Once Upon A Time in a land not so far away (over the pond, really), the powers that be at Lush had a splendid idea! “We’d like to make something that smells of summertime and a wintery Christmas, all in one. Something that will remind people of eating gorgeous granny smith apples in the heat of summer and scrummy apple pie at Christmas-time in winter – something so nostalgic and so fresh and delicious….”. They pondered and dabbled, explored and concocted, until finally they’d added just the right amounts of their secret ingredients to produce the fairest lotion of them all! A lotion of which fairytales are made – for me anyway (don’t burst my bubble! :D) and they dubbed it, aptly I might add, Once Upon A Time (OUAT).



So what does this magical lotion smell like? Okay I guess that question is redundant 😀 but, I cannot explain to you just how delicious this appley-smelling lotion is! Have you tried Santa’s Belly Shower Jelly? It is the EXACT same scent you get when the heat of the water hits it. The smell is that of the ripest, fruitiest green apples but with the addition of grapefruit oil, sicilian lemon oil and lime oil, it smells even brighter – like sunshine in a tub, to me. Although there is no floral element in the ingredients list, the longer it stays on the skin, the more of a fruity floral note comes to the forefront – like what I’d imagine apple blossoms to smell like in Spring (cos, that’s when they bloom). I had wondered if there was a touch of honeysuckle or honey water to give it that honeyish sweetness but, nope! Lucky for all, it’s vegan! (Side note: I just realised why I LOVE this lotion so so much – on me it smells a TON like our beloved Fizzbanger Bath Bomb that has recently got the chop. Although there is no cinnamon in the lotion, it smells like cinnamon apple on my skin – I sincerely hope it’s the same for everyone who uses it because the Love scent family is incredible and its a crying shame that Fizzbanger has been discontinued. I’ll take 10 OUAT‘s! :D)



It is a very thick lotion and although it has two of my favourite moisturisers, almond oil and murumuru butter in it, it doesn’t leave you feeling greasy and takes a minute to soak in, leaving you with balmy and beautiful skin. The scent lasts all day, perfuming skin sweetly (but not sickeningly so!). I think next to Yummy Mummy Body Conditioner, Once Upon A Time Body Lotion is my most prized Lush possession.



When you first rub it on, it smells to me, of the waxiness of a granny smith apples’ skin (which I really enjoy!). However, shortly after application, it settles into the gorgeous sweet fruitiness I’ve described. If I may be so bold, I imagine this being the star product from the 2017 Christmas range – and that is saying something as I have more than a handful of fierce favourites this year!


Now, I’d like to share a little secret with you, or rather, a rumour. One I firmly believe to be true (well I flipping hope so!!). The Lush UK are hinting at 3 new exclusive solid perfumes (and body sprays. But we forget those, as we can’t import them to South Africa without paying £45 just for shipping) and will be announcing the three scents at the end of this month. Like a total creeper, I watched the video sneaky peek on their @lushkitchen insta account and listened extra carefully to what the sales consultants in the clip had to say. When it came to the third mystery scent, I heard “apples” on a few occasions. I feel I can safely say that the Once Upon A Time/ So White scent family shall be welcoming a new addition to the scent family pretty soon! YASSSSSS I cannot tell you how excited I am as I literally uttered these words when I received my first tub of Once Upon A Time Body Lotion: “A Body Spray in this scent would be EPIC!” – But, I’ll take the solid perfume for now and hope that the Body Sprays become available worldwide by Christmas next year! 😀


Now that I’ve gushed endlessly about this beauty of a lotion, I must forewarn you that stocks are quite limited in South Africa. If this scent profile sounds like something you’d enjoy, please be sure to snap up a tub (or 4 :D) soonest, before they’re all gone!


When is this available: Christmas 2017 until stocks last (In all Lush stores)

Price: R140 for the 100g tub and R265 for the 225g tub

Weight: 100g and 225g

Vegan: Yes

Preservative-free: Yes

Scent Family: So White (but I’m going to go out on a limb and say the Love scent family too)

If you love this scent family, why not layer the fragrance with the Christmas exclusive, Santa’s Belly Shower Jelly. Also look out for the release (I hope my gut is right) of the Solid Perfume at the end of this month (available in the Lush UK). If you’ll be vacationing where water restrictions aren’t a thing, why not add a Fizzbanger Bath Bomb to your bath cocktail!


Ingredients List: Apple Infusion,  Almond Oil,  Apple Water,  Organic Jojoba Oil,  Glycerine, Murumuru Butter,  Stearic Acid,  Perfume, Limonene,  Illipe Butter,  Triethanolamine,  Grapefruit Oil,  Sicilian Lemon Oil,  Lime Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Cetearyl Alcohol, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citronellol, Eugenol, Geraniol, Hydroxycitronellal, Linalool, Citral, Coumarin, Colour 42090:2, Colour 19140:1


Love sweet scents? You might enjoy the Christmas exclusive Rose Jam Shower Gel and the other regular line products in the same scent or products from the HIWTK scent family

Love fruity scents? Why not try the Christmas exclusive, Bubbly Shower Gel and Buck’s Fizz Body Conditioner

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  • Vivalaslug - So crisp. So fresh. So amazing! 17th November 2017 – 4:57 pmReplyCancel

  • Dandelionsandbees - Spot on with how it sinks into the skin! I think I have put this on every time I’ve come into work 💕 if people really want a more cinnamon apple smell, I have also been mixing it with WiCcy Magic Muscles.

    I didn’t realize you had a review blog before so I am so excited to be subscribed now!

    -Dandelionsandbees on IG17th November 2017 – 6:58 pmReplyCancel

    • kimdutoit - Oh my gosh that’s such a good idea hun!!! I’ll be sure to try OUAT with Wicca Magic Muscles! Thanks for that great tip! And really appreciate your support hunny! 😃🙌🏼💖💖18th November 2017 – 11:06 amReplyCancel

  • Vera - I did came here because of the give away, but i’m being honest if i say that I really like your blog! I’m thinking about getting my own blog too and this is really inspired me to start it. Do you have some things I really need to know before I start my blog?

    Greetings from the Netherlands 🙂
    Vxra18th November 2017 – 4:05 amReplyCancel

    • Vera - and this really inspired me*18th November 2017 – 4:06 amReplyCancel

    • kimdutoit - Hey Vera!! Thanks so much and I’m so happy to hear my blog has inspired you to start your own! I think the best advice I can give is: use a wix website as they are so easy to set up; have fun when you write – I only write when I’m having a happy day and that way my writing is heartfelt and expresses me best; read as much as you can about a Lush topic you want to write about – it is fun when you can share new knowledge with your readers 😃 – and I think that’s it! Let me know when you have it up and running as I’d love to support you and subscribe ☺️🙌🏼💖18th November 2017 – 11:19 amReplyCancel

  • Erica franklin - Sounds like i need to try this! I can only imagine how gorheous it sMells! 
    Insta: capgras_delusion18th November 2017 – 5:46 amReplyCancel

    • Erica - *GorgeouS18th November 2017 – 5:47 amReplyCancel

  • Kelzbelz - Oooh Cant wait to try it out, I order lush probably once a month and this will be On my list👌🏻❤️ @kelzbelz18th November 2017 – 10:59 amReplyCancel

  • Eleanor - nellylushiexo - You have definitely influenced me to go out and buy this! Such a lovely description😻18th November 2017 – 11:42 amReplyCancel

    • kimdutoit - Haha I’m glad I’ve done such a good job that you’re keen on trying it! I hope you love it as much as me – it is honestly my favourite product of all time at the moment (haha)! Thank you Eleanor for your continued support 😃💖😘18th November 2017 – 12:31 pmReplyCancel

  • Xieman - I loVehis! So Nice
    @Hasdra18th November 2017 – 12:28 pmReplyCancel

  • Jamie - I really like this review! And once upon a time lotion also is my favourite lotion❤️ -lushiejamie on ig18th November 2017 – 1:42 pmReplyCancel

  • Kimera - the reviews are honestly Just tEmpting me to drive to lush and buy everytHing while im meant to be studying for exams!! 18th November 2017 – 6:19 pmReplyCancel

    • kimdutoit - Hahahaha aw shame hunny! Pretty awesome distraction though, I’d say! 😃💸💸💸 good luck with your exams!! 😘18th November 2017 – 7:11 pmReplyCancel

  • Armani - So beautiful and fresh (x.lush.ox18th November 2017 – 10:52 pmReplyCancel

  • Sophie - This smells heavenly 😍 @sophleanne_ 19th November 2017 – 1:04 amReplyCancel

  • Sofia - So nice! I hope to try it soon19th November 2017 – 1:07 amReplyCancel

  • Sofía - Love it! I hope i try it soon my insta acount is : @sofiabelenn.n19th November 2017 – 1:10 amReplyCancel

  • kimdutoit - Hey, this is my comment19th November 2017 – 8:59 pmReplyCancel

  • Jade (lushie_jaderade) - I love the smell of this in the pot but On the skin it seems to change. Just got to get use to tHe smell ☺️21st November 2017 – 10:38 amReplyCancel

  • LeonIe - I did come here because of the giveaway but I honestly think Your blog is really beatiful, inSpiring and Helpful. 💜 You give So much detail in one post, that’s great! Also: This is one of my favourite Christmas products aswell! OUAT is such a lovely smell, i can’t wait to get the body spray and perfume, ahhhh so excited! 
    @hedawanheda on instagram21st November 2017 – 11:48 amReplyCancel

    • kimdutoit - Me too!!!!! So White Body Spray and solid perfume (and the snow fairy ones too) are honestly one of the best exclusives this year in my opinion! Yay!! 💖 and thanks so much hun! Glad my blog is helpful! 😃😘21st November 2017 – 1:15 pmReplyCancel

  • NichoLas - I need tHis in my life!!!!! 😭😭😭😭 it sOunds amazing!!! Too bad its discontinued. I came for the Giveaway but im already fascinated by this blog!!! Instagram: __nico__nico21st November 2017 – 4:24 pmReplyCancel

  • Lushlove27 - I loved this review and I’m glad someone else is raving about how amazing OUAT Is! And i totally agree that it’s part of the love scent family. I can’t wait to pick up a few more of these lovelies before the season is over.
    Hi hun, it’s lushlove27 over on ig 😊21st November 2017 – 4:40 pmReplyCancel

  • Jay - I love how much you love this, And so many other lushies. But on me it smells awful, unfortunately! Great post ☺ xx21st November 2017 – 4:52 pmReplyCancel

    • kimdutoit - Ahaha! Oh I’m so sorry hunny!! That seriously sucks! At least there is Love spray then if you like what the scent should smell like (or smells like on me 😂) 😃💖💖21st November 2017 – 5:19 pmReplyCancel

  • EmmA - I love the crisp, fresh scent to this one.21st November 2017 – 6:30 pmReplyCancel

  • Lucy - I really love this 😍 AltHought it doesnt make up for the fact there’s no so white bathbomb this year 😩 this Blog post Has made me want to go and Put once upon a time on! Lots of love @lushie_luu xxx21st November 2017 – 7:09 pmReplyCancel

  • Foxylushie - This is the greAtest smelling lUsh product, omg
    Ig: @foxylushie21st November 2017 – 7:23 pmReplyCancel

  • AzlUshies - I ABSOLUTELY  love your blog!! ❤️21st November 2017 – 9:11 pmReplyCancel

  • Hasdra - This is definetly my faVe lotion! Have you trIed the solid version? Is amazing !!! 

    I came here for the gIveaway and 1h later im still reading your blog! Haha  
    My ig is @hasdra22nd November 2017 – 12:36 amReplyCancel

  • samantha - i love the apple scent in this wonderful lotion, i love the naked version too!22nd November 2017 – 8:20 amReplyCancel

  • Sarah - Its really hard to actually find a good lotion,but i’ll say, this blog made me interested.cant wait to try this lotion!
    Spiffy.bean on ig27th November 2017 – 4:53 pmReplyCancel

  • Samie - Inlove this lotion so much! Im so glad that Lush is widening the scent damily for So White!😻 my IG is @lushiemae_27th November 2017 – 7:48 pmReplyCancel

  • MiRaNda - I Hope this lotion stays on Year round. Beautifully explained in scent! Great post30th November 2017 – 11:24 pmReplyCancel

  • Annette Lehec - I definitely need to get me some of this. My skin has Become so dry and cracked with age 1st December 2017 – 12:05 amReplyCancel

  • Annette - Oh gosh where is my previous comment lol i said i need to get this as I have terribly dry skin since i got older and i love apples. 1st December 2017 – 12:20 amReplyCancel

  • Molly - i have the potted version and love it but i have to say i’ll probably pick up a solid because the scent is that much stronger and dreamier 🤤@lushukmolly1st December 2017 – 1:54 pmReplyCancel

  • Eugenné Alberts - I love this! Keep spreading the lush love ❤ @eugie_alberts1st December 2017 – 9:09 pmReplyCancel