Thursday, January 20, 2011

A slice of LUSH snowcake

Meet snowcake, or snow-crack (fondly nicknamed by my neighborhood LUSH staff). I recently cut myself a slice, so I thought I would share photos of how I cut my LUSH soap as well as why it’s love at first sniff

Snowcake is one of LUSH’s most loved annual holiday soaps.  According to LUSH the snowcake smells like marzipan. I’m not sure what marzipan smells like, but I remember tasting it once when my dad brought it home from a business trip. (Not so awesome). But that was when I was young, so things may have changed! Snowcake has a subtle sweet almond smell that is addicting. I keep wandering to the tub, picking up the soap and taking a good long whiff. If marzipan smells like this, I need to try it again

Like some of LUSH’s soaps, there’s a pretty print on the surface from the soap’s mold. Mine has a star and part of a heart (I think).

Here’s my soap slicing setup: cutting board, large santoku knife, and soap. (The strawberries and cream Yankee candle, though it smells very good, is very optional =P).

Snowcake is soft (not gritty, like some LUSH soaps), so it’s just like cutting through butter. On an interesting note, my neighborhood LUSH uses the exact same Wusthof Santoku knife to cut their soaps. It’s a good knife!

So there we have it. A delectable slice of snowcake. By cutting my soap, it doesn’t go to waste. LUSH soaps seem to melt away pretty fast; they’re the opposite of French milled soaps (also awesome) which last forever. I usually keep my slice at the dry end of the tub when I shower so excess water doesn’t get on it!

In other news, my fiancĂ© and I have been watching Top Chef All-Stars. This is the one show we actually follow. I pretty much watch it for Fabio (the Italian chef). A couple episodes ago, the chefs go to a Chinatown supermarket, and Fabio sees a tank of turtles. Then the show cuts to him talking about his pet turtle “When I come to America, I get a pet turtle. She is a princess. I put her on a leash so she can walk outside. Here, they have turtles in tank and they cut them up for turtle soup!” Or something like that. Well, maybe you had to be there and see the turtle with a Chihuahua leash tied around its shell.  Point is, Top Chef is awesome, all turtles aside.

Hope you enjoyed the LUSH snowcake photos and review (and Top chef ramblings). If there are any other addicting shows or soaps (the sudsy kind) out there I should know about, do share!

Love, Dovey.

P.S. Still no internet. AT&T is horrible.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Bath time with LUSH bearded lady

At the LUSH after Christmas sale, I picked up a bunch of goodies at 50% off that I’ll probably be showing over the course of time. I know it’s so not Christmas anymore, but a LUSH bath is really good anytime of the year, don’t you think? It’s been a long week of working late for me while battling a little cold, and my future hubby had to work late last night, so I figured it would be a perfect time to treat myself to a soak. Yesterday’s treat was the LUSH Bearded Lady bubble bar, one of the Holiday 2010 products. 

Despite an uncanny resemblance to Santa Claus, LUSH calls it bearded lady

Because I’m trying to get more out of my baths, I went a little King Solomon on my bubble bar. I’m saving half for another happy day.

As you can see, half a bearded lady makes a bundle of bubbles! The water beneath was silky and full of essential oils. I love how camera flash captures the crazy motions of water. It was so unexpectedly cool.

Did I mention that bearded lady smells like orange? A subtle, herby, relaxing orange. 

Although, what you’re seeing here are actually tangerines. Yum. I’m thoroughly relaxed. I threw Baby Bird in the bath as well towards the end to clean her scraggly winter fur, so now she smells vaguely of herby orange as well! 

This weekend is the first NFL playoff weekend. The man is obviously excited, but I am too, since my team made the playoffs! I’m going to be peeping through closed fingers. Being a fan sure can be stressful--- better get my relaxation on before then. Haha, just kidding (er, sort of). Anyone else excited about football?
Hope everyone also finds time for some relaxation and fun this weekend!

Love, Dovey.