Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Ever Forward...

Yo!
I'm so behind on the blog front.
I see Britton from Haus of Gloi had Matt write their Xmas blog post (nice work) and she made me feel behind, hence why I felt compelled to write a few words before this year ends.
I have been meaning to write for the longest time but have been so caught up in a net of never-ending orders that when I do get a chance to sit I do just that.
So - First things First.
What a crazy old year it's been. Matt and I went from being not so busy with our ventures to all out crazy busy within one year. I blame YouTube.
Before I graced the video world with my presence my soap sales were good, but not this good.
YouTube opened up a whole new world to us here in our little house. We have both found new friends, some of whom I talk to regularly (Kim from My Natures Art, Donna from Valhalla soap co) and whom have become life long friends. Never ever thought that would happen. I like to keep myself to myself somewhat and at first doing videos just felt silly. Yanno, you're talking but there's nobody in the room....only there is....albeit miles away behind computer screens. I have almost 500 subscribers to my channel now and counting. It doesn't come without it's nutters let me assure you, I've met rather a lot of 'bitchy' women and also a person with a rubber glove fetish! I hardly ever wear gloves anymore to make soap due to that little incident. Scarred for life.
I have grown to enjoy YouTube, I no longer feel self conscious as soon as I hit the record button. It feels so much more natural now that I know the people who are watching me and I them.
It has brought me some kind of solace and some extra success, which is always a bonus.
Almost every surface in this house has something on it, whether it be piles of orders printed off ready for addressing and packaging, tissue paper to wrap it nicely, postage labels, cardboard boxes, bubble envelopes...literally every surface in our home has some work 'stuff' plonked on the top of it. Whilst I am aware of how some folks don't appreciate the videos, I can't mock it as it's brought me so much more than I ever anticipated....but I promise to be a better blogger like I used to be.
I plan to bring you more of my surroundings in pictures, some more information on essential oils I'm loving and blending and maybe a few blends for you to try yourself.
I also aim to seek out some new soapers with new blogs. I miss the days of searching blogger for newbies.
Looking back on this past year I can say it's been a good one, a happy one and one of revelations.
I hope I can say the same about the one coming our way.
After the Xmas season is over in just a few days I hope my head space will allow me to dream up my spring range. At the moment I'm stumped. I know what I want, it's just sitting in complete silence and jotting down ideas and blends then trialing them in soap tests to see if they work.
The time between Xmas and New Year will allow me that.
I sincerely hope all is well with my fellow bloggers and look forward to seeing you and hearing from you in the new year.

To finish I leave you with some of my favourite products from 2011:
FuturePrimitive Soap Co - Spoonley Woods soap - a blend of Eucalyptus, Pine, Cinnamon Leaf & Cypress oil with cornflower petals.

Haus of Gloi - Peach Mama soap (the most sexy peach I've ever sniffed).

Bodygoodies 'Fij' soap - buy it! Your skin will say 1,000,000 thanks!

















Valhalla Soap Co. 'Avalon Sunrise' soap - Matt's all time favourite this year (he literally snagged it right out of my stash box!).

Other companies to look out for if you haven't already:
My Natures Art - no soap above because the ones I have are all sold out! She be busy!

There are more I know there are...but you just have to wait for me to remember them!
In the meantime, take a browse.

Ones I long for:


That's all for now...more in the new year!
Good Day x

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Yule Release

Hello lovelies!

The FuturePrimitive Yule Release will go live tomorrow at 8pm (London Time).
I have had the most fun creating the cupcake soaps (I know..so not me).  At first, my attempts at 'frosting' were dire but after much practice I found it a bit of a doddle and actually rather pleasing.
To see a whole table lined up with fancy ass pastel shaded cupcake soaps is really rather exciting and grin inducing. I was squealing at them!
Thoughts of cake, chocolates and rich foods led me to create them.  I think I have a problem with diets so this is the next best thing to actually biting into gooey cakes and toffees!
There are also 3 Yule bar soaps, including the ever popular Snowdrift (there's something so comforting about the scent).  Great Expectations is the other bar soap, then the infamous 'Midnight Marauder' - yanno...the one with the footprints and sugar dustings.
Along with the soaps there will be the new formula Bubbling Sugar Scrubs (actually more of a froth than a bubble - name change?), Body Whips and Aromatic Oils in frosted ruby red bottles.  There will be a few stocking filler treats added to the range as we go along.  Expect Bubble Bars en masse!
In all, there are 12 new scents but not all scents are available in every product type. Out of the 12 scents, 7 of them are available in the complete range.  I only have one set of hands...!


'Chocolatier' cupcake soap

'Glacial' Body Whip

'Cratchit's Lemon Tea' cupcake soap

'Midnight Marauder' Bubbling Sugar Scrub

'Pickwick's Pear' Aromatic Oil.

This season, we have a theme going on throughout the range.  After visiting Portsmouth at the end of the summer with my Mum I was inspired to create a range for Christmas based on Dickens.
Deb, a fellow FB and YT regular gave me the idea after reminding me that Dickens was born in Portsmouth and what could be more Christmassy than Dickens?  Well, to a girl living in rural England, nothing quite frankly!
So, Charlie boy is my inspiration.  Men in Top hats, skinny black trousers with pointed boots, fat tummies, Ebeneezer Scrooge, The Pickwick Papers, The Old Curiosity Shop, Victoriana, Curios, Oliver Twist and Great Expectations gave me a good starting point to set off creating scents to mimic the 'bad ol days' of England.  Let's face it, his stories were certainly not for the faint hearted.  Take The Old Curiosity Shop for instance - what happened to poor old Nell has me keeled over in tears.
What Dickens' stories do however, is draw the reader into a world unknown.  A world of intrigue, curiosity and darkness along with excitement and a little happiness. But most of all, over-indulgence!
So, here we have it.  Some sweet delights, some dark delicacies and some old time favourites to pamper the body and grace the pulse points.

Happy pre Christmas everybody.




Sunday, 25 September 2011

Autumnal Inspiration...

This post is more of a pictorial story of a place Matt and I went to visit on Thursday.
Tithe Barn is situated about 4 miles away from our house and this is the first time we've ever been to see it (idiots).  It's one of the National Trust properties we have put off going to just because there are so many others with (I say) more interest.  This place just blew us away.
To think it has been standing for over 600 years is just silly.  Built in 1376, Tithe Barn is probably one of the longest standing barns in the UK, and it's right on our doorstep.
The floor is beautiful, although it is covered in pigeon droppings.  They are nesting up in the rafters.  They made a lovely sound, flapping their wings and coo-ing to one another.  Their constant chatter made the place that little bit more enchanting.

Stable block.

Creeping ivy

Cider press (reminded me of Britton's Olde Cider Haus soap!)

Long shot of inside the barn

Barn corner...look at the stone work.

Little windows & air vents

The Entrance

We stayed for about 40 minutes, took some pics and a video of Matt picking up the regurgitated remains of a vole/mouse from a Barn Owl, but I won't show that!
Hope you enjoyed a little insight into our little local world.

Monday, 22 August 2011

Autumn Release is Live!


The Black Ferris Body Whip

The Black Ferris Bubbling Sugar Scrub

↑ Dust Witch Soap

Shadow Show Soap


The Black Ferris Soap

All available to buy along with all the other products in the Autumn/Halloween Release.
There will be much more coming shortly as the season progresses.
Enjoy!
x

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

bit of porn anyone?

White Witch pillows....



Below....NEW! Whipped soap. I lost my original recipe and spent days trying to recreate it only to be left with lots of failures. After just over a week, I found the original recipe!

Here we have it...flippy, whippy, silky, creamy soap with the most amazing lather I've ever experienced. There will be a range available for Halloween/Autumn.


Brand new soap - to be revealed soon...




Rows of cut White Witch...


Hope you enjoyed that!


xx

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Last few sale days remaining...and then....





With just a few days left of the Summer sale (it ends on Sunday 14th) we are working behind the scenes to bring in our Halloween/Autumn product release.

We will have 3 new soaps with complimentary products (sugar scrub, whip, perfume) along with some strictly limited edition products, which will only be up in the shop for a very short time before (dare I mention) work commences on Xmas production (sorry).

We have a theme for Halloween - all will be revealed shortly.

I may have tweeted/FB'd already but I certainly haven't blogged in a while. Apologies!

The Summer Solstice Release went absolutely nuts with me working like a pack horse trying to re-stock products that sold out straight away. Thrilling but tiring!

Sooo...I have tried to get ahead of myself for this next one so that I'm not stressing constantly and driving Matt insane!

Next week I will be taking a mini break with my mum. We are going to Portsmouth in Hampshire to look at old war ships in the old dockyard. We will look at 'The Warrior' & 'The Victory' and I'm sure more inspiration for soapy creations will infuse my brain. The smell of tarred rope does it for me! Oooh yeah! I will take pics and will try to blog a few for you.

It will be nice to stroll leisurely along the beach, putting the world to rights whilst eating freshly caught fish. It will be nice to be away from work for a few days with no excuses to 'just finish this'.

I hope you are all doing well my dears. I for one am loving the slow arrival of Autumn. There is already a scent in the hedgerows here...ripe plums!

Be good x

PS: (If you want to order use TWENTY in the discount box at checkout BTW. Everything in the shop has 20% off. Yep everything)


Tuesday, 19 July 2011

NEW Website is LIVE!



I worked all weekend to get our new website up and running.
The old one was so limited in what it could do. I wanted more involvement from our customers such as testimonials that were live, all the social media apps in one place and a more simplistic looking home page with all the mod cons.
Now all I need to do is tackle the e commerce area of the new site. I have created it...but we all know how much work is involved in uploading stock inventory with pictures and differing postage rates etc etc...
Anyways, I hope you like it, and I hope you get involved with us a little more.
Join the Facebook page (I ramble there quite often), follow my Twitter, see my YouTube and Vimeo vids and write to me if you like!
I guess all this social media avoidance didn't go too well for me. Have we all become dependent upon people who we never see?!!

Sunday, 3 July 2011

Holibobs


Hi all,
Just a quickie to say I'm taking a break with Matt for a week.
We will be around, but will be doing 'our thing'.
The Etsy shop is closed at present (and may not re-open).
The online shop & website remain open and you may place orders, but they will be dealt with on 11th July.
Just to say a huge thank you for making the Summer Solstice release a huge success. I am so grateful for your orders and your messages and comments. I have re-stocked the products, which sold out fast and will be introducing a few new 'High Summer' soaps to keep the release interesting and refreshed up to it's end date of August 21st.
Have a fab week.
Tiggy
xx

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

We are LIVE!



The Summer Solstice Release has launched.
We were inundated yesterday and sold out of a few items, which have been re-stocked!
The only one in the line up to come within the next couple of weeks is Strawberry Patch soap.
It may take on a new look next time but the scent will remain the same.
Thank you so very much to all who ordered yesterday, including the loonies across the pond who set their alarms to wake up so as not to miss it! Lol!
Thank you Thank you Thank you!!!
xx

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Summer Solstice release - coming in one week!






From the top:

St. Ives Bubbling Sugar Scrub (new formula)
Peachnut Handmade Soap
Strawberry Patch Body Whip
My Blue Heaven Macaroon Eco Bubble Bar

Just a few of the products due to be released on 21st June - that's Tuesday coming.
The release will go live at 1.16pm as mentioned previously and will be available on the FuturePrimitive website as well as our Etsy.

We have several new products (some strict Ltd editions, which will only be available in small numbers) and several new scents.

The scents we have developed in house are as follows:

Strawberry Patch - Crushed strawberries, blueberries & raspberries cloaked in double cream with a droplet of cocoa absolute (my current favourite). (Available as: soap, eco bubble bar, bubbling sugar scrub, body whip, aromatic perfume oil)

St. Ives - A fresh marine blend of seaweed, salt spray & citrus zest with a drydown of musk. (Available as soap, eco bubble bar, bubbling sugar scrub, body whip, aromatic perfume oil)

Urban Jungle - Freshly cut bamboo cane with white frankincense, patchouli, lemon and a hint of ripe berry. (Available as soap, eco bubble bar, bubbling sugar scrub, body whip, aromatic perfume oil)

Peachnut - Ripe juicy peaches drizzled with coconut water and a fine mist of black patchouli and oakmoss absolute (Available as soap, eco bubble bar, bubbling sugar scrub, body whip, aromatic perfume oil).

Ltd editions:
7 Sins Macaroon eco bubble bar
Dewberry Macaroon eco bubble bar
My Blue Heaven Macaroon eco bubble bar

There may be a few more products included...we shall all have to see


Friday, 3 June 2011

June 21st - Summer Solstice Release is coming...



Another sneaky peek of another new soap set to go live in the shop on 21st June.
The one above is named 'Urban Jungle'. A blend of very very green, oriental notes. Freshly cut bamboo cane, Patchouli & Frankincense oils and a hint of Lemony goodness.
A lorra layers!
x

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Peachnut & St.Ives Sneak Peek

↑Peachnut soap - a blend of fully ripe peaches, coconut water, Patchouli droplets and Oakmoss absolute. Leaves of soap on the top, along with Peach stones, Muscovado sugar and Oakmoss scatterings.
↑ St.Ives soap - a fragrant blend of mineral-rich Seaweed, Salt spray and Citrus peel. There were supposed to be little boats throughout but it didn't go as planned. Ah well.

close up.

So, we are set to release these 2 soaps along with another new one, which is yet to be made (this week I promised myself) by the name of Jungle, which is a green blend of freshly cut Bamboo cane, Frankincense & Patchouli oils.
The scents have been taken so well in the bubble bars, which I was secretly researching so I'm happy to be going with these 3 new scents for summer.
Also in the release will be Shea butter scrubs, Body whips, (bubble bars of course) and Perfume oils to coincide with the soaps.

The summer product launch shall happen at 1.16pm GMT on 21st June (the precise time of the summer solstice in old Blighty).
In Pacific Time that will be around 5am I guess. Bit early for you lot!

I hope you like them.
x

Friday, 6 May 2011

Eco Bubble Bars launch

Strawberry Patch bubble bar. A blend of fresh strawberries and thick double cream.

↑ Seascape Bubble Bar - Marine fresh with notes of seaweed & salt spray

↑ Rook & Raven Bubble Bar - Sweet Orange & Black Patchouli tempered with Vanilla & Sandalwood.

↑ Jungle Bubble Bar -my fave! Fresh cut bamboo cane (just like the real thing) with a drizzle of Patchouli (light) and pure Oakmoss oil.

↑Peachnut Bubble Bar - freshly sliced peaches with sweetened Coconut milk. A very nice tropical holiday blend.

So, them's me new Eco Bubble Bars made with biodegradable bubble agents. I have tried to perfect my recipe for months now and I finally got it right after a lot of failed attempts.
I've had some great feedback so far and am myself really rather happy with them.
I've always been a fan of the Lush bubble bars (especially blue skies & fluffy white clouds & candy bar) but wanted to create bars, which wouldn't cause dryness or iritations down below (ahem).
I have these suckers down!
Now my next thing is to create them purely with essential oils. Not easy given that they evaporate a lot faster than fragrances. Blending both is proving to be a good move so far but I know that a lot of you will want to see 100% naturally fragranced varieties.
Leave it with me.
x

Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Beltane on Bredon

Please shut the gate.

Enter

Branches

New soap...hmmm

Fresh tracks

Wall

Shepherd's Step

Miles & Miles of wall

Style

How Green Was My Valley

Holes

Egg

Elephant Stone

Old Barn.



A little late posting this but Matt and I took a walk on 1st May to Bredon Hill, Worcs. UK.
Here is my little account of our day. I hope you enjoy the pics.
T'was tres beautiful...and I have a lot of inspiration for new summer soaps.
Now...how do I get a dry stone wall effect into the middle of a slab of soap?