Saturday, October 27, 2012

Have Your Cake and Eat It Too: Lush Bûche de Noël

I feel a bit guilty reviewing holiday products on Getting Cheeky before Halloween has even come and gone. An autumnal pet peeve of mine is the way holidays are all displayed together in the retail world in an effort to guide consumers to Christmas earlier and earlier each year. But (there's always a but) hear me out.

From what I understand Lush's Bûche de Noël (USD $12.95/3.5 oz) is very, very popular. Apparently this product flies off the shelves: perhaps the elves all want clean radiant skin? Either way, I didn't want to deter any information as Lush's Holiday 2012 products are already available online! Whether you purchase now to enjoy Christmas a little earlier, buy gifts well in advance (congratulations on being better prepared than I am) or just want to get yourself a little something stay tuned.

The inspiration for Lush's well loved Bûche de Noël is ... well, Bûche de Noël. This classic Christmas delicacy hales from France and is inspired by the yule log. Lush's interpretation is evocative of the original in fragrance, color and texture—the holiday dessert is made of soft sponge cake rolled around cream. 

The texture is a bit unusual which makes Bûche de Noël somewhat difficult to work with at first. There is a learning curve, but once you've mastered it the cleanser is a dream. I begin by removing my eye makeup with Bioderma and wetting my face with hand hot water. I take a generous quarter sized amount and add only the slightest bit of warm water to create what I would call a poultice. I rub the cleanser around my face and then rinse with more warm water. The almond present in Bûche de Noël noticeably exfoliates dry patches while the other moisturizing ingredients leave my skin fresh, clean and moisturized. 

I appreciate the fact that Bûche de Noël does not need to be refrigerated. My kitchen is downstairs far removed from the sink where I remove my makeup and cleanse: when I keep products in the fridge I tend to forget they exist when I need them the most! This facial cleanser will remain fresh for three months, the perfect amount of time to allow you to enjoy this holiday delicacy at just the right time of year! 

Provided that a skin care product doesn't upset my eczema prone skin, I'm not too difficult to please. Bûche de Noël is a wonderful facial cleanser with a dash of nostalgia—I can easily see why it's so popular!

Have you tried Lush's Bûche de Noël Facial Cleanser? What's your favorite holiday dessert? (I'm can't get enough of cranberry pudding and hard sauce!)

*This item was provided by PR for consideration. The ideas and opinions expressed are my own. Do not hesitate to reference my policies in the event that you have any questions.

Ingredients: Ground Almonds, Kaolin, Glycerine, Fresh Satsumas, Cranberries, Cocoa Butter, Brandy, Almond Oil , Vetivert Oil, Cedarwood Oil, Linalool, Cinnamal, Fragrance, and Nori Seaweed