If you haven’t already noticed, Pacific Northwest based perfume line, House of Matriarch, has rebranded their line and extended their distribution to the Seattle-based department store, Nordstrom. This is huge! More and more retailers understand that many of us want more interesting options! At first, I was a little skeptical because I thought that the formulas would have been compromised. But, they haven’t. I’ve sampled them all and the brand is better now than ever.
Albatross is one of the new perfumes in the High Perfumery line. It’s a perfume inspired by cold seas, the Salish Sea (to be exact, between Washington and Canada). As someone that has a tendency to be drawn to niche Neo-Aquatics, I couldn’t wait to try Albatross.
Albatross opens with evergreens. I’m not kidding and I know it’s not just the marketing copy, but Albatross really does smell like the Pacific Northwest. This smells like where old forests meet the sea. It’s a forest floor of cedar chips and anise-like evergreen needles. There’s a hint of briny, cool saltwater in the opening that is like a Pacific Ocean mist. I never want the opening to fade, but like all great things in life, it must. The heart is woodsy, wet and slightly charred like wood-tar creosote. On my skin, most of the wear is the dry-down. It’s warmer and drier with evergreen woods and a balsamic musk.
I’m starting to think this is one of my favorites from the brand. It’s more than a perfume. It’s a feeling and a place. The cool evergreens and briny sea air reminds me of the natural beauty of where old growth forests meet blue seas. Out in the distance you just may see snow-capped mountains on the horizon or a pod of whales swimming the seas.
Notes listed include salty breeze, cork, pinoin pine, poplar, sea fennel, charred oak and balsams. Launched in 2015. PERFUMER – Christi Meshell
Give Albatross a try if you like neo-aquatics or woodsy scents. Or if you like perfumes like Blackbird Pipe Bomb, CB I Hate Perfume At the Beach 1966, Montale Sandflowers, MiN NY Dune Road, HEELEY Sel Marin and/or S-Perfume.
Projection and longevity are average.
Victoria’s FInal EauPINION – Briny, cool evergreens. I’m such a sucker for perfumes like this. I want everyone that thinks they don’t like Aquatics to try something like this.
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