Tuesday, 21 July 2009
click pic to view 'no.11' in my etsy
click pic to view 'floral marquee in my etsy
Now available from my futureprimitive online store and on my etsy are the first 2 organic 6oz soap chunks.
i am using 'no. 11' already! very nice 'tis too. a blend of juniper, black pepper, cedarwood, ho wood and patchouli.
A creamy bar with a thick lather and a subtle woody scent. the notes of black pepper stand out, as does the juniper...in fact all of the essential oils come up trumps in a 'one by one' kinda way.
The patchouli works in the way it should....it doesn't actually smell like itself in this blend...more of a deep tone that mellows, than a full on hippy scent.
the other is 'floral marquee', which i was going to name 'pelargonium parfait'. I changed my thinking cap and floral marquee is way more fitting. it's what the scent combo reminded me of after a week of thought.
After having worked at the RHS Malvern Spring Gardening Show (in the floral marquee) on many an occasion, I remember the heady rush of floral scents that hit my nasal passages as soon as I entered the doorway...a very pleasing aroma!
I have a busy old week this week, then next week I'm on hols. Supposed to visit cornwall but it looks like i may be busy coming up with new ideas for new soaps. This evening however, I have soapers block!
Wednesday, 15 July 2009
FuturePrimitive Soap is now available to buy at all of the above outlets....how cool is that!
I'm very very happy to make that little announcement.
So, if you ever frequent my area, go check out these lovely shops and shop til your heart is content....!
Tuesday, 14 July 2009
Potter Extraordinaire - and a lovely lovely man. Meet Dan Finnegan on his blog here.
This was his 27th visit to the UK. He lived and worked here as a young lad after blagging his way into Winchcombe Pottery.
After pestering Ray Finch for a while for a position in the world reknown ramshackle pottery, (and about to go home to the US after so many failed attempts to 'get in'), Mr Finch actually asked him to stay and offered him a job. Can't remember how much he said he got paid - but not much as I recall. He set up sticks and lived in Stanton, which is a little village just outside of Broadway, which is pretty funny considering there really isn't much to do there at all - and at a young age, Dans brain must've hungered for something more surely...!
So, Beer it was!
Anyhow, we met up with him at a local pub - The Oak at Gretton, and had a few ales and a good old chin wag about all sorts. A good time and a great laugh. He had lots to tell us about our local area!
So, cheers me old mucker - I had a fab eve.
new organic soap with bran for a slight scrub. Essential oils of lavender, fennel, lemon & geranium. Got to think of a name again...god, this gets hard.
I have my mum on the case this time. Something gardeny, something scrubby - but not 'Gardeners Hand Scrub' Bar.....! yawn.
a close up of the topping. some leftover soap shreds cut up into teeny cubes.
It smells gooooood!
Thursday, 9 July 2009
'Humbug' - A new organic soap - the 3rd one in my new range.
Scented with essential oils of spearmint, peppermint and vanilla.
I wanted it stripey, but my traced soap was too runny and I couldn't wait to pour it so I just poured it randomly, then swirled with my trusty chopstick.
Smells like humbugs (old - fashioned brit sweets). My grampy used to love 'em, and I love 'em too.
And...i love this soap. Can't wait to try some.
Blowing me old trumpet again but i'm pleased as punch with it!
Sunday, 5 July 2009
Pelargonium Parfait? French Fancy? Macaroon?
Soap slither sample sets - on sale in my etsy now. (a great way to try before you buy and a great help what with the credit crunch (hate that) and all.
I am a bit of a tom boy at heart.
However, I bloody love pastel pink - so work that out....
This new ORGANIC soap has turned out just the way I hoped. Phew - good job as the ingredients cost like, way more than the norm and I'd hate to waste even a gram of any of the ingredients.
Thinking of a name for this soap is proving difficult. First thoughts are 'Pelargonium Parfait' since there's a lot of geranium oil and rose geranium oil (pelargonium roseum & pelargonium graveolens). That's the first name I can come up with anyway. But it's a bit crap and since this is my 2nd organic batch (which I consider pretty special as they are going to be limited editions in my range), I need to think of something a little more.....erm.....what's the word I'm looking for?
Something with a little more Oomph!
Open to suggestions please....
It contains a mix of organic rose clay, geranium oil, rose geranium oil, ylang ylang oil and lemon oil, along with some organic shea butter and organic soya oil.
The pink I managed to get by mixing the rose clay with a good dose of TD. The ratio was about 3 parts TD to one part rose clay.
Turned out nice don'tcha think?
Got another 3 batches to make....next one coming up soon.
Then, just got to sell 'em.
I'm off out tomorrow to go on a mission to get my soaps 'out there'. I desperately need to push them now. So many of my friends and family love them and it's time for them to be seen by the local folks. So, I'm going into Broadway to some favoured shops to see if any of the retailers would like to try a few on a sale or return basis - seems to be the only way at the mo. What have they got to lose? Not a lot really. No harm in trying is there?
Then, I have to register for a local farmers/retail market so I can sell them once a week on a Saturday. Bummer to give up one day of my weekend but you just got to do what you got to do.
These are VERY trying times.
Hope we all come out of it sharpish.
How you all doin' anyway?