WHAT I SMELL: Madrona opens with a moist lavender that’s creamy and lightly sugared. A light leather and birch bring a little bit of sour into the perfume along with a hint of burnt rubber. The initial feel of the perfume is quite outdoorsy and masculine while at the same time it’s also rather smooth with just the right amount of toughness. A smoldering woodiness creates the base which makes the fragrance feel strong and steady. As the perfume develops it begins to soften, while still confident, it adds a dimension of contentment as the lavender becomes more powdered and a woody vetiver begins to take over as a radiant base.
From the House of Matriarch website:
A fragrance born of the Northwest. Dream-inducing lavender fields mingle with towering cedar trees swaying gently in the misted Pacific breeze. An underlying sense of exploration, imbued through a Vetiver base note, keeps this ancient Northwest spirit youthful and exotic. Madrona, whose bark itself look like it was forged of polished bronze, lends more than just a note to this fragrance — it lays the roots of its name.
WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME: The perfume made for Lewis and Clark…at the journey’s end where the tall trees meet the cool ocean of the Pacific Northwest.
THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE MADRONA: secure, aged, solid
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT MADRONA: perfumesilove
BOTTOM LINE: What started off as rather manly, in the end becomes a real comforting and easy to wear scent. The perfume is not large in its projection which makes this a perfect fit for an office setting.
- Bone Rating: 3.5 out of possible 5 bones
- Scent: Aromatic
- Nose: Christi Meshell
- Classification: Unisex, but leans masculine
- Expense: $120 for 15 ml parfum
August 15, 2016 at 5:42 am
Interesting fragrance S and great review. Love your new logo too! Sounds like an intriguing combo the lavender and birchtar and its dry down as well. It sounds like it is too masculine for my taste though.
August 15, 2016 at 6:09 am
Greetings my dear – It’s actually in the dry down it’s much softer than at first…but I do think it’s more masculine than unisex. But again…wear what you love! 🙂
August 15, 2016 at 11:18 am
House of Matriarch has been on my radar for a while, but I haven’t sniffed a single one of their perfumes. This one is maybe too masculine for me, so I checked out their site and my word! they have a ton of stuff! Are there any others in the line that you like?
August 16, 2016 at 6:13 am
My dear Holly…I think you might like Trillium which is a lovely white floral that settles down to a powdery whisp 🙂
August 16, 2016 at 9:39 am
August 16, 2016 at 6:15 am
You know they now sell House of Matriarch at Nordstrom…so now it’s no longer so hard giving them a try!
August 16, 2016 at 9:40 am
Ah yes! Thank you again!
August 27, 2016 at 3:01 am
I’ll wait for it to get to one of my local Nordstroms, but if it does, I’ll definitely give it a try since I like lavender in perfumes.
August 27, 2016 at 7:46 am
Funny…I thought that the line was in all of the Nordstroms. Would love to know your impressions when you get your hands on it. Send my love to Rusty 🙂
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