Heeley Cuir Pleine Fleur isn’t one of those perfumes that jumped out at me when I first tried it. I thought it was pleasant and that’s as far as my thoughts went. And then David started wearing it. He picked it on his own. Aren’t you pleased at the perfumisto that I’ve created? You should be. I’m revisiting this perfume years after its launch and I’m surprised it didn’t “wow me” initially¹.
Cuir Pleine Fleur opens as violets, hay and leather. It has a hint of vetiver motor oil, but only a hint. The mimosa makes an unexpected appearance. It adds a gentleness to this leather scent – powdery but with a cucumber-like freshness. Cuir Pleine Fleur is a cosmetic, powdery violet with a soft, smooth suede. It’s such a fluid fragrance. One minute it’ll remind me of French cosmetics and the next I’m reminded of “oily” vetivers/masculine scents like Dior Fahrenheit. This fluidity is why I enjoy Cuir Pleine Fleur.
Over the years, Heeley fragrances have grown on me. And this one has won over my affections the most.
Notes listed include violet, mimosa, birch, soft leather, and vetiver. Launched 2008.
Give Cuir Pleine Fleur a try if you like violets or “soft leather” scents. Or if you like perfumes like Balenciaga Paris, Dior Fahrenheit Absolute, CREED Love in Black, Armani Privé Cuir Amethyste and/or Bottega Veneta. I realize my “if you like” suggestions are all over the place – delicate violets to classic masculines; however, I think Heeley Cuir Pleine Fleur is one of the few perfumes that really can fit in either genre. It’s a rather fluid fragrance like that.
Projection and longevity are average.
The 3.4 oz bottle retails for $180 at Luckyscent. Samples are also available for purchase.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – Violets and suede. One of the few scents that remind me both of classic masculine scents and feminine French cosmetics. And yet, I wouldn’t call it a “dandy leather” nor would I call it a “butch violet”. It’s just Heeley Cuir Pleine Fleur and it just works.
¹When this was launched, I was in a big “violet phase”. I don’t know why I didn’t flip out for this one. Like many of the Heeleys, this one has grown on me, just like Sel Marin did.
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*Bottle purchased by me (well our bank account). Product pic from Fragrantica. Anita Ekberg from theredlist.com.