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A beautiful, and as the description says, very classic interpretation of leather. Cuir HF pairs wonderfully with sweet resins like styrax resinoid and orange blossom notes to create fragrances similar to 1920’s Knize Ten or more recently, Serge Lutens Cuir Mauresque. Cuir HF is warmer and quite floral compared to other leather bases like Suederal, perhaps making it harder to work with but in the right place, it works magically.
A classic, elegant and beautiful leather with rich and well blended complexity…my first temptation is to dilute it and wear it on its own. Evocative of a rich warm leather paired with the scent of a beautifully presented, expensive violet soap. A stunner, I cannot stop smelling the blotter.
I was disappointed when I first smelled this, as it was not at all what I was expecting – very different vs suederal and, as Clayton says, quite floral, particularly in the topnote. However, it immediately began growing on me, particularly when I tried it in combination with other ingredients. I detect a citrus-orris chemical, subtle cinnamon, smooth balsamic/patchouli qualities, a slight sweetness and a clean, slightly soapy and warm impression…it’s very complex and well-blended, very smooth, yet performs well as a raw material – and as tuberoseabsolute says, it’s complex enough to be worn on its own.
I agree, ramp up the top notes, and you have a perfume in a bottle. add some flower abs, like rose, tubrose, orangeflower abs., and it’ll be magic. Just watch me. Oh, and another dose of orris butter, not that it needs more grounding, it’s quite an effective base note itself, but because orris has a floral aspect that blends so nicely with leathers…
Juan Manuel –
This leather is extremely powerful, diffusive but it is feminine, with a certain shade spiced like cloves in the drying, it is important in a feminine perfume of floral – oriental character.
I am more than grateful for the high quality of the raw materials that Chritine sells here .. Thank you