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    Default Let's talk about House of Matriarch

    l've finally got around to doing a mini-exploration of this house, & haven't really found any threads devoted to it. l'd love to hear any thoughts or opinions from you guys, & l'll be sharing my impressions of what l'm sampling over the coming days. The samples l ordered are mainly those on a tropical theme, as this is a favourite genre of mine. l got generous & beautifully-packaged spray samples of:

    Woo
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    L'Arrivee
    Toukka Ta Tao

    And l received a free dab vial of Forbidden with my order.

    Today l've started with Woo. ln the opening phase l get a kind of woodsy-patchouli-creosote accord, with an impression of creamy tropical florals beneath. As it develops over the first hour, there is a sun-warmed skin vibe, the leather note becomes more pronounced, & the florals more indolic. The projection is low to moderate, but it gives off nice little wafts of fragrance as l move. After three hours it's more of a skin scent, & there's a soft tobacco note in the base. Six hours in, it's beginning to fade.

    This one reminds me a little of Suntanglam by SP Parfums, which l already own & love, although the projection & longevity aren't as impressive. l guess that's the drawback with something classed as "all natural". l would class it as a leathery, animalic, tropical floral, & as it has very little sweetness, l would say it could easily be worn by either gender. l did find myself compulsively sniffing my arm for the first few hours, even though it wasn't quite what l expected.

    As an aside, l realise that the witchy/pagan aesthetic of this brand isn't for everyone. But l happen to adore it, & l love those blue glass bottles with the copper-coloured graphics. Perhaps l'll be adding one to my collection at some point? Watch this space...
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    Default Re: Let's talk about House of Matriarch

    Black No.1/Blackbird is tremendous, but more masculine with all that leather/tobacco/balsam/cannabis stuff going on. The price tag should give any normal person pause as well.
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    I really like Coco Blanc. I haven't purchased yet but I do have a sample. In the opening I get a slightly smoky, white chocolate note. As it starts to dry down, I get some spices that start to come out in the background. The spices are not overwhelming or harsh, they just add another layer to this lovely scent. And then the vanilla and woods make an appearance. I think this is a lovely, intimate type of gourmand. I get decent projection for the first couple hours and then it becomes a skin scent. It lasts about four hours on me before I need to top it off. I know some people say that it is highway robbery to charge such prices for a fragrance that doesn't last all day, but I think that mostly comes from people who don't appreciate the natural side of perfumery where no synthetics are used. This scent smells totally natural and I can tell it uses high end ingredients...no synthetic notes at all here. I personally never expected this scent to last all day since it is all natural and all-natural fragrances just don't normally last all day as they don't use the synthetic fixatives used in most other fragrances. I expected a natural smelling fragrance, and I hoped it smelled good and had decent longevity. I got my wish...an awesome smelling fragrance with decent longevity especially for an all-natural fragrance. This fragrance is on my to buy list.

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    Default Re: Let's talk about House of Matriarch

    I haven’t tried a lot of them, but my favourites so far are Coco Blanc and L’Arrivée.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scarce View Post
    Black No.1/Blackbird is tremendous, but more masculine with all that leather/tobacco/balsam/cannabis stuff going on. The price tag should give any normal person pause as well.
    I agree, it's wonderful! It's the only thing I have from this house, and I don't wear it often because it was so pricey - don't want to run out. It's beautifully constructed and manages to feel both wild and stately to me - elegant in a louche sort of way. Loulou de la Falaise? Love it.

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    Default Re: Let's talk about House of Matriarch

    Thanks for your comments, folks!

    l did try Bohemian Black a couple of years ago, by the way, courtesy of a basenotes buddy. l did like how it smelled, but gave it a neutral review because of its lack of staying power. Personally l don't have a problem with synthetic ingredients, especially if they improve performance. But l've been curious to try a few more from this house for a while now, so l suppose the less than stellar performance is something l'll have to tolerate.
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    The only one I have tried is Blackbird (it was still called Blackbird at that point of time). I received a roll-on from a kind BN-er. It's nice, dark, green, complex, but still has a polished-urban vibe, not rustic (it can not have that and be on sale at all the Nordstroms in US and Canada), however the sillage was not that great once I wore it. It reminded me a bit of Coze 02, which I love. I have worn it a couple of times, but haven't felt the urge to go back and haven't tried anything else from the line as well.

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    Black No.1/Blackbird is the only one I even bought a decant of. It's so unlike any other scent, although I'm guessing it might not appeal to large number of females.

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    I have samples of She, Coco Blanc, Forbidden, Sex Magic, and Fitnessence.

    Fitnessence is positioned as a worhlkour/gym fragrance to enhance energy? and breathing, I guess. It's lemongrass, citrus, green. But I'm someone who runs/jogs in Encens Mythique d'Orient and PHI Une Rose de Kandahar.

    Sex Magic is interesting, starts floral/sweet them warms up and dials down the sweetness. It's a skin scent for me. Could be more but I was dabbing from a vial.

    Coco Blanc is as others described. When you get a gourmand from HoM you're not going to get something sweeet like Rahat Loukoum. And there's a salty note for me.

    SHE is nice, floral with lemongrass.

    Forbidden I gave away.

    HoM fragrances on my skin have the same resiny, textured basenote vibe regardless of the other notes.

    Anyone try Albatross?

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    I've been dying to dig in with this house--there's something really appealing to me about their aesthetic--especially since she was actually licensed to to a Twin Peaks themed trio--and y'all know how I feel about Twin Peaks. I do feel a little disappointed that their stuff isn't more widely available across Nordstrom locations, because we have 2 where I live, and neither of them has anything to even try out, even though they're available for retail purchase on the website. I'm guessing that she worked that deal with Nordstrom since the company is local to where HoM is located up in Seattle-ish.

    I will be watching to see what y'all make of these; the perfume formerly known as Blackbird was such a huge hit here on BN a couple of years ago that I've wanted to try it ever since. Imma have to pony up for some samples sooner or later . . .

    Thanks as always, teardrop, for reminding us of an indie house that needs further discussion and exploration. You've been a great champion for American artisan perfumers in particular, and it's a great reminder for us Stateside that there are some good things to be found that aren't from overseas .
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    Suburbanbushbabe, thanks for the heads up on She! l rather like the scent of lemongrass, & it's hard to find it done well in a perfume. l may have to try this one.

    tds, thanks for your lovely comments! l really enjoy doing these threads & reading everyone's opinions. You do have some great perfumers over there across the pond!
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    I haven't tried any of them. But when I was on their website they had a sandalwood prominent one that intrigued me, but it was pricey. It's called Aria in F Sharp and it's $160/15 ml. There's no way I'd spend that much unless I sampled it first and was blown away.
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    mike, that one does sound lovely. lt's a shame no samples are available, but apparently it was a limited edition created for a facebook group, & there's very little of it left. l wouldn't blind buy either at that price, though.

    Today l'm trying Coco Blanc. This one goes on with a fleeting impression of sweetness that's quickly overwhelmed by massoia wood spiced with cumin. Again l smell patchouli here, but only for the first ten minutes. After this, it settles into thick, buttery sandalwood, but retains that element of spice. From here it slowly dries down to a nutty base, very soft after the five hour mark.

    l expected more coconut/white chocolate/vanilla here, but l don't really detect them. As other reviewers have stated, this is not a sweet, yummy gourmand, but something more grown-up & complex. Again, l'd prefer it to project more strongly, but l'll have to try dousing myself with it on the next wear, to see if that makes a difference.
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    L'Arrivee today. Yet again, l get a strong impression of woody patchouli in the opening; this seems to be a signature accord for this house. lt fades more quickly this time though, giving way within five minutes to an indolic jasmine underpinned with woods. Twenty minutes in, it smells very similar to the honeyed, ambery jasmine of Moon Breath by Ayala Moriel, one that l already own & love. From here it doesn't seem to progress much, but it has the best projection of the ones l've tried so far, & is still humming along nicely seven hours in.

    l think this is my favourite so far, but as l already own Moon Breath, a purchase would seem unnecessary to me.
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    Trying Toukka Ta Tao today. This one opens with a brief whiff of cedar, before that patchouli-creosote accord takes over again. This time it's underpinned by something green & vegetal, & lasts around thirty minutes before morphing into a beachy floral with tropical fruits & coconut milk. The listed fruit notes are lychee & mango, but two hours in as the woods recede & the ylang-ylang becomes more prominent, what l get here is a banana daquiri. Four hours in this hasn't changed, & again the projection is on the low side.

    l've rarely experienced a fragrance that changes so dramatically between the opening phase & the drydown. lt's like two completely different perfumes, one dark, woody & green, the other sweet, fruity & tropical. l'm not sure l enjoy either phase, but it's certainly an interesting ride.
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    I have not smelled several new releases in the past couple years but my favorite thus far is Kazimi. The listed notes contain several different types of roses, oakmoss, cedar, oud, African stone, ambergris, spices, and etc. I’m not sure what kind of rose it is but definitely not the typical rose scent/ aroma I have accustomed to such as Taif Rose/ Damask Rose, Pope John Paul II, Double delight, etc. I smelled some hints of Mr. Lincoln in Kazimi perhaps due to some spicy notes but it does not smell like Mr. Lincoln either. Kazimi feels somewhat dark, green, earthy, inky, musky and really addictive to my nose. It’s unisex leaning towards masculine.

    On a separate note, does anyone think Pope John Paul II smell like lychee? It just clicked to me the other day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by teardrop View Post
    l got generous & beautifully-packaged spray samples of:

    Woo
    Coco Blanc
    L'Arrivee
    Toukka Ta Tao

    And l received a free dab vial of Forbidden with my order.

    Watch this space...
    Out of the samples you have, teardrop, I really enjoy Woo, it reminds me of Guerlain Habit Rouge a little bit. I bought it in the 3 x 15ml tobacco trio box set along with Sacre Tabac Sucre and Sacre Tabac Cacao Torride.

    My next fave from the samples would be L'Arrivee but I find it is just a tad too sweet a jasmine for my taste and the drydown makes me think of Coco Blanc. It really took me on an imaginative journey though, like I was travelling on planes with luggage trunks, and old-fashioned hotels. Coco Blanc I only spray when it's really hot out, once in a while. Toukka Ta Tao I'm not sure about at all, I liked it but not a fan of what inspired it, tropical island beaches!

    My current favorite is Siren - to me it's the closest House of Matriarch has done to a Bleu de Chanel or a Dior Homme ... but I'm sure many would say 'er, WHAT?' to that, but it's the iris, orange blossom and woodiness (which I think has been helped out by some top quality synthetic woods, I could be wrong about that, it may be the type of sandalwood it contains that projects like mad off my skin). I was also reminded of Serge Lutens Fleurs D'Oranger at first, but I'm more used to Siren now and smell the iris much more.

    I bought almost all of her perfumes in one form or another, but this year so far the releases have slowed down, which I think's a good thing. She just released a line of essences to spray on cocktails or in water like aromatic bitters, so I wonder whether they work as colognes as well, probably not devised for that but if anyone's tried them would love to know.

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    Thanks for your thoughtful comments, Alibama68!

    Today l'm wearing Forbidden. l get a fleeting impression of earthy florals in the opening, swiftly overtaken yet again by the seemingly inevitable woody patchouli that l've experienced in every single one of these samples. Has anyone else noticed this pattern? Here it's more subdued, but this may just be because this is the only dab sample of the five. There's a hint of menthol or camphor here, too. Thirty minutes in, it settles into a crisp, dry white floral with green, woody & slightly animalic aspects. The floral note is apparently tuberose, but l have difficulty identifying it as such. After ninety minutes, it's warmer & earthier with oakmoss & amber, & later there's a touch of green leaves in the base. Five hours in it's very soft, but like the others l expect it will last for a few hours yet.

    l don't dislike this, but it doesn't really appeal to my tastes, either. lt would probably appeal to fans of floral woody chypres, & it has got some tremendous reviews in the directory.

    That's the last of the samples l have, but l'd love to hear any further comments on this line. My favourite of these is definitely L'Arrivee. l have no immediate plans for a purchase, but trying these has been an interesting experience!
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    I own a travel spray of Coco Blanc. Yes, it smells marvelously high-end natural. It's a non-sweet smoky/woody vanilla. The "problem" (not really a problem) for me is that it's a total skin scent. I have to spray liberally ($$) to get any sillage. I accept that, and enjoy it for what it is.
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    I like She and Coco Blanc. Fitnessence doesn't do it for me. I gave my Forbidden sample away. I also have a sample of sex magic somewhere.

    Coco Blanc does become a skin scent soon at least from the sample. I sprayed 6 times..

    I'm down for trying more. Ordered The Longing, Albatross and Tekka....

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    Do report back on your findings, Suburbanbushbabe!
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    Yesterday I wore Antimony - it's spicy & incensy, baked earth and moisture (mitti attar's petrichor effect), dry ash - I enjoy this one because it dries down to a sandalwood and palo santo scent that doesn't become tiresome, and with sandalwood and highly woody dry-downs in general usually I don't enjoy them. I tend to like incense and myrrh perfumes in the summer afternoons and evenings along with green perfumes in the morning so Antimony works for me in June - September.

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