Copper and Perfume Making: The Hidden Magic Ingredient of Artisan Spirits & Fragrances

Posted on May 09, 2017 by Matriarch Blog

  

 The creation of HIGH PERFUMERY is not achievable without copper.

House of Matriarch has incorporated copper into our branding, packaging and presentation as a constant reminder of the Venusian and alchemical foundations of perfume making.  We are always receiving compliments on our packaging, and since people are usually not accustomed to seeing copper in a brand's aesthetic, they often refer to our color palette as "blue and gold". This makes us very happy and we take the opportunity whenever this occurs to educate and draw attention to the alchemy that has taken place within their observation.  Changing copper into gold is the foundation of alchemy itself!

Copper by Christi Meshell

Copper was the first metal used by humans - known by the ancients and modern day alchemists as the "metal of Venus" - perhaps due to it's malleability - perhaps for it's beauty - or maybe because of it's high thermal and electrical conductivity.  Perfumery itself has connection with Venus as the Goddess of Love and Beauty.  How interesting that copper is the "Metal of Venus" and is absolutely essential to perfume making! 

Shown here is the copper still at Glass Distillery in Seattle where the spirits used for House of Matriarch perfumes originate.  While most perfuming alcohol is produced in stainless steel industrial grade factory-like distilleries, this small batch copper still causes reactions that remove undesirable notes/flavors in the distillate and make it 'smoother'.  Without copper, the distillate would smell sharp and unpleasant, overpowering the delicate top notes of our natural perfumes. 

 

 The color of copper is difficult to describe - and to replicate.  The shade is an enigmatic, rainbow effect of reds, golds and beige under magnification.  Ephemeral, it is always changing.  Oxidization adds shades of turquoise and green - known as verdigris. 

 Is it a coincidence that one of the largest statues in the world depicting a woman is made of verdigris copper?  Nope. The Statue of Liberty was modeled after the goddess Ceres who has had strong connotations to both Nature and Venus throughout mythology. 

It has been challenging in a world of "will that be silver or gold?" to find the components needed to complete our packaging - everything copper has to be custom made and even then it is very difficult to achieving a "match" with copper.  Even the Pantone shade is not really copper.  House of Matriarch feels it is worth the extra effort -both from an alchemical sense and an aesthetic one and tells of the level of effort and care we take in creating and presenting our fragrant creations to the world. 

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STOCKISTS IN SEATTLE: WHERE TO SHOP FOR HOUSE OF MATRIARCH

Posted on April 21, 2017 by Matriarch Blog

Discover World Famous Vodka and Perfume at GLASS in Seattle's SODO District
Online Worldwide & in person in Seattle, WA.
EXPERIENCE HOUSE OF MATRIARCH
 
   
AT GLASS DISTILLERY 
Seattle - SODO
Discover their world famous vodka while you shop for HoM Perfumes.
Sunday: By appointment only
Monday-Tuesday: closed
Wednesday-Friday 1pm-7pm
Saturday: 11am-5pm
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The Legacy of a Private Label Perfume for your Brand

Posted on January 09, 2016 by Matriarch Blog

 A private label fragrance can elevate and distinguish your brand while creating new revenue streams and an ongoing legacy for your brand story.  From ultra-exclusive specialty runs to wide scale production, our Perfumer Christi Meshell offers exceptional fine fragrance and flavor creation for independent brands and artists.


As an independent House free of the usual industry confines, we offer our clients the rare opportunity to work directly with our Perfumer from start to finish.  This allows for a true co-creation of your fragrance or flavor in accordance with the vision you hold for your brand and the project. 

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

Posted on January 10, 2014 by Matriarch Blog

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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