Despite its name, Cuir Velours is far from being a headspace type reconstruction of leather, napped or otherwise. The titular suedey base here gets buried amidst a sticky oriental mass of dark spices and balsams, together with a big immortelle note that holds the composition in a maple-syrupy embrace.
When the latter eventually tapers off, what remains smells remarkably like cut tobacco, being a mix of dry wood, clean musk and a hint of spicy sweetness.
Nose: Julien Rasquinet
House: Naomi Goodsir
Release date: 2012
Notes (per Fragrantica): suede, immortelle, rum, labdanum, incense.