Two things that I love in life are the words ‘limited edition’ and anything with a spicy scent – Hot Toddy from the LUSH Christmas collection features both, so obviously this love affair was meant to be. If you’re a Christmas fiend like me, then this shower gel will blow your socks off! It features everything I love about Christmas: Sparkles, gingerbread biscuits and mulled wine (yes, even in Summer).
Hot Toddy is a rich, ruby red shimmering shower gel that makes me feel like I have stepped into a Winter Wonderland. Laced with softening seaweed & aloe vera, uplifting sweet orange oil, invigorating cinnamon leaf oil, fresh ginger, warming clove leaf oil and cleansing lemon juice, this shower gel will bring a sparkle to your shower.
If you live in the northern hemisphere, then this shower gel is guaranteed to warm you up this cold Winter season. Ginger infusion helps to stimulate blood circulation in the body to warm you up when you most need it. But if you, like me, live where it is Summer right now…don’t fret, I still find it to be the perfect Christmassy shower gel for our neck of the woods.
Hot Toddy creates a light & fluffy foam and even though it might not smell that intense in the bottle, just you wait until it starts to lather up. Literally an explosion of Christmas, right there in your shower! While it showcases a large amount of golden lustre in the bottle, I didn’t find it to be too glittery at all once squirted onto my bath lily (shower pouf, whatever you want to call it). The glitter particles didn’t stick to my skin either after rinsing and getting out of the shower. I love glitter – on my eyeballs, in my bath water, on my nails…but I can’t stand chunks of glitter on my skin (I’m getting itchy just thinking about it). It does moisturise and nourish my skin to an extent but still found I wanted to apply a body lotion afterwards.
The colour of this shower gel is actually quite a bit brighter than it looks in the bottle, almost like a raspberry jam shade. If you look closely at the photo below (click to enlarge), you can see little flecks of golden glitters.
Now let’s talk about the scent – it smells like mix between fireballs (the gumball sweeties) and Cola lollipops with a boozy, yet decadent twist. I like using Hot Toddy in a super hot shower because the steam intensifies the scent, creating a spicy steam room. The scent doesn’t linger on the skin for too long, but just long enough to catch a whiff of it every now and again. Hot Toddy also reminds me of my grandpa (who passed away when I was 12 years old), I think there’s something in the scent that is similar to ‘Old Spice’ cologne (his signature scent). Hot Toddy brings back happy memories spent with my ‘Oupa’ helping him polish his bowling balls and eagerly waiting for the gnome in his cupboard (which turned out to be my grandpa himself) to make up a small plastic baggie filled with choccies and biltong – but only if I was a good little girl!
Hot Toddy Shower Gel retails for R 75,00 (100g), R 135,00 (250g) or R 235,00 (500g) and is currently only available in-store (Cavendish, V&A Waterfront, Canal Walk and Gateway). I’m am lighting a candle every single night in the hopes that Hot Toddy will be stocked in the LUSH online store soon. Ok, not really…but I do hope it comes to the online store so that my fellow spicy-scent-fiends can get their hands on it.