M is for Meditation

Posted on March 09, 2015 by Matriarch Blog

 

Mystics and Priests have always known that aromas can increase the power of prayer by creating a bridge between us and The Divine.  In more passive meditation states, they increase our receptivity to the subtle impressions of our subconscious images.  These effects have been proven by science, and the research has shown that synthetics (no matter how pleasing to the nose) fail to offer the same consciousness enhancing effects.

Even if you don't meditate or pray, you can benefit from elevating your state of being on a day to day basis with your signature fragrance.  The natural essences in our perfumes offer a beautiful way to unite with nature and experience all of the many benefits to mind, body and spirit.

Check out our most meditative fragrances.  Try for yourself and see how zen is only a spray away! 

The Maj rare East Indian sandalwood
 Alpha grounding effects of NW conifers
 Carmine with a rooty herbal effect
oM exotic sacred incenses
Devotion the motherlode of frankincense & myrrh
 Epiphany NW lavender and creamy sandalwood



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Scent Memoirs: Expensive fashion, sex, and teenage memories

Posted on February 16, 2015 by Matriarch Blog

"What fabulous fragrances. Daft Love reminds me of wonderful older teenage moments. Oh My Stars reminds me of expensive fashion and sex. That's within the first hour. It's nice when you can't distinguish specific scents but the outcome is smooth and becomes one single scent/moment." - House of Matriarch customer, Robert Bradford 

Posted in Daft Love, Expensive Fashion and Sex, fabulous fragrances, Fragrance Review, House of Matriarch, Liquid Music, Love, Oh My Stars, Peace, Peace love perfume, Peace love perfume project, Perfume, Review, Scent Memoirs, Seattle fragrance brand, Teenage memories

"Oh my stars, daft love behind the curtain!" House of Matriarch throws down three new fragrance tracks

Posted on January 01, 2015 by Matriarch Blog

1/1/15
House of Matriarch "Nose" Christi Meshell has just released a DISCO EDITION trio of perfumes for Carlos Powell's Peace, Love & Perfume Project.  Ever inspired by song in her fragrance designs, this project allowed Christi to go "all the way" with her craft of blending liquid music.  Numerous members of the Peace, Love & Perfume community (700+members) "listened in" during the early stages and contributed their submissions for how they imagined the three songs would "smell". 
The perfumes are handcrafted from the highest quality essences from around the world, and contain over 70% organic materials.  There are no fragrance oils or pre-mixed bases.  Each perfume stands alone, yet the collection was designed to allow for blending any two or even all three. What fun!
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Samples come in adorable 3ml micro-beakers, with an extra beaker for mixing at home.  Vanity bottles are made from shiny disco balls!
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The Stars on 45 Medley is "OH, MY STARS!"  Disco in liquid form.  Unapologetically vintage. TOP:  iris, davana, mimosa, cannabis, shiso, geranium.  HEART:  patchouli, rose, amber, agarwood, jasmine, lily.  BASE: ambrette musk, tobacco, orris root, labdanum, East Indian sandalwood.

Digital Love by Daft Punk is "DAFT LOVE"  Irresistible musky gourmand.  Dreamy and ultra powdery.  TOP:  white ginger, baby powder, broom, carnation.  HEART:  rose, powder pouf, cedar, clove, hay.  BASE: oakmoss, vanilla, heliotrope, white musk, sandalwood, tobacco.

Perfume Laboratory by LOPAZZ is "BEHIND THE CURTAIN"  Strange brew: inky and indefinable.  The X factor of the collection.  TOP: black currant, chaste tree berry, raspberry, elder flower, honeysuckle.  HEART: tropical woods, cassie, peony, leather, lychee, white amber, ylang ylang.  BASE;  powder, white musk, vanilla, orris root, oud, patchouli.

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Perfume Pharmer New Natural Fragrance Review: Bohemian Black

Posted on January 16, 2014 by Matriarch Blog

“Beauty Will Save The World” Christi Meshell, Perfumer House of Matriarch, New Perfume Bohemian Black ~ Review by Monica Miller

Bohemian Black is an incredibly impressive perfume. Showcasing Christi Meshell’s perfume Art Bohemian Black Sparkles and shines like a Black Opal surrounded by black velvet and rose gold. The ravishing floral bouquet is set in a creamy woods and amber base giving the dry down of this perfume a silk satin decadence.

 

Simply put Bohemian Black is a Masterpiece. I would easily and quickly recommend women (and men) of quality (and you know who you are) to try a sample or mini spray of Bohemian Black even if you have never found an all natural perfume that blew you away. I can see this perfume becoming the signature scent of sophisticated alternative lifestyle enthusiasts, those who enjoy the beauty of nature in all her forms.

That being said I do not believe that this perfume will be limited to people who only wear natural. Tonality wise Bohemian Black reminds me of classic fine oriental type perfumes. Very seductive. And why not a studded leather bracelet scented with Bohemian Black? They are available from House of Matriarch.

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House of Matriarch in Hollywood: Taste TV Awards Red Carpet Celebration

Posted on January 14, 2014 by Matriarch Blog

The TASTE AWARDS are the highest awards for the Lifestyle Entertainment Industry. Also known as the Tasty Awards, they are the premier broadcast awards show celebrating the year's best achievements in Food, Fashion, Home and Lifestyle programs on Television, in Film, Online, and on Radio.


House of Matriarch was selected as Official Fragrance Partner for our outstanding showings at recent West Coast fragrance Salons.  Our Perfumer and Flavorist, "Tastemaker" Christi Meshell and the Matriarch brand will be honored on January 16, 2014 at the Red Carpet celebration at The Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood.  

The awards event will feature a star-studded lineup of food and fashion TV celebrities, including winners, nominees and presenters followed by an after-awards reception for networking, photography, mingling, interviews and socializing over wine, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and artisan chocolate.  Because fragrance is so personal, all the VIP's will be enjoying our perfumes after the party.  There are samples of our brand new Bohemian Black for every guest. 

Posted in artisan, awards, bohemian black, celebration, christi meshell, egyptian theatre, fragrance, partner, perfume, red carpet, Seattle, taste awards, taste tv, tastemakers, VIP, west coast

Lucky 13: Bohemian Black Natural Perfume Review by Ida Meister of Fragrantica

Posted on January 10, 2014 by Matriarch Blog

There are reasons why certain folk do well in the Perfumed World. It's no accident that Christi Meshell's House of Matriarch following continues to gain momentum: she's a hardworking, resourceful perfumer with enormous imagination and talent. Her presentation is beautiful and the perfumes themselves are innovative and delightful.

 

Bohemian Black fragrance and House of Matriarch Studded Leather Wrap Bracelet
 
I look forward eagerly to each sample of her latest creations—this time it is Bohemian Black, High Perfumery Gypsy Style. Christi refers to BB as "enigmatic amber," and you'll hear no argument from my corner. Bohemian Black is the thirteenth perfume in her Luxury Naturals Collection; I'd say it was Lucky 13. And who better to melodically illustrate this mystical fragrance than Bert Jansch and John Renbourn of The Pentangle.
  
[I'll be frank: two spritzes, and I bought myself a bottle. I'll share, though; that sort of greedy I'm not. When it arrives, I'll apportion it out to my dear ones. Meanwhile, my dear husband is very fond!]
 
Tinctures are a House specialty—and Bohemian Black commences with a zesty homemade limoncello accord, smooth as a cat's whiskers. Christi then adds herbs of an undisclosed nature, but given that the Italian liqueur Strega was an inspiration, we can intuit the deeply earthy likes of mint, fennel, and perhaps 70 others. ;-) Never you mind: it's an essential part of our cosmic cassoulet and adds to the mystery. I could inquire, but I feel no need; it's beauty for her own sweet sake, and I rather enjoy not knowing.
 


The floral heart of the matter is pure decadent opulence, a riotous profusion of white flowers who have  swooningly yielded themselves for our pleasure. It would be brutish not to appreciate their sacrifice, would it not? Sweet loves salty, so why not wed choya [choya nakh is the result of roasted seashells distilled in Himalayan cedarwood oil; choya loban is Indian frankincense distilled in the same Himalayan cedar base], so smokily divine, to the witches brew?

The woods and resins are venerably aged and hypnotic. Effervescent amber? I have no clue whatsoever, but if there is amber, count me in.

These are so many of my favorite things, I feel positively spoilt. It is as if someone asked me what I loved the best, and then proceeded to deliver my heart's desire in a vial. 

Initially headstrong [the word têtu expresses it better for me], voluptuous and high-spirited, Bohemian Black becomes the Pashmina Perfume, glowingly warm without undue weight. BB clings affectionately to the skin and clothing for hours. It is the perfect thing to wear if you wish to entice someone into your lair.  You won't need a negligee.  Thank you for always sharing your creations, Christi.

 
Ida Meister (chayaruchama) has been an avid collector and sniffeuse for over 40 years. She adores consulting and collaborating with niche, budding and independent perfumers. Her hypervigilant nose has been of great help in her profession as a neuroscience/ oncology nurse, where she often smells fear, suffering, stress, and can identify most micro-organisms, medications, stages of disease, and has written about the amygdala. As a Senior and Natural Perfumery Editor, Ida has participated in many blog events with natural and mixed media perfumers and other writers. She has also been a teacher, translator, opera singer, dancer and caterer.

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PRIVATE COLLECTION PERFUMED LEATHERS

Posted on December 31, 2013 by Matriarch Blog

Previously available only as a personal gift from our Perfumer, we are making our American made perfumed leathers available to everyone.  Each leather is saturated in a bestselling Matriarch fine fragrance for months of bold scent with a final finish that can last for years.

Posted in Achtung, ambre vie, best fall fragrances, blackbird, bracelet, cologne, fragrance, indie fragrance, leather, perfume, perfumed, perfumed leathers, scent, wrap