For Strange Women- Interview with Jill McKeever

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For Strange Women… 

what an appropriate title.

Sometimes, physical things can kindle magical feelings and a deep reverence towards their maker, and that’s exactly what happened when I first laid my eyes and…nose on the the creations of “For Strange Women”.

The amulet pendant I’m wearing bottles “Decadence and Debauchery” and this magical elixir already breeds a spiritual obsession, the more I smell it. 

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     Jill McKeever, the alchemist mastermind behind the brand, is a dame extraordinaire, and I was beyond excited to receive her on my blog and have her discuss about strange women, scents and life. Enjoy!

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-Who is Jill McKeever in a nutshell? 

I’m a 32 year old artist in Kansas City

-How did you become a perfume alchemist? 

I began in 2007 making simple natural blends for myself because it was so hard to find natural perfume at the time, and when I discovered Etsy in 2008 I knew I had to share my creations with others. I had no idea back then that it would turn into what it is now!

-What inspired you to name your business “For Strange Women”? What makes a woman “strange”?

The first perfume I made for myself I named “tincture for strange women”. I kept it for years and when I decided to make my tinctures for strange women available for others, I didn’t put much more thought into it. 🙂

-What is in your opinion the most important difference between pure botanical perfumes and commercial, synthetic perfumes?

The way it affects you, physically, mentally, and emotionally. So basically, everything.

-Are there any specific creators/perfumers or fragrances that have influenced your style?

No, I try to explore new territory in terms of my perfume style. I am actually more influenced by musicians, like Stevie Nicks, Rasputina, and Goldfrapp.

-How important is sustainability for your work?

Very important! Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell.

-Which part of the perfume making process do you like the most? Which part of the process or which ingredient is the most challenging?

I like when I have a clear idea in my head of the exact scent I am trying to achieve. I feel lost when I just experiment with no end in mind.

-How did you come to the idea of captivating your scents in such beautiful jewellery?

The Victorians!

Which is the earliest scent memory you have?

Winter Kitty 🙂

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-Which of your perfumes attracts the most noses?

London Fog

-Which of your perfumes is your personal favourite? 

Fireside Story – a creamy, smoky bonfire scent.

-Is there any specific note you would never use in your perfumes? 

Civet or any other ingredient that would promote cruelty to animals.

-It is obvious that you are an artistic person, except from perfumes, what else are you passionate about?

I love the earth and animals, I love my friends and my creative collaborators, I love dancing and music and creature comforts.

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Watch my short video “For Strange Women” here

Find “For Strange Women online: www.forstrangewomen.com

Special thanks to Ashes for my outfit.

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