Hey there Perfume Lovers,
Criminal Elements is an Independent Australian Niche House now run by Corey Newcombe, but originally a joint enterprise with Aelfric Spector who has changed continental addresses. The house is making wonderful Indie fragrances. They are not safe and comfortable but raw, interesting, filled with passion and adventure. If you have spent your life this far smelling department Store scents then these are going to blow your mind. They may take a little adjustment time but once you get them, fabulous.
I continue to spruce Indie Houses because I believe that they are the only ones really pushing fragrant boundaries. They are not so tied to economic constraints, can experiment without being test marketed into mediocrity and are full of the real passion of the perfumer. Criminal Elements are just such an outfit and I urge you to try their stuff.
Sepal by Criminal Elements 2015
Sepal by Corey Newcombe
Criminal Elements gives these featured accords:
Clementine, mimosa, orange blossom, ambergris, musk, magnolia, civet
Creamy orange blossom and sweet orange open Sepal. The waxiness of the mimosa adds an interesting counterpoint, keeping Sepal grounded. If warm sunlight on a cool day had a smell then this would be it. Sepal smells like that instant defrosting your body does after you’ve been cold as soon as the sunlight hits your skin.
A clear, bright fragrance where the orange blossom is king. Simple but not dumb, Sepal manages to have an excellent depth and story. I love that the opening stays around for so long. With only nuance changes really the first half hour manages to maintain the excitement and beauty of the initial blast.
It’s amazing to me that this perfume has been made without coconut or vanilla, I keep getting mental flashes that it’s a coconut/vanilla/white floral but somehow this tropical leaning fragrance is done without either and manages to invoke the spirit of standing on a beach in the last rays of sunlight before dusk appears. A cool breeze awaits the dying of the sun to refresh and awaken you for evenings activities.
What is your favourite India house?