Cuir Velours 2012

Cuir Velours by Naomi Goodsir
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Cuir Velours is a popular perfume by Naomi Goodsir for women and men and was released in 2012. The scent is leathery-smoky. The longevity is above-average. It is still in production.
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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesTobacco, Rum
Heart Notes Heart NotesLabdanum, Everlasting flower, Honey
Base Notes Base NotesAmber, Frankincense, Leather

Ratings

Scent

8.0 (185 Ratings)

Longevity

8.1 (140 Ratings)

Sillage

6.8 (145 Ratings)

Bottle

7.5 (127 Ratings)
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7.5
Scent
8
Longevity
8
Sillage
8
Bottle
Afterdark

1 Review
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Afterdark
Afterdark
   4  
The next chimney smell
I don't like sweet compositions. There are only less than a handful of sweet scents that I like and like to wear and this one is one of them.

I don't know if there is really honey in here (a note I absolutely don't like) but apart from honey I can make out every single note present. A soft, labdanum-sweetened leather, flavoured pipe tobacco soaked in rum, the strawflower is the little ingenious floral-sour addition to the other - otherwise strong and sweet - components. Next to Gucci Pour Homme and Par Amour Pour Lui my favourite chimney scent for the cold days.

The drydown is a tick less interesting and sweeter than the other phases but all in all it's a nice perfume
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jtd

484 Reviews
jtd
jtd
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Cuir Velours
Cuir Velours suffers from the same malady as its sibling, Bois d’Ascèse. The problem isn’t the fragrance, it’s the strategy.

So let’s get the perfume out of the way. It’s a waxy, fruity leather. Less soapy than Serge Lutens Daim Blond, more spiced than Robert Piguet’s revived Visa. A pretty fruit/leather that smokes and drinks. Very nice, truth be told.

But, why? Is niche perfumery strictly about branding. Say you sell a luxury fashion commodity. Shoes, purses, phone cases. Hats. Must a line of perfumes be part of the business plan? The smugness of viewing niche perfumery as a merely a style to be taken up and dropped is certainly nothing new, but the niche version seems dismissive by design. I know that there need to be business opportunities for up and coming perfumers, but is niche perfumery the lapdog of fashion businesses?

The thought that niche perfumery will serve to accessorize fashion is disheartening. Taking the focus away from exploration and placing it on the production of perfumes ‘in the style’ of niche is exactly how the soul is sold.

Niche orthodoxy. It will be the death of us.

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Scent
7.5
Longevity
7.5
Sillage
5
Bottle
Flaconneur

49 Reviews
Flaconneur
Flaconneur
Very helpful Review    8  
CUIR VELOURS by Naomi Goodsir
Cuir Velours opens with a surly blast of alcoholic molasses, a touch of fruit cake and a hint of moistened tobacco leaf. This certainly sounds like a strange holiday potpourri concoction. Nonetheless, the damp and strangely sweet confection undeniably gets your attention. As the opening notes expire, the end result is a luscious sugary rum and dry smoldering tobacco accord with an unusual underlying incense quality. The remnants of the opening notes comfortably settle on the skin as the heart of Cuir Velours boasts immortelle flower blanketed in a sun-baked hay-like haze. These elements are rather nice neutrals, resting points if you will, in preparation for the waxy and creamy suede-like notes which follow. Powdery labdanum and an unanticipated honey glaze help to weave an alluring gourmand web. In complete contrast, the base is warmed up with a touch of amber, giving us the first glimpse of this fragrance’s velvety personality. Frankincense incorporates a necessary clarifying smoky quality, definitely supporting the tobacco accord earlier in the opening. A leathery, rich, suede note successfully debuts in the heart of Cuir Velours. While detected all along, its scent paints a ghostly still life of antique books and well worn saddles. This creamy combination is a superlative complement to the luscious tobacco and rum accords experienced in the fragrance’s opening. Cuir Velours is reminiscent of some very famous “bad girl” perfumes from the art deco era. Goodsir does a fantastic job of taking the best elements of perfumes of the 1930?s and successfully modernizes the genre.

I openly admit that my opinion can be a bit skewed regarding any fragrance based on leather or suede. My love for this type of perfumes cannot hinder my honest impression of this beauty. I thoroughly enjoy Cuir Velours’ intended velvety lusciousness. From what I’ve gathered, so does everyone else I encounter when I’m wearing it. This fragrance consistently stimulates a great deal of interest. Because of the quality of the product, longevity is excellent and a little goes a long way. People find this fragrance alluring, warm and memorable. Cuir Velours is the perfect oasis in a sea of blustery Midwestern winter days.
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Scent
Sweetgrass

35 Reviews
Sweetgrass
Sweetgrass
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Fine leather goods
This perfume lives up to its name. If you know Bottega Veneta's eponymous perfume from 2011, you will probably find some similarities between the two, but where BV is mossy, pungent and haughty, Cuir Velours is like a moment in a well-worn plush antique leather armchair, reading your favourite book and sipping some good cognac.

On my skin, Cuir Velours first smells like birch tar and maybe a bit of smoke -- maybe those are the alleged tobacco and rum notes that I just interpret them differently. Those notes dominate for the first 15-20 minutes and then CV cools down to a sweeter, more incense-y chamois leather. Well worth trying, and I do recommend getting a sample first, because the price for 50 ml is a bit steep for a blind buy. It's attractive, charismatic and truly unisex -- and plush.

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