Cuir Ottoman (2006)
    by Parfum d'Empire

    Cuir Ottoman Fragrance notes

    Iris, Egyptian Jasmine, Incense, Styrax, Leather, Tolu Balsam, Benzoin

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    Colin Maillard's avatar
    Colin Maillard
    Italy Italy

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    Another win from Parfum d'Empire, which is among my favourite houses ever. Everything they produce is always so perfectly balanced in a simple and clear composition coloured in their trademark oriental "richness" (still keeping it elegant, light and wearable). The name and the composition say it all so there is not much need to "explain" this - you can expect a beautiful leather/tea scent (the leather is more on the "suede" side) with a round, tasty, talcum-suede sweet base and and amber cozy feel, which slowly, perfectly fades into an evelasting bitter leather drydown.


    28 February, 2014 (Last Edited: 16 April, 2014)

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    An easy to wear leather scent that won't give you any grief.

    The leather's very realistic, but also very clean — like a new purchase of a leather coat rather than one that's well-worn. There's a dry musky, vanilla floating around in the background that gives the impression of a better developed Bvlgari Black, but there's also an iris aspect to this one that creeps in with that trademark lipstick-y sensation. Overall, it's very pleasant and well put together — a tad tame for me, but well suited for others who want an easy to wear leather scent that won't rough you up in some dark alley.

    Pros: Well articulated and easy to wear. Quite versatile in its application, and accomplishes a lot without over complicating it.
    Cons: Could benefit from more nuance in the individual notes, perhaps.

    25 June, 2013

    iivanita's avatar
    Croatia Croatia

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    in the opening this smells like Chanel no 18 and later as FK Cologne pour le soire,

    its benzoin dusty/ cashmire like, dry note with mix of light iris note,much more elegant then Francis Kurkdjian creation...and more complex......les rosey in the middle notes....

    smells very woody, is not heavy just light transparent incense note, coming down from the base, balanced sweetness....

    very unisex

    21st March, 2013

    Darvant's avatar
    Italy Italy

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    A masterful creation for sure, a modern classic and one of the most realistically leathery (not only at the beginning) scents i've ever experienced. Those which seriously love the leather in perfumery must own this epic fragrance in their collections on the side of some modern pearls as Cuir Pleine Fleur/Fine Leather Heeley or PG Cuir D'Iris and together with the classics as Knize Ten, Derby, Royal English Leather Creed, Cuir de Russie Chanel (where you can smell the iris/leather combo), Cuir de Russie Piver and Cuiron. This fragrance is in my opinion also one of the most sumptuous iris around, a royal combination of iris and leather on the stage of Daimiris Laboratorio Olfattivo and the great Parfumerie Generale Cuir D'Iris (more fruity/spicy and finally barely more woody/vanillic than this). I suppose that the iris is the floral note (among the others) which works better if combined with the note of leather and Cuir Ottoman under my nose is basically a smoky/incensey combination of leather and iris finally soothed by high quality balsams.
    The incensey touch is never dusty or invasive and the juice stands out in the air divinely smooth, finally due the interaction of minimal hints of balsams than does not overcast the dominating role of the leather. The standout note of leather is not dirty at all but more properly "carnal" and on this plane i detect the association with the type of Dzing's animal mould. I'm not frankly able to detect any trace of jasmine while catch a faint (just minimal) subsidence of the leathery/smoky mould in the final stage of the trip when the work of iris and benzoin becomes more impressive. A wonderful take on iris/leather more properly masculine in my humble opinion but due to be worn also by some stout women of the world.

    16 January, 2013

    teardrop's avatar
    England England

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    The opening is a hyper-realistic, plush leather, like a fine pair of shoes. Over the first half-hour, this accord is sweetened by benzoin & incense, & settles fairly close to the skin. As it develops, the scent slowly becomes warmer & more powdery, fading to a smoky, balsamic base, reminding me somewhat of Guerlain's Bois d'Armenie, & lasting a good six hours. A very nice, friendly & comforting leather fragrance.

    22 November, 2012

    JackTwist's avatar
    United States United States

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    A truly wonderful and unique scent- a tobacco/leather oriental.

    Very subtle and soft, but with long dry down, one can detect patchouli and vetiver in the first blast, before the oriental blend (styrax, benzoin, balsam, frankincense) smooth it all out with a vanilla-like undertone.

    The tobacco note is slightly sweet, reminiscent of opening a humidor of fresh pipe tobacco.

    A complex winner!

    13 November, 2012

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