It's no secret that I'm a walking Lush encyclopedia, not long after each limited edition collection is released my dupe radar goes off. After looking through, smelling and of course using I've managed to come up with a dupe for most, if not all of the 2012 Christmas product - including Retro this time around.
Bath | Bath Bombs | Bubble Bars | Wands | Melts
Following in the steps of Lush's Easter collection, they created a huge Cracker - Crackersnap. Crackersnap retailed at £7, which considering how heavy this bath ballistic is, you could definitely justify it, especially if you grabbed one in the sale. Crackersnap shares the same scent as the famous Avobath, bath ballistic - perfect if you became addicted to the cheeky citrus scent. Though you'll have to be without a joke, party hat and reusable crocodile bubble bar.
Party Popper shared similar fragrance notes to Crackersnap, though I find a similar dupe is Dragon's Egg, paired with You've been mangoed bath melt to make the perfect cheery cocktail. Instead of popping candy and annoying melon soap disks, Dragon's Eggs disks dissolve fast and deliver a golden surprise.
Cinders has been around for years, if you read last years dupes then you'll know that the perfect match for this fiery bath bomb is Fizzbanger. Fizzbanger makes a great year round treat, mixing cinnamon with toffee apple while it fizzes and crackles.
Satsuma Santa returned this year as Father Christmas, with his sack made into a separate product. Lush packed him with a lot of glitter and a surprise vivid green centre. Sunnyside bubble bar would make a fab alternative, turning your bath into shimmering liquid gold.
Golden Wonder returned to 2012 complete with rattle, sharing the scent of their famous Snow Showers, You'll find Dragon's Egg the perfect fizzy champagne dupe.
Lush gave So White an upgrade this year, this was once a bath bomb I'd grab due to it being one of the smaller and cheaper products in the Christmas line up. Not only did they enlarge So White, they also gave us all a surprise. Rather than it's suggested bergamot and rose description I find So White to smell just like Snow Whites crisp apples still. Of course there's no exact dupe but again Fizzbanger does contain a toffee apple fragrance.
I was so excited to see Lush had created yet more of their amazing Bubblebar Wands for Christmas 2012. Bubblebeard appeared just as Movember was starting, though designed with Father Christmas' beard at mind rather than the charity it was still a huge hit. This relaxing scent really did allow me to get a good nights sleep and all my worries were pushed away. Ceridwens Cauldron - the one most struggle to say, well at least I did - provides the same scent, even more moisturising and becomes a scrub once melted away.
Magic Wand magically returned this past Christmas, smelling just like the famous Snow Fairy, meaning Godmother soap is the exact dupe. Though if you want bubbles still The Comforter would make a brilliant substitute along with being excellent value for money.
The third and final Bubblebar wand, Rocket. Last year saw Lush making his bath bomb brother into the permanent collection as everyone fell for the candy stick fragrance. The Rocket Bubblebar Wand couldn't smell any different if Lush tried, Swish this wand by it's fire to release a ginger and violet scent. Though to me it smells just like Geophyzz which is being retired. Who knows this wand could be the first wand to make it into the permanent collection?
Santa's Sack received a few concerned looks every time I mentioned it, filthy minds. Despite this it became one of my favourite new items for 2012. Despite being a little more than other bubble bars, this contained 2 presents made from the harder bubblebar mixture the wands are made of. Your looking at three products in one. It's hard to find an exact dupe, though Karma bubblebar would make a good alternative.
Christmas Eve is always one I cross my fingers to appear back, it's my Mum's absolute favourite Lush product. A lot of her old favourites such as Bathos & Wavering Not Drowning were discontinued, finding products that have the right Patchouli and Ylang Ylang fragrances are hard to come by. Luckily for her Blue Skies and Fluffy White Clouds makes a good enough dupe to keep her going all year round. It's also hugeeeee!
Candy Mountain returned, this time with a new outfit. Instead of it's old boring pink and white stripes, Lush added green. Though I still miss the old days of Candy Cane, it was much easier to split. Creamy Candy is the EXACT dupe, since all they do is dress it up for the season. I prefer Creamy Candy myself, it just seems softer, creamier and stronger rather than in mountain form?
This little guy will always have a place in my heart, instead of sharing the Snowcake scent, The Melted Snowman bath melt glowed this Christmas, sharing Glogg's fragrance. There's no exact dupe again for this product, it's incredibly Christmassy, though Phoenix Rising bath bomb is very, very similar. If you're after a moisturising bath then Butterball bath bomb is perfect. Another bath cocktail to try out?
Shower | Shower Gel | Scrub | Soap
Ponche was a new addition this year which also landed in my products of 2012, this fruity punch wasn't always my favourite. At first I wondered why an earth I'd picked it up, until I jumped in the shower. I've got my back up bottle ready, if you haven't a similar alternative would be Olive Branch shower gel, though it won't be as boozy.
It's no secret that Godmother soap is in fact Snow Fairy in solid form. If I buy a block of Godmother it's gone within the week because my Mum cheekily uses it to death and never replaces.
Twilight was another of my favourites because I missed the forum special every time. The dupe is obviously the Twilight bath bomb. Look out for forum specials, they've made perfumes of Twilight in the past.
Unlike most Christmas products I don't have a dupe for the Sandy Santa, if you picked him up it's down to his cute face and scrubbing abilities. The ordinary Sugar Scrub is as close as you'll get to both scrub and clean scent.
Until I started this blog post I didn't realise how many Christmas soaps Lush actually had on sale for the season. Northern Lights is one I wish I'd stocked on, simply because if you feel nauseous this soap stops it. Though there's plenty of other citrus soaps on offer such as Sexy Peel.
Angels Delight is one I always end up with ridiculous amounts of, it has to be one of their prettiest soaps created. Wouldn't it be amazing to purchase a whole soap cake of Angels Delight. This sits between Godmother & Rockstar soap, why not grab a block of both?
Snowglobe is another firm favourite in my house, is it any wonder since it contains grapefruit, lemon and ylang ylang. Bohemian soap makes a great alternative, despite not looking as appealing as Snowglobe. While on the topic of snowy products, I don't have a dupe for Snowcake, it's one to pray for it's return each year.
As if we needed an excuse for more soap Lush!? They created the Northpole soap, which split into two different fragrances. Pink carried a creamy chocolate scent, Soft Coeur not only smells similar but also gives you the excuse to grab a massage off your partner. While the pink had a refreshing mint scent similar to the Dirty range.
We still haven't finished yet, Lush produced one more Soap - Mr Punch another boozy fruity product. This time around he was packed with lime, gin and blackcurrant. I didn't get round to purchasing my own slice however my all time favourite Sultana of Soap will carry you through to next Christmas.
Skincare | Cleansers | Lip Scrubs | Massage
I'd heard Büche De Noel was returning during the summer months, I can't recommend it enough. If you love using Angels On Bare Skin, BDN does the exact same magic with a delicious Christmas scent.
Let The Good Times Roll was a new addition to the Christmas range, despite the sugary toffee popcorn scent the formula is very similar to Herbalism - the green roll of cleanser. Following the popcorn theme I have no dupe for the Popcorn lip scrub only the three other lip scrubs on offer.
Midnight Massage, massage bar was another I sadly missed out on trying, though reading through many descriptions it sounds very similar to Sex Bomb, a bath ballistic I frequently buy. If you love Jasmine scents I hope you didn't go without this one or the massage!
Retro | Bath | Body | Shower
Not everyone gets round to trying the retro line since you can't buy in store, I won't go into too much detail. I received my first Twinkle bath bomb this year and I can't wait to use it. Twinkle shares the same scent as American Cream. My ultimate Christmas favourite finally returned and appeared in my pile of presents. Ruby Red Slippers smells like the famous Potion body lotion, which I'll be getting hold of now I've got just half a bar left. Lush even decided to produce Snow Showers Shower Jelly which shares a similar scent with Dragons Egg. Glogg shares with Phoenix Rising while I have no other dupe for Gingerbread House bubble bar other than bake a ginger cake. Jingle Spells bath ballistic returned. A good match would be blue skies, while Once A Year massage bar can be found as Hottie, another massage bar. Iced Wine from a few Christmas' back returned for the month of November, Flying Fox and The Olive Branch shower gels contain similar notes - I actually found some still in my Fridge, perfectly fine!? Sexy Boy doesn't have too much of a dupe though therapy could be a good enough stand in, while Spice Mountain despite being 'spicy' contains rose and carnation making Lust a nice alternative - though Lust isn't sticking around for much longer.