Naomi Goodsir Cuir Velours EDP Perfume Review

Naomi Goodsir Cuir Velours

Naomi Goodsir is an Australian fashion designer best known for her leather goods. The house’s aesthetic is sort of couture Mad Max/haute punk. Extending the brand, the house added Cuir Velours, a boozy suede fragrance.

Cuir Velours opens with boozy rum and baby aspirin – and for some reason I love this. It then settles into this red wine and suede. And there’s French cosmetics – face powder and waxy burgundy-hued lipstick. It’s a mix of powder, violets and roses. The dry-down is a powdery incense with a caramel/vanilla tobacco. Immortelle, my fragrance note nemesis, is listed. On my skin, the immortelle wears more like caramel than maple syrup.

I’ve been smitten by this fragrance. I’ve found myself reaching for it days in a row. It’s become my “interesting day fragrance”. Something about the fragrance reminds me of a steampunk courtesan, think the character Inara Serra in Firefly. It’s suede and tobacco, which should be “rugged” but they aren’t thanks to a softness of French cosmetics and incense. The overall feel of this fragrance is sensual due to the “texture” of this scent, but it’s also very cozy.

Peggy Shannon

Notes listed include leather, tobacco, rum, cistus labdanum, incense and fleur d’immortelle. Launched 2012. PERFUMER – Julien Rasquinet

Or if you like perfumes like Serge Lutens Boxeuses, Malle Lipstick Rose, Bottega Venetta Pour Femme and/or Serge Lutens Daim Blond. Cuir Velours is unisex.

Cuir Velours wears close to the skin, which is why I like wearing it during the day. It’s interesting but doesn’t suffocate. Longevity is average.

The 1.7 oz bottle retails for $150 at Luckyscent. Samples are also available for purchase.

Victoria’s Final EauPINIONBoozy suede. I have no idea why I’m so smitten with this one, but I am. This is becoming one of my favorite “day” fragrances.

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13 thoughts on “Naomi Goodsir Cuir Velours EDP Perfume Review

  1. Inara Serra inspired perfume sounds pretty cool to me ( Browncoats FTW!) but leather does not play well with me. Sigh.

    1. Oh, how I still mourn the loss of that show! It was so good. And she ended up being a delightfully complex character. And much more so if the show were to go on…

      You know, not to be a total enabler 😉 but this is one of those non-leather leathers. It has so many pretty supporting notes, that it *could* work. Like immortelle is my fragrance note enemy and it was great in this.

      1. I don’t think I’ve tried a non-leather leather. I have a question: are perfumes that list suede as a note the same as having a leather note? In my mind I thought them to be interchangeable so I’ve never tried a suede perfume.

        1. Companies can list whatever notes they want to! They list what they think will sell 🙂 But for the most part suede and leather are two completely different things. Leather is usually something like birch tar or something that is used to tan leather (can be natural or synthetic – usually “sharp” or “rustic” smelling). Suede is usually a synthetic accord used to conjure up softness or a “velvety” texture to perfumes. I feel like in many compositions that “suede accord” is like a soft, smooth amber in how it is used.

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