22 September 2017

Hidden Mountain Soap

At the risk of repeating myself, most of my readers know that I am not a huge fans of soap at all. Despite Lush creating some incredible scents in this format, they just don't get on with my skin. As someone with quite a dry complexion, I have found that most of the company's soaps leave my body feeling parched, and then I need to moisturise heavily afterwards, which brings about problems of its own.

For this reason, I was not particularly enamoured to see so many new variations in this year's seasonal range. As someone who feels the need to try and review every vegan product Lush offer to consumers, I knew that I would need to work my way through every single one of them - which wasn't going to be the best news for my already winter-touched skin.
Hidden Mountain was the first one I reached for - not because I was overly excited with the scent, but because the premise and design grabbed my attention immediately. If there is one (only) thing I love about the cold weather, it's the brisk through the local woodlands, while wrapped in a million layers to keep myself from freezing to death. I am definitely a country person at heart, and the cold weather brings about a romanticism when I think about exploring woods and forests.

This soap immediately offered a rapport that reminded me of both Needles And Pine Shower Jelly and Tramp Shower Gel. In fact, I have heard rumours that the soap is supposed to be a combination of the latter and Grass, and I can definitely relate to that description as well. Either way, this product is definitely one for those who like grassy, earthy smells.

Containing ho wood oil and labdanum resinoid, Hidden Mountain offers a green floral smell with woody undertones that support and pad out of the overall fragrance. Labdanum has a very rich, resinous smell about it and I see this as the dominant note overall. Despite it being low in the mix, the lavender can be detected, and offers a subtle dry, floral component as well. 

To me, this soap really is like walking through a forest after it has snowed - the ferns and woodland plants wet and bleeding that earthy, green phosphorus smell into the air; the shrubbery and fallen branches adding a cloudy and quite saturated woody smell. It's definitely not a scent for the faint-hearted, and when you use this you will find the aroma follows you around for hours later.

What I enjoyed about Hidden Mountain was that the inclusion of cocoa butter meant that this soap was a little gentler on my skin. While I would never claim that it was moisturising for me, I did use it for successive weeks as a hand soap, and I never once suffered from dry or damaged skin. In fact, the soap brought about a slight clarity to my hands - meaning that there was almost a radiance to my skin after using it. Furthermore, the scent clung to my skin like an icicle on a tree branch, and I was once complimented on my 'perfume' some three hours later, which was impressive. 

For those who appreciate soaps more than I do, and love the fragrance of this one, I should warn you that this shrunk at an alarming rate. After using it around 3-4 times in the shower, the 100g piece I had bought had almost halved in size. For this reason, you need to make sure that it does not come into contact with the running water very often, and that you pat the piece down once you have finished bathing. 

Ultimately, this was never going to be a product I would rave about; neither was it ever going to be one that I bought multiple pieces of. However, I did really appreciate the smell of Hidden Mountain and I can see how someone with skin that's a little less drier than mine might benefit from using this.  

Quantittaive Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Propylene Glycol, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Organic Castor Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Perfume, Kaolin, Ho Wood Oil, Labdanum Resinoid, Lavender Oil, Coarse Sea Salt, Citric Acid, Glycerine, Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Bicarbonate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Iron Oxides, Alpha-Isomethyl ionone, *Coumarin, *Eugenol, Oakmoss Extract, Colour 42090.

Vegan?: Yes.

2017 Price: £5.40 for 100g.

Year Of Original Release: 2017. 

20 September 2017

Rose Jam Naked Shower Gel

No one was at all surprised when Rose Jam made a reappearance for this year's Christmas range: I doubt if there was one person that would bat an eyelid at the notion that it's probably the only shower gel that rivals the popularity of Twilight. There are some things that just simply go hand-in-hand: salt and pepper; black and white; Lush and Rose Jam.

What I find particularly strange about this fragrance family is that, while the products all share similarities when it comes to scent, there are some very distinct differences between the items in the shower range. In order for me to gage a full understanding of any contrasts, and offer a well-rounded review of this product, I have had to use the shower gel, naked gel and jelly in succession - across multiple days, to spot those differences.

As you would expect from any Rose Jam product, this naked shower gel contains lots of rose and argan oils, geranium and lemon oils, and a vanilla infusion. Straight away, you can make out each of these components, although it is the rose and lemon oils that govern the overall aroma. 
To me, this naked shower gel is one of the sweetest Rose Jam products. The lemon is fairly predominant in the mix so the gel has an element of fruitiness, that comes alive when the product is in contact with warm water. You can also detect the strong and very natural floral sweetness of the rose, which creates a sort of 'sticky' smell overall. Together, the limited edition really does mimic what you would imagine a batch of rose-flavoured jam to smell like.

As with the other naked gels and creams I have tried so far, I was initially hesitant that this was little more than another gimmick: a glorified soap but with a different name. However, I have found that all of the gels and creams are far more moisturising than soaps, and they actually perfume like shower gels, just as much as the bottled versions do. 

This gel is perhaps one of the most generous naked versions, as I found that the lather was very easy to create - I only had to massage the bottle between my hands for a thick, slightly oil-like foam to form. While I found that massaging it between my hands and then applying it across my body was far easier, I did notice that the product shrunk quicker than when I massaged the bottle directly onto the areas I was cleaning. 

After using this across multiple days, I was pleased to discover that the fragrance was strong enough to remain on my skin for a good couple of hours after my shower. Furthermore, my body felt soft and smooth, just like a normal shower gel would leave it feeling and I didn't always need to moisturise, even on some of the coldest days. 

My only grudge with this product, and this goes for all of the naked gels and creams, is that once it shrinks to a certain size it does become difficult to hold it when you're washing yourself. Much like a shower jelly, it can be a little fiddly to create the lather without dropping it continuously. For this reason, I decided to use this as a replacement for a bubble bar, once it reached a size I found difficult to use. 
When compared to the shower gel and shower jelly, I found that this was definitely the sweetest and the most 'lemony'. The shower gel was much richer and had a more prominent thread of vanilla throughout; and the shower jelly had a stronger note of rose than its two siblings. For this reason, I actually found myself enjoying this one a little more than the latter jelly. 

Overall, I will not be buying this product again - simply because I have enough of the gel and jelly to last me another year. However, it is definitely a product that I would consider buying multiples of, once my shower gel stash has been drastically reduced, and I can see it being a very popular seller throughout this year's seasonal sales. 

Quantitative Ingredients: Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Propylene, Glycol, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Cypress Leaf Infusion, Vanilla Pod Infusion, Sodium Stearate, Lauryl Betaine, Perfume, Goji Berry Juice, Rose Absolute, Rose Oil, Geranium Oil, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Argan Oil, Citronellol, Coumarin, Geraniol, *Limonene, Colour 17200, Black Specerit Wax.

Vegan?: Yes.

2017 Price: £10.75 each.

Year Of Original Release: 2017.

Scent Family: 
Jason And The Argan Oil Solid Shampoo Bar
Madame Butterfly Reusable Bubble Bar
Pearl Massage Bar
Ro's Argan Body Conditioner
Ro's Argan Gourmet Soap
Rose Bombshell Bath Bomb
Rose Jam Bubbleroon 
Rose Jam Liquid Perfume
Rose Jam Naked Shower Gel
Rose Jam Solid Perfume
Rose Jam Shower Gel
Scentenary Soap

The Sparkler Ballistic

19 September 2017

Plum Snow Bubble Bar

If I'm going to be honest, I was a little bit disappointed when I first saw the Christmas range this year, and noticed how few new bath bombs there were on offer. While I love bubble bars and seem to have collected far more of them than their spherical friends, most of my highest-rated bath bombs are the seasonal ones, and I was hoping to discover a few more favourites this year.

Yet, it only took me a matter of minutes after my order arrived to discover that the bubble bars on offer this season are impeccable, and easily the best range that Lush have offered in a good many years. Not only does this gorgeous looking specimen share its scent with the popular Plum Rain Shower Gel, but it also happens to be even bigger than the rather huge Man In The Moon Bubble Bar.

While this is one of two bubble bars priced up at a hefty £5.95, Plum Snow is definitely worth an investment. Containing a combination of petigrain, mandarin and osmanthus, this bubble bar offers a sweet, fruity collaboration - one that may initially appear rather subtle, but definitely makes an impression in the water. 
Much like the shower gel, this bubble bars smells to me like stewed plums and mandarins. It's a very warming, comforting blanket of aroma that makes your senses salivate immediately. After using this product, I just fancied making myself a traditional English crumble, which isn't particularly great if you're trying to watch your waistline. However, this bubble bar should serve as a healthy alternative.

When compared to the shower gel and spray, I would say that it is more like the latter out of the two. While not exactly alike, it does have more of a bright, citrusy element and is less grounded than the shower gel. Having said that, it is definitely not as 'spritzy' as said former spray - although together they are a sublime pairing.  

Despite its size, it's a big old softy, and you'll find that this bubble bar will crumble with ease between your fingers. In fact, if like me you sometimes crumble what you want to use from the whole bar and then put the rest aside, you may wish to cut your slice beforehand, as you'll find that you may use more than you bargained for. 

Once crumbled under the tap, Plum Snow gets to work at producing lots of light, fluffy fruity bubbles that stay with you for the whole experience. Furthermore, the water turns a brilliant, vivid shade of purple and the water is exceptionally soft to boot.
After bathing with this bubble bar, I found that my skin was not only velvety-soft to the touch, but had a radiance about it that stayed with me for a good many hours. While the scent might have diminished only a short while after I had towelled myself, my Plum Rain Body Spray allowed me to enjoy this scent for the remainder of the day.

As I probably know by now, I tend to use an entire bubble bar when I have a bath. Even with the size of this one, I still indulged in my greedy tradition. Having said that, this bubble bar could easily offer 4-6 separate bathing experiences - making it great value for money. For fans of this fragrance, all we need now is a bath bomb to pair this seasonal bubble bar with and we'll be one happy family. Lush: take note.  

Quantitative Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lauryl Betaine, Perfume, Osmanthus Absolute, Petitgrain Oil, Sicilian Mandarin Oil, *Citral, *Limonene, *Linalool, Colour 17200, Colour 42090.

Vegan?: Yes.

2017 Price: £5.95 each.

Year Of Original Release: 2017.

Scent Family:
Plum Rain Body Spray
Plum Rain Shower Gel
Plum Snow Bubble Bar

17 September 2017

Icon Liquid Perfume

After years of pining, I finally managed to snag myself a bottle of Icon Liquid Perfume - an occasion that should have been marked with happiness and elation. Instead, I found myself rather disappointed when I removed the lid and found that I didn't appreciate the smell that greeted me at all. It was nothing like I remember the soap being, and this was devastating. Even spraying it onto my skin heeded little comfort to me, and I began to question whether I had truly loved the soap as much as I had remembered I had. That was until I left the fragrance to settle and develop on my skin, and discovered that a little patience is all it takes to bring this aroma we very much to life.

Sharing its scent with the soap of the same name, Icon Liquid Perfume is a product that has a lot to live up to, given the nature of its title. Anything less than near-on perfection would be inadequate for a fragrance of its calibre, and luckily it doesn't disappoint.

Much like the soap, what I love about this smell from Lush is that it's so incredibly complex and robust on the skin; it's not a perfume that's merely worn, but instead one used to make a statement. A bold one at that. If you're looking for a signature scent, this fragrance ticks every box and leaves a lasting impression - one that will turn heads and no doubt inspire many a compliment.

Strangely, the ingredients list appears fairly simplistic, and almost boring when compared to the aroma Icon offers. Featuring bergamot, tangerine and mandarin oils as the key ingredients, you'd be mistaken for thinking this is similar to the likes of What Would Love Do? or 1000 Kisses Deep. In fact, the perfume probably wouldn't be too far off either if it wasn't for the inclusion of the myrrh resinoid - a component that I truly believe makes this perfume as special as it is. 

Lush describe the smell of Icon as having 'lots of deep, heavy layers which build up to make the whole sound, with high light notes dancing up above it'. While this description may be rather cryptic about the actual smell of the fragrance, it's a good description of how the perfume works on the skin. For me at least. 

Firstly, much like the soap, I was able to pick out a spicy, mandarin fragrance that gave this perfume a warming, sensual layer to it. This note reminded me a little of crystallised fruit peel (also known as candied peel) and so Icon to me is a very wintery scent because of this reason. There is definitely a delicate spicy element present that teases and tantalises your senses, whilst it is working with the heat of your skin, and offers a very sophisticated twist to the usually quite bitter fruit. 

With the inclusion of both sandalwood and myrrh resinoid in the ingredients, this perfume also has an element of smokiness about it - something you'll either love or hate. Although very subtle in the overall smell of the soap, this pungent, woody, smoky smell definitely dominates the scent as a whole - sitting comfortably as the base note and encouraging that rich, sultry Iconic aroma to captivate the user. In hindsight, it is only through the inclusion of the orange blossom and mandarin oil that stops Icon from being too heavy a scent. These citrus notes give the soap subtle uplifting qualities that help to elevate all of the other ingredients and give them all a chance to shine through.   

From the bottle, the myrrh is far too dominating and over zealous on the skin, and I can imagine many people will be deterred from using it for this reason. However, within five minutes of it being sprayed, that's cloudiness to lifted and you are left with a wholesome, very comforting aroma that is both delicately sweet and wonderfully rich and complex.

As I mentioned above, Icon is one of Lush's most interesting and charismatic fragrances, and one that definitely needs to be tried and tested by anybody who calls themselves a Lush fan. It's truly unforgettable and remains one of my favourite scent families from Lush - if only the company would offer us a shower gel or jelly to divulge in.

Quantitative Ingredients: DRF Alcohol, Perfume, Bergamot Oil, Water, Glycerine, Tangerine Oil, Sicilian Mandarin Oil, Myrrh Resinoid, Orange Flower Absolute, *Citral, *Geraniol, *Farnesol, *Limonene, *Linalool.

Vegan?: Yes.

2017 Price: £39.50 for 30ml.

Year Of Original Release: ?

Scent Family:
Icon Bubble Bar
Icon Dusting Powder
Icon Liquid Perfume

Icon Soap

14 September 2017

Man In The Moon Bubble Bar

Man In The Moon is a dream reimagined and repackaged as a bubble bar - a product that would easily become a best seller if released all year round. In fact, it feels almost criminal to confine this beauty to the restraints of a single season, and I hope that Lush recognise the potential this has as a regular item.

If there is one product that is long overdue in the Lush catalogue, it's a Calacas-scented bubble bar. If nothing else, the popularity of The Enchanter, Monsters' Ball and Calavera will tell you that Lush fans love ourselves a bit of lime, and this is a much-welcome member of the scent family for sure.

Having said that, I have had discussions in the past about Lush releasing a bubble bar with this fragrance, and have always reached the conclusion that the scent wouldn't work in this format. I'm happy to announce that I am ready to eat my words; in fact, I would say that this fragrance might even work better as a bubble bar than a bath bomb.

Containing lime, olibanum and neroli oils, Man In The Moon is a bright, zesty product that will bring some much-needed sunshine into your life, and into your bath tub. Much like every other product in this fragrance, this bubble bar is sweet, fruity and citrusy - smelling like a combination of lime fruit pastilles and edible jelly. 

While it has been proven that citrus smells can dampen and lose their power after a certain amount of time (when presented in any format), you will be pleased to know that this bubble bar makes a solid impression from the get-go, and continues to offer strong bursts of juicy lime goodness throughout the entire experience. In hindsight, I think it is the inclusion of both the olibanum and neroli oils that helps to ground the overall aroma of this bubble bar - thus why it is able to be both strong and robust while also offering an experience that is equally both light and crisp. 

Although the initial price tag may put some people off from giving this one a go, and I won't deny that I think it is a little overpriced for what it is, the bubble bar is not only huge, but powerful enough to see you through at least two different baths if you so choose. Those of you who like to indulge heavily may wish to use the whole product (as I did). However, it can also be used across multiple baths and still smell heavenly and robust.

Its consistency is a little different to most of Lush's other bath bombs, as it appears to be slightly soft and a little squidgy when you try to break a piece off. For this reason, I would recommend that you use a knife to cut it into chunks and ensure that the remaining piece is kept somewhere cool and dry between uses. 

However much you choose to use, Man In The Moon creates a stunning lime-green shade in the tub and is super-soft on the skin as well. The zesty lime fragrance lingered in my bathroom for hours after I had finished, and the smell radiated from my skin for a short while after I had towelled myself down as well.  It would have been wonderful if the aroma had been a little stronger on my skin, so I could indulge in the scent throughout the day. However, my Calacas Body Lotion and Liquid Perfume were able to offer me that experience anyway.

Ultimately, I believe that this is one of the greatest Christmas Bubble Bars that Lush have released so far - it even offers Peeping Santa a little friendly competition. Despite the price, I will be buying a number of these to see me through the winter months and I only hope that it makes an appearance again, at some point in the near future. 

Quantitative Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cream of Tartar, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Lauryl Betaine, Perfume, Lime Oil, Olibanum Oil, Neroli Oil, Cornflour, Citric Acid, Titanium Dioxide, Laureth 4, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Iron Oxides, Tin Oxide, *Benzyl Salicylate, *Citral, *Limonene, *Linalool, Alpha-Isomethyl ionone, Hydroxycitronellal, Colour 42090, Colour 19140, Colour 47005, Vegan Dark Chocolate.

Vegan?: Yes.

2017 Price: £4.25 each.

Year Of Original Release: 2017.

Scent Family:
Calacas Shower Gel
Calacas Shower Jelly
Calacas/Day of The Dead Perfume
Lady Catrina Soap
Man In The Moon Bubble Bar
Monsters' Ball Bath Bomb

Skullduggery Ballistic

12 September 2017

Eskimo Bubble Bar

Products come and products go and there are few that really make an impression on me enough to want to use them across three consecutive baths. However, when it comes to this brand new limited edition bubble bar, I could quite happily use this every single day, and I don't think I would ever get bored of doing so.

Eskimo is a silent assassin - sneaking into the Oxford Street store as an exclusive, before branching out to selected stores across the U.K a matter of days later. Rumoured to be a Christmas pre-release before the season had begun, this adorable product shares its scent with Christingle, and is everything a fan of the body conditioner could possibly hope for. 

Containing peppermint, spearmint and grapefruit oil, this is a Bubble Bar for those who are looking for something refreshing and cooling. While initially it may, on paper, sound more like a bubble bar you'd benefit from using in the summer months, I can assure you that this Christmas exclusive is the perfect 'wake up' remedy for the colder months as well.

Much like the conditioner, it is the minty element that hits your senses first. Both the peppermint and the spearmint offer a crisp, refreshing journey that not only stays with you for the entire bath, but also offers a cooling effect on the skin when you're in the water. Those with chronic illnesses or muscle conditions will find that the sensation this offers will help to relax and soothe aches and pains; people who work very physically-demanding jobs, or those who exercise quite regularly, will discover that this bubble bar eases away that tension and almost massages away the soreness that can present itself after a workout. 

Your entire body will feel so crisp and clean after using one of these; and even after climbing out of a steaming-hot bath, you'll feel a little like you've had a bucket of ice cold water thrown over your head. While this may sound like the worst experience in the world to those who take comfort from the heat of a good soak, I love how much it helps to clear the mind and bring about clarity, and this would definitely be a product I use after an unsatisfactory night's sleep. 

As if its icy powers weren't enough to entice you already, there is also the fact that Eskimo offers a stunning shade of blue in the bath tub, as well as being one of the most moisturising bubble bars I have used in a while. My skin was left feeling so smooth and soft after bathing with one of these, that I didn't need to apply body lotion afterwards, which is a rarity for me.

While I am a greedy minx who likes to over indulge and use the whole product in one single sitting, this bubble bar could easily see you across 3-4 equally wonderful baths. It's super soft when crumbling so wouldn't be difficult to divide this into multiple pieces, and I think along with a Snowdrops Bath Bomb or a Thundersnow, would make for a stunning winter-themed soak.

Overall, I really wish this product had been chosen to feature as a because I think it is almost criminal that only certain Lush fans will be able to get their hands on this limited edition. As the Lush Kitchen is currently closed, I can't imagine this appearing anywhere else aside from the selected branches. For this reason, if you can sweet-talk someone into getting you some before they disappear  I highly suggest that you do. You will not be disappointed.

Quantitative Ingredients:

Vegan?: Yes.

2017 Price: £4.25 each. 

Year Of Original Release: 2017

Scent Family:
Christingle Body Conditioner
Eskimo Bubble Bar

9 September 2017

Rub Rub Rub Naked Shower Scrub

Rub Rub Rub Solid Scrub is far from the attractive product that its older sibling is. While they're almost identical in terms of colour, there is something rather beautiful about the liquid version that seems to have been lost in translation when it comes to the solid edition. I think perhaps the haphazardness of the whole design has something to do with it. However, the principles behind the solid product are enough to redeem it in many other ways, as you're about to find out.

One aspect that I noticed right away with this solid edition is the fact that the fragrance is a little weaker when compared to the original version. While I have always raved about Rub Rub Rub being one of my favourite scrubs, it is mostly because of the scent as opposed to its efficiency as an actual scrub. For this reason, it was disappointing then to discover that the smell has somewhat diminished in this format. I'm not for one second saying that the aroma isn't there to begin with; neither am I saying that it's recognisable scent cannot be detected at all. Just that I didn't find this product to be as wholesome or as withstanding as it's older sibling.

Containing jasmine flower, mimosa and orange blossom absolute, Rub Rub Rub has a rich, sultry floral aroma that will make an immediate impression on your senses. While I find that the overall scent is one mostly dominated by the blossom components, you can definitely smell the natural richness of the jasmine; and there is also a little sweetness brought about by the inclusion of the lemon oil. There is definitely not a fruity, zesty or citrusy element to this scrub, but both the lemon and the sea salt make this far more than just a floral fragrance.

Much like the liquid edition, this scrub is packed full of sea salt, which acts as both an exfoliator and a detoxifier. As I said in my review of the original, it's amazing that anyone would choose to rub salt and lemon across their body - when salt supposedly drys out the skin, and the acidity of lemon can irritate pores. Having said this, unless you've just shaved your legs, the scrub actually 

What I really liked about the solid edition was the fact that it was far easier to give your body a good, hard scrub. Although the liquid version leaves your skin wonderfully smooth, and the original solid block is a little better at offering a slightly sturdier experience overall, neither versions boast serious buffing capabilities - for someone like myself who loves the scratchier exfoliators. This limited edition is not as scratchy as I'd like, but it is far easier to apply pressure across the body and give your skin a good scrub. 

Out of the three editions, this is by far the better scrub - not only because of its exfoliating properties, but because of both its longevity and the ease in which you can store it. The liquid version is easy to store but I find that I can end up using an awful lot of product because of its thin consistency; the old solid edition tends to last a little longer than a 100g tub, but it becomes very sticky and slimy in between uses, and I find that it melts if left in the bathroom. Rub Rub Rub Naked Scrub not only outlasted a 100g tub twice-fold, but I also found that it dried relatively quickly in between uses, and it didn't leave a mess either. For this reason, I'd probably invest in this edition over the other two. 

On the skin, the scrub works best when massaged in a circular motion across the skin, where it leaves a blue lather that rinses away easily. Not only is the scrub easy to hold and doesn't become slippery, but it doesn't seem to shrink that much when used under the running water. While conservative Lushies may wish to keep the product away from the water, as much as they can, I didn't find that it made much of a difference to the size overall.

My skin felt really clean and smooth after using this, and the scent remained present on my body for a short while after exiting the shower. I only wish that my skin felt as gloriously silky as it does after using the original, and that the fragrance was as strong on the skin afterwards as the liquid version offers. 

Overall, I would definitely buy this again, and I may even choose this one over the liquid version, simply because I think it is a better exfoliator and lasts longer than a small tub does - making it better value and slightly more ecologically friendly. 

Quantitative Ingredients: ?

Vegan?: Yes.

2017 Price: £6.95 each. 

Year Of Original Release: 2017.

Scent Family:
17 Cherry Tree Lane Soap
Mother Superior Bubble bar
Rub Rub Rub Naked Shower Scrub
Rub Rub Rub Salt Scrub
Rub Rub Rub Solid Scrub
Sakura Bath Bomb
Sakura Perfume

Seanik Solid Shampoo

7 September 2017

Once Upon A Time Naked Body Lotion

Whether or not Lush's naked wave will continue to expand over the coming months, Christmas 2017 will definitely be remembered as the season when the company solidified everything. This is first year that the company have offered naked versions of their seasonal range, and while the initial release was met with resistance, most consumers have since recognised that there is something to the concept.

Once Upon A Time was the first solid Body Lotion that I ever tried - only because I mistook it for a body conditioner and realised soon after my shower that I'd made a huge mistake. While it wasn't the worst experience in the world, I wouldn't say that most humans need to be that heavily moisturised in a single session.

While the naked version is same size as the normal version, this naked body conditioner is far lighter than the 100g tub. Yet it lasts just as long as the small pot, and boasts many properties that makes it equally pleasant as its sibling. 

Firstly, I found the smell of this far more pleasing on the senses from the get-go. Although not as strong as the liquid version, Once Upon A Time Naked Body Lotion has a wonderful, crisp apple aroma that tantalises your tastebuds immediately. Just like all of the other products that share the same fragrance family, this one offers a naturally sweet fruity smell unlike any other apple-scented products on the market right now. 

What you'd think would be a light, summery smell, actually works incredibly well in the colder months, and leaves your skin with a little added radiance that we all need during the harsher weather. The inclusion of the apple infusion not only creates the delicious fragrance, but helps to add shine to your skin, while removing excess grease and dirt at the same time.

To apply, you can either massage this directly across your skin, or between the palms of your hands and then transfer it onto your body that way. I found it easier to do the former, although I should warn you that don't want to completely cover your skin with it. Sliding it over most parts will create enough 'lotion' to then distribute across the rest of your body. The naked tub then needs to be stored somewhere cool and dry, preferably with a piece of grease proof paper underneath so that it doesn't leave any sticky marks. Just like a massage bar, this product will dry almost instantly when it's not exposed to your body heat, so you don't have to worry about it melting when left unattended.

What I found with the naked version is that the consistency of the lotion is far thinner than that of the regular variation. In fact, I thought that this limited edition was almost like a massage bar - as it produces more of an oil-based lather as opposed to a cream. However, it is certainly not as sticky as a massage bar can be, and would definitely suit those who opposed lotions that take ages to absorb into the skin.

When compared to the regular lotion, this one only takes a matter of minutes to full permeate the body, and what you're left with is a slight glint that coats the skin for a short time afterwards. This product is not as all sticky, and I certainly wouldn't call it greasy either. However, I would allow five minutes for the lotion to absorb into the skin before reapplying any clothing.

Secondly, I found that the naked version wasn't as moisturising as the regular edition. The effects of this product only really felt as if it lasted an hour or so, and I needed to reapply to get the deep moisturising feeling that I wanted. While the fragrance was a little sweeter and to my nose a little nicer than the liquid lotion, as it was slightly less potent to begin with, it faded far quicker when on the skin. 

Having said that, I found that this version was easier to glide across the skin, and far far more enjoyable to do so. Furthermore, I found that I needed less of this product to moisturise my whole body with, so although it feels and looks smaller than the 100g tub, both would probably last similar lengths of time. 

Despite this, the affects of both editions were fairly short term, and I found that I needed to reapply the lotion a few times a day to help keep my skin looking radiant and feeling as nourished as I was hoping it would. As I said in my other review,  I noticed my hands in particular felt rather dry only after an hour or two of using Once Upon A Time, so I don't know how well this would work for my skin type when the weather gets very harsh.

Overall, I do really appreciate Once Upon A Time Naked Body Lotion and will continue to use it daily to give my skin the natural radiance it is currently lacking. I think I may even double this up with the liquid version - using this as an afterthought to add give my skin a little extra glean in the winter months. 

Quantitative Ingredients: Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Apple infusion, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Murumuru Butter, Japan Wax, Spring Water, Perfume, *Limonene, Carnauba Wax, Organic Illipe Butter, Grapefruit Oil, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Lime Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Almond Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Butylphenyl, Methylpropional, *Citronellol, *Eugenol, Geraniol, Hydroxycitronellal, *Linalool, *Citral, Coumarin, Colour 42090:2, Colour 19140:1.

Vegan?: Yes.

2017 Price: £7.95 each.

Year Of Original Release: 2017.

Scent Family:
Once Upon A Time Body Lotion
Once Upon A Time Naked Body Lotion
Santa's Belly Jelly
So White Body Spray
So White Bath Bomb
So White New 2016 Edition Bath Bomb
So White Liquid Perfume

So White Shower Gel