Twin Peaks Inspired "WONDERFUL AND STRANGE Liquid Music Fragrance Trio" by Seattle Perfumer Christi Meshell to Benefit David Lynch Foundation

Posted on May 21, 2017 by Matriarch Blog

House of Matriarch is pleased to announce what Perfumer Christi Meshell is calling one of the "most exciting projects" she has ever released.

SEATTLE, WA:  25 years have passed since Laura Palmer, the troubled coquette who worked at the perfume counter of Horne's Department Store in David Lynch's Twin Peaks, made her impression on the minds and hearts of an entire generation.  Since, the resounding echoes and haunting chords of the soundtrack have kept her memory and the mysteries surrounding her death brewing in the collective consciousness. They also ignited the creative inspiration for a collection of perfumes both "wonderful and strange".

Christi Meshell in the Snoqualmie Forest - Photo by Tim Girvin
Christi burning incense in the forest near her home. Photographed by Tim Girvin.
      

Residing near the Snoqualmie Forest where the series was filmed, our Perfumer has a deep knowing of how the dark woods depicted in the series would smell.  In a video of Angelo Badalamenti, the composer of the famous soundtrack, he recounts the story of how he and David Lynch sat together at his piano to co-compose the soundtrack.  As she followed along, Christi began to imagine the aromas which seemed to accompany the famous question still being asked:  "Who killed Laura Palmer?"

Twin Peaks Inspired Liquid Music Fragrance Trio

Future's Past
Enter the enchanted forest at it's darkest - and brightest.  Sandarac, tamarack and balsam set a deep and haunting baseline - A minor chord of Snoqualmie Forest evergreens beckons as owl feathers flutter above the damp earth.
99% Natural.

The Red Room 
Deep and powerful chord of western red cedar heartwood with melodic overtures of black currant over a baseline of leather, copaiba and incense.  Yes, this is a red perfume, naturally colored by the red cedar heartwood.  
100% Natural.
   
A World of Blue
Base notes of oud and natural heliotropin (both forbidden and rare) provide structure for the minor chord of coumarinic deerstongue and blue lotus.  A cloud of powdery iris beurre wisps in like a velvety dream, further softening the mood.
99% Natural.

 

 LIMITED EDITION - VINTAGE 2017

ALLOCATION:

100 Trio Sets, Signed and Numbered with Collector's Presentation
100 Individual Vials of Each Perfume with Collector's Presentation
    
2 Unnumbered Trio Sets Gifted to David Lynch & Angelo Badalamenti
   
Full presentation only - no samples will be sold.
SHIPMENTS BEGIN MAY 22, 2017

 

13% of the proceeds from the sale of the Wonderful & Strange Liquid Music Collection of Twin Peaks perfume will be donated to The David Lynch Foundation for consciousness-based education and world peace.

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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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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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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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House of Matriarch Receives Three 2015 "Best of Scent Awards" from ÇaFleureBon

Posted on December 29, 2015 by Matriarch Blog

Every year the ÇaFleureBon team of Contributors and Editors choose the Best Fragrances and Perfumers of the year. (ÇaFleureBon is the the Number 1 niche and natural perfume blog in the world and a top international fragrance and beauty site). House of Matriarch is honored to have received three of their coveted awards for 2015!    
A TOP ARTISAN PERFUMER award went to Creatrix Christi Meshell for pioneering the House of Matriarch brand onto the shelf with the first natural perfumes ever carried at Nordstrom!
 
Next, was a Best Winter Fragrance Award for our new amber perfume, Orca.
"Coating your skin in a fleece of amber and resins, precious ambergris, hints of spice, and layered with supple leather, Orca is like the impeccable leather coat with plush lining to warm you through the winter days."
Also, an Editors Best Fragrance Award for our new perfume, Trillium. 
"Green notes sweetened with dewy spring florals are blended to capture the scent of the white trillium flower.  The nuances and transitions achieved in this perfume as well as the all-natural high quality materials make this a scent a winner  and a reminder that no matter the weather spring is a spritz away."
We are thrilled with these honors and grateful to the support that ÇaFleureBon has shown to our brand from the beginning.  ÇaFleureBon takes a one of a kind approach with their writing: it's intimate: a true community.  Their passion for the craft is legendary across the trade and they are beloved by fragrance enthusiasts across the world.  To read more about the awards, visit ÇaFleureBon.

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Nine House of Matriarch Perfumes: NEWNESS at Select Nordstrom Stores

Posted on December 17, 2015 by Matriarch Blog

House of Matriarch's High Perfumery collection is now available at select Nordstrom stores across the U.S. and at Nordstrom.com.

See all nine fragrances and their descriptions below, then pick up a bottle for yourself or as a gift here.

Albatross

Albatross Aquatic

Rare, magnificent and auspicious, the albatross bird is the captain of the air. The natural marine accord celebrates that spirit, the fresh coolness of where the ocean meets the sky. Salty Salish Sea breezes meet the soft warm notes of cork, driftwood and cottonwood evoking images of seafaring vessels, creosote-soaked timber, and barnacle covered hulls. Set your sights on the horizon, feel the wind in your sails.

Black No 1

Black No 1 Leather

A living work of liquid art, our first cult classic was launched as BLACKBIRD in 2012.   Named “SEXIEST SCENT” at the International Artisan Fragrance Awards, TOP MEN’S FRAGRANCE by Men’s Journal Magazine and BEST OF THE WEST by Sunset Magazine, this worldly and penetrating perfume contains hundreds of exotic natural essences and has a living spirit of it's own.  

Black No. 1 has evolved in it's identity while retaining all of her original magnificence; only the name of this perfume has evolved; the formulation is exactly the same.  Renaming a top selling fragrance is an unprecedented act in the fragrance "business", however Black No. 1 captivates the wearer to a deep and enchanting mystique as it whispers "anything is possible".

Coco Blanc

Coco Blanc Gourmand

The “Gourmand Gold Standard”, an irresistible vanilla musk. The perfume explorer does not need to be a fan of exotic niche fragrances to enjoy this perfume. It is a universally loved accord of the highest quality noble materials which are lactonic, vanillic and warmly appealing to almost everyone.  Not overly sweet like mainstream gourmands, Coco Blanc is exceptionally long-lasting on the skin and perfectly unisex in the dry down, finishing with soft woods and spicy organic vanilla.

Devotion

Devotion Incense

The ultimate incense perfume: massive and timeless. Revered across cultures. The primaeval depths are almost inexplicable and volumes have been written praising this classic arrangement of two key notes: frankincense and myrrh. Resinous, dry and cold with alternating warm and spicy nuances, it’s a whole universe encapsulated in each waft of scented breeze.

Forbidden

Forbidden White Floral

Rooted in layers of historically feared and even outlawed aromatics, Forbidden begins with a erogenous absinthe and damiana opening, then sweetly drops into an intoxicating heart accord of tuberose, wild mushroom and papyrus. A smooth finish of precious woods, snake leather and sweet baked earth complete this long-lasting unisex perfume.

Madrona

Madrona Aromatic

A fragrance born of the Northwest. Dream-inducing lavender fields mingle with towering cedar trees swaying gently in the misted Pacific breeze. An underlying sense of exploration, imbued through a Vetiver base note, keeps this ancient Northwest spirit youthful and exotic. Madrona, whose bark itself look like it was forged of polished bronze, lends more than just a note to this fragrance — it lays the roots of its name.

Orca

Orca Amber

Genuine ambergris is sparkling, earthy, musky and effervescent: grounded yet ethereal. Resins lend an  exotic oriental accord and regal coolness to the amber. Natural honey adds a liquid gold note, enhancing the spicy and leathery qualities that this exquisite amber perfume offers. Dancing between a fresh cleanness and the salty patina of ocean-kissed skin, this fragrance Is an intimate experience, improving throughout the day as it washes you with nuanced waves. Subtle by design.

Sex Magic

Sex Magic Precious Woods

A blend of thirteen varieties of cedar, exotic sandalwood, and a touch of oud. Unquestionably vivid and sonorous, these woods sing with the ancient resonant voice of the aboriginal didgeridoo. These aromatics hearken back thousands of years and their smoky venerable tones play upon the collective unconscious of the wearer. They feel distinctly Tantric in their power. Gandhi root and leather add drama, depth and offer great silage.

Trillium

Trillium Fresh Floral

An invitation to an enchanted tea party. Steeped in a long and noble history, this tea and white floral fantasy fragrance was brewed to capture the spirit of the elusive Great White Trillium flower. Fresh in its unfolding; tart notes from rooibos, exotic flares from aglaia and mimosa and a touch of coffee flower meld, as double blooming Roman chamomile dances above.

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House of Matriarch: TRENDING at Nordstrom Holiday Events - Seattle

Posted on December 16, 2015 by Matriarch Blog

We're trending!   Last week House of Matriarch participated in Downtown Seattle Nordstrom Fall 2015 Beauty Trend Show. At this seasonal event, the Nordstrom beauty department reveals what is on trend in Beauty and the season's must-haves. 

Of course, being a new product in the department made House of Matriarch a go-to for the event. Beyond that, House of Matriarch perfumes are relevant because of trending demand from customers for more natural products and meaningful luxury. Shop our fragrances trending in Nordstrom here

Mother Nature is always on trend. Always in style. Always the ultimate luxury.

"NATURE IS THE TREND"

Our Creatrix, Christi Meshell was there for the show and spent time meeting with customers and sharing her passion for the natural ingredients that make up our artisan fragrances.

The Beauty Trend Show also gave us the opportunity to meet the other brand founders who had been invited to present at Trend, like Dr Robb co-founder of Clairsonic.

 House Of Matriarch High Perfumery was also premiered during Downtown Seattle Nordstrom Customer Rewards Night holiday shopping party last week! This after-hours VIP shopping experience gave us the opportunity to connect with our customers in a more personal setting.

 And as usual, Christi made fast friends with the DJ <3   

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