Sings: it’s the most wonderful time of the year…
How exciting is the festive season? I absolutely adore it! One of my favourite things about December is the reveal of all of the Christmas ranges from some of my favourite cruelty-free brands. I know that most people look forward to The Body Shop’s Christmas products and, while they do mix and match with the same handful of festive scents each year, I am so happy with this year’s well-rounded combination. We were graced with two fruity scents and two spicy vanilla scents- perfect! This year, The Body Shop is donating a portion of their Christmas gift-set sales to charity, which is such a wonderful thing for them to do.
Frosted Plum was initially my favourite fragrance. It is fruity and slightly floral too, having notes of ripe plum, magnolia and peony. There’s something deeper that I can’t quite put my finger on, is it nutty or earthy perhaps? Compared to the Frosted Berries, which I will describe later, this body butter is not too sweet. According to The Body Shop, Frosted Plum contains plum extract from Turkey and Community Fair Trade babassu oil. The texture is buttery, and it is quite emollient-heavy, meaning that it is formulated to soften the skin. The scent lingers on the skin for a few short hours before fading away.
When I first smelled Vanilla Chai, I wasn’t a fan. It’s a unique, woody, creamy, rich, warm scent (using ALL of the adjectives here) that I wasn’t quite used to. After rubbing it onto my skin, it knocked Frosted Plum completely off of its pedestal. The Body Shop describes it perfectly: creamy milk and addictive vanilla are peppered with notes of warm cinnamon and cardamom and sweetened with brown sugar for a fragrance and formula your skin will love to drink in. I can’t think of anything more festive than that. It’s just beautiful. I have found that this scent lasts a good few hours before disappearing.
I’ll put it bluntly: I can’t deal with the Frosted Berries range. It is just far too sweet- sickly sweet, actually (don’t come with pitchforks now, please). It is enriched with the scent of sweet red berries (emphasis on sweet) with notes of sweet vanilla and creamy white flowers, and cranberry seed oil from North America. Admittedly, after wearing it for a few hours, the scent began to fade and there was more vanilla, which I liked. It is also very softening, as with the rest of the Christmas body butters. However, I won’t be going back for anything from this range. I’m just not a fan.
I almost fell over when I saw the Vanilla Pumpkin body butter on the shelves at The Body Shop. I love, love, love out-of-the-box fragrances like this! It’s got that punch-you-in-the-face kind of warm and rich and spicy and nutty fragrance that lingers on your skin for ages! The Body Shop describes this as being scented with quintessential pumpkin fragrance, vanilla from Madagascar and hints of tonka bean, hazelnut and maple syrup. Although it’s actually more of a limited-edition autumn body butter, it was recently added to the shelves at The Body Shop (I got mine from Canal Walk) and is available in very limited quantities.