January 22, 2015

New Stones for Perfume Lockets

The Solid perfume jewelry is always evolving and this is the latest lineup ~ Each is a natural stone that lends its vibrational energy to the contents of your locket. 
Mahogany Obsidian • Russian Serpentine • River Stone 
Rose Quartz • Black Onyx • Green Aventurine





January 20, 2015

Velvet Corset - lunar amulet scent for January 20th, 2015 new moon

Velvet Corset is a blend I made beginning with the Satin Corset perfume from my line, and I added in darker flowers and dirtier musk notes until it was thick and textured. The sweet overtones are pulled down into a heavy fabric.

These are a limited edition at a great price because I am about to switch the limited edition section to my new website, and these have to be gone first!

January 8, 2015

Perfume Category Chart for FSW

This was a bit hard to do since some perfumes smell spicy on one person and sweet on another, and some perfumes begin with a burst of fruit or florals, and then evolve to something woodsy or resinous. I did the best I could using the dominant notes of the blends. The single notes and companion notes were a bit easier to categorize since they do not have as much evolution. I hope this helps with the difficult search that I know it must be to find your favorite scent without being able to smell them through the computer screen!

January 7, 2015

Strange Perfume Navigation Chart

My perfume line now has a much wider selection than it used to, and I have been working on ways to to more easily navigate the choices. Here I have ordered every perfume in my line (roughly) into a list of the sweetest to darkest.



December 21, 2014

Happy Solstice AND New Moon! Lunar Amulet perfume for the 12-21-14 New Moon



The Dec 21st new moon's scent is inspired by the winter decor that surrounds us in December. To me, bringing evergreen foliage and pinecones indoors is one of the greatest nostalgic connections that we experience with scent - especially in the cold, dormant midwestern winter.

Sweet douglas fir and eucalyptus create an uplifting opening to the blend, opening to juniper berries and soft elderflowers. The heart of this perfume weaves the branches of evergreen needles with fir balsam, cedar, elderflower, juniper berry, and pinecones....Lots of pinecones.

I listed the extras from this batch in the Limited Edition section early this time and they were gone within the hour. I may make another batch of this next year because I really loved this one... and I didn't keep any from this batch for myself. :(

Enjoy the holidays, enjoy the dark days of the solstice, the dark nights of the new moon, and remember that it only gets brighter from here.

November 22, 2014

11-22-2014 New Moon - Lunar Amulet Perfume: Light of Patchouli

The New Moon can be rough~ I've been dealing with ghosts and headaches and sleeplessness and I'm ready for some waxing light already.

The good news is the lunar amulet subscribers have received their perfume of the new moon this week, which I like to call "Light of Patchouli" because it is full of sweet, happy, punchy patchouli- fresh patchouli and 40-year aged, light patchouli, dark patchouli, its all in there. Some fruits, resins, and woods are added in to smooth out the bite that patchouli often has. I felt this was a time of year when I needed an extra reminder to wake up, and maybe you did too.

I will have a few extras of these added to the Limited Edition section of my Etsy shop soon.

New For Strange Women perfumes - Seven Strange Companion Blends



I am so excited that my new line of Strange Companion Blends are done and I am in love with these seven combos. I wanted to create something simple in composition yet decadent to wear. My other perfumes are so complex, often with 20+ essences in a single blend, and the packaging is also quite time consuming. Many customers had been asking for smaller sizes at a $20 price point. With some of my botanical essences costing over $400/oz, there were some limitations. But I didn't want the limitations to leave you any less thrilled with the result. So here are my favorites of many combos I played with, some are classic combos and some are strange and unique. Sometimes I throw out ideas if they aren't STRANGE enough but I am sometimes pulled to offer something like Coffee+Cocoa because its JUST SO GOOD. I won't deprive you of sensory brilliance for the sake of branding ;)


So here is the final lineup of Strange Companions. And I'm hoping to have samples available by January.




Tobacco + Leather - A classic masculine combination, the sweetness of tobacco leaf is darkened with a smooth, rich leather accord.

Seashell + Coconut - Thick, buttery coconut pulp is surrounded with a dark veil of dry, roasted seashells

Tangerine + Blossom - This pairs a sweet, delicate citrus with light tropical tree blossoms woven into a delightful yet fleeting blend.

Coffee + Cocoa - This gourmand blend brings the best of these two indulgences together, and if you think you are going to love it, you will.

Rock Rose + Oakwood - A blend that combines a sweet, ambery resinous essence with the warm embrace of the comforting oak.

Lavender + Geranium - A balance of two very strong feminine presences, the variety of each selected in this blend allows them to share a stage with elegance.

Palo Santo + Amyris - Palo Santo, the South American "Holy wood" with sweet overtones and a sharp, spicy heart, is tempered in this blend with a soft whisper of Amyris wood.

October 24, 2014

Lunar Amulet perfume for the 10-23-14 New Moon: Coconut Macaroon

This moon's scent is inspired by the new coconut pulp natural extract I have been playing with. The first thing to come to mind was to create the scent of a coconut macaroon dipped in chocolate. This perfume is soft and unusual but surprisingly comforting to wear on the skin, and although you will want to eat it it doesn't become too sweet or overwhelming in its gourmand nature. Its the perfect scent for a day of staying home and reveling in all things domestic. There are a few left from this batch (finally!) available in the limited edition section of my shop. <3 p="">

September 25, 2014

Lunar Amulet Perfume for the 9-24-14 New Moon: IRIS

This is a perfume I have been wanting to make for a long time and I love how it came out. Iris is one of my favorite flowers, and although understated, the scent is amazing. This blend incorporates a heavy dose of iris rhizome with an interpretive accord to imitate the blooms.
Unfortunately there are not any extras this time around again, but I will likely make a little batch of this again someday because I am going to want it for myself as well ;)


August 5, 2014

Lunar Amulet Perfume for the 7-26-14 New Moon: Southern Veranda

Sorry this post is so late! I was traveling and now am in the process of moving... and you were surely all intrigued by the new lunar amulet refill so here it is ~ Southern Veranda conjures a lazy summer day in the southern US. It opens with a sweet, cold glass of lemonade, evolving to a heart of mimosa and magnolia trees blooming nearby. The wind brings warm hints of these soft blooms to your hammock that hangs from the intricately carved wood surroundings of the veranda. There are two of these leftover from the batch which will be in the limited edition section of the Etsy shop.

June 27, 2014

Lunar Amulet Perfume for the June 27, 2014 New Moon - ACORN

This perfume was none other than an excuse to play with a delightful extract of Oak wood that I have been obsessed with lately. Oak has an effect on me that is different than other woods. It offers a sense of strength and stability but also an uplifting warmth and comfort. This gorgeous wood is accented with hints of oakmoss, amyris wood, and balsams to enhance the full aroma of walking up to an old growth oak, hugging the trunk, and feeling your energy grounded deep into the earth through its roots. There are only three of these locket refills leftover from this batch and I have claimed one for myself. I hope they find good homes :)

May 13, 2014

Synesthesia - A Perfume Song - Artosphere 2014 Partner Grant Installation and Workshop

Synesthesia is the cross-sensory perception that transforms our experience of sensory impressions. Sounds, scents, visuals, tastes, and tactile information can cross borders between one another in the brain to create a more complex interpretation of a subject. 

This perfume, blended from nine plant essences, was designed to represent the harmonies and sound qualities of the companion song, also featuring nine instruments. Each element reveals the synesthesia I have experienced with music and perfume creation.

I have been working on this installation and scent workshop since January, and I'm so excited to reveal the project at Artosphere this Friday. I am also teaching a two hour workshop about natural scent which you can get tickets for here if you live in the Fayetteville, AR area. Space is limited!

This song and perfume were created as an installation funded by a partner grant from the Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville, Arkansas for the Artosphere 2014 Festival.  


Every note in this perfume blend represents an instrument in this song, composed by Andrew Connor. More information about the process behind this project can be found here.

Bass: Fossilized Amber Resin

Koto: Bergamot Orange Essential Oil

Glockenspiel: Lime Petitgrain Essential Oil

Acoustic Guitar: Rosewood Essential Oil

Piano: Peru Balsam Essential Oil

Vocals: Neroli (Orange Blossom) Essential Oil

Violin: Labdanum (Rose of Sharon) Gum Absolute

Hand Drums: Nutmeg Absolute

Shakers: Black Pepper SCO2 Extract