House of Matriarch Bittersweet Symphony

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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.


Bittersweet Symphony is the ultimate bitter chocolate accord. Dark, smoked teas and bittersweet Dutch process cocoa comprise the base as espresso and exotic spices invite the lingering of the sharper tones. Bourbonesque charred woods, hints of warm amber and a touch of oud create a velvety, harmonic drydown that takes a full five hours to develop on the skin. Bittersweet Symphony features top notes of henna, gentian, dong quai and verbena; middle notes of black, green and white teas, Dutch process bitter cocoa, cistus, saffron, spikenard and Zdravetz geranium; and base notes of charred oak wood, Africa stone (hyraceum), agarwood (blend of five varieties), dragon's blood, New Zealand ambergris and Mysore sandalwood. It is an extrait de parfum and is a 100% 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: This is a dark chocolate-wood, not sweet in the least to me. This scent makes me gasp with happiness.

Fragrantica: This is yet another beautiful creation by Christi Meshell - I only first heard of House of Matriarch in 2019 and since then I've acquired five of her scents. Not full bottles yet, just the 16 ml. and 3.3 ml. to sample because they are on the more expensive side. I heard about HOM through Peter's channel on YouTube (Fragranceview) and his review on Coco Blanc on top of a mountain really did lure me in to check it out. And I can't say I'm disappointed. All of them are amazingly well balanced and blended. On me I get more wood than chocolate, the wood and spices take over in the beginning, but in the dry down the spices die down and the chocolate gets amped up a bit. But mainly I smell smoky woods with chocolatey nuances. Longevity is beast mode on me, I can still smell my wrist after 12 hours, sillage and projection are good, especially in the first 2-3 hours. It's cool and different and deserves a special getup to be worn properly. This perfume demands the right outfit. And I love that kind of a personality in a perfume. It knows what it wants.

Fragrantica: House of Matriarch makes such wonderful olfactive gold! Bittersweet Symphony has notes of deep rich chocolate and dark woody notes. It opens with a vetiver like sharpness that lingers as the sensual chocolate takes over, turning it into a gourmand experience ever so delightful! As the heart rests on your skin, subtle sweet amberous resin notes appear, ever so delicately. The amber mixed with rich woody notes creates a smooth blend that is tantalizing. The fragrance also contains notes of spices. My nose picks up cardamom, nutmeg and black pepper and curry, which to me gives this an oriental love which adds to the sweet chocolate, making this fragrance edible! Sillage is about arm length and you can smell this well in the trail around you. Longevity is beast mode on my skin and last about 8 hours.

Fragrantica: It's a rich dark cocoa chocolate with strong dark woods, and soft spices.. quite aromatic and dark, reminds me of Praline chocolates in the opening, toning more down into a dark cocoa and woods / oud in the mid and base. An evening scent, dark and mysterious... slightly bitter, never too sweet, and perfectly balanced!



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