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

NOVEMBER 12, 2013

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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NEW NICHE FRAGRANCE: From Seattle to Sweden, Sacre Tabac, 1st Edition, 'Sucre'

Posted on October 22, 2013 by Matriarch Blog

When our Perfumer read about Malek Mohammed's seemingly endless search for a hookah inspired perfume, she offered to create one for him. 

In creating his personal wish-list for the fragrance pyramid,  Malek requested accents of rich vanilla, sweet caramel and spicy anise to accompany the sour burst of red and green apples.  He wanted it to be "REALLY, REALLY SWEET".  The aroma is identical to the tangy zing of double apple" shisha.   

Sucre is a syrupy unisex scent voyage, marrying the fun and drama of a concept fragrance with the refinement and sophistication of a Matriarch High Perfume.  Due to the quality of the materials used (natural fruit isolates, precious woods,) and the extrait concentration, this hypnotic perfume lasts for an incredible 24 hours on the skin. 

Universally adored for it's comforting nostalgia, tobacco has a special ability to connect us to our Ancestors and the Great Spirit.  This perfume was created in homage of that relationship and those memories so many of us hold dear.  

 

Vintage 2013

 

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VIP Rewards Club

Posted on September 25, 2013 by Matriarch Blog

BECOME A VERY IMPORTANT PARFUMISTA!

Loyalty Club for House of Matriarch

  • Customers with store accounts are automatically enrolled. If you do not have a store account, join the VIP Rewards Club today by clicking here to create your account.

  • Earn 10 spritzes (points) for every $1 spent. 

  • You need to be signed in to your store account. Your reward points (aka: spritzes) can be redeemed through the Rewards Redemption Page which can be accessed through the rewards widget located at the bottom left of the screen at our online store.

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Matriarch Perfumes Collaborates with Seattle Artists Rick Barchenger & Aaron Hicks to launch ACHTUNG ON 8/8/13

Posted on August 05, 2013 by Matriarch Blog

 

A NEW LUXURY BRAND CREATED FROM THE PEN & INK DRAWINGS OF RICK BARCHENGER

 HIGH PERFUMERY by HOUSE OF MATRIARCH 

HIGH FASHION by ARONHIX

 

 

"Two is the imperfect condition into which being falls when it becomes detached from the Monad of God. Spiritual beings emanating from God are enveloped in the Duad and therefore receive only illusory impressions."  Pythagoras 
 
 "Duality is polarity, or the alternating cycles of rhythm and harmony which is all good.  On the lower levels we lose sight of this high truth and in this loss know only the alternation of extremes: namely light and dark, heat and cold, life and death, youth and age, disease and health, poverty and wealth, sorrow and joy, war and peace, friends and enemies."  Heline

High Perfumery offers a resolution of these stark dualities. Oud: the ultimate sacrament of magical aromatherapy.  It invokes a wakeful trance state and the attributes of temperance, art, androgyny, devotion and the union of opposites.  Normally this synthesis is possible only during sleep or trance, however oud opens gateways in the mind so that the process can occur consciously.

The octet of oud based perfumes Matriarch has created for the ACHTUNG brand are so exceptional that one of the perfumes (SEXMAGIC) was just announced as a winner of several medals at the International Artisan Fragrance Competition, earning Matriarch's nose Christi Meshell the title "Top Artisan Perfumer."

 

 

Please join us as we celebrate this new brand and toast the artists who have inspired and collaborated to create this luxury collection.
 READ THE STORY AT FRAGRANTICA
www.achtungseattle.com

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