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