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Cuir Cuba Intense Nicolai Parfumeur Createur for women and men

Cuir Cuba Intense Nicolai Parfumeur Createur for women and men
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Cuir Cuba Intense by Nicolai Parfumeur Createur is a Leather fragrance for women and men. This is a new fragrance. Cuir Cuba Intense was launched in 2014. The nose behind this fragrance is Patricia de Nicolai. Top notes are sicilian lemon, star anise, licorice and mint; middle notes are lavender, geranium, ylang-ylang, magnolia, coriander and cumin; base notes are patchouli, cedar, tobacco, hay, liatris and civet.

Perfume rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 67 votes.

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Top Notes
Sicilian Lemon Star Anise Licorice Mint

Middle Notes
Lavender Geranium Ylang-Ylang Magnolia Coriander Cumin

Base Notes
Patchouli Cedar Tobacco Hay Liatris Civet

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Cuir Cuba Intense Fragrance Reviews


This one didn't smell like I expected it to. I am in fact getting a clear marine note, somewhat similar to Maison Incens Tabac Licorii, but I actually find that one more agreeable. I can't even put my finger on what it is in this composition that doesn't resonate with me, so this review is certainly not very helpful. It's like there are two distinct layers to it and they don't intermingle.


I used to dislike this fragrance when i sniffed it using a 0.7 vial sample, but when i used the spray head sample and sprayed it on my skin i realized that it was not what i have sniffed before! it is not as harsh as what Cuba should smell like, and not that soft or mild, it is a soapy licorice with a mild hidden tobacco but above that the wood shaving conquer all and back and forth with the licorice. The only note that i dislike in this fragrance which i personally see is ruining the whole juice is the soapy note, the clean note of soap, like the foamy soap on licorice and wood shavings.

Clean soapy notes shouldn't be in a Cuba based fragrances even if you're not planning to make an animalic tobacco dirt fragrance.


Jtd's article below is excellent. Well written, fun, and informative. It brings up something key: Cuir Cuba is, despite what you may think, a fougere.
Any web/blog search will tell you the classic structure of the fougere is composed of lavander, oakmoss and coumarin (tonka bean). This classic structure has been... updated? re-imagined? by Parfums de Nicolai with magnolia, tobacco and licorice.
The opening is my least favorite part of Cuir Cuba. It is waay to sweet for my taste. Suddenly, the tobacco and licorice begins to emerge. Initially, the tobacco in Cuir reminded me of another favorite of mine, Creed's Tabarome (two completely different juices). And it is the middle and the drydown where this perfume becomes the beautiful creation it is. It is a beautiful, soft tobacco enveloped by a beautiful aura of florals and a bitterish spice provided by the licorice. Beautifully executed, ideal for a hot summer day, Cuir Cuba makes an statement without being overwhelming.
Smell great my friends.

la fleur dorée
la fleur dorée

A different point of view, third or fourth take into my 30ml bottle.
Maybe the less immediately likable perfume I own.
The attractive salty licorice is what lured me at first, then I got lost in the woods. You start playing with the Rubik cube (very good simile, for sure) because of its fun colors, and then the game gets much more challenging than you expected. You need time and memory to work it out, to disentangle a hint of coriander from the milky magnolia, to catch the lavender whiff underneath the tobacco. Will I ever solve the puzzle? Or see the point of it? The jury is still out - good news is, the juice will - hopefully - wait for me till I reach the desired maturity.


I applaud PR wing of Parfums de Nicolai. Coordinating the release of Cuir Cuba Intense with the US administration’s plans to normalize relations with Cuba? Brilliant!

Cuir Cuba Intense is a tobacco perfume. No surprise, given the locale in the name, but Patricia de Nicolai creates the notes the way a stage magician plays with your focus. I recognize the tobacco. I smell it as an arpeggio of floral, woody and herbal tones, but he tobacco takes two forms: the humidor and the fresh tobacco leaf. A humidor's richness is a result of both the container and the contents. Fresh tobacco leaf is filled with resinous juice and its fragrance is more characteristically floral than leafy.

De Nicolai uses the tobacco note to focus your attention, but it’s a ruse. As with any good magic act, the real action takes place right in front of you without your notice.

Ta da! Cuir Cuba Intense is a fougère!

Granted, it's an impressionistic one, but an effective one. The classical fougère is typically described as soapy, but from Houbigant Fougère Royale to Caron Troisième Homme to YSL Rive Gauche pour Homme, the coumarin in a fougère smells of hay and tobacco. In Cuir Cuba Intense, de Nicolai uses all the tricks the fougère has to offer. It plays the cool, and anisic tones of coumarin against warmer woody hues. It balances delectable, caramelized qualities with soapy inedibility, suggesting forbidden fruit. And wrapping identifiably masculine aroma (tobacco, leather, rumbly woods) up in a pretty bow, it is a classical dandy. Also in classically Victorian dandy fashion, and epitomizing the early generations of the fougère, Cuir Cuba Intense opens with a generous, expansive geranium note.

Prestidigitation works best on the suggestible and Cuir Cuba Intense is highly suggestive perfume. The fougère is there, but so is the leather. A citrus note ties to a dry smokiness and the heartnotes hint at citrus-leathers like Hermès Bel Ami and Estée Lauder Azurée. The combination of botanical references alongside undisguised chemical qualities reminds me of Robert Piguet Bandit. There is a sweet, caramel-patchouli inflection to the quiet but durable basenotes that is the balanced, pleasant version of Thierry Mugler A*Men’s hangover of a drydown. Cuir Cuba Intense isn’t derivative, it’s just composed of a lot of moving parts.

My strongest association between Cuir Cuba Intense and tobacco is not the way it smells, but the tone of voice and the synesthesia it triggers. It smells like Betty Bacall's gorgeous, cigarette-raspy voice sounds. Her husky feminine voice was exotic yet she was forthright and plain-spoken. This same duality runs through the perfume.

Classical perfumery's forté is orchestration, the ability to build notes and accords and swing them around with flourish. Contemporary perfumery, from about the mid-90s forward, used the tools of postmodernism, focussing on deconstruction and recontextualization to make perfume. De Nicolai’s Guerlain heritage is often cited in order to emphasize her traditionalism. Cuir Cuba Intense shows that she is as contemporary as she is classical and that first and foremost she is an expert structuralist.



Solid as a battleship and fascinating as a Rubik's cube, Cuir Cuba opens with minty lavender, noticeable licorice and layer upon layer of various spices. Quite aromatic in its richness but not fully; it’s comfortable and controversial with patchouli and animals to prove what I say is true. The ingredients are mega ripe and rich, emphasizing the lemon from the citrus and geranium, the soft peel of ylang ylang and a tobacco note that's ongoing. Yet at the same time, this is an ethereal scent, the epitome of contrariant elegance and a real fragrant mullet; business in the front and party in the back.


Cuir Cuba Intense is exquisite to say the least. The magnolia note with the tobacco and licorice make this fragrance very interesting. I applied it in the morning and I could still smell it in the evening. After it dries down I could smell some civet with leather but not in a strong way. It was sweet as a matter of fact. I think it can be worn both day or night. Another great fragrance from the house of Nicolai Parfumeur.


On first application I get a soft haze of a aromatic smell of licorice and lemon with slight hints of mint. After a short while the tobacco can be smelled mixed in with other notes.

The opening does not last long and the Magnolia soon takes over and it dominates the composition from here on out. As you smell the Magnolia there are a lot of other notes that are dancing and interweaving through this main accord.

We have a light smell of tobacco on top of the magnolia almost like it has been sprinkled on top. There are hints of Ylang Ylang and other notes but the fragrance is so complex I just cannot pick them out to Id them.

Underneath the magnolia I can smell a warm emerging leather note and sometimes a hint of civet. This is what I believe is given the scent it's warmth under the magnolia accord.

As we move into the basenotes when the Magnolia has faded you are left with leather, hay and a hint of civet on your skin. Though the scent has pretty much lost it's power at this stage and is pretty muted on the skin.

I have to say the quality and complexity is top notch and very impressive. The scent is definitely unisex as the contrast of the floral and warm tobacco and other notes make it ideal for men or women.

The only thing that I'm not totally taken with and it's just a taste thing is the dominance of the Magnolia note. It's nice but a bit too much, I think I would rather the tobacco to be dominant. What I'm liking is the complexity and how the other notes interplay with the floral note, I like how the leathery warmth seems to be at the base of the Magnolia note.

All in all a very good complex fragrance that is very well crafted, I'm impressed!


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