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The Cobra And the Canary (2012)
by Imaginary Authors


The Cobra And the Canary information

Year of Launch2012
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 34 votes)

People and companies

HouseImaginary Authors
PerfumerJosh Meyer

About The Cobra And the Canary

The Cobra And the Canary is a shared / unisex perfume by Imaginary Authors. The scent was launched in 2012 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Josh Meyer

The Cobra And the Canary fragrance notes

Reviews of The Cobra And the Canary

A different take on leather. TCAC is a unique fragrance as one might expect from Americana niche designer, Imaginary Authors. The opening is a beeswax like grassy accord that I don't care for at all, but it gradually sweetens and a old leather note appears along with faint tobacco leaves and perhaps a barn like hay in the background. The leather heart notes, sweetened with the tobacco is really pretty nice, but the offensive waxy opening sorta lingers in the background and makes what could've been a unique leather, sour. TCAC has a distinct outdoor feel to it, and might be a good option for someone who works outside, as most of the notes seem natural and maybe even "weathered", if a scent could be such a thing. TCAC slightly reminds me of Tauer's Lonestar Memories and even more of D.S. & Durga's Cowboy Grass. The Americana Niche is more about evoking an atmosphere as much as a scent IMO, and in that regard TCAC is a success. Not withstanding the odd opening, the body of TCAC just isn't my style, but I wouldn't say it's a bad fragrance, so Neutral rating for me.
08th September, 2015
The Cobra and the Canary's acidic opening and slightly sweeter dry down lend credence to its name, and while I do regard the opening as undesirable, TCATC is definitely not as harsh as Bull's Blood in any phase, though TCATC's projection is more limited. The lemon note is the most obvious complementary note to the leather, putting TCATC somewhere between a leather chair and lemon pine sol on wood, neither of which I regard as flattering to smell at length individually, but together they do make for a creative leather scent. Imaginary Authors again crafts something different from the standard repertoire, which I respect, even if TCATC is not something I would purchase myself. I only warmed up to Tom Ford's Tuscan Leather recently, though, so my not being a fan of leather should be taken into account. TCATC's longevity is decent, as well, into the 6-8 hour range after which it become a skin scent. It never hurts to remind again that the Imaginary Authors EDP juice comes pretty cheap at $85 for 60ml (and at some sites, $55 for 30ml), so that always adds curb appeal to a scent you love, like, or can appreciate.

A fascinating scent, and one that leather fans should clearly flock to, as should those, like me, that continue to be intrigued by the Imaginary Authors line.

76 out of 10
10th March, 2015 (last edited: 22nd June, 2017)
Review by Buysblind

One thing I'll give The Cobra and the Canary credit for is that when you smell it, you'll be able to detect most of the notes listed in its pyramid immediately. A very clear hay note and leather note sit right up front. Leather is one note I usually have trouble identifying, but I find the leather in this very true-to-life. it's not the leather of an expensive, designer jacket or pair of shoes, but something a little more rugged and worn. Next to it sits the hay, dry and aromatic, summer in a barn. Keeping in tune with the hay note, comes the tobacco--also dry, leafy, and fresh--the tobacco of unsmoked cigars and plantations, not pipes. These 3 notes work well together, and while they don't necessarily offer contrast or interplay, they create a certain warm, pastoral atmosphere that's comfortable and without disturbance. There's also a mineralic edge to the entire composition, which suits it fine, and stays in line with the drier, natural quality of the fragrance.

I smell The Cobra and the Canary and I envision a barn in the summer, on a farm where tobacco's grown, with maybe some mountains in the background, or a stream passing through (this accounts for the leather, hay, tobacco and minerals). Reading about it, I see the perfumer envisioned a young man driving a Shelby Cobra (the leather and mineral...asphalt) smoking a cigarette, after picking up his friend from the family farm (the hay). Either story fits, and what you imagine when you smell this could be something entirely different. But you will pick up on the 4 main notes listed in the pyramid. They're distinct and presented well, if not a little obviously.

I enjoyed this one and found it a pleasant, easy-going wear. Imaginary Authors succeeded in creating a very relaxed, personable fragrance. I'd have no problem throwing it on and heading out the door for an evening with friends.

Thumbs up.

P.S. For a darker, more challenging take on hay and tobacco, you may want to look toward Sova by Slumberhouse. And for a more complex, chic, and modern take on hay and leather, there's Cuir Pleine Fleur by James Heeley. All 3 are great options and it will really come down to what you're looking for at the moment.

Pros: Easy to wear, relaxed, harmonious composition
Cons: Maybe too simple for some"

05th October, 2013
Very enjoyable lemony leather

This is a very nice lemony leather fragrance, which is meant to smell like being in a car on a road trip. Does it succeed at that? Well, yes and no. I still think that SMN Nostalgia wins the jackpot on literally smelling like the interior leather seats in a new car. I think, though, that this one is more interesting and wearable. I do get the leather car seats and also maybe a partially full ashtray, but the significant lemon note keeps it fresh and very enjoyable.

Pros: Nicely blended. Easy to wear, but also unusual.

24th August, 2013

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