The name ‘cuir de nacre’ is actually quite apt for this metallic-grey smelling perfume. Its basic powdery orris with suede accents theme occupies the same sphere as Dior’s Homme (O. Polge, 2005) whose cool colouring was reflected in its silvery packaging. In comparison, the ionones here tend a little more towards raspberry and the suede effect, while still being quite subtle, is somewhat more leatherette. As the composition progresses, it gains in oriental sweetness, revealing a synthy sandalwood fond (smelling a bit Javanol-ey) wrapped in layers of pillowy, powdery musk and ambrette.
Harmonious if wanting for contrast.
Nose: Bertrand Duchaufour
House: Ann Gerard
Release date: 2012
Notes (per Fragrantica): aldehydes, angelica root, ambrette absolute, currant bud absolute, iris, leather accord, sandalwood, white musk, styrax.