For Strange Women is a collection of 100% natural artisan perfume and other concoctions infused with pure botanical essences. Antique styles combine with the serenity of the deep forest to create sensory connections to nature as well as past eras.
Every creation is handmade from scratch using traditional techniques in my Kansas City studio. An artful alchemy of botanical materials, strange concepts, and thoughtful packaging ensures a luxurious experience for all of your senses. The ingredients are carefully sourced from around the world with a strong preference for sustainably wild harvested and organic material. No synthetic ingredients are ever used. Every element of packaging is from recycled and biodegradable or reusable materials.
Every perfume I create is made from a complex arrangement of botanical essences designed to conjure distinct memories and emotions through the powerful but often neglected sense of scent. I also hope to bring myself and others a closer connection to the natural world that we have been separated from.
As an artist my first language was dance, then music, and now perfumery, and these disciplines are truly interconnected. Balance, harmony, acute sensory perception, and creative alchemy will always draw me into their magic. I am most inspired to express myself through non-visual, obscure, and abstract mediums. There is something about sound, scent, touch... that is literally *overlooked* by many, as we have been trained to rely far too much on our eyes.
I realized years ago that doing things the way they were done over a century ago is once again progressive and necessary. While seeking independence from the harsh chemicals used in modern production, I fell in love with herbalism, aromatherapy, and finally, the emotionally rich realm of natural perfumery. I have been exploring the endless possibilities of scent using exclusively natural materials ever since.
I specialize in interpreting niche concepts, capturing familiar scent landscapes, and creating complex textures with scent as well as with every element of its packaging. I find an amazing comfort in minimally processed materials and want to share this through each of the senses. In 2009 I began For Strange Women as my antiquarian avant-garde obsession became transfixed on perfume.
ABOUT THE PERFUMED CREATIONS:
Botanical perfumery (the traditional European method) has been replaced with synthetics over the last century, which lack the depth, emotional benefits, and balance that real plant life possess. For Strange Women perfume revives these nearly forgotten essences with carefully selected plant extractions sourced from around the world. I seek the finest ingredients, usually from sustainably wild-harvested and organic crops, and I support ethically produced and harvested materials.
Natural perfumes are much different to wear than what you will find at a headache-inducing commercial perfume counter. These essences meld with your body chemistry and stay close to the skin. Only you and those you embrace will be aware that you are wearing it. If you are normally "allergic" to perfume, you are likely reacting to the unlisted chemicals that are hidden inside the fragrances. The pure botanical perfumes that I create are safer, more satisfying to the senses, and have subtle healing properties (aromatherapy) that your mind and body will love.
My perfumes also do not contain chemicals to make them last all day, as synthetics do. Instead, the scent wears off in the course of about 2-5 hours, and can be re-applied throughout the day as a sensory ritual. This allows the opportunity to reflect and appreciate the moment, connect with nature through its true essences, and experience the perfume’s evolution in intervals each day.