Just a couple of days before Christmas Eve all I can really think about is organization and preparing all the dishes for the Holiday. For the festive dinner. At moments like that I more often crave for something sweet and delicious and at the same time something that makes a Christmas spirit rise. A cinnamon-chilli chocolate does the trick but gingerbread cookies are much better indulgence for me. And here’s when Parfumerie Generale Un Crime Exotique enters the kitchen battlefield.
This perfume is a part of Private Collection and fragrances in this line are accessible only through Parfumerie Generale website (after logging in) or in a limited distribution at a couple of retailers. I stumbled upon Un Crime Exotique just a couple of weeks ago and my immediate association was that is smells like “Christmas in a bottle.” The opening phase of this perfume brings a prominent accord of cinnamon. It has warm and spicy qualities, also being a little bit dry and pungent because of that but the “pungent” part disappears instantly, leaving a pure spiciness of cinnamon.
10 minutes later the fragrance starts to change. The fragrance that was at first a little bit dry becomes softer, its edges turn blurry and the whole creation gains some moisture. From now on Un Crime Exotique smells like genuine gingerbread cookies. You can smell the dough, the aroma of cloves, cinnamon and other winter spices combined with the aroma of what I believe is candied orange and orange peel. As you breathe the fragrant molecules in you might notice the warmth of the blend and get a feeling like you were sitting in a kitchen, by the oven, waiting for the gingerbread to bake. Gingerbread is my favorite sweet for Christmas.
Moisture that I mentioned just a few lines earlier (and when I say moisture here I mean soft cookies that can be easily torn in smaller pieces) intensifies 30 minutes after spraying this Parfumerie Generale fragrance on. All the aromas of cinnamon, cloves and orange are still keeping close but now some additional tones begin to play their melodies. First of all I get some milkiness combined with rich aroma of tea. Quick look into the notes suggests a Masala Chai accord. Masala Chai is an Indian hot beverage prepared with black tea, milk, sugar (or honey) and spices like clove, cardamom, cinnamon, ginger and pepper. I have never drank it but I believe it’s well recreated in the perfume.
Knowing a little bit more about Masala Chai I could notice some interesting facets like burning sugar (slightly like caramel but bit smokier) or pepper. I also got a hint of cocoa I suppose. This phase of Un Crime Exotique lasted on me for a little bit more than two hours and I would compare it now to a mulled wine. It has that exquisite aroma, slightly dry and fruity (like wine), combined with the spicy elements. And isn’t the mulled wine another part of Christmas celebration?
After a couple more hours Parfumerie Generale Un Crime Exotique becomes even more playful composition. Vanilla accords softens the blend and make it even more fluffy now (makes me want some whipped cream) while star anise seeds bring another wave of spiciness, here it’s done in a very gentle way, the sweet element being a dominant one. Osmanthus blossom along with a note of tea create a spacious veil around the wearer, filled with sweetness, spiciness and now also with a floral note (with apricot undertone). The perfume base is created with sandalwood that is creamy and dusty, powdery. Eggnog?
Un Crime Exotique by Perfumerie Generale is a great way to awake a Christmas charm around you. It was composed by Pierre Guillaume. On my skin the perfume lasted for 6-8 hours and stayed rather close to the skin which in my opinion is a good thing. Keep it all for you! Unfortunately this perfume is now discontinued, if you want it – be quick. First in Fragrance still has some in stock. This fragrance gives me such an intensive association with Christmas that I would find it impossible to wear it the other time of the year. So I wish PG would launch Un Bois Exotique as a limited edition in 5ml sprays every winter. It would be enough to last for Christmas time.