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    Post Hermes Bel Ami or Chanel cuir de Russie ?

    I go with Bel Ami and you?

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    I find Cuir de Russie more versatile and luxurious.

    I have to be in the mood for Bel Ami as it smells like fresh sweat on warm skin to my nose. I do not get this as much from vintage Bel Ami though which makes it more wearable.

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    Default Re: Hermes Bel Ami or Chanel cuir de Russie ?

    Chanel Cuir de Russie, 9 times out of 10.

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    Default Re: Hermes Bel Ami or Chanel cuir de Russie ?

    Apples and oranges. They're both great though; I'd say the current formulation of Cuir de Russie is better than the current formulation of Bel Ami, but I am super partial to CdR. I'd say it really comes down to what you are looking for style-wise. Bel Ami is a more traditional men's scent and Cuir de Russie is plush and luxurious. Both do have strong animalic (read: barnyard) aspects to them, so there's that. I dunno, I just never really picture them as neighbors.

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    Default Re: Hermes Bel Ami or Chanel cuir de Russie ?

    Bel Ami

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    Default Re: Hermes Bel Ami or Chanel cuir de Russie ?

    I don't feel the necessity to choose one over the other. Cuir De Russie is definitely more androgynous, richer and more classically old-fashioned whereas Bel Ami (vintage) is clearly a late 80s masculine. Two different types of leather...


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    Default Re: Hermes Bel Ami or Chanel cuir de Russie ?

    I'd get both.

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    Default Re: Hermes Bel Ami or Chanel cuir de Russie ?

    Neither is my favoirte leather, but I like the Cuir de Russie much better. Bel Ami is better than many, but it is a little too dated IMO.
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    This month it would be Bel Ami.
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    Default Re: Hermes Bel Ami or Chanel cuir de Russie ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Francolino View Post
    I go with Bel Ami and you?
    I prefer Bel Ami (in any iteration). I like both, but Bel Ami works much better on me than Cuir de Russie which I find to be very thin and weak (the EdT). In fact, I'd even choose Bel Ami Vetiver over Cuir de Russie. Cuir de Russie no doubt smells wonderful and rich, but is not at all a practical solution given its shortcomings.

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    Vintage Bel Ami is in my top 3, and to be honest, I have a soft spot for all iterations of Bel Ami.
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    Quote Originally Posted by checkmate View Post
    Vintage Bel Ami is in my top 3, and to be honest, I have a soft spot for all iterations of Bel Ami.
    Have you tried Cuir de Russie? Very weak ....

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    Default Re: Hermes Bel Ami or Chanel cuir de Russie ?

    Neither, get Bel Ami Vetiver instead. Has all the good bits of Bel Ami and introduces a Vetiver note that enhances the leather note beautifully.
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    Default Re: Hermes Bel Ami or Chanel cuir de Russie ?

    Quote Originally Posted by NickZee View Post
    Neither, get Bel Ami Vetiver instead. Has all the good bits of Bel Ami and introduces a Vetiver note that enhances the leather note beautifully.
    Are you saying this to me or Francolino?

    If I am being addressed - probably, yes. Getting Cuir de Russie is out of question (I'm torn between a neutral and a negative, but I think neutral is right). I like each of Bel Ami and Bel Ami Vetiver (going through a decant of Bel Ami Vetiver quite fast), but already got Puredistance M so Bel Ami Vetiver might be more of a variety/diversity.

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    Default Re: Hermes Bel Ami or Chanel cuir de Russie ?

    I'm torn. I tried some civet-rich vintage Cuir de Russie recently, and that was the best perfume ever.

    I'll go for either, whichever is older. If they're the same age, I'd go for Chanel Cuir de Russie.

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    Quote Originally Posted by freewheelingvagabond View Post
    Have you tried Cuir de Russie? Very weak ....
    I sampled what's available from the Exclusifs line and thought it was nice, but not something I'd look to add to my collection. I've never tried the vintage, but my feeling is that I'd really enjoy it.

    Truth be told, Imperial Del Oro Russian Leather and Lency Russian Leather both nip at the heels of vintage Bel Ami. The use of birch tar in these 3 fragrances mentioned really set the stage, and as a result, separate themselves from the pack of leathers I've tried.
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    Quote Originally Posted by freewheelingvagabond View Post
    Are you saying this to me or Francolino?

    If I am being addressed - probably, yes. Getting Cuir de Russie is out of question (I'm torn between a neutral and a negative, but I think neutral is right). I like each of Bel Ami and Bel Ami Vetiver (going through a decant of Bel Ami Vetiver quite fast), but already got Puredistance M so Bel Ami Vetiver might be more of a variety/diversity.
    I was responding to the thread generally, so you're welcome to chime in. I agree Pure Distance M is more than sufficient cover for the Hermes leather offerings .
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    ...Bel Ami Vétiver...!

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    Default Re: Hermes Bel Ami or Chanel cuir de Russie ?

    after all this time I own them both..slightly prefer Cuir de Russie

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    Default Re: Hermes Bel Ami or Chanel cuir de Russie ?

    Knize Ten

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    Default Re: Hermes Bel Ami or Chanel cuir de Russie ?

    I heard Bel Ami is almost 100% the same as Puredistance M, thoughts?

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    Default Re: Hermes Bel Ami or Chanel cuir de Russie ?

    Quote Originally Posted by ezio10 View Post
    I heard Bel Ami is almost 100% the same as Puredistance M, thoughts?
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    Default Re: Hermes Bel Ami or Chanel cuir de Russie ?

    Quote Originally Posted by ezio10 View Post
    I heard Bel Ami is almost 100% the same as Puredistance M, thoughts?
    maybe the vintage version, surely not the new one,M being deeper, rounder and with superior performance!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pluran View Post
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    Yes, Knize Ten over the two.

    Bel Ami is more pleasant and easy to make a signature scent. I love the smell of vintage Bel Ami coming from my jacket from my previous wearings. Vintage Chanel Cuir de Russie is very true to its name, sharp animalic Russian leather. It just doesn't sit well with my nose for regular wearings but I still keep a bottle for reference. Cuir de Russie is a better composed fragrance of the two.

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    Default Re: Hermes Bel Ami or Chanel cuir de Russie ?

    How similar is Bel Ami to aramis?

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    Mars and Venus. Bel Ami for me in vintage formulation.
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