We believe in the transcendent power of fragrance to connect us to the past, captivate our being to excite the present moment and help us to write the future. Our Founder, Scent Strategist and Perfume Mage, Christi Meshell, is the preeminent “Creative Nose” of the American niche fragrance scene. Her versatility as both Creative Director and Fragrance Composer allow her to single-handedly develop a concept from initial inspiration, to rare ingredient gathering and onwards to final display, cellaring and legacy cataloging.
“Perfume” literally means “to thoroughly smoke” or “through smoke”. Smoke informs the language of House of Matriarch in terms of the voice, design, and philosophy of our house. Smoke is elegant, it dances, like fragrances on the palette, it is ephemeral, beauteous in its fleeting form and we are captivated by it. Similarly, fragrance is a passing experience, drawing you into a world of memory and emotion only briefly. It is layered in its nature, folding on itself and changing with time.
In ancient times, perfuming would come as a result of sitting close to the fire, the smoke bestowing its fragrance to those standing in close proximity. During ceremonies of high importance, precious materials were offered for burning. Today, we adorn ourselves with perfumes for such events, yet sadly most modern perfumery has been reduced to an attempt at replicating Nature. In creating High Perfumery one must go to the source – no substitution can be accepted.
Is a Native American philosophy of how walking the beauty path—the Hozro, the Beauty Way, a Navajo word for a harmonious world. This philosophy and lifestyle drives our creations and each decision we face in the operation of an indie fragrance house and brand.
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