snowcake's wonderful aroma but has a great texture and excellent emolliency. It works great as a hand cream, but I love it so much that I usually splurge and use it as an all-over body cream as well, and it moisturizes superbly and leaves a lingering scent that layers well with all my favorite almond and gourmand perfumes. The cream is presented in a sturdy black plastic pot: not my favorite type of lotion packaging because it can be too messy, but a small price to pay for the scent of Snowcake year-round. Now if only those LUSH gods would smile down once more and release this incredible scent in a perfume form.
Snowcake is currently available at $6 / 3.5 oz block and Smitten is $12.95 for a 3.5 oz pot at lush.