A handful of smells make me cry. I am the real life Ashley Judd in Someone Like You, when she begs a doctor to remove her olfactory glands as to forget the douchbag Greg Kinnear.
The power of scent is stronger than we realize, meaning the perfect perfume can change your life. I now know this, thanks to Imaginary Authors.
I met Portland based Imaginary Authors a few weeks ago at Fort Mason’s Renegade Craft Fair. First, I was taken by their display featuring upside down stemless wine glasses perched on old books. An aesthetic I love–old books and simplicity.
Intrigued, I picked up a wine glass, giving it a sniff.
Mezcal and campfire,
I said with a smile.
The bottle read “A City on Fire” The perfumer smiled. This product made sense. I continued down the line, falling in love with each scent almost as much as the first–but not quite. You can take the girl out of the campsite, but she will always want to go back to the fire.
Josh Meyer, Imaginary Authors, perfumer created a line of unisex scents. They layer effortlessly to suit you’re mood. Their staying power is much greater than most designer perfume I wear. Most importantly the scents and their stories pull at my heart strings. (What can I say, I’m a sucker for a little romance.)
Each Imaginary Author perfume is named after a book that’s never been written.
Their book jacket description gives hints to the perfume’s origin and feeling the scent should cultivate. The story snippets are funny, alluring, and make you wish the books were real.
This week, I met Josh again at SF’s Tigerlily Perfumery launch party for his new scent–Slow Explosions. Slow Explosions tells the robust story of a trip to India with notes of saffron and crisp apple. It makes me desperately want to hop on a plane and head to a New Delhi street fair.
New Delhi might not be in the cards for now, but until then, I’ll keep my nose close to this niche perfume gem.
Peace. Love. and Bobby Pins.