Bonsai by House of Matriarch (2019)

  1. junior_surgeon
    I got an email earlier today from House of Matriarch about their new scent here.

    From the website:

    BONSAI - The "Evergreen Dream" Fragrance


    Seemingly undirected, wild and natural, BONSAI honors the endless ritual and joy of the Zen Garden. Forget the usual players - rarified notes of alligator juniper, black copal and artisan distilled evergreens fully express the radiance and depth we all crave in a "green" fragrance.

    Delightfully timeless, bursting specimen conifers are the pathway to the heart of a pristine reflection garden where you partake in bonsai's companion ritual - the tea ceremony. Here, the fresh beginning is harmonized to the ancient wood base, rooting into the soil of your most primitive pleasure centers with touchpoints of incense and spice.

    ships 5/31/19

    I'm super stoked about this one, I absolutely love HoM's fir accords and Bonsai sounds wonderfully zen with conifers, tea, incense, and spices. I'll probably order the 18 ml, feel free to pm if anyone wants a few ml to share(apologies if that's against the rules to say here).
  2. Scent Detective
    Scent Detective
    This does sound like it may be amazing! I don't typically care for "tea" notes in my fragrances, but that doesn't dissuade me from checking this out. Thanks for the heads up!
  3. odysseusm
    Yes, that description sounds amazing. I hope the scent lives up to it.
  4. odysseusm
    Yes, that description sounds amazing. I hope the scent lives up to it.
  5. Grungevig
    Hi, Coneheads. I just acquired a small sample of this scent from House of Matriarch. I lack the technical ability to analyze the scent's notes or evolution, but can describe generally what I experience. The first few minutes remind me a little bit of Slumberhouse's Mare, i.e., a mix of bright greens (I'm pretty sure I pick up juniper and evergreens) with fruity (not "fruity" - this is 98.5% natural according to HoM's website) undertones, perhaps from the aglaia (with which I have no known experience). I also smell something mildly smoky - probably the black copal - that adds a little haze to the greens.

    Heretofore, my "go to" green scents are several from Juniper Ridge, Euphorium Brooklyn's Wald, Parfumerie Generale's Papyrus de Ciane, Dior's Granville, and to a lesser extent Pino Silvestre's Pine Gems Essence. Bonsai is different from these scents - less intensely (or perhaps "assertively") natural than Juniper Ridge's offerings, less dense than Wald (and Mare, mentioned earlier), lacking the lavender of Pine Gems Essence, and less bitter than Papyrus de Ciane. I find the greatest similarity to Granville, which is a high, high compliment from me. Bonsai is quieter (barely registered above a skin scent whisper even with 8 sprays - 2 to each wrist, 2 to my neck pulse points, and 2 to my chest), greener up top, and perhaps a little smokier, but I do find similarities in scent and "feel". And for those of you more experienced, I wonder if Bonsai's chrysanthemum smells at all like Granville's gorse - I smell a little "thistle" in each.

    Bonsai is a remarkable fragrance, one I could see myself wearing when I want or need to decompress and rejuvenate (or whenever - I don't put too much stock in fragrance seasons or occasions). If it were a little stronger, say, as strong as Granville, I could see myself paying the $330 for a full 50 ml bottle (currently 40% off with code forestbath). As it is, I probably will go for the smaller size and save it for when I need or want a most relaxing slumber.
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