I’d heard about For Strange Women due to their Perfume Enhancing Fixative Base ™. So many people swear by it. It is another thing I want to try so will likely purchase with more samples! I can already tell I want to explore her unique catalog!
Not shown is my sample of Rockrose & Oakmoss that broke in transit. USPS was harsh on packages that day and several of my packages and letters looked like they’d been put the the wringer. Jill, the owner, was sweet and kind when I spoke to her about it. I am planning on a large bottle purchase of Rockrose & Oakmoss just from the scent that greeted me when I opened the package. Woody, a little spicy, and comforting.
The packaging is just so beautiful that I have to display each. On the back of the included card is a detailed description of the scent. Very victorian and classical – just the attention to detail and the elegance of everything, from the packaging to the scents, will most likely push For Strange Women to the top of my Indie favorites!
First I selected Satin Corset. As stated above, the description of the scent is on the back of the card and is as follows:
Satin Corset is sweet, uplifting and seductive. A floral bouquet in a bed of vanilla bourbon interprets the scent of a line-dried ivory corset worn by a classic Victorian woman. This fragrance is very similar to oriental lilies, their sweetness grounded with an intoxicating floral musk.
Sounds lovely. And it’s been sitting next to me on the desk waiting patiently to be applied.
The texture of the solid scent is creamy and soft. There is a matte sheen to it instead of a glossy shine. It goes on smooth and rubs into my skin without leaving any residue or sticky feeling.
But this scent … it’s woody – like an armoire – as though you are pulling this freshly laundered, hand sewn corset out for something special. There is a hint of sweetness and as time goes on that armoire scent fades leaving you with the scent of cotton, a touch of silk, and a hint of flowers. It’s classical and sophisticated. I feel like this scent is that first breath you take when putting on a favored piece of clothing.
Next I chose Fireside Story and I’m so glad it’s not that overwhelming burning scent you can sometimes get. This too has a lovely description on the back.
Fireside Story opens with a flash of dark smoke that fades to allow a bouquet of woods to emerge. Traces of leaves, pine cones, and dried resins crackle in this smooth, muted incense that remains close to the body. Three varieties of vanilla create a lingering finish and the perfect setting for a ghost story.
For me this opens with a blast of conifers, as though I’m walking from a forest into a log cabin that has a roaring fire just waiting for me to sit down near. As it dries the vanilla comes out and sweetens the base while giving the resins (amber? frankincense? it has that warm golden feel to it) something to use to glow as they should. This is comforting to the extreme. I just see myself curling up on a old, loved chair with a cup of steaming hot cocoa in one hand, a blanket on my lap, and a good book in the other hand.
You would think this is a simple amber, resinous, golden, and maybe a little sweet. Well, you’d be wrong.
This dark amber is resinous, leathery, and smoky. A sultry, dry wood aroma lingers on your skin like a fine incense.
Elegant, woody, and smooth would describe this amber. It’s soft and a dark golden brown, like a well worn and loved amulet. I can see wearing this alone or layering for an extra bit of oomph to some other blends.
All three of these blends are gorgeous in their own right, yet they meld seamlessly together as though they are meant to be.