As I write this, it’s New Year’s eve. Today, as 2013 inched nearer, a fun thing happened — I finally bought some new perfume (not an old favorite or a vintage scent, but a recent creation). My first, and last, new-perfume purchase of 2012 was House of Matriarch Destiny.
The House of Matriarch is a Washington state-based natural perfumery whose scents are created by perfumer Christi Meshell; I came across the entire House of Matriarch collection at the Blackbird Apothecary in Seattle’s old Ballard neighborhood. I could have bought almost any scent in the line and been satisfied, but I decided on a perfume called Destiny. When I got home and researched House of Matriarch, I saw that Destiny is its best seller...and that impressed (and surprised) me, because Destiny is not a one-size-fits-all perfume.
Imagine Bandit promenading down the street with his (yes, his) arm wrapped around Tubéreuse Criminelle; behind these two worthy perfume personages walks their offspring, a flower-child named Destiny. Of course Destiny is much younger than papa and does not exude as much power or purpose as Bandit: there’s pungent greenery, tuberose and jasmine in both, but these ingredients conjure a “tisane” in Destiny, a hefty elixir in Bandit. Both fragrances share a moss-infused genetic pool.
As this family of perfumes walks farther from us, Madame T. Criminelle adds her own scent to Bandit's moss and flowers — a delightful trail of “clove” and mentholated tuberose (a floral-“wintergreen” aroma); Destiny mimics this cool vibe of maman, but is a bit sweeter in character — with a tinge of jasmine that lasts through the dry down.
If you’ve admired Robert Piguet Bandit or Serge Lutens Tubéreuse Criminelle from afar, felt they were a little “too much” for you, do give Destiny a try. Destiny is a natural fragrance and its sillage and lasting power can’t compete with Bandit or Tubéreuse Criminelle, but I only have to reapply Destiny once during a day’s wear (if I allow my shirt or sweater to be dampened by the perfume I don’t need to reapply at all). I think I’ll save Destiny for spring and summer when a bright green chypre will have a chance to bloom on my skin.
House of Matriarch offers Destiny Parfum in 15 ($120), 30 ($160) and 60 ml ($250) sizes; samples are available for $9.
Destiny lists notes of Piper cubeba, tangerine, galbanum, tansy, gardenia, neroli, tuberose, Jasminum grandiflorum, Jasminum sambac, oak moss, benzoin, vetiver.