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...As you know, Coco Chanel was romantically involved with Grand Duke Dmitri Pavlovich of Russia [Dmitri Pavlovich Romanov] through whom Chanel met perfumers in Grasse and master perfumer Ernest Beaux (born and trained in Moscow, Russia). It was Beaux who had been asked by Chanel to encapsulate the essence of her romance with the Grand Duke. The idea was to create a fragrance of wild cavalcades, wafts of blond tobacco and the smell of boots tanned by birch bark, which the Russian soldiers would wear. I personally think that this idea was brought to the absolute realism! This is because of a memory from my childhood... I vividly remember my father, who was a Russian military man, smelling exactly like Cuir de Russie by Chanel!!!
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It's perhaps worth saying (partly in reponse to AJLo) that, however Chanel's Cuir de Russie was conceived, the current Exclusifs line EdT shares little more than its name with the previous version (and who knows what the original '20s version was like?).
I've noticed that, where No.5 goes, Cuir de Russie seems to follow. The Pre-Exclusifs version of CdR shared vintage No.5's base, on top of which was piled birchtar and castoreum.
Nowadays, like No.5, the ylang-ylang has been dialled up, and the animalic components down. Modern CdR is a soft, nuanced floral leather, with none of the butchness of its predecessor. A fragrance more for Russian oligarchs than soldiers...
Despite nowadays version of Cuir de Russie is more floral and the birch tar has been dimmed a lot compared to the original formula, it is still a very good option for a man. Go for the parfum if you can afford it: less aldehydic topnotes and florals make it focus more on the resinous leather and less projection is balanced by an incredible depth.
Really? My impression is that the butcher and blokier a guy is, the more easily he can pull off feminine scents...
Anyway, I don't find CdR particularly feminine - it's definitely unisex, especially in the EdP version.
I agree with other posters that more masculine men can actually get away with more feminine scents.
CdR, at least in its Les Exclusifs form, which is all I've ever sampled, and which I own, is a soft and smooth leather. The floral notes, I find, give it an air of class and set it apart from the dirty leather you usually see in men's leather based scents.
In short, it's a masculine scent provided you can (as always) own it
I find this comment rather amusing.
PS: I just saw on the internet that CdR by Chanel is Mick Jagger's signature fragrance... well, I guess (jokingly) he could be considered as a "very feminine" man (long hair, outrageously flamboyant behavior, and also he allegedly was discovered once in the bed with David Bowie). LMAO