Just like last week’s Fragrance Friday post, I’m taking one fragrance…
Over a year ago, I discovered For Strange Women, an all-natural indie perfume brand that changed everything. I have always been extremely sensitive to mass market and synthetic perfumes, so I have a lot of trouble finding unique scents that don’t trigger a migraine.
These are the kinda things I get excited about in my mailbox. pic.twitter.com/dPPPE8mQVQ
— Kat Von D (@thekatvond) 8 January 2015
My first intro to the brand was through Kat Von D. I figure if these are good enough for her, I should give them a try. For Strange Women scents contain no harsh chemicals and have a base of jojoba and coconut oil. These aren’t overpowering and stay very close to skin, so for migraine sufferers like me these are perfect.
I decided to try a few scents before buying a full size, so I grabbed a sample set of three (0.5 mL each). I stuck to a beach theme for my picks, but these are anything but the average ocean, sunscreen and sweet.
Sand Dollar – The top notes are sort of salty with a hit of citrus and rosemary. As it wears down, the scent sinks deeper into the ocean floor, where seaweed and musk swim together. After a few hours, there is musky earth scent that smells of sand and clean sun.
Seashell and Coconut – Jill, For Strange Women’s perfumer, challenged herself to make a collection of two-note blends that paired very uniquely together. This doesn’t have a top or base note, just pure mid-notes. It’s a well-balanced blend of nutty and buttery coconut pulp with a bed of dry, roasted seashells. I have never smelled coconuts like this before, it’s fresher and more natural.
Fossil – This smells like hiking stone hills on a hot day. It’s a blend of limestone, shells, and other sediments baking in the sun. Essence of actual fossilized amber and seashell were used to create this unique and mysterious blend. The base notes are warm tonka and vanilla with a hit of earthly musk. Fossil is my favourite of the three!
Because the scents from For Strange Women don’t have synthetic chemicals to help sustain wear, these perfume oils only last up to 6 hours. The three I tried are only a fraction of what you can get though: there’s perfume jewelery like rings and amulets as well as more unique scents like Coyote, Satin Corset and Winter Kitty.