ForStrangeWomen

natural botanical perfume from a strange apothecary

Kansas City, Missouri · 32258 Sales

ForStrangeWomen

natural botanical perfume from a strange apothecary

Kansas City, Missouri 32258 Sales On Etsy since 2009

5 out of 5 stars
(16204)

Shop owner

Jill

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Announcement   Every creation is handmade with pure plant essences using traditional techniques in our Kansas City studio. All ingredients are carefully sourced from around the world with a 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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INSTAGRAM: http://www.instagram.com/forstrangewomen
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FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/ForStrangeWomen
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PINTEREST: http://pinterest.com/forstrangewomen/
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TUMBLR: http://forstrangewomen-blog.tumblr.com/
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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 12-3.
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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 packaging, writing, and products, and I encourage other artists to do the same. Thank you for understanding.

Announcement

Last updated on Aug 8, 2017

Every creation is handmade with pure plant essences using traditional techniques in our Kansas City studio. All ingredients are carefully sourced from around the world with a 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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INSTAGRAM: http://www.instagram.com/forstrangewomen
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FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/ForStrangeWomen
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PINTEREST: http://pinterest.com/forstrangewomen/
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TUMBLR: http://forstrangewomen-blog.tumblr.com/
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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 12-3.
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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 packaging, writing, and products, and I encourage other artists to do the same. Thank you for understanding.

Jill

Contact shop owner

Jill

Reviews

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(16204)
Ifelldownthestairs

Ifelldownthestairs on Aug 21, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

I wasn't looking for perfume really but an experience that is universal through a product that is unique I was sold an emotion I was sold quality and that's what I got now it's a little musky for me but I have no regrets about owning such an item :)

pinkypawpads

pinkypawpads on Aug 18, 2017

2 out of 5 stars

The only thing I smell in this perfume is moss and tobacco. After an hour or so, it started to smell like farts on me (no I'm not kidding.) I *kinda* get an orris/iris note when I sniff the bottle.

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Updates

Crushed Violets is now in the shop! The perfect powdery floral green 🖤
Three new solid perfumes in the Etsy shop! Lavender + Cade, Mimosa + Iris, & Patchouli + Amber 🖤
Shooting product modeled photos in the summer heat today sparkles
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About

Strange Alchemy

Since 2009, For Strange Women has created small-batch artisan perfume with avant-garde concepts and a timeless handmade aesthetic. The perfumes are thoughtfully constructed with high-quality natural materials; the plant extracts carefully sourced and composed into sublimely balanced blends.

Although mainstream culture presents perfume as a cosmetic to conceal other scents or to make us more attractive, FSW seeks instead to create a mindful sensory ritual that allows a connection to nature through its true essences. We believe that natural perfume is genderless and that the scent signature of our skin should be complemented, not hidden. Most of all, we believe perfume should be worn as a personal indulgence and source of inspiration.

We know that botanical essences in just the right arrangement can transport the wearer to another time and place. This perfume is designed to create an experience that is beyond sensory aesthetics, conjuring memories from natural landscapes, objects, and atmospheres remembered deep within your subconscious.

These scents meld with the skin and stay close to the wearer. For those who are normally allergic to perfume, this is typically a reaction to the chemicals hidden inside synthetic fragrances. We find natural plant oils to be safer, more satisfying to the senses, and to benefit the mind and body with aromatherapy. The complex scent arrangements evolve as they are worn and fade within eight hours.

~ About Jill ~

I use natural aromatics as an outlet for interpreting the world inside my mind and the inspiration that finds me. I love capturing familiar scents that connect the wearer with nostalgic experiences and natural landscapes, and I am able to connect to others around the world through this expression.I find comfort in minimally processed materials, small and sustainable production, and the alchemical magic of constructing these perfumes. This sense of comfort carries into the scents themselves, and I am pleased to share the mental and emotional serenity I first experienced with these plant essences over a decade ago.

Shop members

  • Jill

    Owner, Alchemist, Photographer

    I find comfort in minimally processed materials, small/sustainable production, and the alchemical magic of constructing FSW perfume. I am pleased to share the serenity and comfort I find in this aromatic connection to nature and hope it inspires you.

  • Tara

    Alchemist's Apprentice, Customer Service, Order Fulfillment

    Tara has been with FSW since 2012. She assembles and ships orders, measures batches of perfume, assembles packaging, and so much more. Tara 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 joined FSW in 2016 after finishing her degree at the Kansas City Art Institute, and we are in love with her botanical illustrations! This cat-lady Capricorn from Chicago also assists with the website, marketing, and design projects.

Production partners

  • eco friendly Lip Balm Tube manufacturer

    CA, 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!

  • Locket Lady

    NJ, 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.

  • Two Tone Press

    Kansas City, MO

    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

Shop policies

More information

Last updated on Aug 4, 2017
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, Tarantula, and Fireside Story.

What is the shelf life of the perfumes?

These perfume oils are in a jojoba wax base, and solids are in a beeswax base, so they will not turn rancid. The light floral, citrus, and other delicate top notes may begin to fade within the first year, and often the earthier components will become stronger over several years. Although the scent may change slightly after the first year, it will not expire.

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 (50-75 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.