Imaginary Authors

Memoirs of a Trespasser

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    "Who needs love when you have cognac?" So says Philip Sava, the fictional author of the fictional book that inspired this very real perfume. That's how Josh Meyer's delightful Imaginary Authors works: He makes a perfume and then invents a backstory around it, imagining that he has created it based on a book by a famous author—when, in reality, Meyer himself created the whole thing. Memoirs is dark, rich, and boozy, and it's no wonder that this one has become a cult favorite of Imaginary Authors fans. Notes include Madagascar vanilla, guaiac wood, myrrh, benzoin resin, ambrette seed, and oak barrels.
  • Josh Meyer is the creator and perfumer of Imaginary Authors out of Portland, Oregon. Each perfume in his line of gorgeous, quirky scents has an imaginary author to match. Read a  Q&A with Josh  or learn more at
  • Memoirs of a Trespasser is Meyer's unique treatment of Madagasscar vanilla.