Stately and elegant, this fragrance recounts the historical tastes of Russian aristocracy for a rich, refined scent. Faint curls of blond tobacco and steaming teas evoke visions of Tsarist Russia. Coriander and lavender generate an opening that is silken and clean. Davana blossom and Italian bergamot add a fruity depth to the top notes,
Suddenly, we leave behind the crisp powder and bitter qualities of the lightest notes, in favor of savory florals and finely wrought textures. Bourbon geranium sluices through any demure predecessors and announces its bolshy, green tendencies against the thick, piquant petals of Rose de Mai. A fine snow of cardamom begins to collect, which generates a spicy-cool heat. Cistus labdanum and frankincense swirl up and around the heart and top notes of Cuir de L’Aiglie Russe; when these plumes dissipate the soothing touch of musk, benzoin and tonka bean fall, like a satin sheath over the busiest aspects of this scent.
Despite its long list of notes, Cuir de L’Aiglie Russe is remarkably compact, and modishly elegant. Earthy, bright and powdery, when this leather comes to rest it is unmistakably soft-spoken, in dulcet tones. A perfect match for those in possession (or in search) of a grounded gentility.