My favorite leathers are Knize Ten and Chanel's Cuir de Russie. I did own a bottle of Cuir Ottomon and finished it without intending to replace it - that was a rough, strong leather that I enjoyed fully, but did not want to repeat the experience.
Now looking for a sophisticated and subtle leather, I was ready to shell out $250 for a bottle of the Chanel, when Lancome's fell into my lap. My nose finds Lancome's Cuir a good substitute for the Chanel and more pocketbook friendly at one third the cost of the the latter.
It is elegant, refined, and sensual, bringing to mind the scent of soft Italian leather jackets or Jaguar upholstery. Definitely, a huge success with me. Very highly recommended, especially for fans of the Chanel.
After a very brief opening blast with bergamot there is the very early development of the component that gives this product its name: leather. It is a soft new suede leather, although later on it takes on the characteristics of the leather sole of a now shoe, but without any oak bark element. It is a gentle and restrained leather, and whilst - especially at the beginning - some birch-related gasoline impressions à la Bulgari Black opening minutes shine through, they rapidly become gentrified and lose all of their garage-fume harshness.
After a transitional saffron has arrived, the drydown contains a floral turn, with a pleasant jasmine and a smooth patchouli combining with hints of violet, yet the leather remains ever present throughout. The base is styrax-filled with a fine congruent powderiness blending in very smoothly with the leather core.
Looking at this scent's development, this is much smoother, softer and less of the gasoline-fumes-cum-car-seats-in-the-garage style than, for instance, Knize Ten; memories of Chanel's Cuir de Russie come to mind. Again, not so much the fabulous and stunning original leather-infused version, but more the prettier, attenuated and florally softened reformulation. A soft and gentle leather this is.
The perfomance is very good with moderate sillage, very satisfactory projection and nearly ten hours of longevity on my skin. Great for autumn, a gentle take on leather that is eminently wearable at work. 3.75/5
24th November, 2015 (last edited: 09th December, 2015)
This is a soft leather fragrance that smells like top-quality suede. Warm, earthy orris root is more prominent to my nose than floral notes, and sustains Cuir de Lancome throughout its development and drydown.
Several years ago, this fragrance was widely available for around $30, but as of 2015 it is harder to find and costs in the neighborhood of $75. From the outset, it smells to me almost identical to the drydown of Knize Ten (both original and Golden Edition), and that is the only reason I haven't stockpiled Cuir de Lancome - I probably have enough Knize Ten to last a lifetime, so it's like having two great leathers in one.
On my skin, Cuir de Lancome very quickly becomes a skin scent with little sillage or projection. I can detect wafts of it many hours after application, but no one else can. It is powdery and gentle and I am not able to detect much change from one stage to the next in its development; nevertheless, this is a fragrance that really does smell like fine leather, and it deserves the accolades it continues to receive.
Very pretty. I find this quite different to Cuir de Russie, save that both Cuir de Lancome and Cuir de Russie explore the more polished and refined aspects of leather. Cuir de Lancome is sweeter, fruitier and less floral than Cuir de Russie. There is nothing animalic about Cuir de Lancome - no barnyard, meaty or strongly birch tarred qualities. It is a supple, sweetly powdered leather. Like a ladies leather glove. It reminds me a little of Creed's English Leather - in both cases the bergamot and mandarin lends a faintly bubblegum fruitiness to the opening. It stays quite close to the skin. The dry down is lovely - powdery in a balsamic and resinous manner. Very wearable but unlikely to rock your world if butch leathers are your thing.
Okay in times past I must have tested Cuir in warm/ hot weather. Result = herbaly amber. Retrying this in cool 60 ish degree weather and using a spray and a half on one arm , I can FINALLY pick up a bit of leather- within minutes though it's swamped with baby powder . So as a go to leather? Nope. Not for me. This smells sortof new bike tire-ish like Bulgari Black with less tea and a lot more powder. This is obviously a well crafted scent and I appreciate that and the opportunity to try it but it doesn't suit my preferences so it will be swapped .