Tuesday, February 2, 2010

SOTD: Chanel Cuir de Russie

I put Cuir de Russie on to confirm, one more time, that I love it. And I do, though I'm realizing that I may not love it in the summer.

The weather is warmer and days are longer than the last time I wore it, and that produces a substantial change. The top  notes are sharper and higher-pitched, and the animalic notes are less delightful. (Bringing me back to the Vole Theory.) And it's strong - one spray is producing a substantial leather and iris cloud around me, making Chanel's monster bottle size even more problematic.

But I still want it. It's really only a matter of time.

(Who's that in the photo, you ask? Ernest Beaux, the original perfumer.)

Review Roundup: Is here.

Photo: Wikimedia Commons.


  1. I absolutely love CdR-- one of the few leathers I can say that about without mitigation. While it smells like leather, it still manages to smell "pink" to me-- sweet and soft, but not cloying or sticky. Yum!

  2. Very occasionally I get too much leather in this, and it veers into Ivoire/Cabochard territory, but I persist in loving it and pretending I don't. And mostly it comes out just right!

  3. LCN, I agree on sweet and soft and feminine. "Pink", I think I have irrevocable negative (sticky-candy) associations with, but that's just me. :)

  4. flittersniffer, yes, I can see that. In warmish weather yesterday, the high-pitched shift does have something of Ivoire in it.

  5. Adore this one and totally agree that it's at its best in the cold. I really enjoyed it on Christmas Night...

    Can't do any more leathery leather, though. This and Cuir de Lancome is the edgiest I can take...stay away Cuir d'Ottoman!

  6. Oh, yes, it would be a very nice Christmas fragrance. Warm and luxurious all at once.

    I'm pretty sure I disliked Cuir d'Ottoman, because I remember disliking essentially all of the Parfums d'Empire fragrance. I don't know why - it's not any common element across them - but I just didn't like any of the batch of samples that I got.

  7. Did you not like Osmanthus Interdite? It is on my floor too!

  8. Hey, flittersniffer and lovethescents. I can't remember Osmanthus Interdit. It does seem like something that I really ought to like.


    I'm putting it on the List as if never sniffed.