I can’t even handle the cuteness of this little guy – his name is Hamie, The Hedgehog and he’s part of the LUSH Christmas 2014 collection. Let’s rewind to before I gave Hamie his new name…he is known as The Christmas Hedgehog by my fellow LUSH lovers around the world.
If your skin is feeling a bit dry this festive season (yes, Summer skin can also feel dehydrated), hop in the tub with this nourishing bubbler made of indulgent organic Shea and Cocoa Butters & soothing essential oils to soften the skin.
A Bubble Bar this size usually yields 1 or 2 baths. But as with The Christmas Penguin, I just couldn’t break little Hamie in half so I used him as is, in one happy little piece. I wish I could say he scurried on top of the bath water like the little critter that he is, but alas, he plonked and sunk to the bottom. Hedgehogs can breathe under water, right!? RIGHT!? *gulp*
I have a sneaky suspicion LUSH decided to add a little hedgehog to their Christmas 2014 collection to reference the declining hedgehog population in the UK. And even though hedgies don’t really fit in with the whole festive theme, I think including Hamie was a great idea to raise awareness that they might become an endangered species soon! LUSH is always raising awareness in terms of animal abuse and animal testing, I remember reading an article a while ago about a young women who volunteered to be subjected to brutal animal testing practices at a LUSH store in London’s Regent Street, to underline a campaign aimed at drawing attention to the pain and cruelty inflicted on animals during laboratory tests. I have so much respect for LUSH.
Hamie is the shy guy, the underdog, the dark horse and probably won’t catch your eye at first because he is not very colourful. But let me tell you, you NEED to take him home with you…not only because he is super cute (I mean, just look at that face) but also because he will make your skin feel softer than a baby hedgehog’s tummy. Aaaah, man…I just googled some photos of baby hedgehogs and I have decided to add ‘a baby hedgehog’ to my Christmas wish list (other items on the wish list – 1 x Chihuahua puppy, 1 x Tarte Tartelette eyeshadow palette and a ghd Curve…I hope Santa is reading this blog post).
He apparently shares his scent with the ever-so-popular Noriko soap, which I haven’t used before since I’m not a very big fan of solid soap bars. Lavender gives it a mature herby scent but isn’t overpowering in the slightest. Sweet & floral Ylang Ylang oil, balancing & restorative Rose Absolute and refreshing & uplifting Sweet Orange oil create the perfect mix of floral, musky and fruity. Something about the scent reminds me of Wicks chappies, don’t ask me how or why though… *shrugs*
The Christmas Hedgehog turns the bubble-icious water a very light, milky shade of blue with silver shimmers freely floating around. To be quite honest, the water went cold before the fragrance or bubbles did – mainly because I found the aroma that filled the bathroom to be so calming! With skin as soft as a she-mouse’s belly, this Bubble Bar had me drifting off into the land of nod feeling totally pampered! I didn’t feel the need to moisturise after using him, especially since the beautiful fragrance lingers on the skin for quite a while.
Here’s where things start to get interesting: His body supposedly contains snowflake lustres, blue shimmer beads, and white edible stars but I only noticed white rectangular glitters (no shimmers or lustres) on the outer part of his body. The inner part of his little body only contains silver shimmer, and as mentioned above I only noticed them once little Hamie had done his job in creating a beautiful, luscious bubble bath.
I think the South African version of The Christmas Hedgehog does look slightly different compared to the UK / US hedgehogs, because my little hedgie doesn’t have a blue button nose, he has a pearly white nose. Hamie also has a more traditional flat hairdo, compared to the voluminous, spiky ones I’ve seen online. *whispers* Don’t tell Hamie I said this, but I’m slightly disappointed that he didn’t have more shimmery goodness on his little body.
The Christmas Hedgehog is the perfect bath accompaniment for those ‘blue Mondays’, ‘terrible Tuesdays’, ‘woeful Wednesdays…you catch my drift? Sit back, relax and let the aroma of Lavender, Rose Absolute and Ylang Ylang essential oil lift your spirits.
Top Tip: As with Bath Melts, Bubble Bars also tend to melt at medium to high temperatures, so make sure you store him in a cool, dry place. Don’t keep him stored away for too long (I’ve made this mistake before) as he won’t create as much bubbles and the scent won’t be as intense. Also remember, the amount of bubbles are dependent on 1. your water pressure; 2. whether you use a whole or half a Bubble Bar; and 3. whether you swish your hands around the bath water to create more bubbles.
The Christmas Hedgehog Bubble Bar retails for R 54,50 and is currently available in the LUSH online store, as well as in-store (Cavendish, V&A Waterfront, Canal Walk and Gateway).