Notetaking’s Best of 2021 [So Far…]

EXCEPTIONAL OLFACTION: Wait one hot's only July! Yes, I fully realize that there are likely stunning fragrances to come (or that I've missed altogether), with amazing scents just right around the corner. Before I step away from the microphone I wanted to give credence to those which have already impressed halfway through the year.... Continue Reading →

Imaginary Authors – A Trio

“Imaginary Authors offers wildly unique fragrances born from the concept of scent as art and art as provocation. Like a good book, these scents are meant to inspire you. In these bottles are layered narratives that are sure to generate stirring conversation, fragrances that might be capable of changing the course of your own personal... Continue Reading →

Opposites Attract

“The subtly sinister follow-up to Lenora Blumberg’s acclaimed debut “Violet Disguise,” tells the story of a farmer’s wife who, after maintaining a decades-long affair with a crop duster pilot, decides to come clean to her husband (who also happens to be her lover’s employer)….Set in California's tranquil and dusty San Joaquin Valley, the elaborate tale... Continue Reading →

Burnt Offering +

ABLAZE: “A brilliantly dark graphic novel, A City On Fire, is the story of two match-makers. Rupert literally fabricates matches in a factory on the waterfront while Frances writes a dating column for the city’s newspaper. Both are recluses who haunt the night’s shadows observing clandestine activities from afar but never partaking. That changes one fortuitous evening... Continue Reading →

A Drop Shifts The Paradigm

“Devante Valereo was raised in a dusty Spanish village on the Balearic Sea. He fondly recalled going to the bullfights with his father, an ex-picador, and credited those experiences with inspiring his popular novella, Bull's Blood. The book's lurid tale of seduction garnered obscenity charges against him. A ban on the sale of his works... Continue Reading →

Measured Cool

“…unisex fragrance features notes of wild mint, pink peppercorn, sambac, evergreen needles, pomelo zest and beeswax. The scent was created as a collaboration between Dasein’s Sam Rader and fellow indie perfumer Josh Meyer of Imaginary Authors. All Dasein scents are toxin and cruetly free…” HouseDaseinOriginUSAFragranceWinter GreenYear2019NoseSam Rader and Josh MeyerConcentrationEDPGenderUSeasonTo Chill DownSize/Cost50ml / $125SourceDaseinSoundtrackWintergreen by... Continue Reading →


Shaken or Stirred: “On the outskirts of Clarksdale, Mississippi, at the end of a secluded dirt road sat a small ramshackle church. It was not a place of worship but rather where many went to seek refuge during impoverished times. Legend has it the structure was transported to the wild mint field by hand, hoisted... Continue Reading →

EP 54: A Cordial Compound

This is the second scent that we have covered from the house Imaginary Authors. Here we have the curiously titled, Memoirs of a Trespasser. If that doesn't sound like a Hemingway novel, huh!? This gives me flexible memory flashbacks to summer camp, being in the hospital and warming to my music library in my pj's... Continue Reading →

EP 12: Fallen Needles Amid Fog

Cape Heartache from Imaginary Authors goes deep into the wilderness as Autumn rises and vegetation is just slowly starting to recede. And though they blend various barks and such, there is a certain red fruit at its pulse point. It's on the small side and usually quite juicy, can you guess, imagine? This is a... Continue Reading →

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