ForStrangeWomen

natural botanical perfume from a strange apothecary

Missouri, United States · 29404 Sales

ForStrangeWomen

natural botanical perfume from a strange apothecary

Missouri, United States 29404 Sales On Etsy since 2009

5 out of 5 stars
(15237)
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

Reviews

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(15237)
Samantha

Samantha on Jul 26, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

What a wonderfully presented locket! The rose fragrance is lovely and not at all overpowering. Also, the iridescence of the labradorite stone will never cease to mesmerize me; because of this, the locket looks even more beautiful in real life than in the photographs. Many thanks for the swift shipping and fantastic customer service!

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Updates

Tara is bottling up the second ever batch of Sweetgrass perfume oil.
Sending out lots of these today ;)
Tara is meticulous with her deluxe mini set assembling :)
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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, Maker, Designer

    Inspired by forgotten eras and the natural world, I work every day to bring myself and others a closer connection to the earth through natural scent. I compose the perfumes, photograph, design packaging, and infuse my strangeness into everything ;)

  • Tara

    Alchemist's Apprentice, Customer Service, Shipper

    Tara has been with FSW since 2012. She packs orders, assembles packaging, measures batches of perfume, and so much more. As required for this position, she wears long black floral dresses, she's a crazy cat lady, and she's every bit a Capricorn.

  • Ash

    Assistant, Designer

    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! Ash Is a cat lady Capricorn from Chicago and wears more black than Tara and Jill combined, and that's hard to do.

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.

Shop policies

Last updated on June 21, 2016
Welcome to our strange world of natural perfumes and adornments. To learn about For Strange Women, be sure to read the about page, policy page, and shop profile page.
Feel free to send a convo if you have any questions, or email me at jill [!at] forstrangewomen.com.

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
Payment
• Payments must be made through PayPal, direct Etsy checkout or Etsy gift cards.
• Missouri residents will be charged sales tax.
• International customers may have to pay additional customs fees to their post office.
Shipping
Please contact me if you have any concerns with your order before leaving feedback. It is important to me that you receive your items quickly, intact, and as described.

SHIPPING INFO:

• All orders are processed and packed in 1-3 business days, so remember to add this to your shipping time. We ship orders every Tuesday and Friday morning so If you place your order close to these times your order will be sent more quickly.

• Standard shipping is USPS First Class, which takes 2-5 days to arrive (in USA) and 1-4 weeks to arrive to international addresses. Priority upgrades are available.

• Packages include tracking information, which will be emailed at the time the order ships and can be accessed in your Etsy account Purchases page.

• You can UPGRADE your shipping to USPS Priority Mail at checkout. Priority shipping is 1-3 days (domestic) and includes Tracking + up to $200 of value covered with insurance.

• Please make sure you include all information in the message to seller (such as which scents you choose for your sample perfume sets) before placing your order. Any convos, emails, or other communication that must be later matched up to your order will take extra time to process.

• If you only order solid perfume ribbon samples, they will be sent in a regular hand-addressed envelope without tracking.

• If you are worried that your shipping is behind scheduled delivery, please check the tracking information in the Purchases section of your Etsy account. If it says unshipped or returned to sender, please contact me.

• If your shipment is behind schedule you can also check this page to see if the postal service is having an issue in your region: http://about.usps.com/news/service-alerts/welcome.htm

• International Customers: Please understand that you are responsible for any duties and customs charges that may be incurred.

• Australia/ New Zealand: I will leave dried botanicals out of packaging in your orders to avoid customs quarantine. Moss will be replaced with tissue paper.
Refunds and Exchanges
I do my best to describe each item vividly, but I know that scent can be a very subjective experience. For this reason, I recommend trying samples first so that you know what you like before purchasing a full size product.

If there is an issue with your order (incorrect items, missing items, or incomplete/damaged items) I will be happy to provide you with an exchange or replacement. I do NOT offer exchanges for any other reason.

If USPS does not properly deliver your package I cannot be held responsible. Please contact your local postmaster with your tracking number and file a complaint. Sometimes I can resend orders at a discount so feel free to ask about this if your package was lost or stolen in transit.

RETURNS
Full size unused perfumes may be returned, but samples, refills, and other items may not. Returns must be sent back within 7 days of delivery, in their original condition, in their original packaging, and are subject to a 15% restocking fee.
***This means shipping costs + 15% of order total will NOT be refunded. ***

If you are shipping an item back to me, make sure to send in a padded mailer via USPS First Class or Priority Mail with tracking. I cannot be responsible for missing items that were shipped without a tracking #. Also include a note with your Name, Etsy name, order #, reason for return, and mailing address.

My return address is:

For Strange Women
115 West 18th Street
Suite 102
Kansas City, MO 64108
Additional policies and FAQs
Natural (botanical) perfumes do not "carry" the way synthetics do. They stay closer to the body instead of filling up the room. If you make an effort to reduce the synthetic chemical fragrances in your home and lifestyle, your sensitivity to the intricacies of nature will be reset, and soon you will not want to ever go back to those harsh (and harmful) chemicals that are in most commercial fragrances.

Natural perfumes also do not last all day long. It is typical for the scent to be brighter and sharper when you first apply it, followed by 2-3 hours of an evolving, more subdued scent, followed by a drydown that varies in time but is only noticeable on the surface of the skin. Most of my perfumes come in portable containers so that you are able to reapply during the day as a sensory ritual.

You will also discover that these perfumes smell much different on your skin than out of the bottle, the scents evolve over the course of wearing them, and they have a deep complexity that cannot be found in synthetic fragrances. Unlike the headache-inducing scents that you will find at the "perfume counters,“ these are subtle and satisfying to the senses.

SAFETY:
• Keep products in a cool, dry environment away from direct sunlight and use only for their intended purpose.
• Avoid eye area and do not consume.
• Test a very small amount on your skin for a day to make sure you are not allergic to any plant materials.
• Consult a physician if you plan to use while pregnant or nursing. Some plant extracts are very powerful, and the aromatherapy could be too relaxing or stimulating for infants (just as adult vitamins are too strong for them).

ALLERGIES:
• No products contain gluten
• Some products contain the following nut oils: Shea, Macadamia, Sweet Almond
• Some products contain Orris Butter, Cedarwood, and other concentrated plant oils that may cause a reaction if you have a plant allergy.

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.