Les Nombres d'Or - Cuir (2010)
    by Mona di Orio




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    Les Nombres d'Or - Cuir Fragrance notes

    Cardamom, Absinth, Leather, Cade, Resinoid Opoponax, Castoreum

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    Les Nombres d'Or - Cuir is a unisex fragrance by Mona di Orio. The scent was launched in 2010 and the bottle was designed by Jeroen Oude Sogtoen

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    Way Off Scenter's avatar

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    Genre: Leather

    Mona di Orio’s Cuir starts off with a very tart spiced citrus accord that gives way quickly to the kind of anise and artemisia blend perfumers like to associate with absinthe. The absinthe in turn recedes somewhat in the wake of a very bold, very smoky animalic leather that falls somewhere between an extinguished campfire and a well-worn saddle. It’s not quite the barbecue of, say, Tauer’s Lonestar Memories, but it is at once dark, meaty, and conspicuously charred.

    A half an hour on and the citrus, absinthe and spices have disappeared without a trace, leaving a simple, monolithic presentation of the charred leather accord. Your appreciation of this scent will hence depend entirely on whether you enjoy smoke and animalic leather unencumbered by distracting ornament or detail. Your willingness to seek it out will depend on whether you judge its quality superior to other “pure” leather scents. I personally prefer my birch tar and castoreum garnished with contrasting or complimentary flavors, as in Montale’s Oud Cuir d’Arabie, Dawn Spencer Hurwitz’s Dirty Rose, or Durbano’s Black Tourmaline.

    19 June, 2014

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    Don't know if this was due to luck or skills (unexplicably unexpressed in most of her other scents, then...), but finally, here Mona di Orio wins. This in fact, is a totally intriguing and probably really great scent – even greater than I think, as it is much complex and "vast". Basically, to give you a bold figure naming two rather known scents that just came to my mind while testing Cuir, I would place this exactly halfway between Knize Ten and Parfum d'Empire's Eau de Gloire, as it blends some distinctive elements from both – of course, adding much else of its own. Roughly said, it blends the hieratic, monolithic dusty leather personality of Knize, with a really well-executed balsamic/anisic/earthy accord which is the signature of Eau de Gloire. Spicy, dry, bitter, almost roasted leather, pepper, juniper, tobacco, an amber/vanilla/resinous accord, an oakmoss/patchouli-like accord, and a sharp and clear anisic/liquorice note, which apparently is not in the composition but I still smell it clearly (don't know what it may be due to). The base notes are beautiful, dark and dusty. So multi-faceted it is almost confused, but it just stops a step before collapsing, and magically manages to keep this complex texture together. As minutes pass that anisic/earthy/mossy accord emerges even clearer, together with that splendid roasted leather and tobacco accord with a castoreum heart. Basically a modern shady fougère with just a hint of a fresh balsamic breeze. Quite complex but wearable and beautiful. Not much powerful, but the persistence is good to me. The only con: that "roasted leather feel" may get a bit annoying after a while (and also... better wear it at least 20 minutes before going out).

    8/10

    01st May, 2014 (Last Edited: 19 May, 2014)

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    Burnt leather

    A tough one to wear. Much more smoky and ashy than I'd expected. After about an hour the fragrance sweetens up just a touch, making it more pleasant to wear, but the wait is long and the leather is overwhelmed by the smoke. It's unique but unwearable for me. Masculine, too; I can't imagine many women being able to pull this off.

    Sillage is moderate, longevity about 16 hours. Unique, made of high quality ingredients, but not my style.

    Pros: Great longevity, rich
    Cons: Too smoky for my taste"

    19 September, 2013

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    This is a dark, dry, bitter, smoky leather, with a distinctly meaty note of burnt pepper steak in the opening phase. lt calms down a little after an hour or so, becoming more salty & animalic, but never sweetening up at all. From here it doesn't develop any further, settling close to the skin, & still leaving traces a good sixteen hours later.
    l don't mind a rough, masculine opening in a leather fragrance, but l prefer to get a little more sweetness & cuddliness in the drydown than l'm getting here, & so l haven't warmed to this one. lf, on the other hand, you prefer your leathers dry & dark, you might want to give this a try.

    27 February, 2013

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    i get leather and a green opening that basically stays linear with no evolution. the opening stays pretty linear to the base. if you like leathey scents then this is for you. otherwise the price tag is too high imo..

    06 January, 2013

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    I've yet to smell a more intoxicating spicy and smoky leather.

    16 September, 2012

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