ANTIMONY: NEW LUXURY PERFUME BY HOUSE OF MATRIARCH PERFUMER CHRISTI MESHELL

Posted on March 15, 2017 by Matriarch Blog

In celebration of the 7th Anniversary of ÇaFleureBon, eight perfumers were invited to create perfumes drawing inspiration from a brief written by the blog's founder and Editor in Chief, Michelyn Camen.  Her request called for a perfume powerful enough to attract good fortune and ward off negativity - even the dreaded curse of the "evil eye".  House of Matriarch created ANTIMONY in response to Michelyn's brief. 

ANTIMONY
ANTIMONY
 
The smoky eye in fragrance form.  Anointing yourself with ANTIMONY is akin to the ancient protective ritual of rimming your eyes with kohl. This talismanic perfume draws from the noble history of cosmetica and the aromatic materials which have been used throughout time to create "eye shadow" - the most magical cosmetic of all. 

Charred frankincense, kewra, henna, Palo Santo, galangal, sandalwood ashes, spikenard, ghee, copal, oud and precious attars of mitti, kadam and rose have all been used to create enchanted cosmetics throughout history. They are all found in ANTIMONY which contains exactly 111 individual notes.  Subtle by design, exotic florals push up from a primitive base to bloom on your skin as they emanate like an ancient wisp of fine bakhoor.

ANTIMONY

These ancient aromas transport the wearer like a magic carpet to a dimension where cosmetics have magical purposes - the very essence of "a glamour."  A nod to a forgotten lifetime when eye shadow was compounded from powdered minerals, oils and the ashes of incense and applied by a shaman or priestess or in wealthy kingdoms, a Court Perfumer.

ANTIMONY

The minerals antimony and malachite have been among those used around the eyes throughout time due to their reflective properties - they ricochet bad vibes like mirrors. Since they are considered toxic (the alchemists would argue otherwise) they have been banned from use in cosmetics. Mystics and folk healers around the world still use them for their prehistorical purposes in treating ailments of mind and spirit and for compounding sacred cosmetics.
 
 

ANTIMONY. Elemental, Magical, Beautiful, and Powerfully Protective

2017 Debut Vintage.  99.9% Natural  (We use the Natural Perfumer's Guild standards of naturalness in rating each component of the perfume - the strictest standards in the world.)
   
ANTIMONY CARTOUCHE
The first 24 50ml bottles of ANTIMONY are adorned with a handmade copper cartouche talisman decorated with the symbols for the element antimony and the letter M. They were designed by our perfumer Christi Meshell and forged in San Diego, California under the influence of the Gemini full moon. The alternate alchemical symbol for the element antimony can be found on the nameplate's letter O.
 
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WHAT IS "HIGH PERFUMERY"? HOUSE OF MATRIARCH PERFUMER CHRISTI MESHELL SHARES HER MANIFESTA

Posted on March 04, 2017 by Christi Meshell

High Perfumery is a branch of Epicureanism.  Those familiar with the philosophies of Epicureanism know that the goals are beauty, inspiration and tranquility - the same goals of fine fragrance creation.  Here, I share my Manifesta of High Perfumery - the 8 standards which can elevate a perfume from a mere scent to a work of High Art. 

 

 1.  Contains noble materials – those which cannot be faked or reproduced by man - only by Time and Nature.
    
 2. Possesses a quintessence. The arrangement does not already exist in nature or anywhere else - it’s novel. It forms a new smell where none of the individual essences dominate.
    
 3. Evokes the desire to be savored and enjoyed - it has an air of luxury and rarity. 
     
 4. Improves with time like a fine compounded spirit or fine wine. No denaturant other than the fragrant essences may be used.
   
 5. Crafted and refined by “nose” from the base form of the raw ingredient in batches not larger than an individual perfumer can manage.  Made by hand, not machines.
    
 6. Offers a benefit to psyche and spirit by elevating or elating. 
  
 7. Causes no harmful effects within the body. Experimental and new essences with less than 70 years of safety data cannot be included.
  
8. Is created ethically and sustainably.
  

Epicureanism must be distinguished from hedonism, which always involves a negative aftermath - a price to pay.  If the restraint necessary for the practice of Epicureanism is lost, the pleasure is corrupted into divine discontent and dis-ease ensues.  A perfume can be exceptionally beautiful and alluring, however if it does not meet the standards of Epicureanism, it cannot be considered High Perfumery.

NATURE IS THE ULTIMATE LUXURY

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Fragrance House or Perfume Brand? HOW THEY DIFFER AND WHY IT MATTERS.

Posted on February 19, 2017 by Matriarch Blog

"House" (aka Creative House) is the industry term for a company that independently designs and produces perfume.  A "Nose" (aka Perfumer) works from a fragrance organ composing fragrances (or flavors) from base materials to create accords that are arranged into the final product.  Like a composer that creates music, the Perfumer knows every note inside and out - they could play "blindfolded" so to speak.  They write their own music, drawing inspiration from a multitude of sources, and can deliver on a brief.  Like musicians, each perfumer has a certain "style" or "sound". 

"Brands" are re-sellers of perfumes they purchase from "houses".  Many people mistakenly refer to "brands" as "houses".  This is inaccurate and also misleading as it implies that the brand is the designer and producer of the perfume rather than a re-seller. Going back to the music reference, brands would be akin to the "record label", not the orchestra.

On the part of the reviewers and fragrance critics, this is just an innocent mistake of the uninformed.  However, when done by the brand itself in a direct attempt to deceive the customer into believing they are the creator of the fragrance, it really stinks because the misinformation (aka "marketing campaign") trickles down to the early adopters and brand evangelists, making them an accessory to the deception.

When a brand owner, aka "Creative Director" brazenly poses as the Perfumer creating the juice, things get even choppier - and this exact indiscretion has burst the bubbles of a few notable brands in recent years.  Milli Vanilli, anyone?

All houses can have "brands" and many houses have several brands in their portfolios, however, 98% of brands are NOT houses and should not be referred to as such.  Consider this important point of distinction: there are hundreds of thousands of brands that sell perfume but only a handful of  "Creative Fragrance Houses" worldwide.  

Do you know which house produces the perfume your wearing (or writing about)? Have you wondered why so many perfumes smell the same?  Hopefully learning the distinction between brands and houses will help you understand the answers to these questions, and invite you to ask new questions.  One thing is for sure, in today's age of transparency, there are fewer and fewer secrets about the mystical world of fragrance. 

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New Smell Test for Perfume Enthusiasts Helps Identify Olfactory Blind Spots

Posted on January 24, 2017 by Matriarch Blog

More than 30% of women and nearly 40% of men have SPECIFIC ANOSMIA - olfactory blind spots which impact their evaluation of fragrances.  

Now you can put your olfactory sense to the test to discover what you may be missing with the first of it's kind PERFUME SPECIFIC ANOSMIA TEST PANEL compiled by our Perfumer Christi Meshell.  The panel tests your detection of eight common anosmic materials commonly found in fine fragrances that could be affecting your perfume evaluations and creations. Most are base notes, all are cruelty free and the kit employs both natural and synthetic materials.

Perfume Specific Anosmia Panel by House of Matriarch

Once you learn your results, the remainder of your sample can be used to train your nose to more effectively detect the odors you had difficulty smelling - or perhaps couldn't smell at all.  There have been amazing clinical successes in decreasing 'thresholds of detection' in both men and women who have used this method to increase their sensitivity to aromas that were previously a challenge to detect. 

For those who take smelling seriously, this panel is a must!  Brand owners, creative directors and fragrance critics can now be sure they are among the 60% who can "smell it all" before they begin impressing their ideas and creations onto the rest of the smelling world!

Perfumer Christi Meshell

The economically priced kit includes an email consultation with Christi regarding your results after your test is complete.  Score perfect results and you will receive a "Perfect Nose" certificate which you can proudly share on your website or blog. 

*DISCLAIMER: This panel is for fun, education and self discovery - results do not constitute a medical diagnosis, nor is there a guarantee that improvement in olfaction will result from studying with this kit. All results are being kept confidential.

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The Proper Keeping of Artisan Perfumes - Cellaring Fragrances for Future Comparison & Enjoyment

Posted on January 19, 2017 by Matriarch Blog

House of Matriarch perfumes are designed to IMPROVE with time and proper storage, unlike mass produced perfumes which have a two year shelf life.  Here our Perfumer Christi Meshell explains why our perfumes are capable of being cellared (unlike designer perfumes) and offers her tips for optimizing the collectability of fine perfumes.  

  • Treat your perfume like an expensive bottle of fine spirits - not too hot, not too cold. To avoid evaporation of the precious contents, the cap must be tightly closed. Always keep your perfumes upright, this is especially true of roll-ons, as they are by design prone to leakage.
    • Go for steady temperatures, never near a heat register.  Try to create a "wine cellar" like environment. 50-60 degrees is perfect - that's why Seattle is such a great place to produce perfume - it's easy to keep cool here. Your vehicle is the very worst place to keep perfume as the temperature extremes are impossible to control.  Keeping your perfumes in a closet or dresser will prolong their life as opposed to the bathroom counter.  That's a no-no if you plan to keep your perfume for more than 6 months.
        • House of Matriarch perfumes are created with ethanol distilled in copper (pictured above) from organic grapes, (halal) not the poisonous industrial-grade grain alcohol found in designer scents.  With proper storage, House of Matriarch perfumes will last indefinitely, improving with time as a fine compounded spirit would - because that is exactly what they are! 

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        SCENT O GRAMS: Christi Meshell's Top 12 Unisex Perfumes for Valentine's Day

        Posted on January 11, 2017 by Matriarch Blog

        Fragrance is love! Imagine receiving a surprise delivery and opening the vintage style mailing tube to find the House of Matriarch perfume you've been longing for!



        Choose from 12 our top selling, award winning perfumes in our most popular 1/2 ounce size - all at the sweetest prices of the year.  We can send your "Liquid Valentine" to anywhere we ship - order one for yourself, a friend (don't forget MOM!) or even send one anonymously as the ultimate RAOK or Secret Admirer gift.  

        Quantities are limited - order between January 7th and February 7th for perfect-timing delivery.  Leave any special instructions in the comments section of your check-out and please initiate a new order for each delivery address. 

        ALBATROSS - BLACK No1 - COCO BLANC - DAFT LOVE
        DEVOTION - FORBIDDEN - KAZIMI - THE LONGING
        MADRONA - SEX MAGIC -  TRILLIUM
          From $60 
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        Ultimate Gift Guide: Organic, Natural and Artisan Fragrances for Men & Women

        Posted on December 02, 2016 by Matriarch Blog

        House of Matriarch's Black No1 made the cover of the Celebrity Page TV Holiday Gift Guide! Check out the sweet 20% DISCOUNT CODE: ULTIMATEGIFT on our most popular unisex fragrance and have a peek at the other beautiful handmade gifts in the guide.  The guide hits Barnes & Noble the first weekend of December.
        Artisan Fragrance 'Black No1' by House of Matriarch: Trending for Holiday 2016

        Posted in 2016, alchemy, american made, aromatherapy, Art and Perfume, artisan, artisan fragrance, artisan perfume, artisan perfumes, beauty, best perfumes, best winter fragrances, Black No 1, black No1, black perfumes, blackbird, blackno1, cannabis, discount code, fkablackbird, GIFT, gift guide, Gift Ideas, gifting, Gifts for her, GIFTS FOR HIM, gifts for men, handmade, high perfumery, house of matriarch, independent perfumer, indie, indie beauty brand, indie brand, indie brands, indie perfume, indie perfumer, indie perfumes, leather, masterpiece, matriarch, meaningful luxury, mystical, natural, natural fragrances, natural perfume, natural perfume manufacturer, natural perfumes, naturalperfume, nature, nature is the ultimate luxury, new colognes for men, new luxury brand, niche fragrance, Nordstrom, perfect gift, perfume, sexiest scent, top artisan perfumes

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