I bought the reformulation recently and am not familiar with vintage. This certainly is a beautiful leather for discerning noses. The quality is fantastic. Great for work. Projection is on the soft side so it will be lost in a lot of other environments.
Owned a bottle back in 2004....Stunning fragrance...gorgeous leather......Came out of the coach and horses and walked over the road and the only time this has ever happened,a lady on her own said" oh my....wow what have you got on that smells so good" im para phrasing from memory but im not exagerrating!...
Lush,glorious scent,.(sorry not to good on notes)but the leather was simply stunning....Wish id brought 5 bottles had i known it was no longer being made..
This review is for the reissue.
The opening is light, transparent, only vaguely citrussy with perhaps some aldehydes. To begin with, the leather is on the "faux" side, conjuring the smell of a new car with vinyl seats, & a cheap lemon-scented air freshener dangling from the rear view mirror. Some people love the smell of a new car; l personally hate it. After fifteen minutes or so, it all smooths out into a more realistic but soft, subtle, suede-like leather, with a faint touch of incense. After four hours, it's faded to a rather clean & nondescript base, & overall it lasts eight or nine hours before disappearing.
For me the middle phase of this one is a fairly acceptable rendition of leather, but it's too cold & distant, lacking any kind of warmth or charm. lt's also one-dimensional & rather dull. l prefer my leathers far more complex & animalic than this, but if you shy away from anything too dirty or complicated, this could be just the leather for you!
I'm trying, but not quite getting the appeal of the legendary Cuiron. It's got a lot of soap and talcum powder on top, vaguely flavored with unremarkable citrus, eventually drying down to a nice, slightly wood suede note. It's quiet and kind of weak, with only the powdery soap really standing out.
Given time, it ends up as a spot on my arm that smells just a bit "cleaner" than the rest of me.
I can see how, in a 2002 sea of Le Male clones and cheap aquatics, Cuiron would smell immensely different and interesting, but it really can't hold a candle to the truly great leathers like Kolnisch Junchten or Creed's Royal English Leather, or even the current crop of interesting niche leathers. Meh.
Notes: plum, “fluid” leather, fresh notes, “sensual” leather, suede notes, “noble” leather.
A revered cult-classic, one which is rightfully mourned throughout the fragrance community and one rightfully deserving of its accolades. Personally I have to admit, I’m rather late to the Cuiron party, haphazardly sampling it recently, knowing full well of its sacristy due to its almost criminal discontinuation (not to mention exuberant prices). Opening with a near translucent and opaque designer suede note on top of crisp effervescent citrus top notes (plum and mandarin). Simple, supple and captivating, I’m hooked already.
A reference leather in its own right, but far be it from the territory of bold classical icons such as Cuir de Russie, Knize Ten and Bandit. But rather pertaining to the realms of stark modern minimalism, made up on bone dry structures (whilst maintaining an air of class and luxury). More notably with all the edges rounded off to maintain a seamless, clean, minimalistic and plush composition, akin to a modern art-deco piece of furniture.
Sprinkles of pepper and some minor hints of a very subtle tobacco add some feint counterpoints, to what would be after the dispersion of the top-notes, a quite stark and nondescript suede/leather. Despite the supposed inclusion of a variety of different leather accords, I find the contrast between them rather unremarkable to comment on any real notable differences. Evolution is minimal, if not entirely linear, with a slightly powdery and squeaky clean musk adding some depth and support to the base.
At the best of times, it can be sometimes difficult to wax lyrical about a particular fragrance, when it’s portrayed with an understated minimalistic elegance. Yet on the other hand, it’s sometimes best to just revere in what can not be said.
Occasion: Casual, Semi-formal