Some perfumes make me feel like a crummy perfume blogger and Chanel Cuir de Russie in the Exclusifs Collection is one of those perfumes that gives me those feelings. Don’t get me wrong, I like Cuir de Russie and enjoy wearing it. It’s so Chanel and it’s no doubt a classic; however, I find I don’t really have much to say about it. I wish I had a story to tell you or I could come up with wonderful associations, but I don’t. I like Cuir de Russie because it smells like a Chanel.
Cuir de Russie is orange blossom soap and a subtle leather, like leather gloves. It opens with fatty, peach-like aldehydes and effervescent citrus. As far as leathers go, I don’t find it “rugged” or brash. It’s like a really luxurious, smooth Russian leather. And then it wears in that “classic” Chanel way that makes it something you either love or hate. It’s very Chanel-y iris with Chanel-y jasmine. And powder but it’s the sort of powder that is covering up some really indolic funk (I’ll call it funk, some call it sh*t, go with what you like). Cuir de Russie has always reminded me of an equestrian flapper.
Now there are many Chanel and perfume books out there that tell the story of Cuir de Russie – Coco, Russian lovers and more. If you’re into that, just read one of the books. They have much more to say that I do (and some evidence to back it all up). I just thought it was Cuir de Russie because Russian leather is a luxurious thing (leather tanned with birch oil) and well, Chanel was a luxury line, but whatever. That’s a boring point a view. Bring on the reading of others’ affairs.
Notes listed include orange blossom, bergamot, mandarin, sage, iris, jasmine, rose, ylang-ylang, cedarwood, vetiver, styrax, leather, amber and vanilla. Originally launched in 1927. PERFUMER – Ernest Beaux
Give Cuir de Russie a try if you like leather scents or classic scents. Or if you like perfumes like Chanel Cristalle EDP, Caron Narcisse Blanc, Caron Narcisse Noir, Parfums Retro Grand Cuir and/or Lancôme Cuir de Lancôme. Cuir de Russie is unisex.
Longevity and projection are average for an EDT. And this is why I prefer the parfum over the EDT 🙂
Cuir de Russie EDT comes in two sizes 6.8 oz ($280) and 2.5 oz ($160) at Chanel.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – Powdery leather floral. It’s really Chanel-ish.
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