Well, here was one that I did not see coming. I had read about Imaginary Authors and asked for samples and they were kind enough to send me them I tried three or four on and it was a big “meh”. So much so that I decided that I wasn’t going to write about them (I’ll take LVMH to the woodshed anytime, but small places I won’t) So it was just toss them onto the coffee table and walk away.
Then I got to the door and started smelling myself- and they were GORGEOUS. So much so that I’ve been wearing Bull’s Blood for the last three days, and not just because I’m reviewing it.
The idea of the house is that the scents are based upon the lives of imaginary authors (I certainly never heard of them if they aren’t). You can read the backstory on Bull’s Blood here. I think there’s enough of tongue-jammed-in-cheek that as an advertising copy it’s pegging as cute rather than annoying. Plus I love the packaging- it’s kind of retro-fabulous in a “manly, yes, but I like it too” way I can’t help but smile.
Hey, it’s not slapping an artificial expiration date on there or telling us that it’s saving the world and the bottles aren’t encased in concrete, so I’m happy. Especially when I smell this good.
The largest part of Bull’s Blood on me is the tobacco and my new favorite ingredient, Costus Root. I do smell the rose and the patchouli and the final musky dry down is gorgeous. It’s a definite scent with many layers to the tobacco from the lush, ripe almost moist aspect of the tobacco my dad used for his pipe to the particularly dry scent of cigarettes being smoked. But not the reality of them being smoked- the romanticized version that perhaps only an ex-smoker has a memory of. (I quit a little under 20 years ago and it was the best thing I ever did. I can’t believe how much I used to give up to smoke and if you’re still doing it please stop; your lungs and your wallet will thank you. End of lecture.) The rose is light and delicate- it is like the imaginary author is sitting at his local café smoking his cigarillos, a single white rose on his table. Being Devante Valéreo and a ladies man he has a rather discernible personal smell- that of a man who has recently showered but who’s skin will always smell slightly of sex..
Lasting power for Bull’s Blood is pretty good: 6-8 hours on my skin and the shirts I was wearing are perfuming my bedroom from the hamper.
I’m going to be circling back to these and review the others over the summer.
Josh from Imaginary Authors just emailed me about three minutes before this goes live to offer three readers samples of Bull’s Blood. So leave a comment if you’d like to be included in the draw. The results will be posted next week, and I will need contact info at that point. Open to USA only, sorry chickens. Let the running of the bulls begin!
Imaginary Authors is sold in Portland, Oregon at Machus, Beam and Anchor and Eden, Sweet Anthem in Seattle, Ball and Buck in Boston, Seed People in Costa Mesa, Revolver in San Francisco and online here. You can get decent-sized spray samples of their scents for $6, or all 7 for $35. 60ML bottles are $85 My samples were given to me for review.
Photo: Imaginary Authors