Parfumerie Generale Un Crime Exotique, a review


     It’s the mid to late week in October, which usually means one thing for me.  Fruitcake.  Every year at this time, I get my supplies together and make fruitcake for friend and family christmas presents.  Before you fruitcake haters start, I can have many reformed haters attest that this is the best fruitcake ever.  EVER.  I have people beg for a spot on my gift list, it’s that good.  Anyhow, I digress. (and brag a bit)

So, as I’ve mentioned it’s toasty in my south-of-the-mason-dixon clime, and often it’s hard to get in the mood to do anything ahead for the holidays.  Thus I spin my Johnny Mathis and reach for a holiday inspired scent to get me a going.  Oh, and a nip of the fruitcake brandy helps too.  This year, a heavenly sample of Un Crime Exotique came in my mailbox, just in time to life me out of the preholiday doldrums and into baking mode. 

This compostion begins as the very embodiment of Christmas.  It’s an inviting plate of fresh Gingerbread, complete with a drizzle of honey and cream.  Then you get a nice, warm draught of wassail –and not the wimpy plain cider with a few spices, but the full bodied wassail, with the egg base, cider cinnamon, cloves, orange and a wee bit of rum or cognac to ward off the cold.  It wears on in this pomander-esque mode for a little while until it morphs into a more complex tea (to my nose) This transition into the complex tea, and later vanila/sandlewood incense-y thing saves this stunning gourmand masterpiece from being demoted to a simple room spray, a la Bath and Body Works.  Though, while mentioning the mall stores The Body Shop has a Vanilla-Spice holdiay set that I did succumb to, which compliments my high doll-ah perfume.  There seriously are not enough coordinating body creams in the perfume world.  Those of us with dry skin are so unloved by our niche perfumers.

I can see myself wearing this to a holiday “fun” party, christmas shopping or anytime I need to ward off the holiday frustration-frenzy.  I might even carry a few decants to throw at the angry mobs at Nordie’s the day after Thanksgiving and consider it my play for the Nobel Peace Prize.   Definately not for seduction, unless mate is gluttonous.

Official Notes are

Chinese osmanthus, gingerbread, tea, cinnamon, star anise, mate absolute, vanilla, sandalwood

Luckyscent carries this amazing work for 105, which I might have to write off as a tax expense for next year. . .

If you leave a comment, I will draw a winner at random to receive a 1 ml. sample of Un Crime Exotique and a few other bits of candy from my perfume collection.  Announced November 7th

Picture and notes courtsey of

Published in: on October 28, 2007 at 2:58 am  Comments (8)