Sunday, September 6, 2015

Review: Imaginary Authors Falling into the Sea

"At the age of nineteen Nica Galas published her first book, the autobiographical tome Falling into the Sea which chronicled her short and torrid love affair among the hot beaches and lemon trees in the Gulf of Naples. The breathtaking story opens with Nica and her girlfriends picking bunches of jasmine flower for boys while they cliff-jumped into the sea. An innocent first kiss erupts into an ardent summer entanglement which is cut short one moonlit night when her lover leaps into the dark abyss never to surface, leaving Nica naked on the cliffs screaming his name."


lemon, bergamot, grapefruit, lychee, tropical flowers, & warm sand

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Wearing this feels like burying your feet in sun-warmed, sandy shores. Like staring into a salty, blue, sparkling sea. Like sniffing oceanside flowers on an exotic island. Like quenching your thirst with a refreshing, fresh-squeezed lemonade, from a palm tree strewn hammock. Falling into the Sea is simple, but effective. It opens with citrus that is delicately sweetened with lychee, flows into a bouquet of tropical flowers, and is soaked up into toasty, seaside sand. It is at once relaxing and rejuvenating, similar to the way a long overdue vacation is experienced. And hey, simple doesn't mean it lacks character, Falling into the Sea still maintains the unique DNA that is inherited by all Imaginary Authors fragrances.

Grapefruit has proven to be a challenging note for me in the past, it can easily veer toward a body odor or cat pee replica territory; not so here. This citrus trio is never unpleasant or sour. Interestingly, I prefer to wear this on a less scorching summer day, with low humidity. I spritzed it on before venturing out into the gross, sticky summer, hoping to prolong a fresh, uplifting vibe, and I was amazed at how hastily the balmy air gobbled it up; humidity is the pits. Worn on a warm, but non-sticky day, this guy lasts an impressive amount of time for something that is so citrusy. In this weather, it succeeds in providing an invigorating and clean mood.

This is the perfect summertime choice when you're pining for something other than a standard, coconut-bomb perfume. And because I discovered it so late in the season, I'm a little sad that summer is coming to an end (I don't say that lightly, I've been bitching about the NYC heat for the entire duration of the season), although I can see myself reaching for it in the early autumn months for a little reminder of the parts of summer that aren't so dank and sweaty.

Falling Into the Sea EDP retails for $85 for a 60ml bottle, it was created by Josh Meyer

Longevity: 3/5
Projection: 2/5

DISCLOSURE: sample gifted by IA, opinions are my own

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