Skip to main content

Cuir Velours was launched in 2012 by Naomi Goodsir Parfums, the niche fragrance house developed by   milliner and handbag designer Naomi Goosdir and creative director Renaud Coutaudier.

In an email to me Naomi wrote: “As a milliner, I work with a variety of materials (including leather) and usually this involves quite a bit of hand sculpting. (I also design and make leather handbags).At times the smell of leather is quite strong in my atelier, so using ‘leather’ as a raw material for a perfume seemed relevant.

I was also riding horses from a very young age - the smell of sweaty ‘animalistic’ saddle leather is ingrained in my memory.

Texture is very inspiring to me when designing/creating a hat etc – so we hope that Cuir Velours is a little textured too - a scent that evocatively encases the skin like soft velvet suede.”

Cuir Velours captures that scent.

It opens warm and spicy with cardamom seeds and coriander. It smells waxy and floral for a minute or two before a note of leather, animalic, sweet and resinous from labdanum, comes forward. A note of rum gives it a boozy depth. Immortelle flower adds floral sweetness to the heart. The leather gets softer at the base, becoming a soft, supple suede. There is a gorgeous whiff of hay from blond tobacco as well as a slight earthiness from patchouli. Tonka bean gives it a spicy/vanilla/almond note that just rounds it all out perfectly.

The drydown is leather caressed by tobacco, rum and immortelle so that it has the velvety, supple elegance of suede – this is no crack-of-the-whip leather fragrance. On me, Cuir Velours seems to bond with my skin so that it seems to be part of it and not just sprayed on it.

It smells as if, like Naomi, you have been working with leather. And, since I’m not very good at designing hats or bags, I think I’ll just stick to spritzing myself with Cuir Velours.

Notes: cardamom seeds, coriander, cade wood, incense, cistus labdanum, rum, immortelle flower, patchouli, suede leather, blond tobacco, Tonka bean

Type: EdP

Parfumeur: Julien Rasquinet

Price: $6.00