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For Strange Women is an all-female indie perfume house in the Midwest. We source plant-derived aromatics from around the world and value sustainable practices. This collection is designed to create an experience that is beyond sensory aesthetics; conjuring memories from natural landscapes, objects, and atmospheres remembered deep within the subconscious.
While mainstream culture presents fragrance as a cosmetic to conceal other scents or to make us more attractive, our perfume is intended to serve as a therapeutic connection to nature and sensory ritual. We find botanical aromatics to be gender-less and feel that the scent signature of our skin should be complemented, not hidden. Their design is to be worn as a mood-enhancing indulgence and source of inspiration.
Our perfume does not contain harmful phthalates or propellants to artificially extend the longevity and silage. As a result, these scents meld with the skin and evolve as each layer reveals itself throughout the 4+ hours of wear. The experience is more subtle than synthetic perfumes but with fuller nuance and complexity. The FSW perfume style is unapologetically earthy and full-bodied, comprised of exquisite materials that larger perfume brands rarely use due to their expense and limited availability. The quality of these raw materials is essential to Jill’s process of designing rare and opulent compositions.
We find distilled essential oils, resins, and plant extracts to be more satisfying to the senses and artful in their manufacture. Our physiology has evolved to understand the messages contained in these plant molecules on an intuitive level and our emotions respond to this language. These perfumes are beyond "clean" and natural -- they are the wild and sublime spirits of the earth.
Jill - Owner and Perfumer
Jill began For Strange Women in 2009, utilizing exclusively natural materials and exploring alternative scent concepts. Her method of perfume design began intuitively as a synesthetic reference to techniques she learned as a musician and recording artist. She owns, directs, and pours her creative energy into this brand while collaborating with her favorite kindred spirits.
Cat: Onyx. Sun: Cancer.
Tara - Production and Customer Service
Tara has been with FSW since 2012. She is the hands of FSW; assembling packaging, making the batches of perfume and lip balm from scratch, as well as processing orders and providing customer service. She is unmatched in her eye for detail and her aesthetic influence can be seen in them. She's also an exquisite jewelry maker.
Cat: Nicholas. Sun: Capricorn.
Ash - Designer and Illustrator
Ash joined FSW in 2016 after finishing her Illustration degree at the Kansas City Art Institute. Her dark and delicate aesthetic has a following of its own as it interprets the magic elements of nature. Now based in Chicago, she has become a designer for many brands (but we are still her favorite). She is the youngest of the crew but often the wisest in her perspective.
Cats: Fig and Jasper. Sun: Capricorn.
Jenn - Order Fulfillment
Jenn was the first to join Jill in 2010 to help in production and shipping, saving FSW from early burnout. She went on to grow her work as a photographer and to become a mother, eventually finding her way back to the new studio in 2021. She has this blend of organizational and methodical thinking, clean aesthetic, and bursts of laughter that infuse every order she touches.
Cat: Frida. Sun: Cancer