I had to try this soap – it was hyped up so much on-line. When you talk to people who love LUSH, many usually mention the elusive “SnowCake” soap – available only at the Christmas holiday season. The soap was described to me as “almond bliss” and loving anything almond I knew I had to try a bar.
I’ve heard about people buying all of the bars in the store, of ordering multiples on-line and then hoarding them to use sparingly throughout the year, and even a few people who purchased a whole loaf and then cut their own pieces from it as needed.
Thankfully, I started with just one bar, to see if I liked it.
Maybe it was just the build up to the soap … LUSH SnowCake is a good soap, but it’s just a soap.
From the company http://www.lush.com:
“Snowcake, possibly our smoothest, creamiest soap, makes its annual trip home for the holidays. Why don’t we keep it all year round? Well, it wouldn’t be quite so special now, would it? This way, you will never be bored with Snowcake’s rose-tinged, almond-icing-scented lovely lather all over your body.
If we didn’t bring out a new batch of Snowcake every Christmas we’d probably be chased all the way to the North Pole by irate Lush customers. This almond scented, creamy smooth, gloriously luxurious body soap is such a favorite that we were forced into making a hand cream with the same perfume (Smitten, since you asked). If you’ve not tried it before, don’t miss your chance. Once Christmas has passed it won’t be back until next year. “
It comes wrapped as a small white bar, very milky and creamy feeling, even when dry. Very faintly I smelled almond notes before I used it – very faintly. And it wasn’t a bad smell, but I guess I was expecting a stronger one, and maybe something like an almond cookie? After I used the soap a time or two and really thought about the scent I get from it a blend of almond and cream – not really milky and not really whipped cream, but like condensed cream you’d put in coffee or tea.
Using this soap I noticed a few things. First it soaps really, really well. I got tons of lather from this soap. It was kind of impressive. I also noticed though that this soap really dissolved rather quickly. I know that’s often a standard comment about LUSH soaps, but other soaps I have tried from this company I have gotten many, many uses out of, but I swear this soap almost halved in size each time I used it! (maybe that’s where all the lather came from). The soap itself was creamy but easy to hold onto, and really just a solid white bar getting smaller and smaller each time.
Not really much else to it.
I don’t really get what the hype is all about – it’s nice smelling, but faint. It lathers well, but dissolves fast. I don’t think it’s a great soap for the value, and I think many other companies make a “real” almond soap that, if you are looking for that scent, you could get elsewhere.
Water (Aqua), Propylene Glycol, Sodium Palm Kernelate, Perfume, Sodium Stearate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Titanium Dioxide, Benzoin Resinoid (Styrax benzoin), Rose Absolute (Rosa centifolia), Cassie Absolute (Acacia farnesiana), Glycerin, Sodium Chloride, EDTA, Tetrasodium Editronate, Benzyl Benzoate.