The early exploration writing of Philip Sava bent the limits of post-modern fiction, revealing fantastical worlds that fooled many into believing they were real. Sava's kaleidoscopic collections drew upon true experiences from his exotic travels but were infused with a hallucinatory inventiveness that set his work apart. Though Sava had associates all over the world, he spent his time living in solitude on a ranch in Madagascar. When interrogated by the press he notoriously answered, "Who needs love when you have cognac?" An unconventional vanilla that is both predictably satisfying and surprising, Memoirs of a Trespasser is constructed like a collage or stained glass, each note resounding uniquely within the tapestry of the whole. Madagascan vanilla is ivory, cream and suddenly sepia, a sumptuous lactic texture that runs abruptly into a cool, brown maple bittersweetness. As pure as a vanilla-flavored sweet yet as refreshing as the pearled interior of a vanilla bean, Madagascan vanilla is versatile and omnipresent throughout the scent, minerals before melting into glass. Through this base of vanilla, Guaiac wood emerges, a golden-mustard brown that pulses with a cool, solid heat. Myrrh is a murky verdant substance, the sodder or backing paper of this montage, which ties things together. As myrrh permeates throughout, its verdant smolder highlights the shimmering outline of bronze-chocolate benzoin. Benzoin is a rare substance, a sparkling sweetness that is as equally crisp as it is indulgent. Ambrette seeds, traced by smudges of potent myrrh, release their comforting musk, and furnish this fragrance with a three dimensional unity. Oak barrels function almost like a general gouache, or, like the sunlight that slowly moves through this beautiful array of colors. A vision composed of many pieces, Memoirs of a Trespasser is full of little moments, seized here and there, ultimately reconciling into one object; though unlikely, this scent proves the existence of each elements' separate stories through their narrative compatibility. Elegant and unlikely, Memoirs of a Trespasser is a surprising, soothing treasure.
When to wear: A true adventure scent, wear Memoirs of a Trespasser when traveling, and again when you're back home to conjure comforting memories.
Notes: Madagascar Vanilla, Guaiac Wood, Myrrh, Benzoin Resin, Ambrette Seeds and Oak Barrels.