Posted on April 21, 2017 by Matriarch Blog
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Posted on March 15, 2017 by Matriarch Blog
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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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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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