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 “Gingerbread man, me love you

Gingerbread man, ’cause you got

Cookie hands and cookie feet

You brown and friendly and delicious to eat…”

You might as well call me cookie monster because during the holidays, I can’t stop eating cookies.  I get so many cookies from friends and family it’s not even funny.  By the end of the year, I’ll be as big as the gingerbread house in San Francisco’s Fairmont Hotel, 23 feet high and 22 feet wide. I bet I could eat this house too.  If you’re in San Francisco, this is a must see. It’s amazing and yep it’s made out of real gingerbread…

If I had to choose one quintessential Christmas gourmand fragrance, it would have to be gingerbread cookies. Gingerbread = Christmas. I don’t care what anyone else says.  If you don’t see the connection between the two, then you must be living on another planet.  I can’t think of a perfume more befitting than Parfumerie Generale Un Crime Exotique.  It’s a tastefully done gingerbread scent without being too foody.  Some people may argue that it’s on the extreme end of the gourmand spectrum.  Some will say that it is too literal.  For me, it is perfection.  Don’t let the name fool you.  There’s nothing criminal about it.

Description:  The moment we smelled Un Crime Exotique, we were spellbound, and we worked very hard to bring you this super-secret and uber-exclusive new scent from Parfumerie Generale’s Private Collection. This exotic marvel is to us perhaps the most unique fragrance created by this wonderful brand. Un Crime Exotique is a gingerbread perfume like no other you have ever experienced. Blended with Chinese Osmanthus, tea, cinnamon, mate absolute and star anise, the piquantly-gourmand note acquires an unusually luxuriant depth, an almost incense-like undertone. The vanilla and sandalwood drydown is smooth, exceptionally soft, its opulence paying homage to the lush scents of the past. Breathtakingly exotic, warm and oh so elegant, if Un Crime Exotique were a color, it would be the deep gold of rich fabrics and magnificent jewels brought from far away lands. Striking and gorgeous, Un Crime Exotique comes with our highest recommendations. (via Luckyscent.com)

Notes:  Chinese osmanthus, gingerbread, tea, cinnamon, star anise, vanilla, mate, sugar and sandalwood

From the vial:  spicy sweet gingerbread liquor

Wet on Skin:  Fruity floral osmanthus and gingerbread

Drydown:  The development is very subtle but straighforward.  Once it sinks into the skin, I get the barest hint of sweetness with a light dusting of cinnamon, clove, anise.  Un Crime Exotique is not in-your-face-gingerbread at all, more like the impression of gingerbread. The gingerbread is buried underneath the fruity floral of the osmanthus flower, the dry herbal quality of mate, and the tannin of tea.  In my opinion, these elements prevent this gourmand from becoming too foody.  I love the texture of this fragrance, velvety and smooth like a well-brewed cup of tea and the soft furry powder of gingerbread spices.  It dries down to a light vanilla with slight soap of sandalwood.

Sillage:  It stays close to the skin.  People would have to lean in to smell you.

Longevity: An EDP which lasts 6 hours

Pricepoint:  $$

Would I Buy a Full Bottle?  Yes!

Season and Occasion:  Autumn and Winter. Perfect for Christmas.  This is a unisex scent. Smells great on men and women.

Dupes: Possets Gingerbread Whorehouse runs along the same lines as a Christmas gourmand.  The difference? Gingerbread Whorehouse is a bullhorn and Un Crime Exotique is a whisper.  Gingerbread Whorehouse smells like a dozen sweet spicy gingerbread butter cookies while Un Crime Exotique smells like half the cookie!  If you want a literal gingerbread fragrance give Gingerbread Whorehouse a try.  Possets Gingerbread Whorehouse is $10.99 for 6 ml.  Parfumerie Generale Un Crime Exotique is $100 for 50 ml.

Final Verdict: Contrary to popular opinion, I didn’t get the blast of spice from Un Crime Exotique. Nor do I get a rack full of Christmas spices.  I get a warm, subtle spicy tea with one sugar cube and gingerbread crumbs.  The name is misleading.  Un Crime Exotique is sans criminal or exotic.  It’s a familiar and comforting fragrance. Lovely, warm and cozy.  Parfumerie Generale Un Crime Exotique is the debonair Clark Gable type of gingerbread man.  Elegant and sophisticated. Suave and refined.

Parfumerie Generale Un Crime Exotique: Available at luckyscent

 

Are you a foodie?  Check out my reviews here.

 

This post is part of the series Men’s Fragrance Friday.  A weekly review of men’s and unisex fragrances.

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