Friday, February 19, 2016

Future Primitive Soaps Valentine's Collection

Disclaimer - all products were purchased by me. 

Future Primitive Soap (or Future Prim) is a brand that has been steadily growing in popularity in the indie bath and body world. This shop is run by a lovely lady named Tiggy and is based in the UK. She offers a moderately sized selection of unique general catalog and seasonal scents. Among the products offered are sugar scrubs, whipped soaps, bar soaps, perfume oils, conditioning rinses, and body butters. I haven't had the chance to test out any products yet, so this review will be for the scents only. Once I've had the opportunity to test out a few products, I'll share my thoughts.

I've heard so many rave reviews for the scents and products, but the cost of international shipping was the only thing making me hesitate on placing an order. I missed out on this collection last year, and I wasn't going to make that mistake again. I grabbed a few general catalog scents as well to make up for the shipping cost.

I received my items approximately two weeks after ordering. Everything was packaged securely and wrapped in tissue paper. Tiggy also threw in a few generous samples of soaps and a perfume, which is always an added bonus.

Conditioning hair rinse and whipped soap

Soap samples and business card

Aphrodisia - a creamy sweet floral blend of (almost) edible aromas. Juicy notes of raspberry and melon entwine with mango, honeysuckle and jasmine on a base note of Indian oud. This is an uplifting fruity scent with a subtle floral undertone. There's a tart raspberry blended with a melon note (honeydew?) that stands out the most, but I also pick up on the honeysuckle. It strikes me as more of a summer scent, which may be because of the melon note. This one actually reminds me more of hairspray than a perfume. It's a pretty scent that I'll reach for in the warmer months, but I don't see this as a repurchase.

Entice - vermillon red strawberries coated in thick gourmet chocolate with a hint of dark amber. This is only available as a bar soap. I got this as one of my free samples, which was really sweet of Tiggy to include. I get the amber and a milk chocolate, but I don't smell the strawberry at all. It's more resinous than foody. The chocolate reminds me of Tootsie Rolls, like in Haus of Gloi's Dank Chocolate. The amber is the strongest note, and even though amber scents can go either way with me, I really like this more than I thought I would. It leans a bit masculine to my nose.

La Vie in Rose - soft powdery violet, Indian mahogany rose, a vintage jar of Parma violets and dark, sticky labdanum oil. This was the one I was most excited for, so I placed my order just for this scent. It's different from other violet scents I've tried because it isn't as sweet or powdery. This is more of an edgy, darker violet blend. There's a dark, velvety rose in the background that helps add a nice depth. I'm sure the labdanum is also responsible for keeping this scent from becoming too sweet, but I only smell the florals here. It's mostly violet though. This is the first violet blend I've tried that could possibly pass as unisex rather than being overly feminine, so this is a nice change. Next time this is available I plan on grabbing it in a perfume sample.

Final thoughts - overall I'm pretty pleased with this order. La Vie en Rose is my favorite from the scents in this collection, with Entice being a close second. The Valentine's collection is currently on clearance in the shop to make way for the spring collection. You can sign up for a newsletter through the website for new collection updates and sales announcements, and also join the Future Primitive Soap Facebook group for general chatter.

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