The sales rep at Holts in Montreal informs me that the Armani Privé line can be layered very successfully.
Our French-language newspaper perfume critic, Mario Girard, rated Bois d'encens as the best of the series which is comprised of Ambre Soie (sensual), Pierre de lune (animal), Eau de jade (green) and Eau d'encens (sumptuous). He classifies the latter as a "superb example of daring and virtuosity which is what incense is in its almost pure state, preceded by subtle woods. Literally orgasmic and "cathedralesque". Mr. Girard gives this one 4 out of 5 stars, as he does Alien, Dior Homme, Prada Eau Intense, Brit Gold and My Queen.
Cèdre, Polo Black, Promesse de Cacharel and London for Men (Paul Smith) rate only 2 stars.
I just wanted to bump this old 2005 thread and show some love for Cuir Amethyst! A forum search doesnt really yield many returns on this Armani Privée gem (pardon the pun).
I have sampled this twice now, and have to admit I've fallen for it (quite unintentionally).
After sampling many of the Privées, I singled this one out as striking a nice balance between floral and spiced accords, and I find it completely bewitching.
After my recent run with all 3 Durbano's (Rock Crystal, Amethyst and Black Tourmaline), I am beginning to wonder why the fixation on mineral/gem inspired scents.
I agree with Dimitri. This is a nice one. I even bought a bottle.
It's a very soft, slightly sweet, suede leather with some floral-fruity elements. At least that's how it strikes me. I've read comparisons of it with Daim Blond, but Cuir Amethyst is just a tad sweeter, noticeably softer, and the fruity elements are much less prominent. Cuir Amethyst is so very smooth in texture. I think it even lasts longer than Daim Blond. I haven't worn either of these frags that much, but based on my recent experiences I think I prefer the Armani.
I also own Bois d'Encens and like it, too. But the strong black pepper note among the wood and incense may be too strong for some people.