Eaglewood is featured in DMM "Shop Local" Gift Guide!

Posted on December 04, 2018 by Matriarch Blog

"Perfume from House of Matriarch makes you feel like royalty when you put it on. The smell rises and perfectly lays on your skin. They described their perfume as smoke, and it is just that- intoxicating. Smoke informs the language of House of Matriarch in terms of the voice, design, and philosophy of their house."

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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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"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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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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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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