Natural apothecary. Botanical scents, balms, & potions.

Minneapolis, Minnesota

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Note from shop owner Hello friends, I am taking a much needed break. If you placed an order this week, it will ship in the next 5-7 days. Thank you so much for your support! With gratitude, Jess

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Last updated on Aug 4, 2022

Hello friends, I am taking a much needed break. If you placed an order this week, it will ship in the next 5-7 days. Thank you so much for your support! With gratitude, Jess


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About Exoskeletons

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Alchemy & Adornments

Exoskeletons was inspired by the concept of shelled mollusks, crabs, grasshoppers, and other creatures that have supportive and protective mechanisms to shield them from the world. As humans, we only have our internal skeleton, so we construct an exoskeleton using clothing, jewelry, scent, and imagery to protect our delicate insides.

We are an all natural apothecary specializing in dark, beautiful, and healing aromatics. Each item is unique, designed by scratch to be an olfactory pleasure. Botanical perfume is intimate and personal. My goal is to create complex atmospherics that transport you to another place and time, all while staying close to the skin. These scents don't smell like anything you'd find in most stores - they are made of trees and leaves and moss and earth and infused with the medicinal qualities of these plants. It can take months to cure and blend the right combination of oils & plant matter to produce the botanical products you see in my shop. Each product is made by hand, drop by drop, in small batches... a true labor of love.

Our products are all natural, many are organic, and all are cruelty free. They do not contain synthetics, animal products, or fragrance oils. Simply by using essential oils, herbs, and pure plant materials, we can create hidden worlds through scent, texture, and experience. The ultimate sensory gift! Botanical perfumes mix with your skin chemistry to create a scent that is uniquely “you”! They will smell differently on the skin than in the bottle. Please be aware that it takes at least 5 minutes to discern whether or not a scent is right for you… give it time to work its magic!

All of my items are handmade with gentle care and a real love for what I do. As someone who has been chronically ill for over 6 years, I am grateful for each day that I can use my broken, calloused hands to produce something beautiful for someone else... I know firsthand the need for an exoskeleton. I hope I can make one for you that makes the world feel a little kinder, a little gentler, and a little more true.

Check us out:

INSTAGRAM: http://www.instagram.com/ourexoskeletons
FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/Exoskeletons
PINTEREST: https://www.pinterest.com/exoskeletons/
WHOLESALE: http://www.ourexoskeletons.com/wholesale-inquiry.html

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Last updated on Oct 15, 2017


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Last updated on May 18, 2022

Frequently asked questions

Testing Botanical Scents: Skin vs Bottle

Botanical scents mix with your skin chemistry to create a scent that is uniquely “you”! They will smell differently on the skin than in the bottle. Be aware that it takes at least 5 minutes to discern whether or not a scent is right for you… give it time to work its magic!

Shipping & Combined Shipping

Shipping price includes insurance, so it will be slightly higher than average. Combined shipping is calculated automatically and I always refund overcharges. :) If you are concerned with your shipping estimate, please feel free to send me a message.

Orders are processed within 3-5 business days, please remember to add that to the shipping time.
Average domestic shipping times: 1-2 weeks
Average international shipping times: 3-6 weeks

Sales Tax, Fees, & VAT

Due to state laws, residents of MN are subject to local tax fees which will be automatically calculated at checkout. All other buyers will not be charged tax. FOR INTERNATIONAL CUSTOMERS: please note that VAT\customs is NOT included in the listing price. You may have customs or import tax to pay depending on what country you're in.
For more information on VAT, read through this article: https://www.etsy.com/help/article/5023 and please check your local postal laws before ordering.

Some countries don't charge import tax on orders, but unfortunately many EU nations do. Please understand that you are responsible for any duties and customs charges that may be incurred.


Because of the nature of body care\perfumes\colognes (and to avoid contamination), all sales of scents, balms, and oils are final. Scent is a very subjective thing... for this reason I always recommend trying samples first so that you know what you like before purchasing a full sized product.

If you received a damaged product or your order was incorrect please contact me with details via email or etsy conversations and I will do my best to make it right!


Before ordering, please double check the address on your order and make sure it is correct! Once an order has been sent off, I have no information or control other than what is provided through tracking. Once a package has been marked “delivered”, you are responsible for picking it up from your porch, mailbox, etc. I can’t account for stolen packages or packages that are misplaced. Sometimes orders get marked delivered and they haven’t shown up yet. In those cases, your best bet is to call your local post office. Even missing packages usually show up after a phone call. Please understand, I have no more information than you do. I’m happy to try and file a claim on your behalf, but that is the extent of my superpowers. :)


Always test perfumes or cosmetics before full application to make sure you are not reactive. Skin sensitivity can occur with certain products (especially those used for more medicinal purposes) which can be dealt with by diluting in coconut oil or by avoiding skin altogether (they can be diffused, applied to clothing, etc instead). Exoskeletons products are ALWAYS free from synthetics and most allergens, but if you have a concern about a particular ingredient, feel free to contact me. I avoid phototoxic ingredients like the plague and any citrus oils are either furanocoumarin-free or used in a safe, low dilution. I want you (and your skin) to be safe!

Gift wrapping and packaging

Orders are carefully wrapped and lovingly packaged (perfect for gift giving). Please drop me a line if your order is a gift, not a personal purchase. Unless you tell me otherwise, I will automatically assume your order is for YOU and therefore will probably write you a little note with your name on it. ;)

Australia\New Zealand\Countries with strict postal laws

If you live in a country with strict postal laws (especially Australia\New Zealand\Germany), I will leave out the dried botanicals (moss) in your order to avoid quarantine. Please let me know in advance if you live in a country where dried botanicals are a hazard. I want you to get your goods safely and quickly!

Perfume Concentrations

My product concentrations are as follows:

Solid Perfumes: 50-55%
Oil Perfumes: 45-55%
Botanical Sprays: 35-40%
Bath Salts: 30%
Skin Elixirs: 20-25%

I do create all of my scents to be as concentrated as possible, however botanical ingredients do not project the way their synthetic counterparts do. You can expect to get anywhere between 3-8 hours of wear time with our perfume oils depending on your skin chemistry, the climate, etc. If you find that your skin tends to eat up scents quickly, simply reapply as needed. Our perfume oils come in handy roller bottles for easy "on the go" application. :)

Packages being returned to me

If you supplied the wrong address or got a notice to pick up your package from USPS and didn't do so, your order may end up getting returned to me. If that is the case, I am happy to refund the original cost, minus the shipping. If you would like me to resend your package, shipping will have to be purchased again, as I cannot be held responsible for returned packages.

Please check tracking on your packages! Domestic (US) packages always come with tracking and it is a great way to stay informed re: your shipment. If your order is being held by USPS you have at least a week or two to pick it up from the post office, but after that it gets returned to sender.