Love and Crime Eau de Parfum by Ex Idolo at Indigo Perfumery
Inspired by the 1905 daring Boston prison escape by Thomas Howard and May Coyle when saws hidden in a large wedding cake helped the couple break out, Love and Crime is a dark gourmand, quite a departure for Ex Idolo.
As Ex Idolo puts it, "1905 Boston prison escape, girl bakes a cake 🍰, girl hides saws in a cake 💡, girl helps her love escape💍. True story that got us inspired."
Love and Crime's opening of red mandarin and pink pepper sets the contrast with its gourmand heart and base notes of rose, bitter cocoa and vanilla. Delicious in a most unusual way.
The dark notes of cocoa juxtapose against the brightness of red mandarin and pink pepper to act as a metaphor illustrating how life's cross roads can reveal hidden layers within our personalities.
The notes structure reflects the cake that May used as an instrument of escape:
Top Notes: Pink Pepper, Red Mandarin
Heart Notes: Classic Feminine Florals, Baking Sugar, Star Anise
Base Notes: Natural Cocoa, Vanilla Sponge Cake
Family: Deep-Gourmand Floral
30 ml. EdP spray, 1 ml. spray sample
It is a high quality fragrance but I feel very cloying, I had high expectations but it was not to my liking, but in terms of its duration and quality it is excellent.
Once a year I splurge on a niche perfume for my birthday, and this year my pick was Love and Crime. This is just perfection in a gourmand scent! The vanilla cake note is a very true to life scent, and the mandarin note smells like a light citrusy sugary glaze on top. I get a hint of the cocoa note, but my skin really plays up the vanilla cake and citrus. Longevity is 12 plus hours on my skin, and days on clothes! I would caution that too many sprays of this might be too cloying in an office or classroom, so I personally spray 2 sprays in the air and walk through it, instead of directly spraying my skin. I am saving for fall and winter....this is a bit too sweet and heavy for the Georgia heat and humidity in summer. Highly recommended!