Cuir Garamante (2013)

Cuir Garamante by Parfums MDCI
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Cuir Garamante is a popular perfume by Parfums MDCI for men and was released in 2013. The scent is spicy-leathery. The longevity is above-average. It is still in production.

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Richard Ibanez

Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesPink pepper, Nutmeg, Saffron
Heart Notes Heart NotesRose, Oud, Papyrus, Leather
Base Notes Base NotesBourbon vanilla, Labdanum, Frankincense, Sandalwood



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Could Have Been A Real Contender...
Cuir Garamante opens with all-encompassing saffron spice mixing with hints of supple suede leather. As the composition quickly transitions to its early heart the saffron remains now dirtied by the addition a pinch of supporting cumin, with the suede leather taking a back seat to a quickly emerging synthetic vague dark burnt woody accord that begins to develop. As the composition moves though its middle the synthetic burnt woods completely take over and become nearly the only thing detectable save remnants of the now supporting saffron and leather well in the background. During the late dry-down the synthetic burnt woods finally fade and then completely disappear, allowing cypriol to emerge and star (coming across as a radiant frankincense and woody vetiver hybrid) supported by smooth slightly sweet non-powdery vanilla and sandalwood through the finish. Projection is average and longevity is near outstanding at 12-14 hours on skin.

Cuir Gramante is a bit of a puzzler. For a composition that has "Cuir" in its name it is not as much of a leather composition as one might expect. Sure, the suede-like leather is there throughout, but it always is in a supporting role. First it supports the starring saffron spice before fading into near obscurity as the norlimbanol driven faux burnt woods emerge to dominate the heart, finishing again in just barely detectable support of the smooth woody vetiver and frankincense-like cypriol through the late dry-down. Aside from the leather not being the focus, there really is a lot to love about the composition. The saffron spice coupling with soft leather during the open is implemented perfectly and the result is intoxicatingly beautiful. The late dry-down is equally impressive as it is so refined and smooth, slightly sweet and entirely luxurious. Where things fall apart, spoiling the party is in the mid-section due to the near-certain use of norlimbanol, creating a synthetic burnt woody accord that overpowers everything in its path while present. The bottom line is the $250 per 75ml bottle Cuir Garamante has a lot of things it does exceptionally well, but its mid-section is a complete letdown that drowns out most of the composition's fine attributes, lowering the final score down to a "very good" 3.5 stars out of 5 and only a tepid recommendation. It merits mentioning that the open and close are so much better than the overall rating indicates, a real shame indeed.

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