Imaginary Authors

Slow Explosions Sample

  • This is a 2 ml spray sample. Find the full bottle here .  

    Perfumer Josh Meyer puts together a beautiful rose-saffron elixir inspired by a fiction of his own making. That's the Imaginary Authors angle, and this time our invented writer is an American on a journey in India. "In 1980, Gwen K. Vroomen quit a monotonous job, went to the corner bar, and – on the bartender’s urging – threw a dart at a world map tacked on the wall. She had never heard of Goa but knew immediately she needed to go. Three months later she was celebrating Hindu New Year at a tea garden high in the hills of Kerala, fireworks exploding below. She wrote of that night: “I was resuscitated by color, redeemed by the vibrant unknown.” Her self-proclaimed 'Journey out of darkness,' dotted with unforgettable stories of night markets, river floats, and harrowing moped rides, inspired a generation of young Americans eager to buck the drudgery of ordinary life." 


    Why we love it? With pops of rose and hits of saffron, this scent explodes on the skin and awakens the senses. This sexy, sultry, hypnotic blend gives you all of the femininity of a floral fragrance with the sophistication of saffron shining its light in the deep corners of the night. Every inhale will open you up to the idea of escape, push you to take risks, and embolden you to get truly lost. Magical.


    Notes include saffron, rose absolute, leather, apple, benzoin, cashmeran, and Arpora Night Market.

  • 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
  • Slow Explosions was inspired by the imaginary novel written by Gwen K. Vroomen (you guessed it—an imaginary author).