"African leather" - this immediately evokes safari associations; exoticism, vast steppe landscapes and, of course, wild animals. And here first and foremost the "Big Five", that is: Elephant, Rhino, Cape Buffalo, Lion and Leopard. This term was once coined by big game hunters to refer to the five most difficult animals to hunt on foot in Africa, but is now also commonly used by safari tour operators. Incidentally, South African rand banknotes feature a different one of the Big Five animals on each banknote.
The leopard is considered the most difficult of the Big Five to hunt because of its nocturnal habits (it is most active between sunset and sunrise) and because it is suspicious of humans and tends to run away in the face of danger. Whether this is why Memo chose the leopard as the image for his bottle, I cannot say, but at least against this background the fragrance promises a certain exclusivity, since Memo has managed to tame this wild animal and to pour it olfactorily into a bottle. Whether Cuirs Nomades - African Leather Eau de Parfum
is also similarly shy and quickly warps, I would like to present in the following.
What I was looking forward to this fragrance. I had him for some time on my wish list and when there was now a good offer, I immediately struck. Cuirs Nomades - African Leather Eau de Parfum
starts with an overwhelmingly beautiful top note, with which for me actually only Intoxicated
can keep up. Not that both fragrances have much in common, but if it were purely about the prelude and the first 60 minutes of a perfume, these two fragrances would be with me at number 1 and 2 of my absolute favorite fragrances.
And after all, both fragrances share a main fragrance note, namely the cardamom. This is here, as well as in Intoxicated
, so beautifully set in scene, that one is quite warm around the heart and you wish, this would never end. In addition, a certain freshness is accompanied by saffron, which I usually do not like, but is used here discreetly and skillfully.
After about an hour, the top note then gradually fades and the fragrance can no longer quite keep its initial promise and is then somewhat sweeter and drier in the drydown, which unfortunately prevents the maximum rating of a smooth 10 (although really only very very close). Therefore, I rate the fragrance with a 9.5, because it is still quite great cinema and plays for me quite far ahead.
The fragrance is always underpinned by a subtle leather note and many spices seem to want to make their way into the nose at the same time. Here the fragrance then also reminds me slightly of Trade Routes Collection - Halfeti
, because this also almost slays you with its mixture of spices (in a positive sense). Otherwise, there are not too many fragrances that you could use as a comparison, and so Cuirs Nomades - African Leather Eau de Parfum
is then also really very special in its fragrance composition. Overall, the fragrance also remains quite straightforward, which I appreciate here very much, simply because the fragrance is so beautiful from the beginning.
The leopard also comes through with a little imagination and a slight animalism can be discerned, which is far from drifting into the stinky. Rather, this Animalik (probably the Oud) gives the fragrance something exotic and the certain something.
Is he, so the leopard, is really so shy, as in the wild nature? The answer is quite clear - no. The sillage is just initially for the first 3 hours really good and the fragrance is potent in the African air. However, it's also not too strong that you have to worry about slaying someone with it. Just right. After that, like so many other fragrances, it becomes rather skin tight, but still easily noticeable on closer contact. The durability is also beyond reproach and the fragrance remains well and gladly 9-10 hours on the skin.
The bottle is quite pretty, but kept rather simple. There are certainly more beautiful designs. What really comes along great, however, is the packaging. The fragrance comes in a large, noble leather box, which presents itself beautifully. Surely the leather is not the best, but still spreads the box a nice leather smell, which is curiously more perceptible than the leather note in the fragrance itself.
Although the fragrance of the basic principle probably fits more in the colder season, he can be worn in my opinion throughout the year (certainly not in high summer). By its light freshness, coupled with a certain heaviness and profundity, it fits simply always and for every occasion.
Overall, I really love this fragrance and I will wear it very, very often. To me, it gives me a sense of adventure. Even though it may sound trite or cliché, but when I smell the fragrance, I am overcome with the desire to do something, take a trip or just explore the world. The scent just encourages (Pun intended) me to use it to have new experiences and to associate them with it forever. A higher compliment you can not actually make a fragrance.
Thank you for reading. I go now on experience safari.