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Bonsai by House of Matriarch

by Therapeutic Fragrance


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Who? I See Wearing the Fragrance

Pat Morita

Where? I Use the Fragrance


When? The Season I Use the Fragrance

Fall and Winter

What? Occasions or Events I Use Fragrance



Christi Meshell


Price Per Millileter

120 16ML

Perfume Classification

Eau De Parfum


2 Feet or More



Up to 6 Hours



How? I Apply the Fragrance

1 - 3

Memories of Karate Kid. This was one of the first movies I saw in a theatre. Christi Meshell from House of Matriarch. I have covered her many times. I almost skipped this one because so many of her fragrances have the same drydown, but I picked this up because of The Art and Olfaction Awards nomination. I said this was all natural in the unboxing video, but this is not all natural. 

This one wears two different ways on me. I wore it a couple times in high heat, drenched myself in it. I wish I could show how much I have used already. It is so good in high heat. Then I wore it in the AC, and that is totally different. It opens with a literal zen garden. It has a Japanese evergreen essence backed by a black copal, which is so unique I ordered some black copal to smell. It smells so magical. It added depth to the resinous base. Alligator juniper is very beautiful. It desreves to be a finalist in The Art and Olfaction Awards. You can smell the high-end naturals, alive, growing on your body. But when I wore it in the AC, the synthetics were obvious, and it became too much for me near the end of the wearing. The linear quality of the synthetics became tiring after several hours; naturals are supposed to shift and fade after a while, but this was too persistent. That is just a little critique. Bonsai is one of the best expressions you can get of a zen garden. This is a great escape, a mood enhancement.

Bottle Presentation

Company:House of Matriarch
Perfumer:Christi Meshell
Fragrance Family:Aromatic Green
Classification:Eau De Parfum
Pricing:$7.50/fluid ml
Country:Seattle, Usa
Projection:2 Feet or More
Longevity:Up to 6 Hours
Short Description:Zen Garden
Fragrantica Score:4.61 out of 5 with 26 votes

Therapeutic Fragrance Score Chart


Experience 13/15
Branding & Originality 5/5
Projection & Sillage 4/5
Longevity 4/5
Composition 18/20
& Price per ML


TOP: 9/10
HEART: 4/5
BASE: 7/10


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  1. I think fragrances that are about 70% natural smell 100% natural usually for me. I'm totally fine with mixed media. And yeah definitely only buy from HoM during one of their many many big sales

    1. Your absolutely right. Mixed media is fine with me which in technicality this is. It's just advertising as all natural was the point I was bringing up. I brought up Areej as they are definitely mixed media showing off really good naturals.

    1. Therapeutic Fragrance The description for Copal Azur said copal resin can’t be used in perfume, so they mixed different types of frankincense to match the smell of copal. So if it’s just burned as incense, how are they getting oil? Capturing the smoke? Approximating the smell with other oils? I smelled Copal Azure and Bruja de la Rosa, and those are the only two perfumes I am aware of that were supposed to smell like copal in some way. Not really a fan, but maybe real copal is different?

    2. Tincure real copal. Do you know who Ikram is. He's a good friend over in Africa. He's in most of my lives and is doing really good things in perfume. I know about copal from him. He ordered some white and is tincturing it. It is in a ball park of Frankincence but a lot different. A lot of people in South America use it. I can't give you a reference on black besides this and Pomare's uses it. I ordered some of the best supposedly from a guy down in LA

  2. 2021 wont be released until 2021 but I will be releasing rasa smoke this fall and 2021 Rasa will be more similar to 2019 but with additional longevity and the oud bomb will go into the Rasa smoke which I’m making with my aged redwood extractions. Thank you so much for this review!

    1. @Pomare5 Thanks for the advice, that was super helpful! Looks like I'll have to go foraging for redwood sap =). Given the fires and how little the trees produce oils, it might take a while.

  3. And here Brandon keeps pouring gasoline onto the burning wreck that is my bank account. All kidding aside, keep the great content coming brother, I just placed an order and can't wait to check it out!

    1. LOL Ryan. I am afraid we are going to look back on this year as the greatest releases from Indie houses ever. As demand grown there is almost no way to keep the quality of materials. Materials will eventually be sacrificed for volume. It's an unfortunate truth.

  4. Great review! I agree, it does seem fittingly to close your bottle coverage with this… The purity of what this is, the positivity and realness of your review… Living perfume, no cheating… Thank you for saving the best for last.

  5. I tried a sample of this! I love my indie people but unfortunately it was a major let down. I must have gotten the batch with less passion fruit because I got none. I'm from the Caribbean and very familiar with and love passion fruit but none to be found. The oud was legit but the perfume overall lacks character.. maybe those isolates would have helped ???? would have loved to try the 2019!

    1. Just because I have both I can tell what the passion fruit is doing in the 2020 yes not the same. I don't know if you wear oud or not, but 2020 is like wearing an oud. 2019 undoubtedly you would be able to smell that Caribbean love. What part of the Caribbean I've only been to Trinidad and Tobago. BTW she says 2021 will guarantee to have the passion fruit top back and I'm sure I see a sample being sent your way:)

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