Sunday, September 25, 2016

Future Primitive Soaps Autumn Part I

Disclaimer - all products were purchased by me. 

I'm always excited to see a new release from Future Prim. Tiggy has this gift for creating scents that leave me feeling like I've just taken a tour of the English countryside, a place that I often dream of visiting someday. So in the meantime, Future Prim to the rescue!

I went a little overboard with this order since it was my first time trying her autumn offerings. I placed the order on 8/28,  received a shipping notice on 9/2 and had the package in hand a week later. She even included a free sample of body whip in Bell, Book & Candle. It's a general catalog scent so I'll review it later.

Soaps - Christina (left) & Scarecrow (right)

Free sample


Ocean salt on a tree-lined coastal path laced with sweet maple syrup, warm bark and sun-drenched skin. 

I was really excited for this one. Maple syrup and sea salt? Sounds great except...where's the maple syrup? I get lots of salt, a hint of something warm and earthy that must be the tree bark (oak perhaps?), but no sweetness from the syrup.

Owlett's End

A barley field long past its cutting date, an empty old house, simmering black tea, clary sage and coriander leaves, nutmeg dust, cinnamon sticks, sticky dark orange oil, blackened cardamom pods and dried tears. 

Sage and orange is what I'm smelling, but mostly sage. The orange disappears almost instantly, and this ends up smelling like a cabinet full of dried herbs and spices. Its a very cozy and homey smell reminiscent of Haus of Gloi's Pumpkin Queen and Solstice Scents Witch's Cottage.

Pumpkin 'ead

Earthy, sun-warmed pumpkin flesh, dry cider apple and pear nectar finished with an autumn spice syrup. 

This starts out strong on the apple cider and spices, but I also get a generous amount of pumpkin in the background. The apple disappears pretty quickly, leaving behind the aroma of a warm pumpkin pie straight out of the oven. Eventually the spices also fade and this becomes less of a pumpkin pie scent and more of a golden, mellow pumpkin straight from the vine.

Scarecrow in the Pumpkin Patch

A scarecrow made of sweet summer hay surrounded by sun-drenched pumpkins with a hint of wet soil and cool autumn air. 

Lots of fresh hay and cold earth make this a beautiful autumn blend. I don't smell the pumpkin, but I do smell something spicy that reminds me of apple cider. I don't know where in the world that is coming from, but I love this soap regardless.

Shadow Show

Blackened pomegranate juice, plum compote spiked with pink pepper, clove and cinnamon and the rising smoke of frankincense tears, patchouli leaf, sticky amber resin, tree moss and caramelised sugar. 

Initially I get the pomegranate and plum with a tiny pinch of pepper. It's a dark, haunting blend that lacks any sweetness from the fruit. These notes are quickly replaced by the earthy/resinous notes of patchouli and amber once I put this on my skin. It's a unisex blend, but it leans more masculine.

Toffee Moon Face

English butter toffee shards, baked mandarin rinds and spiced apple compote topped with a caramelised sugar nest.

This starts out smelling like a warm cup of strongly spiced apple cider. I can't pick out the mandarin, but it definitely brightens this blend. It reminds me of those simmering potpourri things that you put on the stove during Thanksgiving and Christmas. After an hour or so I'm left with a sweet golden toffee aroma that hugs close to the skin.

Final thoughts - I loved Toffee Moon Face and Pumpkin 'Ead, and now I'm wishing I had gotten a few more items in these scents. I'd probably repurchase Owlett's End down the road sometime, but I still have a scent that is similar to get through first. You can find the remaining inventory from this collection here. Everything here has been marked down to make room for the Halloween Part 2 collection which should be coming out soon!


  1. I just found your blog and just wanted to say that I'm loving it!

    1. Thank you Sarah! I hope the reviews are helpful!