April 27, 2016


About this time last year I began working with the scent of moongardens. I had not fully explored the realm of florals in the past, partly due to the high cost of materials. I finally invested in a vast palate of blooms and six months later, I finished three perfumes based on pale moonlit gardens filled with botanicals from three distinct regions. These were released in October, but I waited until your moongardens began blooming to post about it ;) 
These are double the concentration of my other perfume oils, because florals tend to be so light, and each comes with a tin of fixative balm to help them stay on as long as possible.

The Northern Moongarden is filled with the softest bed of lilac and hydrangea blossoms with casablanca lilies showing off in the distance. Stepping stones meander through the garden, creating a path over the ground covered in mosses and tiny phlox blooms. A backdrop of birch trees lend a sweetness to the chilled night air while a glasshouse protects a collection of three lavender varieties. As the sun sets, the nocturnal creatures emerge, finding their way to the reflections of moonlight as this garden comes alive.

The Midwest Moongarden envelops you in a sultry landscape of white rose and white iris. This creamy floral heart is woven with tangled honeysuckle vines climbing the wooden fences and wisteria blossoms falling through an overhead pergola. The overtones of floral musks are captured in the humid air while a dark border of valerian pulls the base of the blend deep into the earth. This collection of pale blooms creates a glowing nighttime bouquet accompanied by the songs of the cicadas and crickets. 

The Southern Moongarden is a bold, empowering floral that opens with a breathtaking chord of gardenia and jasmine. The garden extends from a wooden veranda scattered with terracotta pots and woven wicker furniture to large mimosa and mandarin trees in full bloom. Moonflower vines weave through the trellises of jasmine to reveal their blossoms at night, while their intoxicating scent attracts moths and bats. Fireflies create flickering lights throughout the dark landscape of these aromatic reflections of the moon.

April 7, 2016

Lunar Amulet Perfume for the 4-7-2016 New Moon: Terrarium

Although some people have one signature scent that they wear year round, most perfume devotees (especially here in the midwest) like to follow the seasonal shifts and complement their changing surroundings. I wanted to capture a scent that is "spring" in the same way that you would capture a miniature version of spring inside a terrarium.

The scent has sweet overtones of fresh green leaves sprouting from a damp soil mixture and a soft carpet of moss. Tiny violets weave a floral motif into a perfect balance of perpetual spring.

There are a few leftover perfume locket refills from this batch here (the lunar amulet subscribers get these mailed to them each new moon).

March 8, 2016

Lunar Amulet Perfume for the 3-8-16 New Moon: Detox Perfume

This perfume has a heavy dose of detoxifying, uplifting lemongrass essential oil, widely used for its health benefits. When I apply this I can instantly feel its effects on my mind, clearing out anxieties while simultaneously inspiring me. Lemongrass is also known to be antibacterial, antifungal, reduces fever, detoxifies the organs, stimulates digestion, relieves insomnia, and balances the mind. These cheerful top notes are sweetened with the slightest touch of tobacco leaf, while a thick hay undertone offers a smooth transition from fresh to dry grass. The evolution is slow and seamless, and you will find yourself inhaling more deeply as the scent develops.

There are a few of these locket refills leftover from the batch available here.

February 9, 2016

Lunar Amulet Perfume for the 2-9-16 New Moon and New Year: Prosperity

This new moon also marks the new lunar year, which is of course the real New Year! We are celebrating the Chinese (as well as many other eastern countries') tradition of citrus fruit offerings as a blessing of prosperity, abundance, and good fortune. This perfume has a heavy dose of clementine and tangerine, their deep orange color symbolizing gold. Sheer overtones of Ylang Ylang and other fruits sweeten this cheerful palate, while a sustainable sandalwood oil lengthens the duration of the fleeting citrus. Applying this one is like a a burst of optimism, just in time for the New Lunar Year.

There are several leftover refills from this batch in the Limited Edition section. I hope these make their way into your ritual of prosperity this year.

February 2, 2016

Roses for Valentine's Day

I just went through a stupid, stupid breakup. So I know how some of you feel about Valentine's Day stuff. But you know what, rose makes me feel great whether I'm alone or not. So this gift box is for the rose obsessed, Victorian ladies in their element. Featuring the Rosehip Elixir face and hair oil, Midwest Moongarden perfume featuring a heart of white rose, a brass locket with a faceted black onyx on top and pure rose solid perfume inside, and a limited edition brass compact filled with Moroccan rose lip balm, made from scratch by yours truly.
The Lip balm compacts are also available on their own for a Limited Time!

January 9, 2016

Lunar Amulet for the 1-9-2016 New Moon: Crushed Violets

"Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it"
The lunar amulet perfume that I made for this new moon is in tribute of the new year. It is important to let go of the past in order to move forward toward creating new intentions and embracing new experiences. This powdery base of orris root paired with the delicate and fleeting sweetness of violet creates a soft aura to meditate in while moving forward. 

There are a few of these leftover from this batch in the Limited Edition section.

December 11, 2015

Lunar Amulet for the 12-11-15 New Moon: Winter Solstice

I love letting the seasons dictate my lunar amulet perfumes as I make them each month. This moon's scent is a tribute to the upcoming Winter Solstice, with notes of yew, mistletoe, holly, and scotch pine in a warm base of Tonka. An oak Yule log and dried spices hold on after the soft garlands fade away.

There are several locket refills of these leftover from the batch and they are in the Limited Edition section of the web shop until they are all spoken for. Enjoy your holidays, lovelies.

November 13, 2015

Lunar Amulet for the 11-11-15 New Moon: Egyptian Rose & Spiced Wine

11-11 is one of those strange superstitions that is unspoken until we happen to find someone else that has had a similar experience. I have gone through times of my life where I consistently look at the clock at 11:11 every single day. I usually take it as a sign that I am being guided, or that I am open to the universe and it is sending me signals, or that I need to stop and think about and be in the moment. This new moon fell on 11-11 which makes it even more significant to me.

The perfume I made for the amulets this time is a scent perfect for autumn; Egyptian Rose & Spiced Wine. The dark rose bouquet is drenched in a fruity red wine and laced with a warm infusion of cinnamon and cardamom. There are several of these leftover from the batch, available in the Limited Edition section now. 

October 13, 2015

Lunar Amulet for the 10-12-15 New Moon: Eclipse

As you probably remember, September 27th's Full Moon was also a supermoon eclipse. I created a protective perfume blend that combined 3 varieties of frankincense and wore a heavy coat of it in preparation of the blood moon. I have found that I am very affected by the moon and eclipses typically bring about changes. I love change and embrace it most of the time, but sometimes it can be difficult and stressful. As it turns out, this eclipse did bring an unexpected new person into my life but its a good change. I am horribly distracted however and I have not had the focus to post the new Moongarden perfume line to my online store just yet. Please be patient with me while I figure out my footing, apply some more of this frankincense, copal, and amber-infused lunar amulet perfume, and wait for the eclipse to pass over in my mind.

September 13, 2015

Lunar Amulet Perfume for the 9-13-15 New Moon: Holy Basil

If you read my previous post, you will understand the importance of this moon's perfume. Holy Basil, also referred to as Tulsi, is a sacred herb and used widely in Ayurvedic medicine for its health benefits. One of these benefits is its adaptogenic properties, meaning it reduces stress hormones (cortisol), and helps our bodies stay calm when under stress.

This healing perfume features the dark and spicy comfort of Holy Basil, nestled in soft tree balsams and rose, also known for its stress reducing ability. The clove-like warmth of the Holy Basil makes it a wonderful autumn-transition scent, and is like a cup of hot tea upon inhalation. A deep base of Buddahwood, Rosewood, and Eaglewood create a meditative chord of tranquility.

There are some extra locket refills left over from this batch in the Limited Edition section of the web shop.

September 10, 2015

Adrenal Fatigue ~ Why I've been in hiding...

Something I have not mentioned publicly, but my close friends have had to hear a lot of, is that I have been struggling with adrenal fatigue since before I began For Strange Women. There are different stages to adrenal fatigue, and I did not recognize what my problem was or begin to deal with it until a couple years ago, when I was at a point where I could not get out of bed anymore. It wasn't depression; I felt as creative and inspired as I usually am, but my body physically crashed. It had been crashing for some time, as I kept pushing through stressful situations and taking on more work, difficult people and relationships, and dealing with everything from my home being burglarized to my car being totaled.

Although I have always loved my work since beginning FSW and I maintained good energy in that environment, outside of my perfume world I had become a magnet for people with anger and addictions, who took faster than I could give, like black holes. My memory became depleted, my body collapsed, and I have struggled the last 3 years with insomnia. Out of desperation I began eating meat after 12 years as a vegetarian. I went to the western doctor who of course told me I needed psych meds. No thank you. I went to a naturopath who confirmed my cortisol levels were completely out of balance, and too high at night, which is why I don't sleep. I have been to several natural doctors since, all which have helped me piece together the formula to recovering. But a part of this recovery is spiritual and I am trying to understand what about my own consciousness attracted this, so that I can untangle it.

In 2008, when this began (and I was working at a job that was destroying me), I went to a Chinese Acupuncturist, who said,
"Do not tell me what is wrong, I will tell you what is wrong."
After reading my eyes, tongue, and pulse, he said,
"You are like girls at the plaza. Are they paying cash? NO! They use credit card. You put your energy on a credit card, and it will take you a long time to pay this off."

I asked him what I can do to get better and he said I must rest. Of course, I didn't know how. I had been raised with a midwestern work ethic and I've never really had a support system to catch me if I fell. I kept trying to help other people because it was so much easier than taking care of myself, and I just kept thinking that if I could fix other people's problems around me that my own wellbeing would magically be restored.

Well, three years of insomnia woke me up. Now that I am wholly focused on myself, my energy is coming back, and slowly, my sleep is coming back too. Adrenal Fatigue can be so difficult to overcome, and it affects women most often. Many people just live with it as I was, drinking coffee until one day the coffee doesn't help anymore. In a way, I realize that my stress could have manifested into a much scarier illness, and maybe this was the best thing that could have happened to teach me to take care of myself, practice more patience, live in the natural flow of life, and pace myself. If any of this story sounds familiar to you, I hope you do the same.

August 14, 2015

Lunar Amulet for the 8-14-15 New Moon: Satsuma

Happy New Moon! As the summer in the Northern hemisphere passes its peak, I am feeling that craving for changes in anticipation of autumn. Shifts in material items, in ideas and attitudes, in expectations. Satsuma is this moon's companion, made to boost creativity, motivation, and strength.
Bright, energetic orange is enhanced with a fruity Jasmine blossom and hints of musky undertones. The summer heat only makes this one better.

There are a couple left over from this batch in the Limited Edition section of the online shop!