Bertrand Duchaufour created a trio of perfumes for Parisian jewellery designer Ann Gerard. The first I tried was Cuir de Nacre, an iris-leather perfume. It sounded divine from what I have read about it, and fortunately I have not been disappointed.
Read my review of Ann Gerard Perle de Mousse and a statement about the recent events concerning M. Duchaufour here. Moving on…
Cuir de Nacre was created by Bertrand Duchaufour, it was previously released as a limited edition called Pleine Lune. It includes notes of angelica root, ambrette absolute, aldehydic ozonic notes, cassie absolute, iris concrete, leather accord, sandalwood, white musks and styrax resin.
Opening very reserved, almost stern and remote, Cuir de Nacre warms up over time, morphs from cool, powdery leather, to softest, most pliable suede smothered in irisbutter and held up by a warm sandalwood background.
Like a 1950s movie heroine, Cuir de Nacre slowly lets her hair down, and only as far as getting rid of her gloves eventually. But this woman doesn’t need lots of naked skin to entice and bewitch, she does it with wit and elegance and her seductive powers and allure lie in her mysteriousness and reserve.
Resistance is futile, because elegance is timeless.