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RÍve en Cuir (2008)
by Indult


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Year of Launch2008
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 44 votes)

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PerfumerFrancis Kurkdjian

About RÍve en Cuir

RÍve en Cuir is a masculine fragrance by Indult. The scent was launched in 2008 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Francis Kurkdjian

Reviews of RÍve en Cuir

smooth and sophisticated leather...not a powerhouse or animalic gasoline vibes...not any huge projection, seems to sit pretty close...kind of plain...not finding anything to really get excited of those millennial-friendly " transparent", " I'm really not wearing anything " scents...semi-aromatic in a fresh/spicy sort of way...almost like just the illusion of leather, not the real thing...kind of heavy on the clove, but it is well blended in is pleasant, but hat's about it...just a touch of citrus floating around...that's about it...nice to have had a chance to sample it, but that's enough for me...
18th February, 2019
Well, hmmmm. That about sums up my feelings about this scent. It isn't repugnant or dreadful, but it does absolutely nothing for me, either. The name is also somewhat bothersome. I cannot find leather. Cloves, random spices, sweetness are there aplenty, however. This scent, although surely put together with consummate skill, strikes no chord in me, other than the one that says, 'Sephora.' In its mish-mash of suede and gourmand tendencies, it seems aimed at offending no one and pleasing only those who want to be barely, vaguely scented. It is neither here nor there, utterly unisex and inoffensive, but carries a hefty price, nonetheless.
27th September, 2017
Quite a nice but very short opening followed by lots of cinnamon soon joined by a bubble gum interpretation of leather. What the? I cant believe Kurkdjian would put his name to this.
03rd May, 2016
Herbal, mossy, spicy, leathery, floral, raunchy, yummy, etc. These were just some of the descriptives that went through my mind as I tracked the scent's development.

That a seemingly weightless composition is able to convey such a multitude of sensory experience over a short span of time is simply remarkable. A less generous critic however might be tempted to call it an incomplete or unresolved fragrance, lacking a clear direction. What a killjoy, huh?

REVE EN CUIR. Honestly I don't find it all that leathery, at least not in relation to the various forms of leather I am accustomed to. But in the absence of a prominent accord, many simply take their cues from a fragrance's name. It says 'cuir' so it must smell like some kind of leather, right? Run it through a blind test and we could very well get a completely different set of reviews.

Leather or no leather, REVE EN CUIR is a wonderfully sensual yet elegant scent to grace one's skin. Projection is tastefully modest while tenacity is more than adequate for most. Price tag is...irrelevant.

Is it that obvious I'm smitten? It's definitely one of Kurkdjian's best work, demonstrating his forte in melding the romanticism of the classical with the clean lines of modern aesthetics. If Derby and Mitsouko were to have a love child, this would be it.

C'est magnifique!
12th February, 2016
Some notes are easier than others. Not to create, but to accept at face value. Vanilla is one. People recognize 'vanilla', whether it's a vanilla bean or ethyl vanillin. Synthetic vanilla aromachemicals are used because they smell Ďlikeí vanilla.

Leather requires a little more imagination. There are more links in the chain of associations that lead to the scent of leather. Itís not even strictly leather that we smell, itís the combination of the hides and the chemicals of the tanning process. The scent of leather is not one particular thing, but a range of tones in the spectrum of leather.

However a material is derived, if it smells Ďlikeí vanilla, it can be considered vanilla. Perfume composition relies on an olfactory algebra: let x = vanilla. Leather presents a more interesting premise to the perfumer. After a connection from A through Z is made, our neurology doesnít perceive the steps in a chain of associations, just the connection of A and Z. Whether we see the links or not, they are there for the perfumer to play with, making leather a playground of abstraction. Witness the birch tar leathers from early in the early 20th century, the inky synthetic leathers that followed and the range of floral and plastic leathers that came along as compositional rules loosened.

The goal of creating a leather perfume isnít emulation of leather, though perfume marketing has historically spun piles of bullshit about leather opera gloves, black leather corsets and the innards of Birkin bags. Leather is the inspiration, not the goal. There are as many strategies to composing a leather perfume as there are sub-genres. See: Vierges et Torerosís lucite leather. S-Exís subliminal musky leather. Azurťeís sizzling citrus leather. Bel Amiís gasoline leather. Cuir de Russieís iris leather. Cuir díAngeís herbal-soapy leather.

Reve en Cuirís approach isnít novel but it is effective. It creates a hissy topnote similar to the violet-leaf gasoline of Dior Fahrenheit and its predecessor, Bel Ami. The topnotes sharpen, coalescing into a cool, sweet, clove-like heart. Reve en Cuirís richness comes from intricacy and what it lacks in projection it makes up for in evolution and duration. It balances richness with precision editing and, though it smells like no particular leather object, it is perfectly coherent. Exemplary of Kurkdjianís best work, it isnít radical but it is inventive and intelligible.

17th May, 2015
Reve en Cuir opens with a load of cloves juxtaposed to sweet, tart notes of vanilla, citrus (not that ďcitricĒ, rather aromatic and plushy) and nutty-resinous cardamom. I donít get much oregano honestly, and I was intrigued by that as despite I love it, I rarely smell it in fragrances. But I do smell something more generically mossy-herbal, and also something somehow ďwoody-syrupyĒ if that makes sense, something like the cedar note in Lutensí CŤdre if you know the fragrance. Now, the contrast between the pungent sharpness of cloves and herbs, and the sweet-tart-nutty notes of vanilla, citrus and cardamom (and that sweet, cedar-like note), is not exactly the most pleasant clash around in my opinion: itís interesting at first, but soon a bit cloying to me. And overall that is my take on this scent, since it does not have much of an evolution; it has something that just does not work in my opinion. Itís not that pleasant, not particularly refined, not that deep or compelling, and on the other hand, not enough ďcreatively stinkyĒ to represent some sort of creative statement. Itís just... donít know, a ďmehĒ. The drydown would be nicer, if it was just a bit louder, while itís really close to skin. Sweet-woody-herbal cloves for hours, basically, with a warm and soft drydown; nothing bad, but nothing particularly remarkable either (especially for the price).

13th January, 2015

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