Imaginary Authors is a new line based in Portland, Oregon. The line is inspired by imaginary authors. When I first sniffed Memoirs of a Trespasser, I said to myself “Here’s a vanilla with wanderlust.” It has a decent, comfortable life but needs to get some dirt on the bottom of those boots.
Memoirs of a Trespasser opens with acrid resins over a creamy vanilla. And it wears this way for most of the wear. It’s not sweet. It’s balsamic like tonka beans and vanilla bean pods, borderline pipe tobacco. The base is a creamy, musky oak. Like a mix of the base of Malle Musc Ravageur and the base of Le Labo Patchouli 24.
Memoirs of a Trespasser is my favorite from Imaginary Authors and it is unlike the others in the line which are filled to the brim with aldehydes. Memoirs of a Trespasser is the rebel. It stands out.
Notes listed include vanilla from Madagascar, guaiacwood, myrrh, benzoin resin, ambrette seeds and oak barrels. Launch date 2012. PERFUMER – Josh Meyer
Give Memoirs of a Trespasser a try if you are looking for a rugged vanilla. Or if you like perfumes like Le Labo Patchouli 24, Tauer Lonestar Memories, L’Artisan Parfumeur Vanille Absolument, and/or Malle Musc Ravageur. Try it if you like the Le Labo line. I think this one smells like it could be the step-brother of a few of the Le Labos. Memoirs of a Trespasser is unisex but it makes a great “masculine vanilla”.
Projection and longevity are above average.
The 2 oz bottle retails for $85 at Imaginary Authors.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – A vanilla with wanderlust. Creamy and balsamic as one would expect from a vanilla, but with the addition of a rugged oak.
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5 thoughts on “Imaginary Authors Memoirs of a Trespasser EDP Perfume Review”
This one has an especially great name; I’m glad the perfume doesn’t disappoint.
I always love reviews of obscure scents. Thanks for this one!
Memoirs is actually one that didn’t stand out to me and took some wearings to get used to. At the bottom of the list for me is Cobra – which seems to be everyones favourite?
Interesting how you said they are all full of aldehydes – aside from L’Orchidee I’d never thought about them like that but I suppose you’re right!
Still, there are some I love in this line, it’s just a little hard to get used to the unusual signature that runs throughout them! Need a bottle of The Soft Lawn in time for summer.
Look forward to hearing more of your thoughts about these 🙂
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I have a confession. The only one that I haven’t tried is Cobra on skin. So, I should 🙂 With the people I’ve talked with, it seems that Memoirs is the favorite but I’m in the cold, rainy climate that does well with smoky fragrances.
I have tried the others, the florals are aldehyde heavy which is something that some people will dig. I have dry skin so things like aldehydes and citrus don’t last long on me at all.
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