First up, Wintermint Snowfall:
Embrace the magic of the winter season with Softsoap® brand limited edition Wintermint Snowfall body wash. Delight in visions of a snowy wonderland as the moisture-rich formula infuses your shower with an invigorating mint scent, leaving your skin feeling soft and smooth all winter long.
For Holiday 2012, Softsoap had a body wash called Wintermint Wonderland (the other body wash last year was Enchanting Sugar Plum). I actually didn't try last year's Wintermint Wonderland in body wash form (but I did purchase the hand soap at Big Lots not too long ago!). Going on memory alone, I don''t think my Winter Wonderland hand soap smelled exactly like the new Wintermint Snowfall body wash, but they're in the same vein, of course.
To my nose, Wintermint Snowfall isn't an exact dupe for Bath & Body Works Twisted Peppermint. I think I prefer Wintermint Snowfall, because it smells like actual candy canes to me, whereas BBW Twisted Peppermint smells more like red-and-white-striped hard candies (am I the only one who thinks candy canes and peppermint hard candies don't smell the same?). To me, the round hard candies have a little bit more "zip" to them because they're heavier on the peppermint. Whereas candy canes have a bit more of a creamy sweetness to them. So in other words, I think Wintermint Snowfall has a touch more creaminess to it and not as much peppermint as BBW Twisted Peppermint. And I like that.
As far as lather goes, this one is nice and creamy--you'll only require a normal amount on your bath pouf to get it going, and it rinses easily as well. I detect a very slight scent on my skin after I get out of the shower, but it fades quickly.
Sparkling Berry Bubbly
Celebrate the spirit of the season with Softsoap® brand limited edition Sparkling Berry Bubbly body wash. This moisturizing formula leaves skin feeling soft and smooth, while the festive scent of juicy red berries helps to make every day feel like a special event.
I love anything with a champagne, red wine or sangria note to it, so I was super excited to try this one. I thought this might smell like strawberries and champagne, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that it's a bit more rich and syrupy than that. It's almost like a fruity sangria, but with an effervescent note, if that makes sense. I'm smelling it now and I honestly can't get enough. If you like syrupy, red berry type scents, I think you might love this one (the bubbly note is fun and makes it feel a little more festive).
The lather on this one isn't quite as creamy as Wintermint Snowfall, but it's still easy to get a good lather going with just a normal squirt on your bath pouf. Again, this one rinses clean and I can detect a slight fragrance on my skin when I get out of the shower, but it fades quickly.
FINAL VERDICT: I'm impressed with Softsoap's holiday offerings this year. To me, these aren't lackluster versions of another brand's holiday scents--they're scents that can stand on their own, and I think they're lovely enough to warrant a purchase (especially at $3.48 a bottle). I will be purchasing back-ups when I spot them, because I can see myself wanting to use these throughout the year--not just during the holiday season.
Have you spotted the Softsoap Holiday 2013 Body Washes at your local Walmart yet? Have you purchased either (or both) of them? I'd love to hear from you!
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