ForStrangeWomen

natural perfume connecting you to the forest since 2009

Kansas City, Missouri

Buyers are raving!

This shop got multiple 5-star reviews in the past 7 days.

Announcement    UK, EU, and NZ orders must be placed through this Etsy shop.
We currently are not shipping to Russia.
everyone else: Visit FORSTRANGEWOMEN.COM to explore the full collection.
join our newsletter! https://omniform1.com/signup/v1/60fae498363cb8001937b936_60fae705982653001c724528.html

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.

Please Read: Etsy is not a place to find ideas to copy or imitate. Please do not recreate any portion of the material that you find here, which is copyrighted and trademarked. We have taken the time and energy to produce original packaging, writing, and products, and we encourage other artists to do the same. Thank you for understanding.

Announcement

Last updated on Sep 3, 2021

UK, EU, and NZ orders must be placed through this Etsy shop.
We currently are not shipping to Russia.
everyone else: Visit FORSTRANGEWOMEN.COM to explore the full collection.
join our newsletter! https://omniform1.com/signup/v1/60fae498363cb8001937b936_60fae705982653001c724528.html

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.

Please Read: Etsy is not a place to find ideas to copy or imitate. Please do not recreate any portion of the material that you find here, which is copyrighted and trademarked. We have taken the time and energy to produce original packaging, writing, and products, and we encourage other artists to do the same. Thank you for understanding.

Items

 

All Items

Tara and Jill

Contact shop owner

Tara and Jill

Reviews

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(18387)
See reviews that mention:
Quality 487 Shipping 2322 Customer service 829

About ForStrangeWomen

Sales 39,600
On Etsy since 2009

Strange Alchemy

Since 2009, For Strange Women has created perfume exclusively from plant aromatics. We source beautiful plant extracts from around the world and value sustainable practices.

Botanical perfume can provide the spirit a connection to nature, the mind comfort, and the body an influence to calm or energize. We know that natural essences in just the right arrangement can transport the wearer to another time and place. These compositions are designed to create an experience that is beyond sensory aesthetics; conjuring memories from natural landscapes, experiences, and atmospheres remembered deep within the subconscious.

Although mainstream culture presents perfume as a cosmetic to conceal other scents or to make us more attractive, we seek instead to create a sensory ritual that provides a connection to nature through its ability to communicate with our senses. We find natural perfume to be genderless and feel that the scent signature of our skin should be complemented, not hidden. Most of all, For Strange Women perfume is intended be worn as a personal indulgence and source of inspiration.

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 and more satisfying to the senses. The complex scent arrangements evolve as they are worn and fade gracefully throughout the day.

Shop members

  • Tara

    Customer Service, Order Fulfillment, Production

    Tara has been with us since 2012. She is the hands of FSW; assembling every element of packaging, making the batches of perfume and lip balm from scratch, and providing the sweetest customer service. Her eye for detail is her superpower.

  • Ash

    Designer, Web Manager, Marketer

    Ash joined FSW in 2016 after finishing her Illustration degree at the Kansas City Art Institute. Her dark and delicate aesthetic has a following of its own as it interprets the mysterious elements of nature.

  • Jill

    Owner, Alchemist, Photographer

    I began FSW with the intention of specializing in natural materials and alternative perfume concepts. I'm inspired by the communication of plants through their essences and the therapeutic applications of botanical aromatics.

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.

  • oddities prints

    Kansas City, MO

    local screenprinter

  • Sweet Destructor

    Kansas City, MO

    Sweet Destructor is a local ceramic artist and bird rehabilitator.

  • 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.