Cuir Celeste (2018)

Cuir Celeste by Ex Nihilo
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Cuir Celeste is a popular perfume by Ex Nihilo for women and men and was released in 2018. The scent is leathery-spicy. It is still in production.

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Quentin Bisch

Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesBlack pepper, Violet leaf, Galbanum
Heart Notes Heart NotesAmbrette, Osmanthus
Base Notes Base NotesPatchouli, Cypriol, Akigalawood®, Musk



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The fragrance was created in collaboration with French photographer Mathieu César.
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Greatly helpful Review    23
Humility is an adornment...
I have received a sample of this unusual fragrance as part of an extremely generous fragrance care package from Puderduft18, for which I would like to express my sincere thanks.

Since this fragrance has no colour and naturally there was no bottle, I first noticed the name: "Cuir Celeste" (Sky Leather) from "Ex nihilo" ("Out of nowhere"; here sounds the concept of the "creatio ex nihilo", the "creation out of nowhere", whereby the people who invented the name probably did not do a doctorate in theology). Okay, so that's where we're headed: Gods and immortals are at work here, and in any case the principle of "block, not spill" applies.

A look at the company's homepage confirms the impression: the name "Ex nihilo" was deliberately chosen, we learn, because they wanted to create a fragrance universe that breaks with all existing fragrance conventions and traditions. So a release from the history of fragrance, a total rupture, something new without preconditions. Moreover, they have radically refrained from paying for even one chanterelle, bought the raw materials they wanted to use, fuck them, and uncompromisingly passed the extra costs on to the customers, should they buy it or not, their problem. (Costs of 500 Euro for 100 ml are therefore called gladly, "Cuir Celeste" belongs comparatively to the cheap commodity, one is there with 260). One regards oneself, (attention, now literally!) as an "alternative to stereotypical luxury products and to mass personalization". So you don't necessarily have to be a Berliner to be as brutal as possible in a big way, what I say, as brutal as possible in a big way, that's also somehow reassuring. The creator trio (with so much Latte Macchiato from the Café Größewahn probably no coincidence, but a conscious allusion to the Holy Trinity) of two Frenchmen and an American woman presents itself extraordinarily, with a grinning grin and the luxury watch on the wrist moved all too clearly into the light of the camera. Needless to say, the brand (in existence for about 6 years) also has a "manifesto". I beg your pardon, nowadays every shed that's got anything on itself. In world history "Ex nihilo" is always more important than e.g. communism. Isolated, even lost elements of modesty, such as the simple, beautiful bottle, almost appear as a special provocation still on top.

So you are positively surprised by the fragrance: Never judge a book by the cover! As verbeene has already noted in her absolutely apt statement, here is indeed an extremely modern and innovative (but not too "synthetic", except perhaps in the first hour) fragrance, very skilfully balanced, very fine, very noble. I can't feel leather at all (it's not listed in the fragrance pyramid either, there's something about the name on the internet page, which has to do with a bomber jacket, I didn't understand it, I didn't care), and it's hard for me to spot individual fragrances at all. Most likely (!) I would describe the fragrance as "floral", but in a very transparent, light way. In addition there are very, very light green-vegetable and perhaps also animalistic echoes, just enough to make the thing appear "alive" in a diffuse way. Musk and patchouli in the base note according to the pyramid should not be misleading, no typical clean creaminess appears here (or just so much that the scent docks, so to speak, optimally to the skin odour) and only is not indulged in patchouli bliss, at most there is a homeopathic dose, which is reflected in a very airy spicy sweetness.

My fragrance impression is light and transparent, perhaps with a twist into the green, sometimes into the violet. Haptically soft and limp, but thin and airy again, thin viscose possibly in a spring wind that is just so cool to have a cooling effect. Absolutely unisex, definitely young. To wear at every opportunity, perhaps preferably at urban leisure activities, such as the museum café or strolling along the banks of the Danube or the Dnipro. Durability and Sillage are fashionable, but that doesn't mean that you have a "certain nothing" in front of you, you can feel the scent already, and it does last a few hours. You see: I like the fragrance so much that it even survives the unspeakable performance. Whether it is worth its price is, of course, another question. I don't put him on my wish list; I don't like him well enough for a quarter of a thousand
It should be added that this label has a considerable assortment of interesting sounding perfumes and yet is hardly discussed here at Parfumo. Possibly this is also due to the fact that here - despite the offshoot - this is a largely German-language matter; the Germanophone part of the world, however, is considered by Sylvie, Olivier and Benoit to be apparently too billly and prollably to be blessed with this heavenly nectar: In Germany and Austria there are no "stores" and in Switzerland only in Lausanne and Geneva. Nine in Moscow for that.
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