The Armani Privé line is very tempting. I love the look and the heft of the bottles, I love Ambre Orient and Bois d’Encens and I won’t even start with La Femme Bleue, before I get accused again of working it into every second review. But I also had a bad experience with Rose d’Arabie, that turned from perfectly lovely to horrible, synthetic mess over the course of an hour.
Due to my recent appreciation of leather notes (scents like Bottega Veneta, Cuir de Russie and Cuir de Lancome drew me in that direction), I was very curious to try the newest addition to the 1001 Nuits collection. Thanks to reader Andrea for the sample!
“Leather is an art. From Cordoba, Spain to the borders of the Atlas Mountains. With a wine patina, it takes the name of “cordovan”. Tattooed with gold, it is called “maroquin”. Drawn to the slightly primitive and animal scent of these leathers, perfumers attempt to recreate the fascinating ambience that pairs the wild tallow scent with the smoldering, tar aromas of black birch in tanneries.
In homage to the sensuality of this skin-on-skin sensation, Giorgio Armani writes a new chapter in the book of its 1,001 nights. Cuir Noir arises from this setting. A sumptuous palace awakening from the implacable heat of the day to the splendor of the oriental night.
The fragrance opens on a harmonious prelude of creamy Australian Sandalwood and the accents of Rose essence. A few hints of coriander and nutmeg set off their encounter.
The fragrance heart is more textured, alternating tinges of leather and smoky notes of Guaiac and Oud. In the base, animal traces of Tahitian Vanilla absolute punctuate the deep glimmer of Benzoin balm.”
-from the Armani Privé website
Notes include sandalwood, rose, coriander, nutmeg, guaiac wood, oud, leather, vanilla and benzoin.
While usually not one to appreciate, or even read in most cases, the PR releases and marketing blurbs coming with a new perfume, I have an inexplicable fondness for Armani Privé copy. It is not different from all the others as far as I can see, but still – it reels me in.
Cuir Noir is better than I anticipated, because it doesn’t overwhelm you with leather, it is not harsh or strong. Cuir Noir is soft and elegant, and it surprises with a relatively prominent oud note, I was not expecting at all, but that I like a lot.
Cuir Noir is a journey. During its long wear-time, it develops dramatically, from cool and distant oud-leather scent to a warm, almost gourmand vanilla-benzoin base to snuggle into.
It is like a biker getting rid of his leather jacket at the end of the day and with a smile revealing his warm body and the fresh pastry he brought home that he now offers for dessert.
Enthusiastically you say yes – to the pastry of course.