ALBATROSS Named Top 10 Niche Fragrance for Summer - 2017

Posted on July 02, 2017 by Matriarch Blog

ALBATROSS unisex fragrance:  described by The Scentrepreneur as "a piece of art".
  
   
Click here to watch the full review by The Scentrepreneur 
    
More reviews on Fragrantica 
  
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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
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EXPERIENCE HOUSE OF MATRIARCH
 
   
AT GLASS DISTILLERY 
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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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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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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? THE DIFFERENCE 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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YOURS, MINE, OURS: HOM'S BEAUTY OF BONDING WITH SCENT

Posted on February 09, 2017 by Matriarch Blog

 
"SHARED SCENTS" are unisex perfumes designed to be worn by men, women and couples. It is a very bonding act to wear the same perfume as your beloved.  High Perfumery is not gender specific.  "The notion that roses are for girls and cedar is for boys is as ridiculous as believing that celery is for girls and broccoli is for boys. It's not accurate what has been imprinted upon us," says our perfumer Christi Meshell.               
  
 "Natural scents are universal: irresistible and alluring: they're shared. Like other gifts of love (chocolate, flowers) they are luxurious, and equally savored by all."   We all know how a certain perfume can remind you of a particular person.  Having a shared perfume with your mate reinforces your connection and bond with a unique signature; capturing that euphoric chemistry that is created between two people wearing the same perfume.  
 
With fun names like Sex Magic, Forbidden, and Devotion and quality ingredients like the organic vanilla in Coco Blanc and the genuine ambergris in Orca, you're guaranteed a heightened experience.      
   
 
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Scented Snippets: Reviews of New Perfumes by Ida Meister

Posted on January 21, 2016 by Matriarch Blog

We are delighted to read such a stunning review from Fragrantica

Scented Snippets New Fragrances Review: House of Matriarch High Perfumery / New At Nordstrom's, The First Natural Perfumery in Nationwide Distribution
"Christi Meshell, nose and creator of House of Matriarch High Perfumery – has achieved a real First. Through incessant hard work, determination [not to mention great skill], and the extremely capable hands of Tim Girvin, she recently launched her line at Nordstrom in Seattle: the first luxury line of natural perfumery to be distributed nationwide. This is no small feat, as you can well imagine."
House of Matriarch's Creatrix, Christi Meshell at Nordstrom
"Some degree of cross-­pollination is present, as newer compositions sit side ­by ­side amongst older favorites. Coco Blanc has quite a following it's probably one of the very few coconut­-redolent fragrances which isn't a cloy­monster and is an utter joy to wear. Blackbird reappears as Black No. 1, an edgy cult favorite; Sex Magic and Devotion hail from the Achtung line; Forbidden is a fantasy creature from Christi's earlier work.
Albatross, Madrona, Orca and Trillium are new and unique to the Nordstrom launch."
To read Ida Meister's review on each of our nine fragrances at Nordstrom, head over to Fragrantica. You can purchase any of these fragrances in our online store or at select Nordstrom across the U.S. 

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