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ForStrangeWomen

natural botanical perfume from a strange apothecary

Kansas City, Missouri · 30635 Sales

ForStrangeWomen

natural botanical perfume from a strange apothecary

Kansas City, Missouri 30635 Sales On Etsy since 2009

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(15637)

Shop owner

Jill

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Announcement   Every creation is handmade from scratch using traditional techniques in our Kansas City studio. An artful alchemy of botanical materials, strange concepts, and thoughtful packaging ensures a luxurious experience for all of your senses. All ingredients are carefully sourced from around the world with a strong preference for sustainably wild harvested and organic material. No synthetic ingredients are ever used.

~ We hope you love these perfumes as much as we love making them ~

NEWSLETTER email: http://eepurl.com/mVkLX
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FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/ForStrangeWomen
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PINTEREST: http://pinterest.com/forstrangewomen/
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INSTAGRAM: http://www.instagram.com/forstrangewomen
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WHOLESALE: https://forstrangewomen.wufoo.com/forms/mccbjkp0mhtgvo/
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VISIT the studio/shop: 115 West 18th St. Suite 102, Kansas City, MO 64108.
We are open Tuesdays and Fridays 11-6, and Saturdays 12-6.
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Please Read: Etsy is not a place to find ideas to copy or imitate. I take my intellectual property seriously, as my creative expression is my livelihood. Please do not recreate any portion of the material that you find my shop, which is copyrighted and trademarked. I have taken the time and energy to produce original ideas, packaging, writing, and products, and I encourage other artists to do the same. Thank you for understanding.

Announcement

Last updated on Mar 18, 2016

Every creation is handmade from scratch using traditional techniques in our Kansas City studio. An artful alchemy of botanical materials, strange concepts, and thoughtful packaging ensures a luxurious experience for all of your senses. All ingredients are carefully sourced from around the world with a strong preference for sustainably wild harvested and organic material. No synthetic ingredients are ever used.

~ We hope you love these perfumes as much as we love making them ~

NEWSLETTER email: http://eepurl.com/mVkLX
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FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/ForStrangeWomen
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PINTEREST: http://pinterest.com/forstrangewomen/
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INSTAGRAM: http://www.instagram.com/forstrangewomen
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WHOLESALE: https://forstrangewomen.wufoo.com/forms/mccbjkp0mhtgvo/
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VISIT the studio/shop: 115 West 18th St. Suite 102, Kansas City, MO 64108.
We are open Tuesdays and Fridays 11-6, and Saturdays 12-6.
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Please Read: Etsy is not a place to find ideas to copy or imitate. I take my intellectual property seriously, as my creative expression is my livelihood. Please do not recreate any portion of the material that you find my shop, which is copyrighted and trademarked. I have taken the time and energy to produce original ideas, packaging, writing, and products, and I encourage other artists to do the same. Thank you for understanding.

Jill

Contact shop owner

Jill

Palo Santo Incense
$8.00
Moongarden perfume sample set
$27.00
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Updates

we think this is the nicest batch of November in the Temperate Deciduous Forest we have ever mixed!
Fresh batch of Rose solid perfume today heartheartheart
Ash is learning the fixative balm recipe and has been sworn to secrecy
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About

Strange Alchemy

Welcome to our world of sensory indulgences. There are samples of everything available in the SAMPLES section and I do my best to describe every item in detail on the full size item pages.

We work ONLY with natural materials, we love to obsess over details, and we know that botanical essences in just the right arrangement can transport you to another time and place, both mentally and emotionally. These perfumes are designed to create an experience for you that is beyond sensory aesthetics, conjuring memories from natural landscapes remembered deep within your subconscious. I want these invisible scent molecules to travel into your brain and awaken creative energy.

~ About Jill ~
I have explored dance, then music, then perfume. Balance, harmony, acute sensory perception, and creative alchemy will always draw me into their magic and they are my meditation.

While seeking independence from the harmful chemicals used in modern production, I fell in love with herbalism, aromatherapy, and finally, the emotionally rich realm of natural perfumery. I have been exploring the endless possibilities of scent using exclusively natural materials ever since. I believe that my products would not be the same without my own energy infused into each creation. A factory can not replicate the spirit of the craftswoman.

I specialize in interpreting strange and niche concepts, capturing familiar scents that take you back in time, and creating complex textures with scent as well as with every element of its packaging. I find an amazing comfort in minimally processed materials and want to share this luxury with you through each of the senses.

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Shop members

  • Jill

    Owner, Alchemist, Photographer

    Inspired by forgotten eras and the forest, I work every day to bring myself and others a closer connection to the earth through natural scent. I compose the perfumes, photograph products, design packaging, and create my own rules.

  • Tara

    Alchemist's Apprentice, Customer Service, Order Fulfillment

    Tara has been with FSW since 2012. She packs orders, assembles packaging, measures batches of perfume, and so much more. This fashion goddess has an eye for detail like you wouldn't believe, she's a crazy cat lady, and she's every bit a Capricorn.

  • Ash

    Designer, Web Manager, Marketer

    Ash is our newest strange woman in the studio. She recently graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute and we are in love with her botanical illustrations! This cat-lady Capricorn from Chicago is taking over the web, marketing, and design projects.

Manufacturers

  • eco friendly Lip Balm Tube manufacturer

    California, United States

    This company makes biodegradable, compostable, plastic-free lip balm tubes from 100% PCW recycled paper, soy ink, and organic adhesive. They are custom printed and then constructed by hand. Awesome!

  • Two Tone Press

    Kansas City, MO, United States

    Michelle and Angie from Two Tone Press add a beautiful tactile element to the packaging by hand printing the designs with antique presses. Michelle is a Sand Dollar kind of lady, and Angie prefers Winter Kitty. Be sure to check out their shop on Etsy

  • Locket Lady

    New Jersey, United States

    All of my lockets and compacts for solid perfume are manufactured here in the United States. They are made from antique design plates and molds, using nickel and lead-free brass with high quality finishes.

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More information

Last updated on Jun 21, 2016
Frequently asked questions

What is the difference between the oils and solid perfumes?

Oil perfumes:

• Top notes easily escape when smelling straight from the bottle and when it is first applied. This creates a vibrant opening to the perfume, but you also must wear it for at least 5 minutes before the true scent settles in.
• These are better sealed inside their bottles, making the perfume able to be stored for a much longer time than the solids.

Solid perfumes:
• Top notes are muted since they are trapped in the beeswax, which releases the scent more slowly (less silage), but the base notes last a little longer on the skin during the dry down.
• Scent is stronger in warm weather and on warm skin, as heat is needed to make the scent evaporate from beeswax

Which last longer?

The silage and overall tenacity of each perfume is based more on the specific plant essences in a blend, not the carrier base. Earthy woods, roots, and spices tend to last much longer than delicate florals, herbs, and citrus.

The Moongarden perfumes are twice as concentrated as all the other perfumes so that the delicate floral essences can be as powerful as the other blends.

What scents are good for Strange Men to wear?

Our culture tells us that sweet and floral scents are feminine in gender and that woodsy, spicy, musky scents are masculine. I believe that men can wear any scent they are comfortable in, as can women, and plant essences should not be limited by gender. However, if you are looking for a scent that is a bit more woodsy and traditionally masculine, we recommend trying Coyote, Horse, Tobacco + Leather, and Fireside Story.

What is the shelf life of the perfumes?

The Perfume Oils are actually in a liquid wax base, so they will not turn rancid as many other perfume oils do. The perfumes will begin to lose delicate floral, citrus, and other top notes after a year, and sometimes the earthier notes will take over and become stronger over time. Although the scent may fade or change after the first year, it will not actually ever go "bad".

Solid perfumes are often more exposed to oxygen, which will break down the scent faster than the oils in airtight bottles. The perfume will last about 6 months before the scent begins to fade. ordered, it can be stored for up to a year, and the scent will lose its strength much more slowly.

What is the shelf life of the other products?

The Lip Embellishments are best if used within 2 years, but they are still safe to use after this. Sometimes if exposed to fluctuating temperatures, the shea butter in these will fractionate, causing a bumpy texture. This does not mean the balm has gone bad, and it is still useable, as the bumps go away when warmed up.

The Rosehip Elixir Oil and Solid both must be stored very carefully (away from heat, sunlight, and oxygen exposure) and used within 6-8 months. The oils in these are fragile and oxidation will occur naturally because we do not put any harsh preservatives in it. The scent will drastically change if the oils go rancid, so this is the best way to determine their expiration.

How do I store these products?

• To prolong the life of the plant oils, store products in a cool (50-70 degrees F), dry place away from sunlight.
• All FSW products are free of water, which mold and bacteria need in order to grow, so this type of concern is not an issue.
• All perfume oils are in a liquid or solid wax base (not actually oil), so rancidity is also not an issue.

Gift wrapping and packaging

All of our orders are carefully wrapped with beautiful details, and sending a package directly to a gift recipient will be appropriate. If your order is a gift, you may let us know in the notes at checkout to include a short note or to leave out the receipt.