Cuir De Lancome was launched in 2007 as part of La Collection Lancome which already included Magie, Sagamore, Sikkim, Climat and Mille et Une Roses. It’s actually a reissue of Revolte from 1936, an intense leather perfume with a dark animalic side.
Cuir De Lancome is described as a floral leather fragrance with top notes of mandarin orange, saffron and bergamot; middle notes are patchouli, hawthorn, jasmine and ylang-ylang and base notes that include orris root, birch and styrax.
It has a very bright and fresh opening thanks to the citruses and aldehydes with just enough spiciness added by the saffron and a leather heart that is soon revealed; a soft, smooth, velvety suede with a hefty dose of ylang and jasmine that give it a creamy, floral and buttery feeling that lasts for ages. As time goes by the perfume only improves becoming powdery and balsamic thanks to the orris root and softens until it becomes a skin scent.
It’s a beautiful perfume and surprisingly leather is not listed in the notes but the way everything is mixed together you perceive it as the softest of suede leathers. I love spraying it on my scarf and let it envelop me throughout the day, or the week.