12 November 2015

Letters To Santa Shower Sheet

On a recent spontaneous trip to Oxford Street, I was lucky enough to be browsing with a friend when he spotted this shower sheet displayed on the shelf. Having had no prior knowledge that this product had even existed beforehand, I was quick to snatch one up, and just hoped that there wasn't anything else that I had missed.

Letters To Santa is slightly larger than your average shower sheet - a problem that was highlighted when we tried to fit the product into one of Lush's protective boxes. Having said this, the sheet does seem to be slightly thinner when compared to the other ones I own, so I wouldn't say that you're getting any more 'product' for your money.

While there was not a current ingredients list for me to refer to to begin with, I assumed that this product contained the basic ingredients to allow it to work, much like all of the other shower sheets and wash cards that the company offer. As it turned out, I was correct in some ways, not so much in others.

Made using a base of dried fresh apple pulp and an array of essential oils, this innovative shower product works very much like you would expect a shower gel to. Simply tear off a small piece (about the circumference of one of Lush's solid perfume tins) and add a little water to the mix. You'll find that the sheet creates a light, fluffy lather rather quickly and this can then be massaged across your body to clean and soften your skin.

This particular sheet has a very similar smell to other products featured in the Vanillary range. While I have been told that it's supposed to emit the exact same same fragrance, I would say that it differs somewhat from the likes of Vanilla Fountain, Vanilla Dee-Lite and Vanillary Liquid Perfume.

To me, Letters To Santa has a very distinctive thread that reminds me of jasmine, which although presents itself in all of the aforementioned products, is much stronger in this instance, and almost thwarts the vanilla altogether. It's nowhere near as 'in your face' as you expect the jasmine to be in Lust-scented items, but it is definitely on par with the vanilla element, which makes it far more floral than the thick, creamy tonka-led experience you might have been expecting.

Surprisingly, there is no mention of jasmine in the ingredients list - instead it seems that both cinnamon and pine oil are the two main notes that have mimicked this popular smell. 

Although not a straightforward replica, fans of this fragrance family will no doubt still appreciate the aroma, even though it differs with what previous incarnations have offered. Furthermore, as this has never been released as a shower gel, fans are able to enjoy this scent family in a different setting, which is lovely.

Unfortunately, much like the other variations of shower sheet, while this one does clean your body and leave you feeling refreshed and smelling beautiful afterwards, it doesn't seem to moisturise as well as you would expect a shower gel to. For this reason, I would need to use some sort of body lotion or massage bar to replenish my skin after my shower.

While I still maintain that this isn't as good value for money as a bottle of shower gel, I appreciate the fact that this is a novelty item that'll only be around  for the Christmas period. Letters To Santa Shower Sheet has a really lovely smell and the format suits this fragrance - something I don't necessarily think would communicate well in liquid form.

Although I won't be investing in another one any time soon, I will definitely continue to use this product and will enjoy spending my time with it in the bath and shower. Pairing it up with the likes of Star Dust Bath Ballistic and Dashing Santa have worked really well for me, and I'm sure many of the other seasonal releases would be as equally complimentary.

Quantitative Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Fresh Apple Pulp, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Perfume, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Fair Trade Vanilla Absolute, DRF Alcohol, Pine Oil, Cinnamon Leaf Oil, Sodium polyacrylate, Gardenia Extract, Hydroxycitronellal, Lilial, Benzyl Benzoate, Coumarin, Eugenol, Farnesol, Limonene, Fandango Lustre, Colour 77499, Colour 19140, Colour 19140:1, Colour 42090.

Vegan?: Yes.

2015 Price: £12.95 per sheet.

Year Of Original Release: 2015. 


  1. great review! you said that it's an oxford street exclusive though and it looks like it's up online too?

  2. This is so cool ;0

  3. I did wonder about these sheets when I noticed them online. I don't think I'll bother getting one though! :-)