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From House of Matriarch in Seattle Washington, Black No.1, which was origially named Blackbird, was created by its owner and high priestess of natural perfumery, Christi Meshell, way back when her brand launched in 2012.  Created from over 300 natural essences, Christi describes it on her website as “…a living work of liquid art…worldly and penetrating perfume…it whispers ‘anything is possible’. “ 

The fragrance is built around the leather note, her fantasy of the leather note that Christi says she had to build up bit by bit, not as a traditional pyramid, but note by note so that the perfume became really “just one big tincture”.

In the first few breaths of Black No.1, I’m standing on the familiar Pacific shores where I grew up, the unmistakable pungent scent of seaweed, salt air, wet stones and majestic Douglas fir trees filling my head, wild, balmy and fresh. Then the thick smell of supple well-worn black leather, scented with sweat and pine resins, green moss and drifting smoke from a beach bonfire merge into an aromatic cocktail that is pure bliss.

I smell wood notes of pine, cedar and fir, and Oud wood from another continent, aged and powdery, dry dusty soft as a down pillow. Herbal cannabis leaf with its faint grassy sweetness, I distinctly smell lavender and sage, amber, myrhh. The leather note is there throughout but is never too obtrusive or too masculine.

Black No. 1 is woven through with herbal, balsamic, resinous, mossy, woody, smoky accords, sometimes animalic, sometimes slightly sweet, dark and haunting but warm and comforting. Black No. 1 is one of those fragrances that touches deep feelings and stirs hidden memories, it has spiritual power.

This is a fragrance for perfume connoisseurs who are seeking a soul-stirring experience. Composed mostly from natural essences (93%) the fragrance is innitially strong but dries down with a lovely soft sillage, one application lasts for hours, and it’s perfectly designed for male and feminine skin.


Notes: Seaweed, fir, leather, agarwood (oud), cannabis, pine tree

Type: Artisan Parfum Extrait

Perfumeur: Christi Meshell

Price: $12.00