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Cuir de Russie (1953)
by Creed


Cuir de Russie information

Year of Launch1953
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 112 votes)

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Parent CompanyCreed

About Cuir de Russie

Cuir de Russie is a masculine fragrance by Creed. The scent was launched in 1953

Cuir de Russie fragrance notes

Reviews of Cuir de Russie

Cuir de Russie begins with a tart bergamot/citrus opening with neroli florals giving a clean and refreshing feel. Gradually the opening fades away while the smokey tar-like birch accord begins to emerge. The prominent ‘Russian’ leather becomes intwined with the lingering birch accord in the base with the presence of a subtle sandalwood note as well as Creed’s classic ambergris. While the leather is dark and smokey, it’s both restrained and refined. The scent has a very dated feel to it. I’m reminded of old furniture that has some kind of leather covering on it such as chairs. Other examples would include dated accessories such as old leather wallets and leather wrist bands of old watches. Cuir de Russie takes on a different approach to leather compared to its counterparts Royal English Leather and Royal Delight. Royal English Leather consists of a simplistic brighter and buttery leather accord while Royal Delight consists of mixture sweet powdery florals to leather. Another major difference with Cuir de Russie is that it has a significantly shorter longevity of about 4 hours with the first two hours having moderate silage before becoming a skin scent. I can’t find a particular occasion that I would want to wear this scent. Cuir de Russie would more likely appeal to Individuals who have an affinity towards leather scents. Overall this isn’t a bad scent but it’s not one I’d be motivated to wear.
28th August, 2018
bokaba Show all reviews
United States
Perfect Russian Leather

Cuir de Russie is one of finest Russian leathers out there. The opening is a dark citrus zest that quickly gives way to the star of the show: the birch tar and leather.

Neither the tar nor the leather are particularly strong, but just enough to make their point. Creed's interpretation of Russian leather is poignant and extremely well-balanced. Cuir de Russie would not be out of place with Victorian Era Russian aristocrats.

It is clear that Creed spared no expense in its ingredient use. I would put Cuir de Russie (along with Bois de Santal) in the same class as the vaunted vintage Tabarome.
02nd December, 2016
Creed Cuir de Russie strikes me mainly as a leather laden with green and woody notes as well as some lemon/bergamot in the opening. I agree with Karl below on the existence of the salty ambergris Creed DNA---it takes the leather from a heavy winter fragrance to a four-season citrus leather.

Not quite as acerbic and intense as the Chanel fragrance of the same name, Creed Cuir de Russie is smoothly-blended and, as an EDT, far more year-round-friendly. Not especially impressive on projection or longevity (not that that would be expected from a mid-century Creed EDT)

Unfortunately, it's scarcely available as a discontinued item that was only ever offered in flacon form. Still, one I'm glad I was able to try via ScentSplit.

7 out of 10
22nd March, 2016
Genre: Leather

Cuir de Russie starts out drier and more astringent than its sibling Royal English Leather, with a dominant birch tar component. It quickly grows smoky on the skin, and even suggests some iodine, as in an Islay single malt whisky. It doesn't bring to mind beef jerky or a barbecue like Andy Tauer's Lonestar Memories, nor is it fruity and sweetened like Daim Blond or Armani Prive Cuir Améthyste. I understand other reviewers' references to gasoline, medicine, and asphalt, I but I actually like Cuir de Russie's harsh, smoky take on leather. In fact, it seems to me quite modern, in the mold of Bvlgari Black or Santa Maria Novella's Nostalgia.

What disappoints me about Cuir de Russie is that it peters out very quickly, running through its smoky leather and sandalwood drydown within just a couple of hours. Otherwise a very well-made and appealing fragrance for fans of birch tar-dominated leather.

11th June, 2014
demcav Show all reviews
United States
I am new to Russian Leather frags, and upon inquiring with my "regular" Neiman Marcus fragrance SA about getting a sample of Chanel Cuir de Russie, he told me that his store had a 2.5 oz. unused tester of Creed CdR that he could sell me since the frag is no longer available. Owning and enjoying flacons of several other Creed frags (Windsor, Selection Verte, Aventus) I took the chance on a blind buy since this fragrance is otherwise available mostly only through second hand sellers.

This CdR opens with a strong citrus similar to vintage Eau Sauvage, but then the birch tar note in CdR adds shiney black leather that has been freshly polished with wax. During the drydown the citrus gradually fades, allowing the soft leather to increasingly dominate. Projection is decent for about 3 hours, then a fairly close skin scent for another 3 - 4 hours.

21st December, 2012 (last edited: 26th December, 2012)
rbaker Show all reviews
United Kingdom
A classic balanced leather fragrance. The lemony notes of the initial impression gives way to a classic leather aroma that is unexpectedly bright, relaxed and never harsh. On me it lacks the gasoline notes of Knize Ten or Tom Ford Tuscan leather, and consistently has an elegance that those don't have. Good (for Creed) longevity of around three hours on my skin, but markedly tapering after the first two and then staying close to the skin. I prefer this for cooler seasons. One of the best leather fragrances I can recall.
05th February, 2012

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