Hey Posse, Way back in 2015 Cuir Cuba Intense was already on my To Buy List. Interestingly, at that time we were just doing up the apartment we now live in and I was on a bit of a No Buy. Now we are renovating a new investment and I’m trying to keep the perfume shopping to a minimum again. Fortunately, over the last couple of months since starting back at work I’ve gone Spaz-LaLa on the perfume buying. So there’s still heaps to talk about that’s new in the collection. Also, there might have been a RIDICULOUS Surrender To Chance order recently. SO MUCH new stuff I’ve yet to try.
We have a couple of excellent importer/retailers in Australia now. One of them, LKNU carries quite a lot of the Nicolai range. I was down in Melbourne a few months ago and resniffed Cuir Cuba Intense. Yep, bought it.
Cuir Cuba Intense by Nicolai Parfumeur Createur 2014
Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Licorice, Star Anise, Mint, Sicilian Lemon
Heart: Cumin, Lavender, Coriander, Magnolia, Geranium, Ylang-Ylang
Base: Tobacco, Hay, Civet, Patchouli, Cedar, Liatris
It is such a shape shifter, depending on the day I wear it. Today as I’m writing for you in the cool of an autumn morning the minty liquorice opening was subsumed by a deep tobacco woodiness. Like we went straight to the base. It was quite different to previous wears. Once the initial burst died off then I started to smell some floral and herbal nuance. The whole ride seemed much more earthy and heavy.
Usually that liquorice with a hint of cool mint takes the lead. Maybe because I’m writing about the fragrance I’m more focussed on what’s happening? I don’t know.
So the ride is lovely and through the heart there’s a lovely nod to many of the drug store masculines of yesteryear. It’s the lavender sitting pretty with the herbaceousness. Strangely, for a leather fragrance, it does have leathery aspects that’s not how it wears for me. Not as the main, stand out, punch you in the face note anyway. It’s also not in the way Bandit or Cabochard give me leather, not even how Bottega Veneta EdP does. I love how Patricia de Nicolai has woven leather in so seamlessly, it’s not harsh nor is it suede like. This is a different interpretation of the genre. Also a good bet for people who are usually leather averse.
Dry down is a patch/wood/tobacco melange that quietly pumps away for hours, hinting at leather. Totally unisex but leaning towards traditional modern masculines.
I’ve not been to Cuba and I’m not sure how the leather there smells but if Cuir Cuba Intense is anything to go buy, I’m going to love it.
Have you tried or does Cuir Cuba Intense sound good to you?