This is a fragrance that you dont know you want yet. I was lucky enough to run into a vial, and tragically spill most in my lap after writing a review, which i then promptly accidentally erased. So the last drops haunted me, and taunted me for weeks, untill i got my beauty in the mail. Ill start by saying the silliage on this juice is quite impressive. I threw the garment that got 1ml in the hamper for a week, and after a wash it was still lingering with a rich, resinous woodsiness. Cuoio opens rather bracing and masculine on me, with a touch of citrus peel, spice, woods and a little juniperish jolt. After 20-30 minuites it melts into my skin leaving a gorgeous, mellowed version of its woodsy opening. Very soft spices gentle ylang-ylang, and buttery, rich, and smooth leather stay with me the entire way. This is not a corset & boots leather scent, nor a harley & cheap whiskey scent. This juice makes me imagine im in an artisan shopping district, in a fox fur & gucci boots, catching gentle whiffs of tobacco, honey, and aged bourbon, near a fine leather goods store, gazing at beautiful gloves & handbags. But no actual "boozeyness" just a feeling of "posh". Cuoio takes a little space around you, just a tad, and i catch myself getting a whiff and everytime i think "god, i smell like a million bucks". Quite simply, this is worth every penny, the bottle is beautiful and unique, the scent quality and masterfully blended into a sensual unisex fragrance. Men could capture a womans heart in this fine fragrance, and confident, unique women who enjoy being provocative will find cuoio a joy. this is the unique leather fragrance ive been waiting for, and i will thoroughly enjoy my fb to the last drop. I look forward to sampling the rest of the offerings from odori.
No, for those of you who are desperate to find a replacement for the discontinued and beloved Cuiron in my mind Cuoio is not it. That said, this composition easily holds its own with most other leathers and is a superb release by Odori in its own right. The top notes feature a super-natural smelling orange and bergamot and are easily worth the price of admission in and of themselves. They then give way to a slightly sweet, soapy, and subtle leather heart with hints of ginger and even a bit of honey and patchouli. This is very much a skin scent, but it has great tenacity. I am a big fan of Cuoio for certain (although not a fan of its $210 price). My recommendation is if you can get your hands on Cuiron at any sane price, absolutely buy it, but if you can't then this is a great alternative (or buy them both if you have the means). 4 stars out of 5.
06th March, 2012 (last edited: 21st December, 2012)
This smells like very expensive soap. I like it, but I don't want it. Hardly seems worth the price.
Despite my allergy to birch tar (which didn't act up too much with this), I still have to give a positive review. Cuoio isn't terribly "leathery," but it is a fine fragrance. It's sort of a leathery, soapy, fruity, smooth, fresh fragrance. The vetiver and patchouli stand their ground, so it never smells like x (I typically make mental comparisons to something when a fragrance has too much of either). It's very wearable, modern, and unisex, but it's never a "me too." Sometimes it resembles one of those fruit filled breakfast bars, and it occasionally bears a slight resemblance to that Angel Men Summer Sunessence (or whatever it's called)
Unfortunately, due to my allergy to birch tar I won't be able to get this, but I will absolutely be trying Odori's other offerings.
And another thing, this could make a good substitution for Helmut Lang's masterpiece.
I've honestly been quite impressed by this composition. Cuoio gives its very own interpretation of leather cleverly taking the distance from monsters releases a-là Knize Ten / Cuir De Russe / Bandit. It hangs around a clear and almost soapy vibe throughout with citruses, leather and a barely-sweet tobacco with an outstandig result. Now that Helmut Lang's Cuiron has been discontinued I can't hink about a closer substitute. Amazing but be prepared for a challenging price-tag.
02nd May, 2011 (last edited: 02nd June, 2011)