Soaps for Summer
By Amy Tocchet
Let's skip the fundamentals for a second. I am so excited about this
company and their products that I have to hurry up and blurt out these
three words: PRIMAL ELEMENTS ROCKS!!!
Okay, now I can continue!
On the Cutting Edge of Soap
Faith and Scott Freeman, founders of
Primal Elements, initially owned a
bath, body and aromatherapy shop in a small town in Southern California.
In 1993 they started designing creative handmade soaps in their kitchen.
Their hip soaps quickly became the talk of the town. Today, things have
changed. Primal Elements has moved out of the kitchen and into a huge
facility in Huntington Beach where over 80 employees help keep the trendy
company on the cutting-edge of soap … and candles, lotions, shower gels,
Primal Elements soaps are made by hand using pure essential oils and/or
popular fragrance oils. This hand-made process ensures that every soap is
100% unique! There are over 100 soaps made by Primal Elements (and every
time I visit their website, they seem to have new ones).
Sight, smell and feel are the trademark of Primal Elements soaps. The
colors and shapes in the soaps combine with amazing scents to create the
perfect multi-sensory bathing experience!
All Primal Elements soaps
contain vegetable glycerin which I have become totally addicted to.
Vegetable glycerin moisturizes the skin with a luxurious lather that
rinses away cleanly.
for Summer Baths
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For this review I tried six Primal Elements soaps that are
perfect for summer baths.
Orange Cantaloupe - sweet cantaloupe with a twist of orange - this is a
gorgeous pastel orange bar with glycerin blocks of green and orange
cantaloupes and oranges. The scent is OUT OF THIS WORLD. Only Primal
Elements would think to combine these two fruits into one bar of soap -the combined scent is purely scrumptious. My favorite bar of soap …all-time!
Tahitian Vanilla - a sultry Tahitian sunset wrapped in a sweet and creamy
vanilla bar. I'm not even a huge vanilla fan and I loved this scent.
It's very sweet. I left the bath smelling and feeling like a scoop of
scrumptious vanilla ice cream. A big thumbs up for all you vanilla fans
Pink Lemonade - I don't know how Primal Elements comes up with these
scents. If only the Crystal Light lemonade I drink tasted as good as this
soap smells. Sigh! This is the perfect combination of sweet sugar and
sour lemon. (I used to enjoy Fresh's Cranberry Lemonade soap but this bar
of Primal Elements soap blows that bar to pieces - no comparison
whatsoever! Sorry Fresh!)
Dragonfly - a blend of floral notes and crispy leaf greens
with a touch of tangerine. This is a pretty bar of white soap
with a cute dragonfly flying in the blue sky. This green &
fruity combo was a little unusual and it took me a while to
really enjoy it, but within a few days this scent really grew on
Watermelon - looks and smells like a real sweet piece of
watermelon, seeds and all! For some reason this was the least
fragrant of them all but I still felt like I was bathing in a
big watermelon with this soap.
Pikaki - Pikaki is the name of a precious Hawaiian jasmine.
This is a gorgeous purple and white bar of soap with glycerin
flowers inside. I am not a big jasmine fan but this is a kind of
jasmine I've never smelled before and boy did I love this. I
tried hard to savor this soap for as long as I could and found
myself very sad when I had used it all up.
Creative with the Soap
As a side note, while I sat in the bath for hours and hours with these
great soaps (they definitely last longer than the average bar of
soap), I discovered a great way to clean my nails. I insert my nails, one
by one, into the glycerin soap and my nails come out clean as a whistle.
go into the soap so softly and smoothly, I like the sensation. I suppose
this would work with some other soaps but it's just more fun to poke your
nails into Primal Elements soaps. Am I odd? Please tell me I'm not the
only one who has tried this??!!?!
I also thought of another out of the ordinary idea for these
soaps. I loved the scent of the Orange Cantaloupe bar so much
that I wanted to smell it more than once a day. I decided to
"pop out" all the little oranges and cantaloupes that are in the
bar of soap (there were about 8 pieces altogether) and put them
all in my soap dish.
Now, every time I wash my hands, I use on
of these little oranges or cantaloupes. I get to smell this
yummy scent all day long! Talk about a great incentive for
washing my hands more frequently!
I was lucky enough to try a bottle of Primal Elements Orange
Cantaloupe bath & shower gel. Since I love the Orange Cantaloupe
scent, I loved this gel. The shower gels aren't very stunning to
look at (the gels don't have multicolor and don't have little
oranges and cantaloupes floating around like the soaps do).
If any company can find a way to add little shapes and different
colors to a bottle of bath gel, Primal Elements will find it! As
for now, I would definitely recommend buying a bottle of bath &
shower gel if you become addicted to the scent of their soaps.
For me, the Orange Cantaloupe soap was so tantalizing that the
Orange Cantaloupe bath & shower gel was a no-brainer hit.
This is without a doubt the most creative and energetic bath &
body company I've ever come across. Every single one of the 100+
bars of soap is a work of art.
Something is wrong if you do not
feel a need to collect them all! In fact, I would pay money to
get into a Primal Elements Museum of sorts where I could gaze at
and smell all the different soaps. How fun would that be?!
Do yourself a favor and go to
PrimalElements.com and take a peek at their soap collection.
Their soaps are conveniently divided into families: Citrus,
Decadent, Floral, Fruity, Fruity & Floral, Fresh & Clean,
Herbaceous and Oriental.
Imagine all of these wonderful bars of
soaps smelling as good as they look (once you've tried Primal
Elements, this won't be a strain on your imagination). I
personally plan on trying every single one of the 25+ bars in
the Fruity family … first. Then I'll surely move on to the
Decadent family! This is the kind of goal-setting I LOVE!
Primal Elements soaps (6.8 oz) vary in price depending on the
vendor. The lowest prices we found are at TheTreasureBox.net
($6.00 a bar).
Once you find a scent that you love (not
hard to do), check out the Primal Elements Bath & Shower Gel. A
nice 16oz. bottle runs about $15. The Primal Elements website
also has a convenient retailer directory for people who want to
find a store in their area that carries Primal Elements products.