House of Matriarch Antimony

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L'Antimony is the smoky eye in fragrance form. The minerals antimony and malachite have been among those used around the eyes throughout time due to their reflective properties. Since actual antimony is considered toxic (alchemists would argue otherwise), these minerals have been banned from use in cosmetics but mystics and folk healers around the world still use them. This was House of Matriarch's contribution to a special series named Project Talisman to commemorate Cafleurebon's 7th anniversary, in which seven perfumers imagined scents as talismans.

Notes of charred frankincense, kewra, henna, Palo Santo, galangal, sandalwood ashes, spikenard, ghee, copal, oud and precious attars of mitti, kadam and rose have all been used to create cosmetics throughout history. They are all found in Antimony which contains exactly 111 individual notes. Exotic florals push up from a primitive base to bloom on your skin as they emanate like an ancient wisp of fine bakhoor. L'Antimony is an extrait de parfum. It is 99.9% natural.

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: Now this is what I call niche perfumery. Most of the niche products I have smelled are, at the end of the day, really mainstream. This is something else entirely, and completely unlike anything I have ever smelled.
And the blend is quite beautiful. To me, this smells like a Native American ceremony, or perhaps an ancient Aztec ritual.
Fragrant woods, smoky incense, ashes, and exotic herbs and flowers. I love this.

Fragrantica: This is just impressively beautiful! That henna mingled with myrrh, olibanum, and dusty Arabia style mamool (incense) is just dangerously beautiful. Some people might see this as animalic, but all i can say is that this is an extreme Arabian style blend, and specifically the Arabian peninsula side of Arabia. The cool down brings up the creamy palo santo, powdery sandalwood mixed with ashes, and a buttery medicinal jatamansi. This blend is just amazingly beautiful, and well balanced and crafted. It reminds me of "Calling All Angels" by April Aromatics somehow. It's for those who adores that Arabian style incense. Beautiful.

Fragrantica: I have vivid memories of being a child and returning to our home after a day or two away: Entering the unlit and empty house, slightly colder than when we left (its always wintertime in these flash-memories). I´m standing in the hallway, jacket still on, and I just breathe in the the smell of our empty house. It smells familiar and yet utterly alien. To me Antimony catches that feeling: I find it amazingly comfortable and yet alien and intriguing. It smells like my childhood and my mother (maybe because of the henna). It sweet and incensy and smells a bit like lingering food hours after preparation (might be the galangal and ghee) with a cup of tea cooling in the background; which might sound unpleasing but really works for me. There´s something in it that makes me think of pencil-shavings. And I can detect the rose (I don´t like a lot of perfumes with a distinct rose accord but there are a few). But in the end, I´m not much for dissecting the components of a perfume, I´m in it for the feeling it evokes: And this is amazing.

Fragrantica: What an intoxicating and absolutely addicting fragrance. This was my first experience with House of Matriarch. I had been dying to try Christi's perfumes for quite some time, and received this as a gift from my best friend who knows how much I love deep, dark, incensy perfume. I was not fully prepared for how beautiful, complex and special this would be. This is unlike anything else I've ever smelled. It is truly unique. At first application, it's like standing in the middle of an exotic spice market. It's smouldery. I can't pick out any one note, it's beautifully blended. As it dries down and settles on my skin it becomes less smouldery and I get a hint of floral notes (this is not heavy floral at all, just a hint as it morphs but yummv. The floral notes just round out the blend) and precious woods. It's both comforting and very alluring all at once. I can't tear my nose away from my wrist while wearing Antimony. I cannot WAIT to explore more of House of Matriarch's scents. This is a masterpiece. If you like complex, incensy blends and want a truly special addition to your collection, you need this. As a side note...My daughter is my unofficial scent tester...she's extremely picky and there isn't very much that she gives a green light to. As she sniffed my wrist, a huge smile crept across her face. She loves it. Thank goodness, because I'm going to be wearing it A LOT.

Fragrantica: A beautiful incense fragrance!! From this I get a rich beautiful natural incense, that reminds me of incense sticks burning in a South East Asian temple. I get a sense of ash, maybe an incense that's just burned. It's mixed with beautiful exotic florals and woods, there's a unique and unusual sweetness to it, coming from notes like the kadam, and the other more exotic floral notes, that creates an incredibly unique scent. I can't compare it to anything. It feels very unisex, for incense lovers I think this can be extremely addicting, and an exciting change from other incense based scents.. It's totally unique!

cafleurebon: Antimony, a relative of lead, is, in its purest form, heavy and impenetrable. It is unsurprising that ancient civilizations would have regarded it as an effective substance to keep malevolent spirits at bay. Christi Meshell’s Antimony, with a dense construction recalling its namesake, also has a chameleon nature. It changes constantly, smelling of smoke one moment, burnt woods the next, crushed, ashy flowers moments later. Move towards it, and it will smell of embers; move away, and it is resinous unguents. Christi Meshell’s formula contains an astonishing 111 notes, with names that sing of civilizations long past: kewra, mitti, copal, kadam, frankincense. This could have made for a perfume as thick and muddy as the Nile. But Antimony bares itself in layers, like Salome’s Dance of the Seven Veils, each seam uncloaking another charm. It opens in a cloud of temple smoke: smoldering wood embers, dusty sandalwood and, yes, charred frankincense, bitter and smoky. As the smoke recedes, kewra – a potent Indian/Pakistani extract with aspects of honey and hyacinth –is joined by the terracotta-spinach aroma of henna. These plant notes take over from the incense and woods in the second stage for a brief time. Warming on the skin, the piney-lemon note of Palo Santo comes forward, but the burnt woods return, this time accompanied by ashen flowers.  At one point, Antimony turns medicinal, as oud surfaces. But hold your arm away, and Antimony changes her colors again, turning to scorched flowers, rose one moment, jasmine another. The later stages have a quiet, faceted glow, like a topaz glinting in firelight. Something mildly spicy, possibly nasturtium, joins the woods and flowers, each taking center stage for a few moments before stepping back. As it dries down, Antimony summons the classical world as its strangely beautiful blend of attars; resins and woods rise like an echoing chorus. Yet it is quite modern in its changeability; as if Meshell had found and translated runes detailing an alchemist’s formula, but then put her own spin on it. 



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