Lucky 13: Bohemian Black Natural Perfume Review by Ida Meister of Fragrantica

Posted on January 10, 2014 by Claire Thornhill

There are reasons why certain folk do well in the Perfumed World. It's no accident that Christi Meshell's House of Matriarch following continues to gain momentum: she's a hardworking, resourceful perfumer with enormous imagination and talent. Her presentation is beautiful and the perfumes themselves are innovative and delightful.

 

Bohemian Black fragrance and House of Matriarch Studded Leather Wrap Bracelet
 
I look forward eagerly to each sample of her latest creations—this time it is Bohemian Black, High Perfumery Gypsy Style. Christi refers to BB as "enigmatic amber," and you'll hear no argument from my corner. Bohemian Black is the thirteenth perfume in her Luxury Naturals Collection; I'd say it was Lucky 13. And who better to melodically illustrate this mystical fragrance than Bert Jansch and John Renbourn of The Pentangle.
  
[I'll be frank: two spritzes, and I bought myself a bottle. I'll share, though; that sort of greedy I'm not. When it arrives, I'll apportion it out to my dear ones. Meanwhile, my dear husband is very fond!]
 
Tinctures are a House specialty—and Bohemian Black commences with a zesty homemade limoncello accord, smooth as a cat's whiskers. Christi then adds herbs of an undisclosed nature, but given that the Italian liqueur Strega was an inspiration, we can intuit the deeply earthy likes of mint, fennel, and perhaps 70 others. ;-) Never you mind: it's an essential part of our cosmic cassoulet and adds to the mystery. I could inquire, but I feel no need; it's beauty for her own sweet sake, and I rather enjoy not knowing.
 


The floral heart of the matter is pure decadent opulence, a riotous profusion of white flowers who have  swooningly yielded themselves for our pleasure. It would be brutish not to appreciate their sacrifice, would it not? Sweet loves salty, so why not wed choya [choya nakh is the result of roasted seashells distilled in Himalayan cedarwood oil; choya loban is Indian frankincense distilled in the same Himalayan cedar base], so smokily divine, to the witches brew?

The woods and resins are venerably aged and hypnotic. Effervescent amber? I have no clue whatsoever, but if there is amber, count me in.

These are so many of my favorite things, I feel positively spoilt. It is as if someone asked me what I loved the best, and then proceeded to deliver my heart's desire in a vial. 

Initially headstrong [the word têtu expresses it better for me], voluptuous and high-spirited, Bohemian Black becomes the Pashmina Perfume, glowingly warm without undue weight. BB clings affectionately to the skin and clothing for hours. It is the perfect thing to wear if you wish to entice someone into your lair.  You won't need a negligee.  Thank you for always sharing your creations, Christi.

 
Ida Meister (chayaruchama) has been an avid collector and sniffeuse for over 40 years. She adores consulting and collaborating with niche, budding and independent perfumers. Her hypervigilant nose has been of great help in her profession as a neuroscience/ oncology nurse, where she often smells fear, suffering, stress, and can identify most micro-organisms, medications, stages of disease, and has written about the amygdala. As a Senior and Natural Perfumery Editor, Ida has participated in many blog events with natural and mixed media perfumers and other writers. She has also been a teacher, translator, opera singer, dancer and caterer.

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