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The Longing


Christi Meshell, the creative force behind House of Matriarch builds her luxurious fragrances from natural essences, and believes that believes “natural is the new niche…”  Christi also creates bespoke fragrances, and in 2016 she made a very special scent for perfume lover and reviewer, Joseph Sagona. Inspired by Joseph’s poem, The Longing, and armed with a list of his favourite perfume notes, Christi created “an ultra-gourmand unisex white floral with oriental undertones and a velvety amber” which was named The Longing and released in 2017 as a Limited Edition.  

Dry, powdery and pungent, imbedded with bitter herbs and spice, the opening accord is definitely not gourmand or sweet, this smells exotic, powerful, foreign. The oudh (agarwood) dominates for a few minutes, then begins to subside revealing a subtle boozy buttery plum note paired with lush jasmine, fresh-bloomed, just-cut, and spicy-green, and sweet floral boronia, which form an airy floral layer over the pungent oudh.  

And then the heart notes swoop in. White florals accented by sweet orange, apricot from osmanthus, intoxicating tropical gardenia, the notes merge with the top florals into an exotic bouquet that hums with a sensuous innocence. As minutes become hours this floral accord in the heart is slowly saturated with silky-soft sweet grassy honey, so that it becomes warm and langorous and luscious as it moves into the base. 

After a few hours, the base notes start to appear. The leather dominates at first, slightly smoky but very soft and mild, absorbing the animalic tendrils of honey so that is just slightly sweet. The sandalwood, one of my favourite resinous wood notes, is strong and creamy, and melts into the warm amber and benzoin notes. Vanilla merges with musk into soft seductiveness. And to my surprise, the oudh reappears in powdery clouds every so often, removing the sugary edge from sweet notes, expanding the depth and appeal of the leathery ambery base accord.

The Longing has great lasting power, and a wonderful sillage, and I think skews female, but body chemistry plays into that. It’s not a spritz and go, flirty floral, or diva date-night kind of scent, but more a fragrance for serious perfume lovers. The Longing takes a while to get to know. It’s a fragrance to explore, to muse over, to discover, and fall in love with. 

Notes: plum, jasmine, butter, agarwood, vintage boronia,vanilla orchid, gardenia, orange blossom, honey, and vintage osmanthus,leather, amber, vanilla, benzoin, sandalwood and ambrette musk

Type: EdP

Parfumeur: Christi Meshell


Price: $12.00