Cuir Ottoman (2006)

Cuir Ottoman by Parfum d'Empire
Bottle Design: Bel Epok
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Cuir Ottoman is a popular perfume by Parfum d'Empire for women and men and was released in 2006. The scent is leathery-spicy. It is still in production.

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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesIris, Jasmine, Labdanum
Heart Notes Heart NotesBenzoin, Leather, Tolu balm
Base Notes Base NotesTonka bean, Vanilla, Frankincense

Ratings

Scent

7.7 (150 Ratings)

Longevity

7.7 (115 Ratings)

Sillage

6.7 (104 Ratings)

Bottle

6.8 (95 Ratings)
Submitted by DeGe53, last update on 26.07.2019
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Mrsg37

31 Reviews
Mrsg37
Mrsg37
Helpful Review    1
Suedey leather
Stunningly beautiful, iris resting on a suede like leather that is not at all synthetic. It's one of those rare scents that makes you stop,inhale and smile to yourself. The incense and resins are beautifully blended and the floral element does not ever overtake the leather. Just mesmerising
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Karenin

35 Reviews
Karenin
Karenin
Helpful Review    4
Cuir Ottoman
“Cuir Ottoman” from Parfum d'Empire contains the most authentic rendition of leather I've experienced so far. Like in all other fragrances from this house, in “Cuir Ottoman” Marc-Antoine Corticchiato draws his inspiration from history, namely from the once powerful and feared Ottoman Empire. Nonetheless, what he's created is by no means a suffocating, dusty-and-musty scent of the forgotten past. On the contrary, “Cuir Ottoman” is a modern, effervescent perfume, packed with top-quality ingredients.

The presence of the leather note becomes unmistakeably obvious from the very beginning. It's dominant and harsh, but, at the same time, incredibly true to life. To me, “Cuir Ottoman” is unique in the fact that its leather never completely evaporates as its vestiges are also perceptible in the base. The initial harshness of the leather is curbed first by benzoin and tolu balsam, and later on by tonka bean and vanilla, which not only act as softeners, but also provide the perfume with a hint of sweetness.

“Cuir Ottoman” is a potent scent, predominantly aimed at leather note lovers. I truly admire the amount of imagination and expertise that must have gone into the creation of this beautiful fragrance. There can be no doubt Parfum d'Empire represents niche perfumery at its very best!
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WRoth

153 Reviews
WRoth
WRoth
Helpful Review    3
Cuir Ottoman
This fragrance opens with a smooth leather accord. It is neither sweet like Daim Blond, nor dry like Cuir d’Iris; the accord is just perfect and exudes the elegance of a Chanel quilted lambskin bag. In its mid-development the scent shifts slightly towards an iris-violet accord with a chocolate-patchouli base. The base is especially well-done and enhances the vanishing impression of creamy dove-grey leather.
Oberon21

47 Reviews
Oberon21
Oberon21
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Cuir Ottoman
excellent quality from a house that deserve more and more ,this is a superb classy leather fragrance not disturbing as some other leather scent but perfectely sweetened by iris and ambery notes ,an olphactive travel in a beautiful turkish hareem where your skin will receive a soft sensual touch .stunning fragrance
7.5 10.0 9.0/10
Greysolon

88 Reviews
Greysolon
Greysolon
Greatly helpful Review    8
The dance of leather and amber
When you come across the word “cuir” in the name of a perfume you know, of course, to expect a leather-centric fragrance. However, limiting Cuir Ottoman to the class of leather fragrances misses the equally prominent role amber plays in the overall profile of the scent. The amber accord is rich and complex yet beautifully balanced to the namesake leather. I especially like how perfumer Marc-Antoine Corticchiato achieves this balance. I'm drawn to fragrances that are in constant motion; shifting and sharing prominence between multiple notes and accords. Diptyque's 34 Boulevard St. Germain is a fantastic example of this balancing act. In Cuir Ottoman, Corticchiato achieves this with just two accords and I can't help but envision the amber notes dancing in vaporous paisley curls over a ground of warm, soft leather. While leather and amber possess distinct identities, they also have many points in common. This allows the entire fragrance to connect seamlessly from the supple leather, which wears like a second skin, to gossamer clouds of rich, luxurious amber.

Many people find leather fragrances problematic because the elements used to recreate the accord, particularly essences that mimic birch tar and animalic notes, have strong personalities. But nose Corticchiato has found an elegant solution to this problem. Rather than turning to the usual animalic notes, like civet or musk, he uses the indolic qualities of jasmine to animate the leather accord. Jasmine also has the benefit of adding a dark sweetness to the amber accord. Then, rather than overwhelming the fragrance with the acrid, smoky notes of birch tar, Corticchiato uses frankincense to infuse Cuir Ottoman with a subtle, diaphanous incense smoke. The use of frankincense also links many of the the leather and amber notes.

Cuir Ottoman strikes me as being an incredibly versatile fragrance. I enjoy leather fragrances because they work well as casual dress scents. But the elegance of the amber accord also puts Cuir Ottoman in the category of fragrances that would pair well with dressing up for an evening out.

This is my first encounter with the house of Parfum d’Empire and on the basis of my experience with Cuir Ottoman I can’t wait to sample more of their creations.
Trax

17 Reviews
Trax
Trax
Very helpful Review    1
Finally a leather that doesn't smell cow!
New leather saddles, hint of dried jasmine, incense and balsam. Reminds me abit of Felanilla not in the scent so much as in the feel, Felanilla with added strooong leather. Softer than Felanilla though, and not by far as longlasting.
Don't know what orris smells like, I smell Iris, but one hour into the drydown I get a slightly soapy sidenote which (if possible for a topnote) might be this orris peaking through?
Soft and warm, powdery leathery. The first leather scent not to smell like cow dung on me. Love at first sniff!

Statements

Tagazeu 17 months ago
Initial minutes are great iris suede leather!
It evolves in a sweet leather which sometimes is too much for my likes.+3
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Hajuvana 3 years ago
Opens with nice bristle-brush-dipped-in-lacquer kind of leather, but it's mostly amber from there. Enough sillage to fill a small village.+1
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