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Orca
by House of Matriarch

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Orca information

GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 18 votes)

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HouseHouse of Matriarch
PerfumerChristi Meshell

About Orca

Orca is a shared / unisex perfume by House of Matriarch. The fragrance was created by perfumer Christi Meshell

Orca fragrance notes

Reviews of Orca

Stardate 20180706:

Incense,spices (cumin mostly) and woods. A flanker for Blackbird I guess cause similar in style. There is some salt (probably ambergris)
Not bad but nothing great here.
06th July, 2018
Composed of honey and ambergris, House of Matriarch Orca seems to aspire to embody amber in all of its greatness, and in that respect, I find that it succeeds, showing the creamy and sweet sides of amber as well as the dull animalic side of it that makes the accord so alluring.

Orca is certainly slightly saltier at the opening, but quickly dries down into the rich amber / honey combination that constitutes the listed notes of the fragrance according to the HOM website. Comparing to other fragrances that feature amber/resins, it's not as woody as Le Labo Benzoin 19 nor is it really that animalic along the lines of Parfum d'Empire Ambre Russe nor as dark AND animalic as Profumum Ambra Aurea.

Like most amber-centric fragrances, it's functionally unisex and cold-weather leaning, despite having a bit more versatility due to its more modest projection than say, the heartily animalic Ambra Aurea or sweetly boastful Tom Ford Amber Absolute. Orca is nevertheless bold and long-lasting but not loud in terms of projection a sign of a high concentration of natural ingredients.

As seemingly with a lot of other House of Matriach fragrances, Orca does not come cheap, at $330 for 50ml / $120 for 15ml per the house's website.

It's a tough sell per volume but the fragrance is a wonderful expression of amber, and I'm happy to have a decant of it, if nothing else. A recommended try for amber lovers.

8 out of 10
16th March, 2018
Definite thumbs up. Meshell creates some interesting fragrances. I got a sample of HOM Devotion thinking it would be the solid incense scent of the line. That's how it was marketed, but Orca (at least to me) is the true incense. It starts out dusty and churchy (but richer than say CdG's Avignon), but dries down to a wonderful amber that lasts the longest of her line that I've tried. I'll be honest, I don't get the briny saltiness or the ocean, but HOM Albatross has it in spades.
28th May, 2017
Dark, salty, dry and also has that old-church incense that most HoM smells that I've sampled have. I do not get honey or anything sweet.

So if you are a fan of the others then this should be a "like" as well.

Not a big projector but does linger all day and is persistent enough that you will get wafts throughout the day to enjoy.

02nd April, 2017
As a scent fanatic in Northern California, I've long been obsessed with the smell of the coast around Big Sur or Pacifica, where you can drive with huge forests of redwoods, cypress, and eucalyptus on one side and the waves of the Pacific on the other. The mix of woods and sea air is intoxicating and I've long searched for a perfume that recreates it.

Orca is the closest thing I've smelled to this phenomenon in a bottle. Ostensibly, it smells like different kinds of cedar essential oils mixed with eucalyptus and some bright herbs and maybe frankincense for depth. From what I read, it's real, expensive beach-gathered ambergris that gives Orca that impossible-to-recreate smell of the ocean - it's not that weird fishy undertone you get in some natural perfumes, nor is it the eggy herbaceous salt of calone. Instead, it's the impossibly complex smell of the actual ocean, and it's used brilliantly in Orca.
27th March, 2017

It's structure is of CDR Exclusif. The effervescence Adelehydic assaults like frosting that tops a wavecrest. Be drawn into the centre of the structure, Birch is replaced with an Amber Frankincense rhythmnic waltz, moving with the Moon.
Whispers of Ambergris, the Sea, flow in and out as a dream. Bee drawn to the transcendent silence and awed.
Aromatherapy at it's best.

Orca is a wonderful, personal, cleansing perfume for me.

It certainly adds that Christi Meshell, is definitive "Eye Pastry" Full Organic Cream.
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28th September, 2016 (last edited: 10th February, 2017)

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