Sunday, December 20, 2009
I tried this before, and was unimpressed.
But I just saw a post about Theorema on I Smell Therefore I Am, pointing out an olfactory relationship between Un Crime Exotique and Theorema. And I've always seen a relationship between Sushi Imperiale (which I've always adored), Theorema (which I now adore) and Un Crime Exotique (which was a "meh" for me.) So I figured it was time to try Un Crime Exotique again to see if I love it now.
Oh, yes. Oh, my. How could I have sniffed this before and not fallen in love?
Most people say that this perfume smells of gingerbread; I say that it's a precise rendition of pfeffernusse. Those spicy little holiday cookies, with the powdered sugar or, sometimes, sugar glaze? They're almost a perfume in a cookie. More anise than gingerbread, more cinnamon, altogether just a little darker. Here's that same scent in a bottle. As I wear it, I feel as if powdered sugar should be gently raining on me.
Review Roundup: For The Love Of Perfume and Now Smell This and Sweet Diva and The Scented Salamander and PerfumeQueen and Nathan Branch and SmellyBlog and MakeupAlley and Basenotes.
Edited to expand the Review Roundup.
Photo of star anise: Arria Belli. Wikimedia Commons.