Yes, I'm one of those people: I'm truly dismayed when Christmas decorations and holiday items start showing up in stores in mid-October. What's the rush? One of the very few exceptions, in my book, is the annual holiday-season collection from Lush. I always look forward to buying a few bars of Snowcake soap, and this year I was desperate to grab a new bottle of Rose Jam Shower Gel. I also picked up two new items: So White Shower Gel and Yog Nog Soap. (I am weak.)
So White is the liquid counterpart to a bath bomb of the same name, which I never tried. It's a pearly white shower gel "with fresh apple infusion and cheerful neroli oil to leave skin bright and beautifully perfumed." I'm not normally a fan of apple perfumes or apple-scented products, but So White's apple fragrance is so crisp and tart and weirdly realistic that I'm enjoying it, just as I enjoy the smell of real apples that I buy at the farmers market. I can't really pick out the neroli or orange flower or bergamot essences that are also listed in the ingredients, but I'm sure they're in there somewhere, making things even brighter and tangier. What I do smell, although I don't know exactly what causes it, is a subtle woody-stemmy note that balances out the fruitiness. Like many Lush products, So White really shines when it's being used in a warm, steamy shower, although it smells pretty darned good straight from the bottle, too.
I wouldn't pick up Yog Nog Soap just for its name — a play on "egg nog," I get it, but it sounds odd and vaguely icky. However, once I'd sniffed a chunk of this buttery-yellow soap sitting on a display counter in a Lush store, I had to give it a try. It's strongly scented enough that you could just leave it sitting around a bathroom (or a drawer) for a while as a solid air-freshener. It has a gourmand scent, inspired by egg nog's rich mix of milk, eggs, liquor and spices, yet it's not as cloyingly sweet as other Lush soaps like Rock Star or Honey I Washed the Kids. The "yog" refers to soy yogurt, which happens to make this soap surprisingly gentle on skin. The ylang ylang oil adds a custard-y creaminess, and there's a little vanilla in there too, but the clove bud oil and an extra cinammon-spicy note add some zing. Each piece of Yog Nog is even topped with a dusting of real nutmeg powder, just like a mug of egg nog — but it's an easier indulgence, without the occasionally sick-feeling aftermath, than the real thing.
Lush So White Shower Gel is $19.95 for 8.4 oz or $29.95 for 16.9 oz; Yog Nog Soap is $6.95 for 3.5 oz.
If you're a Lush fan, have you had a chance to check out this year's Christmas/holiday line? Do you have any old or new favorites?