Since I was young, the scent of a Lush boutique has been recognizable. Maybe as a child I was more accustomed to the scents of strawberry, vanilla and chocolate (I know, all ice cream flavors) so every time my mom would bring me to a boutique it felt like foreign terrain.

Overwhelming at times, tempting the rest, everything looked so misleadingly edible and delicious so to find out those candy bars were actually soaps was a complete disappointment to 7-year-old Alyssa.

Fast forward decades later and that unfamiliar territory has morphedย into one looked for. The aromas seductive, the products exciting and their corresponding benefits, compelling. Bath bombs? Yes, please. Perfumes that come in stick forms? Yes, please. Each visit now feels like a trip to a grown up candy shop complete with the premise of pampering oneself. Even the packaging feels like a present begging to be unwrapped.

Speaking of presents, it’s only natural for Lush to come up with actual gift-able products perfect for the Christmas season. The brand recently released their newest holiday inspired collection complete with snowmen soaps, santa bars and reindeer products perfect to gift your loved ones. I was fortunate enough to be invited to the launch of the Christmas collection where I had the chance to try and make my own soaps and bubble bars. Every item in the store is hand-made so it made perfect sense for us to get our hands dirty ourselves. Take a peek at the photos below and head to the nearest store to get your own.

I’m telling you, it’s olfactory heaven.

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Photos taken using my #SmartiPhone6