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Josh Meyer, the self-taught perfumer from Portland, Oregon who launched the Imaginary Authors niche line in 2012, has created a range of seven uniquely wonderful scents, each named after a non-book written by seven different non-authors – all pure fantasy!! 
 
The author of Bull’s Blood is Devante Valéreo… “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 early experiences with inspiring his most popular novella, Bull’s Blood. The book’s lurid tale of seduction garnered obscenity charges against the author. Though the charges were rejected by the court, a ban on the sale of his works persisted for a number of years.... “A man who has killed,” he wrote in Bull’s Blood, “is a man who knows passion.”
 
And Bull’s Blood is most definitely evocative of passion. It opens with what smells like alcohol mixed with blood –sharp, metallic, bitter.  A very slight fruity sweetness develops, edged with faint cinnamon and sour patchouli - ­it all smells wet and sort of dank. I don’t think I have ever smelled an accord like this before. The note list includes costus root, an animalic note which has a peculiar soft odor that smells like a mix of dirty human hair, goats and wet dogs. Mmmm… no wonder it is so strange and compellingly familiar at the same time.
 
As Bull’s Blood dries into the heart, aromatic rose and smoky tobacco notes alternate with pungent musk and earthy patchouli, and the costus note floats around, keeping this scent balanced on a knife edge – fall to one side and it is beautiful, fall to the other and it is repellant. The rose becomes sweeter in the drydown, the musk loses much of its dirty edge, and tobacco resins warm up, so that Bull’s Blood starts to tell a more polite story.
 
This is a perfume of dramatic contrasts, and I find it difficult to put into words. It has many twists, turns, smells -  blood, dirt, herbs, spice, flowers, animals, warm skin, amber, woods – which evoke unexpected images and emotions as I follow its long and complex but, to my nose, beautiful dry-down. Bull’s Blood has been described as challenging for some, but I find it totally engaging – there is an artistic weirdness at the margins of this scent that fascinates me.
 
That’s what art is supposed to do – engage your intellect as well as your emotions. I went to a new place after experiencing Bull’s Blood. It has an incredibly unique WOW! factor that has re-ignited my perfume passions, and I feel passionate when I wear it.
 
Notes: Patchouli, Rose, Costus Root, Tobacco, Black Musk & Bull’s Blood
Type: EdP
Parfumeur: Josh Myer
 

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