A City On Fire

Brand: Imaginary Authors

Scent Description:

Cade oil, Spikenard, Cardamom, Clearwood, Dark Berries, Labdanum & Burnt Match

“When I saw you, all I saw was a swirl of smoke in the streetlight. Elusive. Sinister. Spectacular.”


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 when they are both witness to the same high-profile murder and are forced to come together as an unlikely vigilante pair in order to save their own names.

Imaginary Authors developed this fragrance exclusively for Machus, a modern menswear retailer focused on forward concepts and clean classics in Portland’s Lower East Burnside neighborhood.

WHEN TO WEAR: The refined smoke accord makes this an austere and luxurious scent for evenings on the town, whether with a special someone or alone and looking for trouble.

2 thoughts on “A City On Fire”

  1. This is an incredibly polarizing fragrance. I was fully prepared to despise it– I even made sure to test it out on a day when I had nothing else going on, fearing that I would, like some reviewers, be drenched in the stink of barbeque for hours. And when I sprayed it nervously in the air, it smelled like fake bacon, and I feared the worst. But on my skin it turns into sultry smoked incense, a little bit of sweetness in the background. It does not smell like a fireplace, or a bonfire, more like an abstract imagining of smoke. Very classy. But absolutely do not buy this without sampling.

  2. I cannot think of a single other smoke perfume that is so starkly unpleasant. This does not smell like actual, real smoke in any way. It smells like liquid smoke. It smells indistinguishable from a bottle of KC Masterpiece barbecue sauce. It is absolutely not a bonfire, not woodsmoke, not embers, not brimstone. It’s pure barbecue. Just atrocious. If you want smoke, go for Fumer by Hex or either Fumee (scented verses) or Smoke and Mirrors from Alkemia. Absolutely do not waste your money on this. I have made at least a dozen friends and family members smell this, thinking that maybe it was just me, since there are people who say this is realistic smoke, and not one person has had anything positive to say about this.

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