EssentialLatex

Essential Latex

St Albans, United Kingdom · 707 Sales

EssentialLatex

Essential Latex

St Albans, United Kingdom 707 Sales On Etsy since 2010

5 out of 5 stars
(211)

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Note from shop owner I'm moving house and need some time to complete my orders and get the studio ready for its new location. Feel free to message me with questions or anything, though, and I will respond promptly. I should be set up in the new studio within a week.

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Apr 1, 2017

I'm moving house and need some time to complete my orders and get the studio ready for its new location. Feel free to message me with questions or anything, though, and I will respond promptly. I should be set up in the new studio within a week.

Heidi Patterson

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Heidi Patterson

Reviews

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(211)
dragoon

dragoon on Apr 1, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Brilliant service as always, gorgeous dress, fits beautifully. I want one in every colour!

missrubypie

missrubypie on Mar 30, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Great value and the best customer service around!

missrubypie

missrubypie on Mar 30, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Beautiful work, as always! My favourite latex garment maker!

Welshman Davies

Welshman Davies on Mar 29, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Lovely Gauntlets, Shipped on time, excellent friendly service

Welshman Davies

Welshman Davies on Mar 29, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Lovely Dress, Shipped on time, excellent friendly service

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About

Flattering styles in latex

THE ESSENTIAL LATEX CONCEPT

For awhile now I've been active in several latex forums, where a common complaint seems to be about the high cost of latex.

While I'm not convinced latex had actually gotten exorbitantly expensive, I decided to try out a line of inexpensive basic pieces for budding (female) latex collectors, which went together fashionably and could become the foundation of a more varied latex wardrobe as the buyer learned more about the material and what suited her.

Essential Latex came out of that idea, and drew on my own experiences of first starting out, when I scoured the Internet for well-fitting basic pieces I could build upon.

The Essential Latex line is designed to be worn with normal fashion clothing, as well as to fetish events. As the buyer learns more about latex, she can add things such as corsets, accessories and other pieces from other designers' ranges to fill out the wardrobe, much as I did with my own wardrobe (and continue to do).

The line is inexpensive because it follows basic shapes and combinations and comes in standard yet realistic sizes. It was never my intention to create less expensive models of other lines, but to create quality starter pieces which can be ordered with a minimum of fuss.

Made to measure, customisation and more detailed catsuits, corsets and the like cost more, and they should. One pays a talented designer for his or her expertise and designers should be compensated fairly for hard work and creativity!

I’m adding more elaborate pieces to the line as I find the right models and photographers, and settle into the right style. There’s so much elaborate, really intense stuff coming out that I’m shying away from reinventing the wheel by adding even more ruffle-trimmed confections or burlesque nautical looks to the crowded market, as these are already executed so well by other designers.

What appeal to me lately are slightly demure dresses from the 1930s, interesting blouses and bottoms which hark back to the ’70s, and the interpretations of vintage wear during the time. This is probably where I'll move more in the future.

I developed an appreciation for more wearable clothing that just happened to be in latex. It’s heartening to see this trend going even stronger now in 2012.

The interpretations of my range that I like the most have always been when the wearer mixes my latex pieces with fashion clothing.

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    Aside from creating styles for her Essential Latex line, writer Miss Fuzzy Bunny contributes a wide variety of articles to The Fetishistas. These range from campaigning pieces exposing the thieving ways of Far Eastern copycats to event reviews.

Shop policies

Last updated on March 25, 2015
I've been a big fan of latex for many years now. I trained as a fashion designer but never worked in this field until a chance visit to a latex studio rekindled my interest in clothing in 2003.

Since that time, I've been perfecting my skills and learning what items work best for other women.

I am offering a very basic range of well made latex at extremely reasonable prices, because I know how daunting it is to build a latex wardrobe from scratch, and how common it is to make ghastly mistakes in the beginning! My clothes will flatter you and kick start your wardrobe so you can add color, accessories and other exciting pieces later on, as you learn what you like best in latex!

Please note that I do not make corsets, catsuits or complex latex designs such as ruffled evening gowns. These are items which you should add later on as your knowledge grows, and only ever from qualified vendors and designers. (If you're in doubt, feel free to contact me for my recommendations!) Check out my Favorites for superb latex crafters on Etsy for stunning items to add to your latex wardrobe.

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Payment
I accept PayPal and credit card payments.
Shipping
All items are sent via registered mail in the event of loss.

Normal postage costs in Northern Europe are expensive, but I try to make up for that by keeping my listing prices reasonable.

Expedited shipping is now available with UPS, but please discuss your due date with me before upgrading, to ensure I can make your deadline. UPS varies in each country in its service. I do not currently recommend upgrading your shipping to UPS if you live in Canada.

Essential Latex is not responsible for any customs, duty or excise taxes which your country may charge at Customs, or any broker's fees through UPS.

Since every article goes out with a tracking number, Essential Latex is not responsible for any shipments returned unclaimed, once the item has arrived in its country of origin. You will be required to pay shipping charges again, in this event. Please avoid this by contacting your local postal service if you suspect you were not given notification of a package.

Avoid any potential problems by making sure your Etsy shipping information is up to date, and by confirming any changes in advance. It is helpful if you include your phone number when ordering, in the event of any emergencies.
Refunds and Exchanges
I make every effort to produce a latex garment you will be happy to wear for years to come, however, if you are unhappy with your purchase, please contact me within 5 days of receiving it and I will do my best to solve the problem!

Please note that all items are made to order, unless indicated, and cannot be returned because of buyer's remorse, or if you haven't noted the estimated shipping date and contacted me to request an earlier shipping date.
Additional policies and FAQs
**Sale Items**
Items on sale are for pieces which have already been produced, in a specific size and color. Normally they are brand new, never worn, unless otherwise indicated, and were created for a local shop or customer who changed their order.

Please be sure and read about the size and color of the sale item. When making inquiries about the item, remember that should you require another size or color, you will need to order an original piece from my range.

**Colors**
Available colors are listed with each item. Most of my latex is from Radical Rubber. http://www.radicalrubber.co.uk/latex_colours.asp

**Ordering Info**
Your pieces will arrive washed, polished and ready to wear. If you'd prefer them in their natural state, please specify when ordering!

While there is no set sizing standard for latex garments within the industry, I strive to make my sizes as straightforward as possible, and as easy to understand as I possibly can. Choose your size by the size that you normally wear in regular garments, NOT by the size you wear from other latex designers. It's really that simple! My sizes are listed in US, UK and German equivalents to help you select the size best for you.

If you're further in doubt, please refer to my size chart at http://www.essentiallatex.com/sizes.htm.

**Dressing and Wearing Notes**

Latex is normally much stronger than newcomers expect it to be, but you will still need to take care not to puncture your latex or rip it by making it stretch too much. Always make sure you have pulled up your garment as far as you can, as pulling too hard on tight latex can cause it to rip. Most fitting problems for newcomers are the result of being stingy with dressing aid, so make sure to use plenty your first times getting dressed. As you become used to latex, your dressing times will decrease, but take plenty of time the first couple wearings to get it right.

Use plenty of dressing aid such as Pjur Cult Dressing Aid, to help get into your tight latex. You can also use talcum powder, but it will get very messy. Do not under any circumstances use corn starch, as it can trigger latex allergies, and possibly worse, destroy your latex, when not thoroughly washed off!

Do not use any substance other than a silicone-based polish or dressing aid as certain oils will destroy your latex, and certain body lubricant products contain ingredients which may weaken the seams of your clothing.

To use dressing aid, I recommend applying it directly inside the garment, paying close attention to narrow areas such as ankles or wrists. For added ease, apply dressing aid to the small of your back, which is often tough to reach when arranging your garment.

The Essential Latex halter was designed to give you maximum cleavage and support, when properly worn. It's easiest to step into the dress and pull it up. Take care to use enough dressing aid to ensure the dress slides up as far as it needs to go. For the best possible cleavage and boost, arrange your breasts fully above the underbust seam so your breasts are completely above the seam, and that the seam does not bissect the bustline in any way.

Leggings work best if you sit down while dressing. Please make sure you have used enough powder or lube to get into them. I like to pour dressing aid or powder into the leggings at the ankles, and work it up the legs. In order for your leggings to fit properly, you need to make sure there is no excess length at the ankles, because this means you have not pulled them up enough. I find when I put my hands inside the leggings and run my hands up my calves, that it smooths out the latex quite effectively, much more so than by tugging on the outside.

**Caring For Your Latex**
Your pieces will arrive washed, polished and ready to wear. If you'd prefer them in their natural state, please specify when ordering!

Wash after each wear in lukewarm water. You may add unscented baby shampoo or unscented dishwashing liquid for extra cleansing if you like, but it's not normally necessary.

Allow your latex to thoroughly dry on both sides. Don't be alarmed if your latex looks cloudy or discolored after washing! It will return to normal once the water has evaporated, which can take up to 2 or 3 hours.

Condition on the inside with a little bit of silicone (I highly recommend Pjur Cult Shine, or Pjur Basic.) before folding up and storing, which will prevent your latex from sticking together in storage. Many people also like a product called ViviShine, which saves time in polishing, but you will still need to get a dressing aid to use.

Store away from heat and direct sunlight. Keep black latex separate from transparent or light items as they may stain your latex.

Take care to avoid metal objects.