Perfume of the Week… Cuir De Lancome
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.