Wednesday, June 3, 2020

For Strange Women: Winter Kitty

For Strange Women has been a perfume house that I have dabbled in for a while. I have found I enjoy their lip balms and some of their fragrance offerings. In the past I picked up a bundle of palo santo and a huge soft hoodie and enjoyed both of those. The ladies behind the brand recently sent out a newsletter that mentioned a discontinuation of several popular fragrances, one of them being Winter Kitty. I had sampled Winter Kitty a few years ago and knew I would like a full bottle one day. Looks like the one day finally crept up on me.

Winter Kitty- Notes: A blanket of snow evolves to a comforting base of vetiver, woods and frankincense. A sweet musk of amber, rose and vanilla complete the scent of a house cat as he returns from a winter walk, with chimney smoke and brisk air lingering in his fur. 5ml $32, 10ml $48

Gilded frankincense and boozy amber resin glow like fine tawny whiskey on the wrist, warming and indulgent. Candlelight captured in liquid amber bourbon. As it wears the booze softens and the incense curls itself around the sweet green hay scent of vetiver and the breath of crumbling leaves and bark. Eventually the incense thins itself out into a ghost. It holds to the edge of a winter chill, a specter of stony heart. The dry down glides like a shadow of smoke in the form of a cat mincing and padding about the skin, leaving trails of winter warmth. Soft vanilla and vetiver. Earthen and furred. A companionable perfume.

After swooning over this scent while writing the description I went back to For Strange Women and picked up the 10ml of this scent to have on hand. This teeny tiny 5ml will not last longer than a year with how often I will be reaching for it. It made me sad to think I may never smell this again. I also picked up November in the Temperate Deciduous Forest so it would not be alone, knowing I very much enjoyed this one too.

I think more perfumes deserve poetic names. By the way all of the hand crafted items at For Strange Women are derived from all natural ingredients. Do you have a favorite or something you have been wanting to try from them? Would you want to smell like a roaming winter cat?


  1. How prominent is the rose in this? Every other note sounds amazing, but florals make me wince because I amp them so much.

    1. For my nose it is on the quiet side. Adds a bit of plushness to it. This one can be really animalic and boozy at first so the rose is a welcome note to tone and smooth the scent into the heart. I would definitely try and sample it first if you can. It is true, our skins all transform scents differently. :-)