Perfumer Sarah McCartney says:
Ok, I admit. I made it, so I'm biased, but I know what I intended with this fragrance. It was a personal project - a very personal one - for Max Heusler. He wanted a fragrance that encapsulated his former wild life - a night out in New York with "freshly rolled marijuana cigars, buckets or rum cocktails, high class escorts, blackout and regret". It was never designed to smell like a warm, comforting, smooth ride of a fragrance. This was always going to be a bit scary. A kind of push it too far and you won't wake up next time fragrance.
Quite a challenge. Max was ecstatic about it; he hadn't really imagined I'd do it, but he wrote straight back to me astonished; he said that it smelled exactly like his leather jacket in 2003 that he'd given away, and had then been stolen.
The freshly rolled blunts seem to have caused the most controversy. Cannabis essential oil is not the "romantic marijuana note" beloved of the niche houses. This one is more like the smell a habitual dope smoker wafts by when he (usually a he) can't actually smell it on himself any more. It's a bit stinky. It sticks to the clothes. Or the sillage from a roll-up with a bit of grass in it. It's sharp and pungent; it also blends with the cumin to give the "dawn comes up and it's time to go home" smell.
I expected this one to divide opinion. I wasn't disappointed.
The other Crimes of Passion - Midnight in the Palace Garden, Be Careful What You Wish For, Goddess of Love & Perfume and Inevitable Crimes of Passion - are the extraits in the series and they are totally different from this. If you want gorgeous (in my view) get your hands on samples of those. Maxed Out is... something else.
There are 9 reviews of Crimes of Passion: Maxed Out by 4160 Tuesdays.