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Black No. 1 / Blackbird (2012)
by House of Matriarch


Black No. 1 / Blackbird information

Year of Launch2012
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 71 votes)

People and companies

HouseHouse of Matriarch
PerfumerChristi Meshell

About Black No. 1 / Blackbird

Black No. 1 is a shared perfume by House of Matriarch. The scent was launched in 2012 (under the previous name Blackbird) and the fragrance was created by perfumer Christi Meshell

Black No. 1 / Blackbird fragrance notes

Reviews of Black No. 1 / Blackbird

Evergreen conifers laden with snow. A curl of smoke from dying embers. Black leather. Burnished steel. Spellbinding magic.

The Witcher was here.
22nd February, 2020
A very nice earthy, smoky/sweet fragrance. Can see why it’s mentioned when sexy scents are brought up. I don’t get the comparisons to Anubis though. I wear Anubis quite a bit, and Black no. 1 is not near as bold or challenging to wear imo. Also, there’s no smell of actual cannabis here, which is a good thing to me.
23rd January, 2020
I like to think that perfumer Christi Meshell was channeling the goth-metal legends, Type-O-Negative, when she thought up this small masterpiece—Black No. 1 being the title of their most ubiquitous song– even though I know the scents original title was Blackbird.

This perfume is gothic and romantic, in many of the ways that the Brooklyn band were, in their heyday: classical allusions abound, reimagined in surprising, modern ways. Here leather sits atop a woody, almost metallic lavender before settling down into the House of Matriarch ambered incense base.

The first spray of the scent is pure class. Lovely rugged-yet-refined masculine vibes.

Unfortunately the performance leaves much to be desired, at least with my chemistry. It disappears within 3 hours with just traces left on clothing.

The composition is entirely natural so the price point is VERY HIGH. A tough sell for a short experience. But undeniably beautiful and a must for any fans of smoky mysterious leathers, like Papillon’s Anubis.

A thumbs up with caveats for price & performance.

Edit: The travel atomizer bottle leaks in every position, even standing straight up. For this much money I should get more than 6 wears out of it(especially when the tester sample size gives you 2-3 wearings easily). Disappointed.
04th August, 2019 (last edited: 25th April, 2020)
Earthy and dirty, yes. Brooding. Unique and intriguing. To some without a doubt. I'll thumbs sideways because it's not accessible to everyone. Being odd and expensive makes it difficult to give a sunny endorse. BUT if u love dark and dirty...even a little metalic, this is a great performer. HOM does not skimp on quality.
02nd March, 2019

Take some Black Afgano, Puredistance M, Bulgari Black, Interlude, and L'air d'Marocain. Mix together and give a good shake. Would it approximate the smell of Blackbird? Dunno, but I've thought about it.

Blackbird has its ashy, amber, and oily aspects (e.g. think small machine lubricant... hair clippers, sewing machine, dremel tool, etc.) all coming together to form a long lasting, simple, linear leather that is downright appealing. Slumberhouse-esque, I think.
21st March, 2018
Green, dirty and earthy. There's nothing sweet, fresh or mass-appealing about this. Hung around for about 5-6 hours and did not project much during that time.
27th February, 2017

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