House of Matriarch Albatross

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All sales are final, we are a perfume sampling company - letting you try perfume before you invest in a bottle. Unfortunately, we cannot refund any product that you do not like. If you are new to perfume or wanting to break out of wearing the same scent, try our starter sampler packs so that you can find the perfume that works for you.


Albatross is a natural marine accord that celebrates the spirit of the albatross bird. This is the fragrance of where the ocean meets the sky. Salty Salish Sea breezes meet the soft warm notes of cork, driftwood and cottonwood evoking images of seafaring vessels, creosote-soaked timber and barnacle covered hulls. Notes are listed as top notes of salty breezes; middle notes of cork, pinion pine and poplar; and base notes of sea fennel, charred oak and balsams. Albatross is an extrait de parfum and is 98.5% natural fragrance.

Created by founder and perfumer Christi Meshell, House of Matriarch's fragrances are made using the highest quality, certified kosher, natural ethanol distilled in Washington (from organic apples and grapes) so they will continue to smell better and better with time. Halal approved. 


Fragrantica: I think Albatross takes the Aquatics genre and turns it into something interesting, most tend to be a bit dull, watery and clean, smells like a beach... Albatross goes at it in a different way, it's a lot darker, a lot more complex. There's a huge selection of notes in this from creosote to pine, driftwood and cork to ambergris. Essentially it smells like the cold salty ocean, it's dark, deep ocean, driftwood floating on the waves.. it's cool and refreshing, but dark and complex, I get leather tones washing in and out through out the life. Longevity was good on my skin. With this being an All Natural too, I think it speaks volumes for the quality. There's nothing cheap about this house, everything is beautifully blended with the best naturals. It's a great summer and spring time fragrance for me, and takes me back to watching the waves crashing over the rocks.

Fragrantica: The splendor of the ocean, deep, dark, and ethereal. Albatross is one of the genre's most distinctive scents. It is dark, dense, and true to reality, with a leitmotif of salty deep ocean, distant woodlands and pines. It conjures up thoughts of the eponymous albatross soaring above the crashing waves alongside a marine vessel encrusted with barnacles and bathed in the salty waters of the stormy ocean. Albatross has an opaque, gloomy, oceanic depth, where the marine environment can be senses in the form of a neverending sea breeze, vegetation along the coast and driftwood, which is intimately linked to the ocean.

Fragrantica: Before I begin to analyze these perfumes, I want to give credit where credit is due. I want to emphasize that these perfumes truly do contain raw and natural materials or plant derived oils and to be able to use them in such exact increments to portray such precise representations; this truly warrants the touch and nose of an artist. I have in fact previously been sent organic perfumes to critique and I must admit these materials are very pungent, some harsh and very raw like, as if you just crushed a plant. So to be able to use these properties and achieve niche like scent and quality is beyond respectable “hint” why the scent warrants its price. Scent/originality: 0-10: It’s a 7 as its reminiscent of a Bleu de Chanel & Creed Millesime Imperial blend. “Albatross” this creation, I must say, it’s a people pleaser. On initial opening, it evokes a fine & gentle mist of salty blue aquatic accord with a cloud of real ambergris and hyraceum to help boost it for more pronounced effect sparkling in the background that quickly moves in the heart settling on a salty bed of faint drift wood/cork and pine resin (creosote) as the notes suggest to reference boats and maritime activity. If you close you eyes you can truly imagine the Greek coast right before a storm standing on the white coral rock while gazing at a salty dark blue ocean with clear blue sky watching white powdery clouds pass at the sound of albatross birds hovering in the foreground. As for originality, Christi Meshell’s primary focus was the “cold blue ocean” which in fact is very well represented. Even though Albatross is reminiscent of a blend between Bleu de Chanel EDT and Creed Millesime Imperial, she did after all create her own scent, which is very well done and can stand on its and amongst the highest level of perfumery. Longevity: 0-10: it’s a 5 as it hardly lasts through a trip at the grocery store but it’s quality 100%. According to using natural materials, it usually compromises the lasting effects as natural oils are absorbed and evaporate at much faster rates due to not containing synthetic fixatives. 



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