|My vintage bottle of Russia Leather Parfum from the 1950's|
I have never smelt a scent that exudes so much class and sophistication! This has got to be one of the most elegant scent I've ever sniffed.....so far. However the reason why it was created was quite the contrary to my impressions. This is clearly visible when I am sniffing the vintage version compared to today's "Les Exclusifs" version....more on that later.
Inspiration and Name:
|Grand Duke Dimitri Paylovich|
|Chanel a powerful woman, |
and a smoker with
a strong personality
|Chanel -A feminist, a woman, an Icon.|
|Woman smoking in public|
Chanel's release of Cuir de Russie does in a way send a message of encouragement and approval for women that it was fine to do what they pleased with no fear or shame.
Justine Picardie, Chanel's biographer said that Cuir de Russie was the "Bottled essence of Coco's romance with the Grand duke, his leather boots and her floral essences intertwined".
Available in Parfum, Eau de toilette, and Eau de Cologne. Cuir de Russie as of present are only available in Chanel boutiques as part of the "Le Exclusifs" line the Eau De Toilette has been discontinued. Comes in signature Chanel simple square/rectangular bottles.
|My Les Exclusifs bottle purchased in Paris, 2013|
|Impressions: Left is the vintage and right is the modern version|
The vintage version is by far way more animalic and dirty with natural civet, leather, and animal ingredients utilized in high proportions the scent also lasts a lot longer.
Modern Eau De Toilette:
|Jasmine - dominant in the EDT|
|Leather notes of the EDT are suede-like|
After about 30 minutes the jasmine fades slightly along with the suede-like leather becoming dirtier and more animalic, the iris now becomes prominent and gives the scent a powdery touch. Bad girl might just be back here. Towards the end, no the bad girl does not come back, she was close to it though, the scent remains similar but becomes sweeter as vanilla, musk, rose and vetiver shines through whilst the iris and leather still lingering there. Lasts about 6-7 hours on my skin which is not bad for an EDT, the scent is amazing even though I love the dirtiness of the vintage version equally as much. It does stay close to the skin and does not offend or linger too far so I'd say you won't be offending or annoying anyone but you will still be noticed. Highly recommended, but warning it does cost a kidney or two!!
|Currently Cuir de Russie can only be obtained from Chanel boutiques as part of the Les Exclusifs de Chanel line|
|Notice the dark intense colour|
|An advert of Cuir De Russie|