Cuir6 (2015)

Cuir6 by Pekji
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Cuir6 is a perfume by Pekji for women and men and was released in 2015. Projection and longevity are above-average. The production was apparently discontinued.

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Submitted by Drseid, last update on 12.02.2019
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ColinM

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Dull but nice
Cuir6 by Pekij opens with a bold, dark, bitter, dry leather-tar accord with nuances of warm-boozy amber, black pepper, thick smoke, something herbal and slightly fruity, and a slight sort of salty, mineral-metallic note I guess due to musk which I am not sure whether it’s intended or accidental – anyway it fits Cuir nicely, reminding me a bit of Spent Musket Oil by D.S. & Durga with a drop of stale sea water. The evolution on my skin features this same core aroma just becoming increasingly warm and smooth, at the same time taming down progressively. The array of inspirations seems (again...) mostly revolving around lived-in leather, rough tar wood, oily-ambery blackness, moldy soil and that kind of imagery, decidedly leaning towards nature here (so think of “dark moldy woods”). More than “raw & synthetic” or particularly avantgarde, the smell for me is just more artisanal, in the same league of AbdesSalaam Attar and that type of genuine natural perfumery. It has a cozy feel of simplicity and “organic” clarity which I appreciate a lot, blended with a bit of “American indie” inspiration (fans of Sonoma, Kerosene, Slumberhouse would probably appreciate this: more or less the same mood, just a bit more simple and natural). Also a couple of Le Labo fragrances come to mind, Cuir and Patchouli above all.

Now, while I do enjoy the fact that Cuir6 smells undoubtedly pleasant and quite solid in its simplicity, that it isn’t just about cloves and tar as many other leather scents, and that also the usual leather aromachemicals aren’t excessively prominent... to be really honest, all considered it still smells to me as much nice as a bit dull. For two main reasons – first, roughly said, there’s really nothing new here. Leather aficionados may probably find some points of interest, but for other “mild” leather fans like me, this is a bit like with incense scents – just another one. A good one for sure, but still just another. And second, most of all because more than a proper fragrance, to me Cuir6 seems basically a (really) well-executed leather-moss accord in a bottle waiting to, say, “be used” for something a bit more appealing. At the same time, not being or raw bold enough to make some sort of creative statement out of this. And thus suffering in my opinion from the same main flaw of many fragrances of this type (AbdesSaalam and many indie brands) – despite smelling nice, it can turn out to be a bit flat and lacking in some interest in its texture. The kind of stuff that “wows” you at first, but after that, you will rarely reach for it. Or well, that’s my experience. Surely a promising work, but sadly nothing really special for me. Given the challenging price, I think leather lovers still have some more fulfilling (and way cheaper) alternatives to this.

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Rickbr

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Amazing Leather
If there is a theme that is perfect to be explored literally and completely is leather. It is one of the classic themes of perfumery, after all the art of composing aromas began to develop more intensely in the ocident in leather treatment process to eliminate the not so pleasant smell of leather, something that was not desirable for a luxury item. There is not (thank God!) any animal leather absolutel, what we know as leather aroma is an abstraction of the combination of classic and modern materials capable of evoking for us the smell intrinsically related to it.

Cuir6 is exactly that, an evocation exercise of leather aroma, a kind of mixture of an abstract approach, due to the reasons mentioned above, with a hyper-realistic implementation, since the perfumer addresses it from start to finish evoke, mixing a classical aura with a modern interpretation.

Right away you realize this ode to bygone eras, the classic and fine aromas of leather. This is especially true when using the glossy, polished and finely rubberized / smoky aroma that the rectified birch note gives into the composition. The resin of this tree is one of the classic leather accords, a key piece in cuir de russie fragrances. But as the author said, the orchestration around it gives you a more modern face without stealing its richness. Right away you realize a spicy sweet and sultry scent, something that makes me think of cinnamon or cloves. To this mixture is a smell that reminds me of beeswax and also boozy dry drinks. This is due, i guess, to the generous use of saffron in the perfume - which surely makes Cuir6 a creation expensive to manufacture. But in addition to this, is very elegant, evolving the smell of leather between the overlapping saffron and birch to a base where you realize the leather arising from an amber accord, incense and musk - a mildly Animalic musk that makes me think distantly in agarwood bases too.

Certainly Cuir6 may seem simple at first, but that is because he works an olfactory gradient of polished brown aromas range varying subtly. It certainly will not please everyone, but in classic leather category stands out for its refinement, theme approach, complexity and excellent performance in the skin. It is for me one of the best of a line that so far has shown a much higher quality than the average.

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