Fashion (Canada) - - BEAUTY MUSIC - —L.H.

Though not re­ally a fan of fra­grance, Emily Haines re­ceived sam­ples in her dress­ing room from nat­u­ral brand House of Ma­tri­arch while on a tour stop in Seat­tle with her band Met­ric. En­tranced by the smell of these non-syn­thetic ver­sions and how they made her feel, the Toronto singer even­tu­ally “worked up the nerve” to ask brand founder Christi Meshell about de­vel­op­ing a scent of her own. “Turns out, Christi is as fond of col­lab­o­ra­tions as I am, and in no time, we were delv­ing into pos­si­bil­i­ties,” says Haines.

Guided by Meshell, Haines chose a heady base of am­ber, Moroc­can rose and East In­dian san­dal­wood with top notes of saf­fron, nar­cis­sus and Gandhi root. Called Siren, the fra­grance shares its name with a track on Choir of the Mind, the sec­ond al­bum un­der Haines’s solo project Emily Haines & the Soft Skele­ton, and is meant to be gen­der­less.

Haines also cre­ated Dark For­est, a com­pan­ion in­cense that she ad­mits she added out of self-in­ter­est—to change her dress­ing room into a place where she can re­lax. “Even at the most pres­ti­gious venues, this task is not un­like try­ing to turn a pump­kin into a char­iot,” she says. “I want to be trans­ported as quickly as pos­si­ble, and light­ing this is an im­me­di­ate fix.”

Both items were sold dur­ing the Choir of the Mind tour last De­cem­ber, but they will be back for a limited run early this year.

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