I ordered a 2ml sample of Memoirs of a Trespasser by Imaginary Authors from their website and they kindly gave me samples of Violet Disguise and Cape Heartache as well – all for $6!! Awesome value and service. 🙂
The concept of Imaginary Authors is rather unique and self-explanatory. The perfumes are based off the lives of these authors that the perfumer made up. The real version of this would be if people made perfume out of the lives of J.K Rowling or Jane Austin or George RR Martin – it’s interesting concept to think about.
MEMOIRS OF A TRESPASSER – 60ml EDP for $85 USD
Notes: Madagascar Vanilla, Guaiacwood, Myrrh, Benzoin Resin, Ambrette Seeds & Oak Barrels.
This opens as a dusty vanilla with some sweet wood but at the same time, as someone previously mentioned, it has a faint tar/shoe polish scent for a few minutes. This is probably from the myrrh and/or benzoin which is noticeable but not overwhelming. I’m getting a lot of guaiac wood (and a little oak barrel) from it with a rather smoky and slight incense tinge.
I don’t get much vanilla for the first hour or so, as it seems to be used more as a base to back up the overall concept, but I finally get a rather incredible vanilla. I can see, now that I know what kind of Vanilla it is, how it was subtly there at the start but the smoky wood was veiling it. It’s a very pure vanilla, more essence than cake-sweet. The vanilla does gets slightly sweeter in a woody-way though as it goes on and resins influence it heavily. The more I smell this the more I like it and it’s, somehow, strangely exactly what I imagined this perfume to be.
It is a warm, cozy and nostalgic perfume with a mysterious ‘it smells like something from my past that I can’t quite put my finger on’ aspect. Amber isn’t a listed note but it has an ambery aspect. It is surprisingly unisex. It reminds me, of course, of campfires and autumn but is also a rather lonely scent. It’s much lighter than Mona di Orio’s Vanille and isn’t a home-fireplace scent like Firebird’s Woodsmoke Vanilla. It also reminds me of Loreena Mckennitt’s music. 7.5/10.
CAPE HEARTACHE – 60ml EDP for $85 USD
Notes: Douglas Fir, Pine Resin, Western Hemlock, Vanilla Leaf, Strawberry, Old Growth and Mountain Fog.
Woah – this is such a fascinating perfume. It’s sweet, cool and fresh upon initial spray and I can easily place the notes as pine and strawberry which is a curious combination. I’m very impressed with Imaginary Authors and how well blended their perfumes are for you can smell each individual note kind of layered on top of each other. It’s like musical instrument separation, you can listen to the song as a whole but also place each instrument and listen to that specifically.
If I take a deep sniff it tells a story and the last note my nose takes in is a smoky wood that, somehow, makes absolute sense. As it begins to dry down I’m getting a stronger dose of fir. The strawberry, as others have pointed out, is quite strong but I really like it and when the vanilla subtly comes into play it, strangely, tones the sweetness down.
It smells almost exactly as I imagined from the description and name. Imagine you’ve just come out of a forest, probably running through it and getting pine and fir all over you, to a slope above a beach. You’re on the edge of a cape and the wind is blowing and you can see the sea stretch out forever. It’s kind of sad and I do get that reminiscent heartache vibe from it. It’s unisex and should be just as popular as its brother Memoirs of a Trespasser. I might buy a FB of this. 7/10.
VIOLET DISGUISE – 60ml EDP for $85 USD
Notes: Plum, Violet, Dried Fruits, Balsam, Amber, Evening Air & The Month of May.
This is very feminine in a reserved way with the main notes being plum and violet. It has a lot of associations to it like some of the ‘notes’ listed are Evening Air and the Month of May which I actually get. It brings to my mind a young lady from the 1800’s wearing a purple dress and sitting on a patio reading a book before retiring to the drawing room to converse with friends one late-afternoon/early evening on a Tuesday in May.
I feel like I’m missing something in this perfume; I’ll take a deep sniff and somewhere far into it I’ll smell something that evokes a memory that I can’t quite place. I really want to place what it reminds me of but no matter how much I smell it can’t place…it’s something from my childhood. All of the Imaginary Authors perfumes have this same illusive feeling of evoking bygone memories. 6/10.