Bull’s Blood by Josh Meyer for Imaginary Authors 2012

Hello Everyone,

These Imaginary Authors have been on so many blogs in the last year, I have been totally intrigued to try their stuff. To be honest, the sample set arrived months ago and has been sitting in my To Do list ever since. While we were doing the sample cataloguing they floated to the top of the pile again. My first is the one that has garnered the most praise and hoopla, start at the top I say.

Bull’s Blood by Imaginary Authors 2012

Bull's Blood FragranticaPhoto Stolen Fragrantica

Fragrantica gives these featured notes in one line:
Patchouli, Rose, Costus Root, Tobacco, Black Musk & Bull’s Blood

WOW! This is an experience. Maybe it’s the hype but I really smell that tinny taste you get when you bite your lip or if you have gingevitis from lack of oral hygiene during my 20s then when flossing you will get blood too. It is a very specialised taste and Bull’s Blood definitely has a smell of that taste. It’s interesting and confronting but not disgusting like Secretions Magnifiques can be. I feel like I am wearing the olfactory correlation to art, it makes me think and I am seriously moved by the strangeness.

Notes swirl here like a merry-go-round or a school of fish, turning beautifully and precisely and I am not going to ruin my trip by trying to parse the magic, though I do get wafts of patchouli, rose, sweet tobacco and musk throughout the frag life, it’s more about the kaleidoscopic pictures than each singular piece. Waves and waves of beauty, with an edge, a touch of something slightly off kilter that keeps it interesting, a fine line between absolute beauty and terrible disgust. I AM HOOKED!! Bravo Imaginary Authors, this is drama in a bottle.

BullFight Demonstration pbsPhoto Stolen pbs

It’s now tomorrow morning and there is still a sweet, bloody musk, quite strong lingering around my body. It is now very much like the opening of MKK. The staying power on this baby is extraordinary, I think it may be the costus that has stayed so beautifully. Maybe I am plagiarising but THIS is what Lady Gaga’s fragrance could have smelled like, did anyone else write this. Beautiful and weird. I am definitely in the market for an FB. I can’t believe how reasonably priced this wonder is.

Further reading SmellyThoughts and CaFleurBon looks at the whole range.
ImaginaryAuthors has $85/60ml (which is a bargain for niche so beautifully constructed)
You can also grab the 7 x 2ml sampler at Imaginary Authors Site (<<<JUMP)

It’s a great name isn’t it? Do you have a favourite freakily named frag?
Portia x

Sorry, I couldn’t bring myself to add a photo of a bullfight, they make me want to cry. I don’t judge or want to change the Spanish tradition but I can not look at them without stupid sad tears of shame and anger pouring down my face.

18 comments on “Bull’s Blood by Josh Meyer for Imaginary Authors 2012

  1. brie says:

    Imaginary authors has been on my radar for quite some time now….and I am glad that you did not include a pic of a bullfight! the prices of these babies are extraordinary, n’est ce-pas? must get me a sampler set one of these days!

  2. Nadja says:

    This sounds so intriguing!! I think I’ll have to sample this!

  3. Dearest P
    Thanks as always for bringing such things to our attention.
    Have heard f these folks but not really fixed my attention on them… now looking at where the stockists might be!
    Yours ever
    The Perfumed Dandy

  4. poodle says:

    There are some others in this line I’d like to try but I can’t bring myself to try this one. I just have such a dislike of bullfights that I can’t get past that imagery.

  5. smellythoughts says:

    Great write up Portia – we’re such weirdo’s aren’t we – loving the smell of our imagination’s gingivitis :’)
    Do you get the big black olive blast I get in the opening? I get it just as much in Violet Disguise.
    Glad to hear you liked this one so much – it wasn’t my favourite in the line at all it was undoubtably going to be the most popular! Enjoy the rest x

  6. Mary P. says:

    Wow, how interesting! Thank you so much for your beautiful description and for introducing me to this line that I had never heard of.

  7. mim says:

    Whoa, that sounds like a wild ride!
    Glad you chose the pic you did…
    This one fascinated me most. I like the ‘human’ and musky scents but feel weird about wearing them in public…

    Most perfumes have french names even when they’re not french so they could be called baby head or cheesy feet and I wouldn’t pay much attention after trying to figure it out for half a minute.
    MKK is a weird name…Skarb had a description of ‘slavic tears’ which cracked me up.

  8. josh says:

    Portia, thank you for taking a look at the frags, I of course love your take on Bull’s Blood! Gingivitus, a school of fish and riding the line of disgust but somehow still pleasing, completely puts a smile on my face 🙂 Cheers to you, I hope you enjoy the rest of the line, too.

    • OMG! JOSH!! Hey buddy,
      I am glad you love my take. Having you come and say hello is quite an honour. I am back for 4 days and hope to spend some skin time with your Imaginary Authors line during that time. Bravo on Bull’s Blood
      Portia xxx

  9. josh says:

    Ha! Portia, believe you me, the honor is all mine! I’ll be interested in your thoughts of The Cobra & The Canary 😀 Perhaps my favorite of the line.

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