I have already spoken about my infatuation with Guerlain’s L’Art et la Matière line and trying Cuir Beluga did absolutely nothing to dispel that particular obsession, on the contrary, Cuir Beluga charmed its way into my heart and onto my wishlist in no time.
Not a loud or attention seeking fragrance at all, it is still powerful in its ability to insinuate itself.
Cuir Beluga was created by Olivier Polge in 2005 and includes notes of mandarin orange, immortelle flower, leather, amber, heliotrope and vanilla.
Cuir Beluga opens with a soft citrus note that abates as soon as it has come and the perfume becomes a warm and soft nimbus of suede-tinged vanilla.
Over the wear-time of about five to six hours, the immortelle note, which can be a bit (think: very tiny bit) harsh in the beginning tapers off, leaving the leather clad vanilla to its own sweet devices.
The leather in Cuir Beluga will certainly disappoint leather fetishists, for simply not being there. It is the softest, most innocuous, but extremely elegant off-white calf-skin that I picture in my mind’s eye when wearing Cuir Beluga. Something you’d love to touch, but would be immediately afraid of ruining by doing so.
Thankfully you can wear this delicate leather without fear. It is highly sophisticated and elegant.
This is one more example of the rule that names should not influence us so much. I don’t seek out perfumes with names that evoke notes I don’t like. And thankfully Vanessa took care of that irrational fear by giving me this sample.
One more fear assuaged, one more bottle on the list.
Because I love nice things.