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.
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 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 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.
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 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.
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.
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 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 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.
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
Last week we launched the first fitness-optimizing fragrance, FITNESSENCE at the Emerald Cup Bodybuilding and Fitness Competition in Bellevue Washington. Lots of people were attracted to our booth, all with a fabulous, upbeat energy about them. Both men and women resonated with the ancient technology that we presented, and everyone loved the smell. Many people felt the effects immediately, and some circled back for more. It was so well received that at the end of the expo we only had one full size bottle plus an almost empty tester remaining!
We were thoroughly impressed at the quality of people that were attracted to what we were doing. Attendees and contestants alike were knowledgeable and understood the aroma chemistry that make FITNESSENCE the next x-factor to your workout.
To top it all off, it was such an inspiration to be around a room full of people from all ages who are in great shape. Everyone was there with their own inner ideal of perfection, but with the understanding that absolute perfection is unattainable, and proud that they have worked hard and done their best. It truly takes so much going into a competition like this knowing that there is only one top winner, yet many competitors do it for the sport of it. Even more motivating is that while they are competing, they are also supporting each other.
A competition like this gives off a whole different level of energy. It is real. This is the sort of thing House of Matriarch likes to be a part of. Emerald Cup competitors bring true effort and value into what they do, much like what we believe in putting into each of our fragrances.
Lastly, a huge thank you to Elaine and Brad from Craig Productions for inviting us into their world. A fitness-optimizing fragrance is a totally new concept and they were completely open to letting us join the show. We were proud to be one of the only local companies representing a product on the floor.
If you couldn't make it to the Emerald Cup Bodybuilding and Fitness Expo, FITNESSENCE is now available for purchase! It's efficacy is backed by scientific studies, it smells amazing and you will feel it working! Gender neutral: refreshing; slightly spicy and earthy, yet cooling with a woody, amberesque finish.
Bellevue’s High Perfumery, House of Matriarch, has partnered with emerging fitness and lifestyle brand ProFusion Labs for the launch of “FITNESSENCE”, the very first aroma-therapeutic 'fitness-optimizing' fragrance to be brought to either the fine fragrance or fitness markets.
Chemist, NASM Fitness Trainer and Founder of ProFusion Labs, Hermes Ormeni studied the aromatherapeutic effects of natural essences which could be measured to offer specific benefits. In his research, he found that frankincense, black pepper, and vetiver worked to increase oxygen in the brain and at receptor sites throughout the body, improve coordination and balance, and benefit cardiovascular function when inhaled or applied dermally. Essences of goldenrod, carrot seed, galbanum and white ginger were found to offer a profusion of additional mind-body and cellular benefits.
“The amazing thing about FITNESSENCE" says Ormeni, "is that it combines ingredients that have a neurological effect proven in scientific studies. Foods and supplements take time to be absorbed and processed, however, FITNESSENCE begins working immediately, directly affecting the place where your workout begins: your brain.”
House of Matriarch “Nose” and Fragrance Designer Christi Meshell designed the fragrance from the very finest quality essences, selecting the proper ratio of each essence for a synergistic therapeutic effect. The result, she says was “a gorgeous smelling perfume which is well balanced and rounded. It’s Nature's work. I am thrilled with the scent and excited to be at the tipping point of this new classification of fragrances we are creating.”
Clinical data aside, test marketers of FITNESSENCE reported that using the fragrance pre-gym brought pleasure to their fitness ritual and delivered on it’s promise to improve their workout. Once female test subject became euphoric during her fitness routine, and she demanded a take-home vial of the fragrance.
FITNESSENCE is 98% natural and organic, with a gender neutral scent. The aroma is green and refreshing on the opening, spicy and earthy on the drydown.....somewhat cooling with a woody, amberesque finish. Ormeni emphasizes “Fitnessence hugs the skin rather than radiating out like synthetic body sprays so it’s even okay in ‘fragrance free’ zones."
House of Matriarch is the premier fragrance house in the US for natural, private label fragrances, and will be producing the perfume to their high standards. ProFusion Labs will market and distribute the proprietary formula. Luckily for Ormeni, he is also a gorgeous fitness model (known online as The Physique Architect) capable of starring in his own marketing campaign.
ProFusion makes it’s debut at The 2015 Emerald Cup Championship (Craig Productions) on May 8th & 9th held at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue, WA. As the premier fitness and bodybuilding show on the West Coast, the Emerald Cup attracts some 600 competitors, all of whom will receive a trial size of Fitnessence as a special gift in celebration of the launch. Learn more at www.ProFusionLabs.com or www.HouseofMatriarch.com.
"The more I wore this [Woo], the more I became addicted to this one. It is unusual but in a really sexy way. It is bold leather to start, but gradually as it melts into the skin it transforms into a real yet smooth tobacco leather illuminated by a HINT of a marine note that actually works in a contrasting way to help highlight the tobacco and leather. There is a touch of vanilla that shows up as it evolves, light real vanilla bean pod in just enough to leave to wanting more as it gently rounds the edges off the tobacco/leather. It yields that sensual edge to what is typically a 'rough' association of leather and tobacco without taking away the boldness of the combination. This is a unique, addictive and stunning scent I think everyone should at least experience."-Gardenia Girl (Fragrantica)