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07 Mar, 2018

Things I am loving: Frasier Fir hand lotion

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Oh! Things!

I will get right to the point and say: WOW. I love it when my hands smell like Christmas.

Under normal circumstances, I am not a huge fan of scented products. I find most products overscented and I am pretty picky about the scents that I do like. It’s a pretty short list, especially in terms of products that I use on my body. I like citrus smells and coconut. I usually like vanilla too, but that depends on how strong and/or fake it is.

But then came along a hand lotion which upgraded me from Occasional User into Regular User. The brand name is Thymes, and it comes in a very pretty container that sits on my office desk.

Frasier Fir hand lotion by Thymes review

I’m an out-of-sight-out-of-mind kinda gal. If it’s next to me, I remember to use it. I want to remember to use it so I keep it right next to my keyboard, as you can see.

It is the perfect consistency for a hand lotion. It’s thick but not gloopy; it has heft but doesn’t leave your hands feeling like you dipped them in a bucket of paint. As a bonus, it has the absolute best scent. The scent is one I never thought I’d like as much as I do: Frasier Fir. It smells like a peaceful walk in the woods with my favourite people. It’s camping. It’s ALL THE CHRISTMAS THINGS: finding a tree in the lot and bringing it home; waiting for it to defrost in the hall before setting it up; decorating, gift unwrapping, happy faces … all of that and more. This lotion smells like love, to me.

Funny how closely memories and smells are tied together, isn’t it?

That being said, the Christmassy scent eventually dissipates. I’m not sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing. I suppose one shouldn’t smell like a tree ALL the time. Besides, more and more public places (gyms, hospitals, offices, etc.) are becoming scent-free, which I support. I do hate the feeling of my throat closing up while I’m stuck in an elevator with someone who’s drenched in product.

Anyway, this stuff makes me happy. I am quite certain I’ve never said that about hand lotion before, HAND LOTION, of all things. It was a gift, but I know for a fact that you can find it at The Village Quire in Westboro. Drop by and give it a sniff. And if anyone looks at you strangely, just tell them you want to smell like Christmas too.

2 Responses to "Things I am loving: Frasier Fir hand lotion"

1 | Jen_nifer

March 8th, 2018 at 9:03 am


Is the scent actually dissipating, our are you becoming nose-blind to it our the day? Can others still smell it?

I’m also an out-of-sight-out-of-mind gal! I leave bills un-opened in their envelopes until I’m about to pay them. Otherwise the opened bill doesn’t catch my eye.

2 | andrea tomkins

March 8th, 2018 at 10:26 am


It’s not even that strong of a scent to begin with but I am 99.9% sure it dissipates. That being said, I will double check with Mark, who has the best sniffer I know, to make sure it’s not just me. :)

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