Perfume Review: For Strange Women Coyote (Jill McKeever) 2011 + Mercyverse Shapeshifter Draw


Mercy Thompson Book Cover for Night Broken  Book 8 (apped MC)

Coyote never loses. Because I change the rules of the games my enemies play. What are the rules of your game?” -Patricia Briggs, Frost Burned (Mercy Thompson)


Jill McKeever carrying spears photo from Jill McKeever

Natural perfumer Jill McKeever of For Strange Women whose home base of Missouri lies within an artery of Native American history- created Coyote (For Strange Women (and Men)) in 2011.  Coyote is the Native American trickster teacher, buffoon and hero, created creator, teaching paradox and duality; kin to the raven, Loki and The Fool. Known for his wild antics and raging libido- undoubtedly there was something quite irresistible in his perfume.


Coyote illustration apped MC

The soothing freshness of Coyote is immediate and a bit surprising for a perfume with such a notorious moniker. Bergamot lightened neroli is neither ingénue nor seductress, its power lies in its ambiguity. And while I cannot even say the Coyote archetype is what Jill had in mind, it is the turn of the heart of Coyote which almost solidifies my theory.


Cover art for Moon Called (Book 1) apped MC

A Wolf in sheep’s’ clothing musk starts to give the game away as Coyote lifts the petaled citrus veil to reveal a smooth, bay-spiked patchouli; another of Coyote’s impressive slights of smell. The bay is without piquant sharpness and spices the patchouli tinged musk in the most delightful way. Coyote remains more treat than trick, and the potentially overpowering combination of notes remains quite tame. What remains after dry down is this musk accord, souvenir of the dance under the full moon.

For Strange Women is a house full of Lokean moments of chaotic, madly liberating and surprising aromas; a compendium of olfactory stories to be passed from nose to nose, generation to generation. Read more at For Strange Women’s blog

Notes: bergamot, neroli, bay leaf, patchouli, musk accord, spices

*disclosure: my sample is my own.

Einsof, Natural Perfume Editor



Art Direction: Mercy Thompson art by Dan Dos Santos. Mercy is one of my favorite urban fantasy heroes; her charachter is a”walker” a Native American shape shifter a coyote raised by wolves; Jill’s resemblance is uncanny. Mercy Thomposn Fire Touched, Book 9 will be released January 31, 2017  -Michelyn Camen


 Thanks to Jill Mckeever we have a draw for an 8 ml rollerball of Coyote for  a registered reader in the USA (don’t know how to register…click here!!) Please leave a comment with why you would like to win Coyote, if you have read any books in the “Mercyverse”, or if you can shape shift into an animal which would it be,  and your favorite For Strange Women fragrance. Draw closes October 30, 2016

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Favorite Gourmand Notes We Love Winners


October is the month when the team at CaFleureBon starts reaching for their gourmand perfumes; the equivalent of Halloween candy for our nose.

To claim this month’s spilled perfume which is all treats and no tricks you need to match our editors and contributors with our favorite gourmand note. Here are our answers:

Hernando Courtright, Contributor – vanilla

Clayton Ilolahia, Guest Contributor- cacao

Sandi Lundberg Associate Contributor – fig

Sebastian Jara, Contributor- caramel

Ermano Picco, Contributor – pistachio

Berkan Basoglu, Contributor praline  

Elise Pearlstine, Editor- Licorice 

Gail Gross, Sr Contributor- honey

Lauryn Beer, Editor – coffee

Michelyn Camen, Editor in Chief-  loukoum (Turkish Delight)

Unfortunately no reader was correct so the draw is random.

WORLDWIDE Aftelier Memento Mori oversized samples of edp and parfum ALL NATURAL the random winner is Riwa

WORLDWIDE: Nishane 16 x 2ml Discovery Kit The random winner is claudio

WORLDWIDE Parfumerie Generale  No 27 Limanakia the random winner is Randi

EU, USA and Canada: 30 ml Atlelier Cologne Philtre Ceylon the random winner is Diego

 EU, USA AND CANADA  15 ml of Le Labo City Exclusive Vanille 44. (smoky gourmand) the random winner is Lucy

USA, EU and Canada 7ml  Larganique Beaute ALL NATURAL Floral Gourmand the random winner is Jenbat

USA William Eadon 50 ml #11 (SUBTLE GOURMAND) The random winner is claire de lune

USA  Fumerie  $ 50 Gift Card The  random winner is Gail A

USA ONLY Velvet & Sweet Pea's Purrfumery  4mL bottle of Highway  ALL NATURAL The random winner is hootlia

If you are one of the winners, please follow these instructions. Email michelyn at cafleurebon dawt com with the exact name of your prize as your subject, i.e. 7ml  Larganique Beaute. Please do not refer to it as spilled perfume and include your mailing and phone details in your email by12:30 PM EST 10/24/2016. This is a deadline and no exceptions if you are late. Please be sure to include your email used in your comment so we know it is you.

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Beaufort London Fathom V Perfume Winner


The fifth in Beaufort London’s Come Hell or High Water collection Fathom V is based loosely on Shakespeare’s great swansong, The Tempest. As the play beginsProspero, deposed Duke of Milan and now magician, conjures a terrible storm which sinks the ship of his antagonists, forcing them to the isle which is now his dominion.  

Thanks to the generosity of Leo Crabtree of Beaufort London, we have a 50 ml bottle of Fathom V for one registered reader in the US, EU and Canada or thanks to Twisted Lily for our US readers, a sampler of all five fragrances Vi et Armis, 1805 Tonnere, Couer de Noir, Ligum Vitae and Fathom V. The random winner of the draw is Marianne who chose the bottle. Please email michelyn at cafleurebon dawt com with 50 ml bottle of Fathom V, your mailing and  phone details by 10:30 AM EST 10/22/2016. This is a deadline and no exceptions if you are late. Please use the email from your comment so we know it is you.  A  thank you note to Leo Crabtree is appreciated.

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