NATURAL V.S. ARTISAN - Perfumery Materials & Fragrance Price Points

Posted on March 17, 2017 by Matriarch Blog

House of Matriarch reveals the costs associated with their HIGH PERFUMERY creations explaining why their fragrances for both men and women are more costly than designer scents.

1) QUALITY & COMPLEXITY OF BLENDS  House of Matriarch perfumes are between 95 and 100 percent natural.  Blends are very complex with between 100 and 300 individual notes.  Many of the raw materials are scarce and highly valued - in the world of perfumery they are known as "noble materials".  In comparing the market price on the commonly used essences of natural jasmine, rose and sandalwood against their synthetic replacements you will notice that those natural raw materials are on average 100x more expensive.  Natural fixatives of ambergris, hyraceum and ambrette add an additional layer of luxury (and their associated cost) to the formula.

Ambergris House of Matriarch 

2) SUPERIOR DISTILLATE The ethanol used to create House of Matriarch perfumes is distilled from Washington grown, organic grapes in the copper still pictured below - it happens right here in Seattle at the famous Glass Distillery.  Mass market perfumes are blended with industrially distilled corn alcohol with de-naturants added.  (The real culprit behind most "perfume allergies") The distillate used to create our perfumes is 10x more expensive than regular "perfumers alcohol - it is pure enough for creating medicinal tinctures and for pharmaceutical compounding - it also considered Halal. Ethanol comprises up to 70% of the fragrance and is the secret for creating a perfume that improves with time, instead of degrading after a few years like mass produced fragrances. House of Matriarch perfumes are the only brand marked with the vintage year - because this kind of ethanol allows the perfume to improve with each passing year like a fine wine.

3) HANDMADE  Matriarch perfumes are produced by hand in small batches and filled by our Pefumer by hand in Seattle, WA.  Designer fragrances are made by machine; mostly in overseas factories with no personal touch.  House of Matriarch offers a direct connection to the Perfumer - there are no other fragrance house involved - this is rare and special. 

4) RELEVANCE EQUALS VALUE  House of Matriarch perfumes do not smell like anything else on the market.  There are no short-cuts or less expensive ways of achieving this level of relevance and distinctiveness without the materials and methods that we use to make our perfumes.  Mark-up is slim compared to the designer brands who add thousands of percentage points to the actual cost of production to cover the costs of issuing countless free samples and to compensate expensive spokes models. This makes House of Matriarch perfumes a better VALUE than other perfumes.   

5) WORTH THE PRICE  Artisan perfumes are not for everyone - they are not simple toiletries - they are aimed at the connoisseur who is looking for an elevated fragrance experience and who expects to pay more for the qualities our perfumes embody.  Many people who cannot wear conventional fragrances due to allergies find House of Matriarch perfumes delightful. In this case, the price informs the customer of the quality they can expect when they experience our fragrances.  

As always, let your nose decide!

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NEW NICHE FRAGRANCE RELEASE: ANTIMONY: THE "SMOKY EYE" OF FRAGRANCE - TALISMANIC PERFUMES

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 notes used in the formulation of this beautiful talismanic perfume 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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House of Matriarch: Magic and Ritual in Perfumery: Activating the Alchemist Within - INTUITIVE FRAGRANCE DESIGN

Posted on November 10, 2016 by Matriarch Blog

House of Matriarch Founder and Perfumer Christi Meshell has been proclaimed as "one of the most gifted Noses in the world".  Jaws drop when it's revealed that this rising star of the luxury fragrance genre has received absolutely zero classical training.
Christi arrived at her station as one of the preeminent Creative Perfumers in the world by way of magic.
Christi Meshell - Magical Perfumer for House of Matriarch
"Scent driven" for her entire life, (20% of the population is) it was not until she reached the juncture in her mystical studies where she worked her way through the natural correspondences of the celestial bodies, signs, musical tones, crystals, the Kabbalah, Chakras and other spiritual systems that she was "activated" as a Perfumer.
Christi Meshell - Magical Perfumer for House of Matriarch Studies Natural Correspondences to Create Her Perfumes
Christi had already amassed an enormous collectionn of essential oils which she had been collecting for a lifetime.  Once she began arranging them in ways that had special, even magical meanings the essences and blends activated her further.
Essence became the Holy Grail of her spiritual studies - it held answers, questions and possibility. It was like some kind of magical healing language she had toned for lifetimes. She dedicated an entire wing of her home to her passion, wrapped up a lucrative 15 year career as a real estate broker on Seattle's upper Eastside and dove straight into creating House of Matriarch.
Perfumer Christi Meshell used to make custom candles for magic and ritual in her kitchen - the start of her life as a Perfumer.
Perfumed candles came first: they became very popular and custom orders from "those who knew" were pouring in. Energy Workers, Astrologers, Musicians, even Orisha Priests could feel the magic the candles possessed due to the intentioned arrangement of the notes. One fateful day someone commented on how they would love to own a perfume that smelled like one of her candles. Everything clicked - since that day in 2009 she has dedicated herself to the High Art of Magical Perfume Making.  She has established the House of Matriarch brand to share her message of beauty, magic and healing with the world. 
Magical Perfumer Christi Meshell
 
The first perfume, Matriarch was launched on Christi's 36th birthday, in 2009. It was a simple blend of just 36 notes.  Now her creations can consist of 300 or more individual essences and are named among the highest quality perfumes on Earth.
 
House of Matriarch Original Perfume 2009 Christi Meshell
We Believe In Magic.

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100% Natural Incense - Perfume yourself with this devotional ritual and set the stage for magic!

Posted on November 01, 2016 by Matriarch Blog

Incense is the "original perfume" - the life breath of poets, dreamers and mystics around the world. Enjoy these burnable 100% natural versions of our most popular perfumes. Cast the perfect mood or perfume yourself with a smoke bath.  Primitive - and sensual.  

Most people don't have the time for (or want the mess of) burning charcoals to enjoy a pure, authentic incense experience.  Cones travel easily, burn cleanly and are as potent as dropping raw incense onto an ember. You will experience a noticeable effect not found with conventional ready to burn incenses due to the mild psychoactive nature of the essences.  

100% Natural Luxury Incense Cones - Powerful natural essences set the mood!

Our incense is 100% natural - purists will recognize the quality and authenticity of our ingredients immediately.  They are extra potent, clean burning and safer than conventional incense for pets and children who share your environment.

Previously containing 24 cones, now we include 33 cones per batch in our gorgeous copper tins. 

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KAZIMI: BEST NICHE ROSE PERFUME FOR MEN & WOMEN: 100% Natural Luxury Perfume Review

Posted on September 19, 2016 by Matriarch Blog

House of Matriarch's latest fragrance release Kazimi has drawn applause from fragrance critics and connoisseurs.  With seven varieties of natural rose from around the world, nothing else can compare.

 "The best rose perfume I've ever smelled!"  Peter Carter- Fragrance View
"an astonishingly beautiful rose fragrance, in fact, it's the most gorgeous rose perfume I have ever had the absolute pleasure of smelling. Rose was always one of my toughest notes to fall in love with, not because I felt it was flowery or feminine, I just wasn't fond of the smelI. I find Kazimi to be the most masculine rose fragrance I have ever smelled, a women can pull this off without question, but this has a definite masculine edge to it." Joseph Sagona - The Scented Apprentice
"Kazimi has connected the best on an emotional level with me as this kind of rose is what I prefer to wear."  Mark Behnke - Colognoisseur
Just as a rose bush can live for hundreds of years, producing more fragrant and beautiful roses with each passing year, this perfume will continue to beautify with the passage of time. 
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Natural Perfumes for Any Mood - Pure Essences Move Us In Incredible Ways

Posted on September 01, 2016 by Matriarch Blog

At House of Matriarch we believe that Nature is the ultimate luxury.  True essences from Nature move humans at a soul level - few things in this life have such power to alter our mood states.  Click on the energy that you would like to invoke with your new fragrance and let magic of aromatherapy do the rest!
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The golden hour in liquid form

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MEANINGFUL LUXURY: AnisiaBeauty Overview of HOUSE OF MATRIARCH PERFUMES

Posted on June 24, 2016 by Matriarch Blog

AnisiaBeauty gives us a tour around the world in her video review of all 9 fragrances from our High Perfumery collection!  Unique notes of each perfume are described in the video.  The imaging and artwork is incredible with healing music to release endorphins and give the viewer a better sense about our perfumes. Take a deep breath and travel around the world with this latest video.
"When you hold these fragrances in your hands and you inhale them, it instantly becomes clear why they are so expensive."  
 

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