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Cuir Mauresque (1996)
by Serge Lutens


Cuir Mauresque information

Year of Launch1996
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 257 votes)

People and companies

HouseSerge Lutens
PerfumerChristopher Sheldrake
Parent CompanyShiseido

About Cuir Mauresque

Cuir Mauresque is a shared / unisex perfume by Serge Lutens. The scent was launched in 1996 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Christopher Sheldrake

Reviews of Cuir Mauresque

Great, sensual, exotic, animal leather...wonderful duration and robust sillage.
Just another smash hit from Lutens!
12th May, 2017
Talk about a classy perfume. this is actually geart,enjoyable leather.a chypre blend of notes brings a raw yet reserved sensuality to this original take on a classic leather is warm and spicy with a dose of amber in the base.certainly distinctive though extremely familiar at the same time.highly recommend for sweet wearable powdery leather scent lovers not bitter dark leather lovers. Leathery,Classic,Spicy,Sultry,Resinous, Animalic,Exquisite and Highly Unisex.

The opening note is straight leather, orange,nutmeg and cinnamon.the ambery wood accord embraces lanquid caraway and the animalic scents of civet before giving way to intermingling tanned resinous myrrh.the entire composition leaves a lasting memory imprinted in the imagination of the is positioned at the modern stylish man/woman who their has traditional values in their heart and prefers traditional things with a modern flavor.the best seasons autumn and winter to wear it.

Sillage?Moderate to heavy.

Longevity?Good on my skin.

13th July, 2016 (last edited: 14th July, 2016)
Lipstick leather start. Works to a Orange Blossom sweetened Knize Ten. Nice Caraway twist that reminds me of a European cookie from childhood. Something citric to cut the cloy.
Dreamy creamy touch of the animal.
I could wear it however it's made for the girls. Makes me want to nuzzle and nip a Feminine ear.
19th June, 2016
The only fragrance Serge Lutens wears himself... Morocco in a bottle!

Cuir Mauresque or "Moorish Leather" is a very typically brilliant perfume creation from the house of Serge Lutens, under the direction of the brilliant Christopher Sheldrake.

The reason this composition is so brilliant, is because there is no leather in the notes! Leather "extract" itself does not exist in perfume making... much like the note of "amber", it is up to the perfumer to create the "illusion" of leather in a fragrance, and that is what Mr. Sheldrake has done brilliantly here.

The fragrance opens up with a beautiful, heady combination of orange blossom and cumin, with indolic jasmine and a hint of tuberose (similar to another Lutens creation: Fleurs d'Oranger). Then the nutmeg, cloves and "burnt" styrax come in, with a good dose of civet and resins, all of which creates the impression of a "leather" note... and what a note it is! The leather here instantly takes me to Morocco, where leather hides are tanned using citrus oils and sweet musks... it's really quite something!

Cuir Mauresque is a beautiful fragrance, if you want to "get" or "understand" what Serge Lutens is all about, this should be the first place to start. It will not be for everyone, but if you really appreciate the art of perfumery, you will see this one as one of his best, recalling the great leather "classics" such as Caron - Tabac Blond or Fracas. It's also very sensual and sexy in my opinion... and would smell totally seductive on any classy gentleman or lady. In fact, this is the only fragrance that Serge Lutens wears himself! Wonderful! For me, this is Morocco in a bottle...
30th November, 2014
Genre: Leather

I feel tentative about reviewing Cuir Mauresque because it seems to do something different every time I wear it. On one wearing it will be a relatively sweet leather with a honeyed oriental twist. Another it will be dry, with earthy vetiver overtones, a touch of smoke, and a distinctly "nutty" drydown. It's always gratifying and sophisticated and never indulges in the diabetic-killing sweetness that turns me off of some other Sheldrake/Lutens scents. It just likes to keep me guessing.

Cuir Mauresque is a well-blended scent. So much so in fact, that I have trouble dissecting its structure, no matter which of its many moods it's in. Though it lasts well, I don't get much projection or sillage from it, so it works mostly as a skin scent for me after its first few minutes.

Cuir Mauresque is the "holy grail" of leather scents for many, but not for me. I prefer my leathers more rude or gamy: Knize Ten to Royal English Leather, Eau d'Hermes to Daim Blond, and Aoud Cuir d'Arabie to Cuir Mauresque. That said, Cuir Mauresque is clearly a top flight leather fragrance that's worth exploring for anyone with an interest in leathery scents.
12th June, 2014
A great leather based fragrance with classic vibe at the opening and very beautiful modern leather scent in the dry down and base.
The opening is sharp, green and almost soapy leather scent which quickly reminded me of classic leather based fragrances like "Polo" by "Ralph Laurent".
The leather here is not smoky and dark. it's green and sharp/spicy because of clove note. as I said the opening reminded me of Polo but this one smell much better with better quality and more pleasant smell.
In the mid that sharp and green scent settled down and the scent become sweet (but not too much) and now the leather scent changed to modern scent. I can smell something like cinnamon as well and it's beautiful.
In the base you have a very smooth and beautiful leather scent which is sweet and a little smoky and it does have some animalistic feeling too but it's in the background.
Good projection and longevity.
One of the best from the house.
01st June, 2014

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