Cuir de Russie, bit of an underdog that gets overshadowed by other more popular and often talked about releases from @sultanpasha78; and yet it is a true hidden gem!
It opens on my skin with a bright burst of meyer lemon (known to have a sweeter, less acidic flavour than regular varieties, hence it never comes off sharp or cleaning detergent-like), lavender, birch, clary sage and violet leaf. Two of the later I find plays quite a significant role throughout the life of the composition, especially top and heart, making the scent slightly herbaceous with some underlying fougère elements.
Unmistakable, and extremely high quality as all ingredients used by Sultan Pasha are, orris pallida butter joins in at the heart adding the sweet, warm, powdery-floral aroma reminiscent of violet flowers with mellow woody undertones.
I don't get the whole lot of florals mentioned in the note breakdown, and thankfully so - I really think I prefer how masculine it leans on my skin!
The base is where the true pheromonal zenith is at its highest in this composition due to none else but the magical little component - white ambergris, which is both exalting and aphrodisiac in Cuir de Russie.
And then the leather!! The buttery soft, slightly birch tar scented leather really comes alive, accompanied by civet, castoreum and musk (all the animalic sexy stuff, but in no way it is skanky or repulsive here, nor you will get any off putting urinous notes; in Cuir de Russie it rather seductively purrs than scratches....) Although majority of Sultan Pasha Attars are composed to be completely unisex, I find this particular one to lean just a tad more on the masculine side. Classy, refined, elegant yet playful, and hella sexy is how I would best describe it🖤
Have you tried it? What are your favourite leather scents?
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