Happy New Year! I hope you’ve all had a wonderful holiday season and a fresh, bright start to 2016! I’m back. After a few weeks off I’m itching to go again and I have a fabulously long and fun to-do list waiting for me. It’s going to be an exciting start to 2016: there will be reviews of recent indie perfume releases, profiles of fragrance houses you mightn’t have heard of yet, more exciting articles in the Smell and Sound and Smell and Synaesthesia series, more Thirteen Thoughts interviews, and some book reviews too. Phew. That’s a lot, so I’d better stop prattling on here and get on with it…
But before I sign off, I want to introduce you to Yoda the Apple Scented Body Wash. I’ve not yet seen the newest Star Wars movie, so please, no spoilers! As a child of the 70s and 80s I get abnormally excited about Star Wars. I saw the original movie in the cinema at age three. Standing on my mother’s thighs so I could see the screen, I fell in love with Luke Skywalker and decided I wanted to be Princess Leia. It’s one of my earliest and fondest childhood memories. Through the 80s I enjoyed watching the other two movies from the original trilogy on clunky VHS hired from UFO Video, our local video library, or in the cinema with school friends. So, having a soft-spot for all things Star Wars (the original trilogy, not the prequels, mind you), when I spotted this little fellow for sale in the supermarket a few weeks back, I couldn’t resist.
The apple-scented body wash isn’t as pedestrian as one might think and the bottle was just too cute to pass up. Who could turn down a smiling, rubberised, wrinkly old face like Yoda’s for the bargain price of $3? Not me!
The scent is actually quite crisp and realistic, and reminds me of another 70s favourite of mine: Green Apple Shampoo. Green Apple Shampoo by Woodleigh Field was a staple in Australian bathrooms in the 1970s, along with seashell-shaped guest soaps and splash bottles of Brut 33.
All my friends, and our parents too, used to “ooh and ahh” about the lovely smell of this apple-scented shampoo back in the day, so I was pleased to discover that the Yoda Body Wash smelt almost identical. And as a bonus I now have a wise friend in my bathroom to keep me company and remind me to “do or do not… there is no try”, and to help me wash away the dark side on days that are not so bright… Good messages to be mindful of and to carry me into the New Year.
Happy New Year everyone, and… MAY THE FROTH BE WITH YOU!