Blackwater Thistle by Criminal Elements 2016


Post by Portia


Hiya Happy Huffers,

I love it when new Indie perfumers come along and surprise me with their beautiful and interesting creations. Here are an Australian crew who have a line of fragrances available from their Criminal Elements site. Today I have been lucky enough to get my sniff on one of their to be released in 2016 advance samples. Um, WOW! You all know that I love green fragrance and recently fell madly in love with Dawn Spencer Hurwitz’s Giverny in Bloom. Here is the other side of green, the stark, solitary, deep green.

Blackwater Thistle by Criminal Elements 2016

Blackwater Thistle by Corey Newcombe and Aelfrik Spektor

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Criminal Elements give these featured accords in one line:
Grass, violet, moss, soil, bullrush, thistle

WOAH! Green and swampy but with a beautiful airy lift.What does stand out for me in Blackwater Thistle is how sweet the whole fragrance feels on me. There is nothing in the note list to suggest the lovely sweet green I’m getting so I asked Aelfrik what could make that happen. “As for the sweet edge – that’s purely from the actual thistle. We solvent extract dried thistle, and the results are actually quite syrupy. A pain to extract, but worth the effort…..

Imagine standing on the edge of the moors and spring is here. There’s been plenty of rain and everything is growing apace, grass covers your ankles and there’s a purple blush across the landscape. The soil is thawing and though it’s pretty muddy you can walk without losing a shoe. A cool, fragrant breeze sweeps across the moors and you are standing in dappled sunlight breathing deeply, finally free of winter and ready to wander all day with your hairy hound.

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In my head I’m saying stupid things like, “This is what Charlotte and the other Bronte siblings smelled” and “Jayne Eire would have smelled this when she was poor and living rough”. Ha! I’m an idiot but the journey is really fun with Blackwater Thistle. At around the 4 hour mark I am sweetly washed in a soft hued fragrance that I have no words to describe other than rich, sweet and green. Beautiful.

Want to try it? See below
Portia x

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Blackwater Thistle GIVEAWAY


This week we will have 1 winner who will receive:
1 x Blackwater Thistle pre-release sample
P&H Anywhere in the world


Open to everyone worldwide who follows AustralianPerfumeJunkies via eMail, WordPress, Bloglovin or RSS. Please leave how you follow in the comments to be eligible. I must be able to check that you follow so if you have an email address on your gravatar that’s different to your follow address then please email me (portia underscore turbo @ yahoo dot com dot au) so I know. Yes, you can start following to enter, in fact it’s encouraged.

You must tell me how you follow APJ


Please go to Criminal Elements site<<JUMP and pick a fragrance + one of its notes NO DOUBLE UPS!!!

Extra Chance?
Tweet: Criminal Elements: Blackwater Thistle GIVEAWAY #Perfume #Giveaway


Entries Close Thursday 10th Septembert 2015 10pm Australian EST and winners will be announced in a separate post.
Winner will be chosen by
The winner will have till Sunday 13th September 2015 to get in touch (portia underscore turbo at yahoo dot com dot au) with their address or the prize will go to someone else.
No responsibility taken for lost or damaged goods in transit.

24 thoughts on “Blackwater Thistle by Criminal Elements 2016

  1. Loving the ‘Pyrus’ with note of salted pear! Ohhhh, that’s different!
    I adore your name ‘Criminal Elements’ – nicely done folks!
    I follow by email and blog. Cheers!


  2. Wow, I have never heard of this perfumery, but their stuff sound great. I am most attracted to Sepal, which has all notes that l love, Orange blossom and neroli, carnation and ambergris – that sounds like it would be right up my alley.
    I am in the US, and I follow you by email. I love your frank and funny take on perfumes and things in general. Thanks for the chance!


  3. I follow you on email. Hearth’s spicy cedar sounds really interesting. Thistle sounds like it would remind me of past trips to Scotland. Thanks for introducing us to a new fragrance company.


  4. Glimmer has notes of milk, sugar and cocoa – perfect on a blustery Melbourne day. I would love to try this new creation, and follow by email 🙂


  5. Following by email. Choosing Hearth with its “wet earth” note. Looking forward to see what their Rare Elements extraits and “oddball” Transient Elements will include.
    Thanks for the draw opportunity.


  6. that was fun..i really like their vibe and note choices..i choose hollow and the wet soil note.i have been wanting to explore soil,earth,violet stuff for a while.pyrus sounds really good.i follow by email.thanks for the giveaway : )


  7. Hello,

    I follow via e-mail, Facebook and I also Tweeted.

    I picked Hollow with the wet soil note.

    Thank you very much! Wish you all the best!


  8. OMG, swampy and green? Black water Thistle is calling my name! Hollow sounds wonderful too, I’m interested in the lichen note. I follow via RSS and Bloglovin and since it’s my birthday I hope I win!


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