Review: Lush Buche de Noel cleanser (and a comparison with Angels on Bare Skin)

To round out my 2 weeks of Lush (@lushltd) Holiday reviews, here is a review for the Lush Buche de Noel cleanser.  This was a gift from Catherine. This is a limited edition product for the holidays and may no longer be available in your area. This is a repromoted product from last year, when it was called Santa’s Rice Porridge.

Update: this product is being repromoted for the 2011 & 2012 holiday season!

This is called “クリスマスの食卓” (Kurisumasu no Shokutaku, Christmas Dinner) in Japan.  Yet another Lush product which is called something totally different in Japan.

Side note: I have fun finding out how differently Lush Japan has named their products, even though it means I sometimes need to go through the ingredients list to find the Japanese equivalent.

What it does:
Buche de Noel was around last Christmas, but it went by the name of Santa’s Rice Porridge. It’s back this year with a few tweaks; it’s still fresh and preservative-free, but it’s a fresh cleanser now. We think of Buche de Noel as nutritious pudding with a twist!
There are fresh satsumas and a splash of brandy to tone and stimulate, kaolin to cleanse your pores and exfoliating almonds to scrub away dead skin. It even comes wrapped in seaweed with a decoration to give it the Christmas touch.


Price: 5.50 GBP/100g in the UK, 9.95 USD/3.5 oz in the US, 780 JPY/100g in Japan.

Update: the updated prices for the 2011 holiday season are $12.95 USD/3.5 oz in the US, 5.95 GBP/100g in the UK, and 780JPY/80g in Japan. Note that the price has not increased in Japan, but the size of the product has gotten smaller.

Scent: smells a bit berry-ish.  A faint scent, much weaker than most of Lush’s other products.

– Not harsh, and cleans well
– I personally enjoy the smell during the winter
– VERY similar to Angels on Bare Skin, see below

– None, really, except that it’s limited edition.

Would I repurchase? yes, but… it’s VERY similar to Angels on Bare Skin!

Comparison with Angels on Bare Skin:
– the texture and what it does is VERY similar
– some people have mentioned that this is a bit heavier and more moisturizing than AoBS, making it more suitable for the winter time
– Buche de Noel contains dried cranberries and cocoa butter
– AoBS contains lavender flowers and lavender oil
both products contain glycerin and ground almonds

Here is a picture to show the texture of the two products.
AoBS is on the left, BdN is on the right.

Hope you enjoyed this review!

xoxo, K

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Lush’s holiday items are no longer available on their website.  I have continued to review the items because they may be repromoted in the future. 

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6 thoughts on “Review: Lush Buche de Noel cleanser (and a comparison with Angels on Bare Skin)”

  1. Yes, it’s a type of food often eaten at Christmas. I wish they had named it the same in Japanese though. I had a hard time figuring out which product this was!

  2. I thought it was so interesting that AoBS comes in a plastic case in the US. In the UK, it comes in the black screw top container! I usually put some of it into a small container, and add a bit of purified water.

  3. BdN sounds like it’s more for me, especially with the scent! too bad it’s LE, but it’s a good thing that AoBS is about the same thing (:

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