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Cuir de Russie (1925)
by Clersanges


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Year of Launch1925
AvailabilityIn Production
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About Cuir de Russie

Cuir de Russie is a feminine perfume by Clersanges. The scent was launched in 1925

Cuir de Russie fragrance notes

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Clio et Claire products were first sold through the Whelan stores in the US. Later the products were sold under the name Clio et Claire Ltd, New York, New York, which was an American company established in 1926 to market perfumes and cosmetics made by the smaller French perfumer, Clersanges. The company operated in America until 1932 but Clersanges continued to be viable in France until the early 1950s.

Clersanges manufactured only 7 scents in the quarter century or so of its existence.

Top notes: Lavender, Rosemary, Thyme, Bergamot, Neroli
Heart notes: Jasmine, Rose, Lilac, Ylang Ylang, Birch, Amber, Patchouli
Base notes: Rosewood, Vetiver, Labdanum, Benzoin, Oak Moss, Leather, Orris, Civet

Currently the Perfume Encyclopedia lists 50 scents with the name, Cuir de Russie, stretching from the 19th century through the 21st. I have found that what I have sampled usually fall into one of two categories: birch tar rich and raw or sweet and refined.

The Clersanges is more about the effect of leather than leather itself. It is much more of a floral leather than I have encountered thus far, with its jasmine, rose, lilac and ylang ylang bouquet. The herbal, dry effects of lavender, rosemary, orris, and thyme add a grounding influence. Although birch tar and civet are in the composition, they do not stand out. The blending is masterly.

It would be as if a bouquet of flowers were wrapped in a leather jacket and then released into a warm atmosphere, perhaps a fire in the fireplace, and all the combined notes of refined leather and florals mix and rise at once to the nose.

It is a subtle and refined Cuir de Russie and recommended to all who love that category of fragrance.
20th March, 2018

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