www.scenthive.com, and as I've always loved everything I've bought after reading one of Trish's reviews, I was confident in buying a full bottle of the Decadence & Debauchery Perfume Oil.
Decadence & Debauchery is rich, spicy and boozy on my skin. It’s not particularly smoky on me (my skin eats smoky notes and accentuates sweetness), instead the patchouli, vanilla and immortelle in the base combine into a spicy almost coffee/clove note on my skin, with the rich golden tobacco weaving into it after the initial opening of ripe blood orange. This is sweeter and more gourmand than Ayala Moriel Espionage on me.
The For Strange Women Perfume Oil fades relatively quickly on my wrists (after about 3-4 hours it’s pretty much gone and I need to reapply) but I can still smell it in the crook of my elbows at the end of the day. I also bought the Natural Perfume Fixative Balm, which is a blend of shea butter, cocoa butter and beeswax with subtle essential oils that enhance and extend the wear of the perfume oil. It's not strictly necessary to enjoy the Perfume Oil, but as I have dry skin I do like to layer solid and liquid fragrances, and I think this does help to extend the life of a natural perfume on my skin. (I bought the full size, which is pretty big. A smaller size is also available).
For Strange Women uses only natural essences in her products, and even though Decadence & Debauchery is rich it is never headache-inducing or overpowering for me. The Perfume Oil base is jojoba and fractionated coconut oil. The packaging is beautiful and fits the aesthetic of the brand beautifully, with exquisite attention to detail (a smoked amber glass bottle, and the padding in the little boxes that the perfume oil comes in is natural dried moss). The only thing I’d change is to have a drop dispensing insert in the bottle opening, to prevent the risk of spillages (and I'd feel happier carrying it around in my bag with this too). I think the prices are reasonable for natural perfume oil, at $30 (about £20) for a 7.3ml bottle. Sample sets are available to try the fragrances before committing to a full size, and I've just ordered one with the two new fragrances (November and Bollywood) as well as the Moss & Ivy perfume oil that Trish also reviewed.
For Strange Women is sold on Etsy here: www.etsy.com/people/ForStrangeWomen.