The New Moderns: Formulary 55 Holiday Scents

(all photos by Charlotte Justen)

Ready or not, the holidays are on their way....and we couldn’t be more excited around here at F55!

While we love everything about this time of year, it should come as no surprise that we’re keenest on scent. Sure, the pines, mulled wines, gingerbreads, and pumpkin spices will always have a special place in our hearts. But we can’t help but want more. Something a little more modern. Something a little unexpected. Something with a little edge.

That’s why our founder Cordelia Smith has spent the better part of the last year dreaming up a new batch of holiday scents featuring pairings we think bring a fresh, modern appeal to the season. We’re calling them the new modern holiday scents. You’ll recognize a few names, like spiced orange, balsam, and even sugared plum, but we can assure you that you haven’t smelled anything like these before. From Rosehip & Pepperberry to Joyeux Noel, each blend features a touch of nostalgia with a completely modern appeal—true to Formulary 55 style. Consider this your official introduction to the new moderns, available as Limited Edition Holiday Soaps. Get to know all six now, before the holiday season officially hits and they sell out.

Warming cardamom is paired with earthy black tea to create a rich, nutty aroma that’s surprisingly fresh.

Sweet yet tangy orange meets woody cedar to produce a warm and alluring scent with a bite.   

Floral rosehip is blended with spicy pepperberry to unveil a subtle scent that’s soft, clean, and feminine.

Woody and distinctive, this amber fragrance is everything we want in a piney, masculine aroma, but with a touch of vanilla to soften.

Crisp champagne is combined with fresh citrus and earthy fir to evoke a creamy, balanced scent. 

A blend of sweet plum dances with tart fig to create a scent that’s delicate without being overly sweet.
As with all of our soaps, these Limited Edition Holiday Soaps are made in small batches with saponified oils of coconut, RSPO-certified palm, and shea butter, and scented with our proprietary blend of phthalate free fragrance oils and essential oils. Available in both our original sized bath bar and guest bar, we think they make a great gift for someone on your holiday shopping list (can you say stocking stuffers?), but we can guarantee that you’ll enjoy them just as much in your own home (so be sure to snag a few for yourself, too). ‘Tis the season.