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Violet Flame – A niche natural, a different violet

Violet Flame bottle -houseofmatriarch.biz

After exploring and researching new perfume territory, which sometimes takes months, I’ll finally place an order on-line and immediately the tension starts to build. I get anxious, impatient, I want it right away, like NOW, but without fail, Time perversely slows way down and makes me wait. I could swear I’ve been waiting weeks for my order to arrive from Seattle, Washington but in fact it’s been only a week and a half. 

I’m fascinated with natural perfumes and perfumers, a fast-growing segment within the niche category. Christie Meshell, the creative force behind House of Matriarch believes “natural is the new niche…”. She builds her luxurious fragrances entirely from natural essences and her creative inspirations come in part from culture, her American Native and Italian heritage, as well as her deep ongoing study of mysticism, religion, the occult, science and history. She is composing beautiful fragrances for the ages, “that speak to the past but carry us into the future…” Read the 2019 Fragrantica interview with John Biebel here and you’ll understand her commitment to High Perfumery. And read my blog about her first award-winning fragrance, Black No. 1… “a ride on a magic olfactory carpet”.

Her newest release, Violet Flame, dropped into my mailbox two days ago. Violet is one of my Top Five perfume notes, its unique scent etched into my memory from picking violets every spring as a kid. There’s a magic to the violet scent, a result of the ionones in the petals. As Gwen describes in her blog about Balenciaga Paris, when you sniff violets, ionone temporarily dulls your sense of smell so for a few moments their scent disappears, then your nose recovers, your sense of smell returns, and you can smell them again. If you keep sniffing, the cycle repeats. This game of now-you-smell-me-now-you-don’t has earned violet frags a reputation for being ‘flirty’...

I already own four violet fragrances. Why would I want another? Violet Empire is grassy violet with herbs and resins, Bois de Violette is earthy violet with greens and cedarwood, Blanc Violette is powdery violet with florals and vanilla, and Violette in Love is floral violet with spices and musk. All four violets evoke violets in Nature, the scent of spring blooms, the scent of regeneration - earthy, woody, powdery, sweet – beautiful, evocative but ephemeral. 

Violet Flame tells a totally different story. Christie describes her newest scent as “…a liquid mantra of unmatched frequency and purity from a higher dimension where fragrance is enchanted and the magical properties of the natural violet can be fully expressed…” Violet Flame, which is 99% natural, is “for those who know, and those who wish to.” Hmmm, sounds intriguing but some research is required…

First of all, the name is important. Violet Flame refers to the essence of spiritual light, according to Dr. Athena Perrakis of sagegoddess.com:

“Are you familiar with the Violet Flame? The Violet Flame is the quintessence of spiritual light, and it can be likened to that which exists beyond the Crown Chakra, where everything is wonderful oneness. Mystics across time and space have glimpsed a “spiritual spectrum” behind the physical spectrum of light observable by the human eye…The Violet Flame possesses the qualities of mercy, forgiveness, freedom, love, and transmutation – all the high vibrational light qualities of Source. The color violet has long been associated with spirituality… which is our portal to the Higher Realms…”

Violet Flame, the perfume, ultimately takes the violet note far beyond the garden and forest. From the opening spritz, the scent is welcoming and warm, vibrant and herbaceous, Swiss violets basking in sun-warmed grass, faintly spiced with the aromas of sweet licorice and soft floral heather. But with the addition of a breathtaking iris accord - orris root powder aged thirty years, and orris butter, which are loaded with ionones - mixed with earthy oakmoss, Violet Flame soars into the atmosphere.

For several hours, this purple violet accord floats on the gorgeous iris and oakmoss, all the notes in perfect harmony and balance, creating what I can only describe as an ethereal sensation of pure peace and contentment. This feeling of universal belonging deepens through the long dry-down as the violet accord diminishes and becomes velvety soft, fading to a faint flicker of flame by the end of its journey. 

Violet Flame is not powdery or sweet or heavy or flirty, like other violet fragrances. It is definitely the scent of the delicate purple flowers, soft and quiet, like violets in clouds, or the scent of a memory of violets, distant, ethereal. Ideal for both men and women, it is a different violet experience, unadorned and pure, and like its name, offers a glimpse of the spiritual spectrum. I can’t say that about many perfumes in my collection.

Wearing it as I have the past few days, I’ve found myself thinking about Notre Dame Cathedral, and the fact that the massive stained glass Rose Windows were not damaged in the recent fire. Each of these priceless windows contain many panes of violet-coloured glass, which makes me think that maybe there’s some truth to the spiritual power attributed to the Violet Flame, a power which protected Notre Dame and its windows. Who knows?

Violet Flame is listed in our Decant Store. Decants are $12.00 for 1 ml.

Note: Christie Meshell uses denatured grape alcohol as the base for her natural perfumes, which is made especially for her by a local organic wine-maker. That’s why she marks the year of production on the bottom of her perfume bottles, because like fine wines, she believes they will improve with age. Unfortunately, I may not be able to test her theory…my bottle of Violet Flame could be gone in a matter of weeks.  I can’t stop spritzing it.