April 18, 2015

Lunar Amulet Perfume for the 4-18-15 New Moon: Pansy

I'm into floral anything right now. I can't stop. I want to recreate and capture every bloom that isn't available as its own extraction. My friend brought me a pansy a few weeks ago and it wasn't long before it was surrounded by amber bottles of essences. The pansy is soft and powdery with a faint honey sweetness. This one takes a few minutes to settle in to the skin, and once it does I think my lunar amulet wearers will be in love. *There are no leftovers from this batch

April 10, 2015

GARDENIA Limited Edition locket refill batch - natural perfume

Many customers have asked me over the years if I could make a natural gardenia perfume, and I finally decided it was time. Since I moved back into my house in August I have been collecting house and yard plants like a crazy plant lady - and right now a  Gardenia is blooming in my kitchen waiting to be planted. I have immersed myself in the scent, noting the changes that take place from the moment each bloom opens to when it turns a darker ivory and withers. 
This is a limited edition batch, and although I may make more in the future I cannot be sure yet, so stock up while you can :)
The bright green opening commands your attention, leading into the clean white floral that decays into sweet honey undertones. 

I am very happy with how this turned out, as it is made from many botanical essences to emulate a single note perfume.

March 20, 2015

Lunar Amulet Perfume for the 3-20-15 New Moon: Greenhouse

Greenhouse captures sweet overtones of vegetable seeds sprouting inside the glass walls of trapped sunlight and thick, humid breaths of water filtered through soil. Herb leaves are sprouting in rows from peat moss but the blooms and fruits are months away from their entrance. This is just the beginning; a tribute to the Spring Equinox.

There are a couple leftover from this batch that can be found in the Limited Edition section of my shop here.

February 18, 2015

Lunar Amulet perfume for the 2-18-15 New Moon: Tank 7 Tribute

We don't have great wine, but Kansas City has amazing beer. I call Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale from Boulevard the wine of beer because it has a gorgeous, well balanced bouquet and it has about the same alcohol content. I usually make the lunar amulet perfumes on each full moon, and as this time approached a couple weeks ago I began looking around for inspiration. And this time my midwestern-ess just couldn't resist making a perfume tribute to my favorite ale.

This opens with pink peppercorns, coriander, and cardamom in a bed of citrus. A smooth floral base rises through the citrus steadily over time, the thick hops tempered with sweet chamomile and osmanthus. The dry down has just the slightest note of hay soaked in mandarin orange peels.

I really want some Tank 7 fans to try this, but I think it is pretty hard to find a bottle of this outside of KC. There are five extra refills from this batch in the limited edition section of my new web shop now.

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="">