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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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: 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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We believe in magic: House of Matriarch Named as Finalist for Best Branded Video Campaign by Taste TV

Posted on November 10, 2015 by Matriarch Blog

TASTE TV has announced that House of Matriarch’s “We Believe in Magic"  video marketing campaign for the Nordstrom 2015 retail launch has been previewed and named as a finalist for the Ferrara Flame Award for Best Branded Video Promotion/Campaign and also for Best Branded Program.

We share this honor with our director and branding team, GIRVIN Design, product stylist Michael Kennedy, producer Jennie Lake and cinematographer Jenessa Joffe of Thousand Faces Media, and cinematographer Adrian Rhetoric of Lamda Entertainment. 

Here are a few behind the scenes pictures from the Trillium shoot:

Mood board for initial vision for the Trillium video.
Michael and Christi creatively collaborating on product styling before filming
Michael perfecting the product on set
Adrian is willing to do whatever it takes to get the shot
Mission accomplished! The final look all comes together in the end.
The whole team who made the magic happen

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Nature is the Ultimate Luxury - Northwest Essence - Niche Perfumery

Posted on February 02, 2015 by Matriarch Blog

CHRISTI MESHELL, the owner and nose behind the Bellevue-based line House of Matriarch High Perfumery, dips her finger into a jar of tobacco-leaf extract and rubs some on the top of my hand, and in an instant I am transported back decades to my grandfather’s tobacco farm in Kentucky. Sticky-sweet tobacco leaves, old barns, haylofts, manure — the scent-memory is unblemished, like a perfectly preserved photograph.

It gives me goose bumps.

Meshell, with her flowing black hair, sumptuous silk prints, sparkly platform heels and fairy goddess grin, is an agent provocateur of scent, melding wildly intriguing elements into luxury fragrances that defy easy descriptions.

She was raised in oil country — Port Arthur, Texas — but she’s a Northwest hippie medicine woman at heart. Every morning she drinks a glass of water infused with frankincense essence. “It’s good for you,” she insists.

Meshell leads her guests past a to-scale human skeleton hanging by the stairwell that leads up to the plush design studio of her atelier, which is decked out like an eccentric sultan’s parlor (that’s a unicorn bust hanging on one wall; that’s a live white dove perched in a picnic basket by the window; that’s loungy electro by Thievery Corporation blaring on the speaker system).

Meshell sits cross-legged on the floor and begins the interview by burning a series of opulent tree resins: Pine, then dragon’s blood, then oud, which is so precious a piece no bigger than a fingernail costs $5.

The smoke rises and curls like a dancing ghost and forms a cloud above our heads.

“This is the original ‘perfume’ — it literally means ‘through smoke,’ ” Meshell says, during a mini-lesson on the evolution of fragrance, from its use in fumigating living quarters and hair to its use in prayer, ceremonies, courtship and other life pursuits.

Meshell says her sense of smell is so exact, she can tell that a man is smoking a Cohiba cigar from a block away. She says she can smell textures, too. Put a cactus close to her face and its physical prickliness will tickle her imagination.

“Your nose is kind of the last real touch point to the natural world,” she says. “It’s like you’re being touched by nature.”

This allows Meshell to work like a collage artist, composing multilayered fragrances with spectacular resonance that project something of the wearer onto everyone who comes near.

“It’s the last thing you put on before leaving the house,” Meshell says. “It’s that mood that you carry with you, your essence, your invisible aura.”

The smell of Puget Sound seaweed mixed with evergreen extracts, cannabis, animal musk and about 300 other ingredients brings a chilled-out, mystical and sexy vibe to the Blackbird perfume Meshell made in a collaboration with the Seattle fragrance brand.

For some customers, she says, her long-lasting, $120 to $300 full-size perfumes are the only material indulgence they allow themselves.

As Meshell shows off a wall-length bookshelf with hundreds of bottled ingredients, she says that some are derived directly from the Pacific Northwest. A blazingly intense lavender essence comes from plants grown in Redmond. She makes seaweed essence with washed-up kelp she gathers on beach walks.

Her favorite place to visit is the Hoh Rain Forest on the Olympic Peninsula with its hanging moss.

“This is the last enchanted forest, and we live in it,” Meshell says of the Northwest in general.

“Nature,” she says, “is the ultimate luxury.”

Tyrone Beason is a Seattle Times, Pacific NW Magazine staff writer. He can be reached at tbeason@seattletimes.com. Alan Berner is a Seattle Times staff photographer.

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Top Artisan Fragrance Maker: House of Matriarch

Posted on January 19, 2014 by Matriarch Blog

Located on Seattle's Eastside, House of Matriarch creates perfumes and flavors for niche market segments and independent private labels. Our award winning perfumes are created with timeless methods and noble materials. Through the ancient Royal Art of High Perfumery, we enter the Temple of Alchemy to embody fragrance at its highest: Mother Nature in liquid form.

Our Perfumer and brand visionary, Christi Meshell is "the Nose" behind some of the most compelling new fragrances in today's niche marketplace.  Her versatility as both Creative Director and Fragrance Composer allow her to single-handedly develop a concept from initial inspiration through final display.  Each of her creations is an original design, composed from her proprietary accords and without any premixed bases or fillers.  Critics and fans continually laud her designs with accolades like "The Gold Standard in Fragrance", "Genius in a Bottle" and "The Priestess of Perfumery".

A mystical heritage has called her the lifelong study of magical correspondences, plant medicine and sacred cosmology, knowledge which finds practical application in the fragrance creation process.  In August, 2013 Christi received the title Top Artisan Perfumer at the International Fragrance Awards and in December, 2013 House of Matriarch was named TOP INDIE FRAGRANCE HOUSE of 2013 by Cafleurebon. Her work has also been praised in Men's Journal, Sunset Magazine and Seattle Magazine.  

Christi launched her first perfume in Bellevue in 2009, and she's been churning out award winning compositions under her own Matriarch brand and for private labels all around the world. Her first cult classic, BLACKBIRD created a stir in fragrance circles in 2012 when it beat out anchor brands like Versace and Chanel in sniff tests.  Some say BLACKBIRD marked the "dawn of a new era in perfumery" .  Now all eyes are on Seattle and the "fragrance revolution" she has been credited with igniting.

  

    "Beauty will save the World."  C. Meshell

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