Perfume rarely speak to me but this certain one did and it was so loud I couldn’t resist temptation. I didn’t even try – off to the boutique I went and bought a bottle. It was my last purchase of 2012.
Fragrance that I’m talking about is Parfum d’Empire Cuir Ottoman. To be honest with you I will confess that I’ve never been much into leather perfume earlier. Year of 2012 was quite crucial for me in terms of blogging and perfume discoveries so I decided to be a little bit braver and try some perfume notes I classified as risky for me. This case shows taking risks pays-off sometimes.
Cuir Ottoman is a oriental floral fragrance which had its launch back in 2006. Of course it was mastered by Marc-Antoine Corticchiato, perfumer and a house founder. This scent is inspired by the erotism and mystery of Ottoman Empire of the East. It’s an olfactive journey to Anatolia region.
In its opening Parfum d’Empire Cuir Ottoman is a strong, pungent leather with a kick. Right after spraying it on skin the fragrance almost explodes with powerful leathery molecules. The smell reminds of burnt leather with a strong plastic vibe to it. Initially it may put you off but if you’re patient your waiting will be rewarder. After 10-15 minutes that strange plastic feeling goes away leaving you with a magnificent aroma of pure and natural smelling leather. It reminds me of old leather couch.
Cuir Ottoman continues to have that dense feeling for quite a long time but after some time it becomes smoother. Iris gives it a proper dose of elegance and sophistication with slightly powdery finish while tolu balm combined with benzoin create oriental, sweet and spicy aura around you. Incense, though not very powderful here, introduces more smoky and spiritual quality to the scent.
Few hours later in its late drydown Cuir Ottoman shows off its tranquil side. Hint of egyptian jasmine gives a little bit of lush and floral attribute. On my skin it’s also deliciously sweet thanks to vanilla and styrax. Delicate spicy tones in the drydown come from tonka bean. I’m not sure of it but in my opinion there are also some sweet raisins. I didn’t notice labdanum in this Parfum d’Empire but it’s not really a problem for me. There was already enough to enjoy in this perfume, so no complaints.
Parfum d’Empire Cuir Ottoman is a scent for woman and man. I’ve met different opinions about if it’s more suitable for males or females. To me it’s really unisex but it’s opening makes me say it’s a little bit more masculine. I imagine that some people might find Cuir Ottoman too strong and straightforward. I’ve got a tip for you – dab it instead of spraying. I noticed that spraying releases the leather in it’s full power while dabbing makes leather to be more well-behaved and promotes stronger powdery aspect of iris. Isn’t it intriguing how different applying techniques influence the fragrance?
Sexy, charming, seductive, a little bit edgy and lush are probably the best words to describe Cuir Ottoman. It’s very unusual and pretty leather. Quality of the fragrance ingredients is top notch, only the best essences landed in it. Sillage is quite powerful, turning lighter after time. It’s lasting power is excellent – I could smell the scent after 10 hours! Parfum d’Empire Cuir Ottoman is available in 50 and 100ml bottles, eau de parfum concentrated.