Cuir Cuba Intense (2014)

Cuir Cuba Intense by Parfums de Nicolaï
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Cuir Cuba Intense is a perfume by Parfums de Nicolaï for women and men and was released in 2014. The scent is spicy-floral. It is still in production.

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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesSicilian lemon, Aniseed, Licorice, Spearmint
Heart Notes Heart NotesLavender, Geranium, Magnolia, Coriander, Sage, Ylang-ylang
Base Notes Base NotesTobacco, Hay, Patchouli, Cedar, Musk, Civet

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Scent

7.4 (57 Ratings)

Longevity

7.4 (49 Ratings)

Sillage

7.3 (51 Ratings)

Bottle

7.2 (46 Ratings)
Submitted by Cassandra, last update on 17.10.2019
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Cuir Cuba Intense
I applaud PR wing of Parfums de Nicolai. Coordinating the release of Cuir Cuba Intense with the US administration’s plans to normalize relations with Cuba? Brilliant!

Cuir Cuba Intense is a tobacco perfume. No surprise, given the locale in the name, but Patricia de Nicolai creates the notes the way a stage magician plays with your focus. I recognize the tobacco. I smell it as an arpeggio of floral, woody and herbal tones, but he tobacco takes two forms: the humidor and the fresh tobacco leaf. A humidor's richness is a result of both the container and the contents. Fresh tobacco leaf is filled with resinous juice and its fragrance is more characteristically floral than leafy.

De Nicolai uses the tobacco note to focus your attention, but it’s a ruse. As with any good magic act, the real action takes place right in front of you without your notice.

Ta da! Cuir Cuba Intense is a fougère!

Granted, it's an impressionistic one, but an effective one. The classical fougère is typically described as soapy, but from Houbigant Fougère Royale to Caron Troisième Homme to YSL Rive Gauche pour Homme, the coumarin in a fougère smells of hay and tobacco. In Cuir Cuba Intense, de Nicolai uses all the tricks the fougère has to offer. It plays the cool, and anisic tones of coumarin against warmer woody hues. It balances delectable, caramelized qualities with soapy inedibility, suggesting forbidden fruit. And wrapping identifiably masculine aroma (tobacco, leather, rumbly woods) up in a pretty bow, it is a classical dandy. Also in classically Victorian dandy fashion, and epitomizing the early generations of the fougère, Cuir Cuba Intense opens with a generous, expansive geranium note.

Prestidigitation works best on the suggestible and Cuir Cuba Intense is highly suggestive perfume. The fougère is there, but so is the leather. A citrus note ties to a dry smokiness and the heartnotes hint at citrus-leathers like Hermès Bel Ami and Estée Lauder Azurée. The combination of botanical references alongside undisguised chemical qualities reminds me of Robert Piguet Bandit. There is a sweet, caramel-patchouli inflection to the quiet but durable basenotes that is the balanced, pleasant version of Thierry Mugler A*Men’s hangover of a drydown. Cuir Cuba Intense isn’t derivative, it’s just composed of a lot of moving parts.

My strongest association between Cuir Cuba Intense and tobacco is not the way it smells, but the tone of voice and the synesthesia it triggers. It smells like Betty Bacall's gorgeous, cigarette-raspy voice sounds. Her husky feminine voice was exotic yet she was forthright and plain-spoken. This same duality runs through the perfume.

Classical perfumery's forté is orchestration, the ability to build notes and accords and swing them around with flourish. Contemporary perfumery, from about the mid-90s forward, used the tools of postmodernism, focussing on deconstruction and recontextualization to make perfume. De Nicolai’s Guerlain heritage is often cited in order to emphasize her traditionalism. Cuir Cuba Intense shows that she is as contemporary as she is classical and that first and foremost she is an expert structuralist.

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My-my, Cuba!
As if to mark the normalization of relations between the USA and Cuba, a sample of Cuir Cuba Intense arrived yesterday. Wow, it's magnificent! The top note is a refreshing mix of leather, licorice and citrus. Then the floral heart kicks in and it's just divine, lavender, geranium and magnolia blending beautifully, but soon the magnolia stars. I smell delicious woods, hay, tobacco all delightfully rising, musk and civet supporting unobtrusively. I smell the Iris and sage, but what in the world is liatrix odoratissima? Looking it up ... a flowering plant whose oleo resin is used to create oriental notes. Good gracious, this fragrance is tremendous -- and potent. It is a kind of seductively dusky leather, cigar, herbal, surrounded by gorgeous flowers, not sweet or cloying, mind you. The perfume world is going to need more awards for Patricia de Nicolai!, that's for sure. Still trying to find words to describe this perfume's depth and intricacy, it's allure. It manages to smell fresh, leathery, floral and musky all at once. It's been a long time since my nose and the back of my hand hung out this long. I strongly recommend sampling Cuir Cuba Intense if the notes appeal. Longevity's great. I can tell it's settled in for a long stay.

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