"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

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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. 

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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.

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Best Indie Perfume House of 2013: House of Matriarch.

Posted on December 26, 2013 by Matriarch Blog

 

CaFleureBon The Best (And Worst) Fragrances of 2013 

Best Indie Perfume House of 2013: House of Matriarch

MB: Perfumer Christi Meshell truly stepped up her game this year and her House of Matriarch had a spectacular year of creativity. It started with The Maj and ended with Sacre Tabac Part 1; in between was Blackbird, Woo, Entendre, Lucid and the fantastic Achtung Collection. Incredible year for Ms. Meshell where she really created a brand identity for House of Matriarch.

MC: That is exactly what I would have written, almost to the word, but must add, the House Of Matriarch began its transformation last year with Forbidden, which was a special project between The Natural Perfumer's Guild and CaFleureBon for Ophiuchus. Don't forget Coco Blanc and a wonderful website redesign; House of Matriarch is a perfect example of one woman staying true to her spiritual self and she shares her good fortune with numerous charities in the Seattle Community.  2013 is the year that Christi successfully combined creativity with commerce.

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Top 10 last minute luxury travel gifts for him this Christmas - BLACKBIRD BY HOUSE OF MATRIARCH

Posted on December 18, 2013 by Matriarch Blog


Finding it difficult to buy for him this Christmas and worried that you haven’t got much time left? Whether it’s time the man in your life upgraded his luggage with something more stylish or if you think he would simply love to have a pop-up bar for a night with friends, regardless of the setting, then these ideas and more can be found below.

BLACKBIRD perfume from House of Matriarch

BLACKBIRD from House of Matriarch was named ‘Top Scent for 2013′ by Men’s Journal Magazine, “Best of the West” by Sunset Magazine and ‘Sexiest Scent’ at the International Artisan Fragrance Awards. Created to honor the mysterious essence of Seattle style makers and artists, this worldly and penetrating perfume contains hundreds of exotic and rare aromas. NW conifers, Puget Sound seaweed, black leather, rare oud and cannabis: favorite notes of the Seattle avant garde. Genuine animal fixatives add depth and sex appeal. 

Offered at 33% concentration, the extrait is such a dark green, it’s nearly black. 93% natural raw materials, 7% aroma molecules in a base of organic grape ethanol. Unforgettable.

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New Fragrance Review: House of Matriarch Sacre Tabac Part 1: Sucre + Hookah Memories in a Bottle Draw

Posted on November 16, 2013 by Matriarch Blog

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POSTED BY , Cafleurebon

Christi Meshell of House of Matriarch has released a new scent with the help of a Facebook friend, aligning stars and her own spiritual voice telling her to remember and celebrate the sacred nature of tobacco. Sacre Tabac “Sucre” is the result. Always having loved the scent of tobacco in all its forms, the perfumer read of a young man on Facebook who was looking desperately for a perfume that smelled like his father’s hookah tobacco. Being in Sweden and quite homesick for the scents of his homeland, Christi‘s heart went out to this young man as she felt “something” stir her to do something she has never done: freely offer to make someone a bespoke fragrance!

One of the things many of us do not know about tobacco is that it was always used sacredly and ceremonially by the Native Americans. Indigenous to the New World only and usually blended with sage and sweet grass, it was used to open one to the Great Spirit, to offer thanks and to celebrate new friendships. It was not until the plant was introduced to the European explorers that it was taken and overused overindulged in and made into the number one killer in the world. Anything taken to the extreme will become its opposite. This sacred and life-affirming herb once used reverently in moderation is now looked down upon by many as evil and deadly; when, in truth, it is just another gift from the Earth for us to use responsibly as medicine and for ritual. Hopefully the joyful nature of Sacre Tabac and the natural essences of the sacred leaves it contains will help us all to remember.

 This perfume is just the first in a line of perfumes that will celebrate tobacco in all its forms and beauty. This is a wonderful place to start. The ideal was to reproduce the “starbuzz double apple” shisa blend in a fragrance. It was a sweet warm scent with the sour punch of green apple and hints of spices that resulted in clouds of warm and resinous smoke. Needless to say, the young man loves his perfume and, now that he has it, the House of Matriarch has made it available to everyone.

Available only in parfum extrait strength, Sacre Tabac Sucre is bottled with a lovely ornate label that reflects the style and flourish of the Middle Eastern areas that inspired it. This perfume billows from the skin with an aroma that is thick, sweet and full. Unlike many tobacco scents, this opens rather boozy, rich and full due to the addition of naturally derived wine ether and heady davana. Swirled into the sweet and tart green and red apples that flavor this particular blend is a high quality star anise. This adds a warm and woody spiciness to the mix as opposed to the usually drier powdery more synthetic forms of anise in perfumery. The warm spices remain throughout wearing this and curl around you along with a specially designed accord that adds the human factor into the realization of this special scent memory.

Many of us know the sweeter softer side of tobacco. The scent of the drying curing leaves is rather dank and earthy. Here the perfumer has smoothed the rougher edges with a bevy of beautiful notes. Violet leaves add a fresher greener edge and ylang ylang adds just a kiss of warm floral energy to the tobacco making it smell both more expensive and quite tasty. Copious amounts of sweet Tahitian vanilla were used along with an actual caramel accord made by the perfumer and dark molasses, which augments the spiciness of the whole blend. This thickens the sweetness also, without being nauseating or toothache-inducing.

ll this dovetails perfectly with the unique and phenomenal dry down of costus root, sassafras and just a drop of oud wood. The last ingredient was added mainly because many Middle Eastern hookah dens usually burn some form of oud wood chips or incense. That tiny amount of smoky slightly medicinal woodiness gives a smoke-kissed finale to the tobacco, vanilla and spiced apples, making it linger and echoing the sacred smoke of the hookah and the end of its sacred journey as it rises to the heavens.

I have many tobacco-based scents, as I am sure many of you do also. Sacre Tabac Sucre is extremely well-crafted. It is obvious, at first sniff, that it was created with a lot of love. Those who like sweeter earthier spiced scents will adore this, as I do. This captures the experience (as much as I can osmgaine it) of opening the tobacco, loading it, lighting it while puffing it and captures not only the tobacco, but the warmth and sacred nature it once had, and still has in some countries. I look forward with much anticipation to the release of the next Tabac perfume sometime early next year. Sillage: very good. Longevity: all day.

-John Reasinger, Senior Editor

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