We're moving towards that time of year again, Halloween. I can't be bothered with decorations, or Halloween-themed makeup or nails, but I do like to smell slightly Halloween-y. Yes, I'm a bit odd.
The last couple of years, I've bought my Halloween-themed toiletries from a US-based company, and I love them, but FuturePrimitive have been tickling my blogging radar for a while now, thanks to LondonMakeUpGirl, and I thought it was time to give them a trial of my own. I read the description of Dust Witch, which reads:
"Crushed Dragonsblood incense, aged Patchouli, resinous Vanilla, sweet Orange oil & Oakmoss absolute with a pungent heart of stewed Rhubarb stalk"
And I knew that this was a fragrance that had my name ALL over it. Incense, oakmoss and RHUBARB? I am in. I couldn't decide which product to choose - there was a bar-soap, a bubbling sugar scrub, a whipped soap, a body whip, and a perfume oil - but I eventually decided on the body whip, and the perfume oil, thinking that if I liked the scent, I could use it to scent other products ...
Much like mint, I'm a bit of a sucker for rhubarb scented products - and have been disappointed a few times in the past by products that claim to contain a rhubarb fragrance, but don't. I have a rhubarb-scented shower-gel that I bought in Paris last year that I'm eking out drop by drop so I don't run out, and have been longing for other products to complement it, and I'm happy to say that Dust Witch are a perfect accompaniment!
I tried the perfume oil first, and on initial application it's a sharp, bright, effervescent burst of fizzy pink rhubarb flavour, that's an almost photo-real representation of a warm bowl of rhubarb that's been stewed with just the tiniest splash of orange juice. It's wonderful, and energising, and just that tiny bit unusual. It's unusual also for an oil-based fragrance to be so bright and zingy, but it's very lovely. After a couple of hours or so, the incense and patchouli break through the stewed fruits, and warm up into a fuzzy skin-scent that warms your heart just a little, and is something I like to keep sniffing on myself. It never entirely loses the heart of fruit, which is something I love. Also, something that MrLippie hates, but that's by the by, the boy is weird. However, the scent wears close to the skin at all times, so it's not something that bothers him too much.
The body whip is unusual also, in that it's a matte formulation, and has a lot less slip than I anticipated. It's quite thick and stiff, but it's fairly spreadable, and I do find it very moisturising. I don't use body lotion all over as a rule, I tend to use it as a spot-treatment on very dry areas - such as my shins - or I use it as an accompaniment to my perfume routine. As such, Body Whip performs very well, being moisturising on application, and it contains that same bright, zippy fragrance as the body oil. It's non-greasy, which is wonderful, but I suspect that if you're planning to use this as an all-over body treatment, you might have issues with the lack of slip. I think applying it onto slightly damp skin might alleviate this though.
All in all, I'm delighted with my purchases from FuturePrimitive, and I'm now kicking myself for not buying up the entire Dust Witch range when I had the chance - there's only the bubbling scrub left now! I'm assured that Dust Witch will be back next year, so I'll be more on the ball next time ...
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