Cuir Velours, for me, is the weakest scent in the Naomi Goodsir line. It’s a floralized, sweet leather with an herbal presence that seems to be a cardamom / saffron combination. The problem with this scent is that the leather note is ill-defined — flat and surprisingly vague. Furthermore, the scent is very sweet — probably at least two notches beyond what most would deem appropriate for this style. The sweetness is caramel, and it does compliment the more floral and herbal components, but end result doesn’t add up to much. Over time the sweetness increases, and it reminds me a little bit of Cuir Amethyst — although perhaps not quite as sweet as that one. And then it all becomes a scratchy, norlimabanol-driven cardboard suede. I think that the ultimate nail in the coffin of this one, though, is simply that there are so many better versions of leather available than this one. If you want a leather where the leather’s turned down, and gourmand and savory facets are turned up, then it’s worth a sniff. For me, it holds little appeal, and it’s especially mediocre in relation to the jaw-droopingly good Bois d’Ascese and even the less-good-but-still-good Or du Serail.
Halfway between Daim Blond and Cuir Ottoman, a delicate but bold floral suede accord, less fruity and rich than Daim Blond (globally less "oriental", I'd say), rather tending to a sharper, more Western and contemporary approach to suede scents like in Tuscan Leather – kind of a highstreet shoes shop feel, clean, soft and cozy. Persistent talcum-sweet drydown like in the abovementioned suede-based scents. It is good, even really good, but at the same time it's just that I don't feel anything in here that would make me add this to my collection – since it already includes Daim and Cuir and they both "give" me that, plus a lot more each.
06th April, 2014 (last edited: 20th January, 2015)
I'm not good at identifying and describing notes, so let me just say that I love this. For me it's all about how the fragrance makes me feel. Cuir Velours just wraps around my head with the most wonderful, soothing fragrance. Not too sweet, not spicy - just right.
Cuir Velours strikes me immediately for its visible and perceivable stickiness on the skin. The aroma does not perform a complicated evolution appearing by soon softly leathery, well rounded (never properly boozy alcoholic type) and mossy, with a sort of apricot/iris/leather ostensible balmy effect (with more than vague Cuir Ottoman's brighter nuances). I immediately understand that the apparent "fruity iris" vibe is nothing than an illusory effect (typical) elicited by the spicy olibanum interaction with the note of leather as rounded by a soft sweet tobacco and the effect is incredibly comforting, "spongy" and almost culinary (i mean yummy as taste) for a while. There is a secondary (minimal) woody approach in the air while the booziness is never dominant (neither in the first five minutes of the evolution). The aroma is surely comforting and "tobacco perfumed" but never properly warm since a surprising cleverly modulated "airy" immortelle (as joined with the "musks") provides projection and hints of more typically aromatic woodsiness. I detect a subtle fruity vibe (probably just apparent, may be not) with that apricot type of aroma some talk about. The tobacco/rhum combo is magistrally dosed just in order to civilize (with hints of mild softness never outside the fences) the stout (and usually "problematic") leather/incense couple. All i detect after a bit is a really smooth mossy/musky (galbanum mastered) aroma with a touch of "forest aromatic atmosphere", a silent peachy olibanum and a leathery silkiness (an high quality massive velvety suede feel more than properly strong leather). I detect a vague C for Men Clive Christian olibanum/suede velvety fruitiness but without all that floral/woody spiciness. A great take of the incense-olibanum theme but with a balmy/boise twist. Duration over the average on me. Thumbs up.
This sweet, smooth leather has a definite tobacco note--sweet and almost nutty. Very unisex. This could be the leather and tobacco of a femme fatale or of a tough guy with a taste for luxury. A little too sweet for me, but a remarkably well crafted and smoothly balanced leather scent.
Cuir Velours strikes as a balmy-incense fragrance with sweet-boozy facets. The leather note is subdued and smooth, more sort of suedey while a well restrained immortelle note paired to tobacco, add even more depth enhancing the general warmness of this composition.
The fragrance leans towards the sweet side of the spectrum but it's perfectly executed and balanced to never feel heavy or cloying. I've seen somewhere comparisons to Daim Blond and, somehow, they make sense (at least IMO). There's a slight apricot-suede vibe going on which might indeed bring to mind of the aforementioned Lutens but, overall, Cuir Velours is more striking while still feeling plush and extremely rounded. The incense plays a relevant role providing a meditative facet and a modern twist. Other fragrances that came to mind for a reason or another are Trayee by Neela Vermeire (basically for the sweetish-incense quality) and 1740 (for the immortelle-tobacco-leather combo). With that said, I can't say CV is objectively similar to either. It more shares with them an overall vibe and a distant kinship to then create its own peculiar allure.
A pleasure to wear for anyone into velvety oriental fragrances. Good projection and great lasting power.
Bravo to Mrs.Goodsir.