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Cuir Ottoman Parfum d`Empire for women and men

Cuir Ottoman Parfum d`Empire for women and men
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balsamic
powdery
leather
warm spicy
smoky

Leather rubbed with powdery iris, warmed with cistus and burnt styrax, dipped in a heady oriental base of Tolu balsam, benzoin resin and incense tears. Egyptian jasmine brings opulence to the heart. Cuir Ottoman was launched in 2006.

Perfume rating: 4.27 out of 5 with 618 votes.

Perfume Pyramid

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iris Egyptian Jasmine Labdanum

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Leather Tolu Balsam Benzoin Styrax

Base Notes
Incense Vanilla Tonka Bean

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Cuir Ottoman Fragrance Reviews

Flowerwood
Flowerwood

A wonderful powdery iris-leather, softened by a not to sweet balsamic base. Cuir Ottoman is elegant but non-snobbish, soft but not insipid and has a very quiet sweetness.
The dry down is a warm and friendly skin close scent of vanillic resins with a touch of incense.

I was recently wearing Antoine Lie's Rien, another wonderful leather. Comparing these two made me realize the huge span of leather scents. In a way they represent two well-made extremes. Where Rien is a very heavy, almost bombastic incense leather Cuir Ottoman is dry, clean and softly balsamic.
In contrast to Rien I feel I could wear Cuir Ottoman for allmost any occasion any time of the year.

Mar
22
2017
acidnbase
acidnbase

An exquisite leather scent! The iris-leather combo is just alluring! Say, a mixture of Chanel's 31 Rue Cambon and Cuir de Russie, if that makes sense! But this one is smoother and balsamic.. Pure bliss!

Jan
31
2017
nazrul.kun
nazrul.kun

"Velvety and luxurious; the scent of a luxury leather handbag."

Cuir Ottoman is a 2006 fragrance from French fragrance house d`Empire. It's the one fragrance that caught my interest since I am partial towards leather fragrances and indeed, it's an intriguing one.

On my skin, it smells a bit like Christian Dior Homme because of the iris leather scent, but much less sweet and more creamy. After some time, it develops into a scent akin to the inside of a Hermès-style upmarket handbag. Velvety and comforting, it smells of pure luxury and is an exemplary modern leather fragrance that is on the far end of the leather spectrum opposite the vintage style such as Cuir de Russie by Guerlain or Chanel, which is darker, harsher and has a more acquired scent.

It belongs to the same category as Hermès's Cuir d`Ange and Christian Dior's Cuir Cannage, which I dub the "Luxury Handbag Fragrance" category. There are some minor differences among them: Cuir d`Ange is much more floral, which can be a little forced at times. Cuir Cannage is a tad darker and maybe a little richer. Cuir Ottoman is the most subtle, yet has a balsamic-styrax twist that gives the soothing fragrance a slight edgy twist akin to Knize's Ten or Hermès's Bel Ami.

As a leather fragrance fan, I love it. I'd say it's less feminine than Cuir d`Ange and thus is perfectly unisex. It's sniff-worthy for fans alike and if you want to know what a high-end leather bag smells like. Very good stuff!

Jan
15
2017
Mojtabaa
Mojtabaa

Cuir Ottoman is a good example of post-modern leathery-balsamic perfumes which is very well-blended with iris to give it a powdery talcum-like aspect.

The presence of styrax, tolu balsam and labdanum creates an aura which gives a light classic and earthy-dusty feel to the whole compossition and reminds me a bit of some classic and nostalgic female frags like Shalimar or Soir de Paris, but remember I'm not saying Cuir Ottoman is similar to them.

Beside being leathery and powdery, due to an incense note, it is a bit smoky and dark as well.

I also agree with Colin Maillard when he refers to Cuir Ottoman as "a bit like a contemporary, more transparent, glossy version of" vintage Hermes BelAmi. I should add Moschino pour Homme to this comparison as well.

In general, Cuir Ottoman, except its bitter and strong opening is a soft, semi-sweet and cozy leathery-powdery perfume with a light classic texture.

Although announced as a unisex perfume, I consider it as more inclined toward masculinity and the masculine side rather than feminine side.

It lasts quite a long time on my skin and projects moderately for a few hours and leaves a soft trail behind itself.

Jan
11
2017
wild gardener
wild gardener

Its nearly Christmas as I write and my nostrils have become well attuned to the smell of Scotch whisky. So, when I was going through a selection of scents today, it wasn't difficult to pick up on the opening gambit of Cuir Ottoman as a booze fest for the nose. Not exactly a single malt but not far off...

Later in the winnowing process what turned up was iris. I can't be more specific because it wasn't a perfume review I had in mind but something new for the upcoming festivities.

Can't say that Cuir Ottoman smells much of leather, and neither does it remind me of the land of Turkey, but then hey, I'm no expert...

***

Dec
23
2016
kl99
kl99

Yes an iris cuir.
A dry clean leather.
softly flowery.
rigid and feminine at the same time. but still unisex.
A bit cold and distant and flat, plain.
I prefere a warmer leather, which I was expecting by the colour, but it is ok, very classy.

Nov
27
2016
Duskfall
Duskfall

This seemed relatively simple, but it's so seamlessly blended that it took multiple wearings to get a grasp of it.

The moment you spray it on it smells like industrial waste, but wait for it... After the harsh opening it quickly becomes smoother; first you'll get some leather (like a leather couch), then the resins take over, florals bring some earthy powderiness into the mix and there's a very light trail of smoke lingering in the background. Hours later the experience ends with vanilla-like warm sweetness.

Performance-wise it's quite tenacious, but you won't be knocking people over like bowling pins with the projection, it operates with polite wafts. Sophisticated, but not boring. A very solid offering for cooler weather from Parfum d'Empire!

Nov
21
2016
Jyrhara
Jyrhara

I love green leathers and powdery leathers, and Cuir Ottoman is amongst the softest and most elegant leathers I've smelled. The iris and benzoin make it both bitter and sweet, restrained and luscious at the same time. A fragrance for an intellectual that does give in to passion from time to time.
My only issue is the sillage, on me it's so soft that I don't think I'll buy it. I cannot smell it on myself unless I put my nose directly on my wrist... :-(

Oct
06
2016
lorenzo_yann_morelli
lorenzo_yann_morelli

I've had the opportunity to smell the latest one, I think it might have been reformulated. Sweet leather and oriental amber, this is what I get. Simple and beautiful but not incredible. There's not much to explain.

Oct
03
2016
naipe
naipe

Cuir Ottoman is an elegant semi-sweet leather fragrance. The sweet notes (vanilla, tonka, benzoin, styrax) are perfectly blended creating a soft cloud where lies a strong leather note. So nothing about gourmand fragrance here. This leather is given an special personality by adding an exotic and spicy note of tolu balsam. I do not get the iris note. The result is not as brilliant as it might seem, but I think it's worth quite a try.

8/10

Sep
04
2016
lemonlye
lemonlye

Loved it right off the bat. Leather all the way, animalic at first, but that settles down into more of a tobacco-or-tonka-like sweetness. Becomes gentler and more sophisticated than expected after that almost-dirty opening. The sweet smokiness also reminds me a little of the Santa Fe incense/wood-smoke smell that I so love. Totally easy to swoon over. Second wearing: got a “God, yes” from me, talking to myself, in the car. Asked husband what he thought later, and he said he couldn’t smell anything; it just smelled like me. Heh! Sure it does. Well, I definitely want more, anyway.

Sep
01
2016
Russian's man
Russian's man

Cuir Ottoman it's a opulent leather fragrance. The resins provide ''warmness'' to this. IMO perhaps it's something feminine due to powdery vibe that I perceive but overall it's unisex. A must for leather lovers!!



Scent: 8
Longevity: 8
Projection: 7
Sillage: 6
Uniqueness: 7
Versatility: 6


Overall: 7

Aug
10
2016
houstcs
houstcs

Nice warm balsamic leather wrapped in a chocolatey smooth iris powder. Not bad. Starts more balsamic leather and ends powdery iris and cocoaesque. Warmth throughout.

Jun
22
2016
dlane1953
dlane1953

I'm not a fan of leathers, they smell harsh on me. But this, like a few other floral-leathery combos out there, is much more wearable. Wait out the big barnyard blast in the opening; as the florals kick in the leather turns to soft, powdery suede that's smooth and sensual. Resinous, very sexy. Unisex, but slightly masculine leaning. Longevity is over 12 hours and silage is big.
Notes: Jasmine, leather, iris, benzoin, balsams, resins, incense.

May
24
2016
guerlainfreak
guerlainfreak

What I love about Parfum D'Empire is that they don't shy away from making powerful statements. And Cuir Ottoman is no exception. The opening is a beautiful leather that would remind you of Parfum D'Habit from MPG. The opening alone is FB worthy, But without a doubt, the main player of Cuir is a delicious, powdery Iris (I know I am not inventing the wheel with this description) enveloping an equally beautiful jasmine note. Again, I am reminded of Arpege of Lanvin as Cuir dries down, only softer, more subtle, less sharp... fantastic. TF Noir also comes to mind, but Cuir manages to be less formal, less dry, instead being more luminous, playful.,, mischieviously sexy. Another beauty from Parfum D'Empire.
Smell great my friends.

May
18
2016
Chicago Tony T
Chicago Tony T

The old school considers this as the essential leather and the new school considers Tuscan Leather. They are miles apart and personally I feel that this is a awesome! So soft and delicate and perfect for either sex. I wished the resinous notes were a bit more pronounced but all in all I am satisfied. Nothing is complex about this as it's basically soft leather and iris but damn it's blended to perfection!

May
08
2016
HauteCuban
HauteCuban

Something MUST really be wrong with my olfactics on this one. I swear I have tried and tried and tried. This and Tuscan Leather both smell like PURE RAID to me. I can never get past the Bug Spray smell enough to enjoy any part of it. I am going to speak to my ENT doc to ask why particular types of leather fragrances are coming off as Bug Spray to me. It's a real shame because I LOVE leather & suede scents and I feel like I am missing out on something amazing except my nose cannot stand it at all. Sorry Cuir Ottoman lovers, I would have loved to agree with all of the positive feedback except I can't right now. Will get back to it once I find out why I am having this olfaction issue. Strangely, Thierry Mugler The Fragrance Of Leather aka Pure Cuir does not have this affect on me. Hmm??

May
06
2016
Bbjr
Bbjr

Smooth buttery leather and quite simply one of the best leather fragrances I've come across yet. Longevity is way above average. Best of the line. Just my opinion.

May
04
2016
DerangedGoose
DerangedGoose

A softer, powdery "brown" leather (worn suede, vs the sharp, bitter odor of new "black" leather).

To sum up, it is a powdery floral leather, in the vein of Knize 10 or Cuir Cannage (but much better than both of those, as they both contain some kind of cheap musk that reeks of commercial public restroom cleaners).

There is a bizarre flash of funk / stink in the opening, but rest assured there are no animalic aspects to this fragrance whatsoever (thank goodness). The stink is gone within a few minutes (probably from the Styrax).

This would have made a good Lutens, compared to the syrupy garbage that pervades most of that house. Thankfully, the oriental elements here (vanilla, benzoin, tonka, balsam, incense, labdanum) dont actually have much sweetness in them. As a result, this fragrance maintains a dignified composure of a competent oriental, instead of falling into an insipid, sticky mess of caramel or immortelle or something even worse. A fairly linear fragrance, the overall effect is of a creamy, smooth, powdery leather. There are no smoky facets from the incense, and no burnt sugar or caramel.

I cannot say this is squarely masculine, and it closely orbits the "unisex" middle ground. However, owing to the powdery nature, and the creaminess of iris, vanilla, and benzoin; I would say this is lightly leaning "feminine". At the very least, this is a very dandified unisex fragrance. There are those that would disagree, but these types of notes are classically feminine to me.

Performance is solid, 10-12 hours. Light to moderate projection.

Those of you interested in an equally smooth leather but looking for a darker, more masculine take are encouraged to sample Leather Oud by Floris, which is the pure encapsulation of brand new "black" leather goods, still with the smell of leather treatments and all. Very classy and masculine.

Apr
20
2016
avagard
avagard

I'm a woman but for my taste there's too strong an iris note at the beginning. Wonderful and real, not plasticky, Not FBW for me nevertheless, more suitable for women or men who love floral leathery scents. Corticchiato is at his best when he does "the Lutens" in creations such as Ambre russe.

Apr
08
2016
micavana
micavana

I am a BIG fan of traditional masculine scents, such as Leather, so after reading the reviews, I had to give this one a try. And I am glad I did.

In the opening of Cuir Ottoman I get a sweet, powdery leather scent with an underlying barnyard scent. Other reviews have described this as smooth, while I do agree with that, throughout this scent I get that barnyard type vibe, buried deep in the scent, but not an in your face type barnyard. It quickly settles down to an powdery floral / Iris leather scent that smells delicious on my skin.

I went back and forth between good and great throughout the day, but I have to say that overall this is a great, classy, sexy, refined leather scent. I get good projection and great longevity on my skin.

Bottom line: If you like leather or masculine scents you should try this one.

Apr
07
2016
shushkin
shushkin

Another Wow! Until now Ive not been into "leather" fragrances but this has changed my mind. I never thought that would happen Its a big ol leathery hug. The iris, tolu balsam and benzion are almost as potent. There is a touch sweetness from tonka and vanilla but just the right amount to keep it unisex. The incense and vanilla become much more evident after an hour. Moderate sillage and good longevity.

Apr
06
2016
archivist
archivist

I've had every leather-iris in the book at some point, and this one is my favorite so far. There's nothing sweet in it, and nothing particularly challenging once you get past the inevitable difficulty of a balsamic opening. It simply smells like a pair of brand new, 100% luxury leather shoes, fresh out of the box. I don't get suede per se, it's not as fuzzy as I consider suede to be, even though it is softened with benzoin into being a nice supple tanned calfskin and not like, hard leatherdaddy biker jacket kind of thing. Not too much orris, not as much as say Skin on Skin or Mythique have, which makes both end up smelling somewhat dry and bean-pasty (in a good way). Just enough to give some thickness to the fragrance and bind it all together cohesively, so it presents this absolute clarity of image and aroma - new luxury leather. And by luxury I mean the kind of leather that is both thick and supple, and entirely hand-stitched, so that there is no smell whatsoever of adhesive or factory when you open the box - just a boosh of absolutely perfect leather. The kind that lasts for a lifetime and never wears out. It's a smell we all know and it's a relaxing, calming scent because of that association of sturdiness and reliability and luxurious comfort all in one package. Nothing fragile, nothing aggressive, nothing hard, nothing soft - just supple. Right in the center.

For that reason, I agree with Tilly that it's a reset button for the nose - because it's such a good, well-made, balanced, simple, sturdy, wholesome, non-trendy scent. This is the kind of thing that will never, ever feel dated. It's transcendent in its very simplicity and durability.

Feb
11
2016
mrsg34
mrsg34

Stunningly beautiful, iris resting on a suede like leather that is not at all synthetic. It's one of those rare scents that makes you stop,inhale and smile to yourself. The incense and resins are beautifully blended and the floral element does not ever overtake the leather. Just mesmerising.

Feb
09
2016
TillyWave
TillyWave

This is just. Beyond words. A reset button for my nose. The perfume that makes me say--Oh God this is perfume this is why I love perfume. This perfume I close my eyes for. Breathe deeply. Be still.

Iris over leather, a hint of birch tar and smoke, but still super smooth, silky iris, no roots and dirt here, the iris turns the leather warm and cashmere soft. Clean burning incense, sweet labdanum, fresh jasmine floating around iris and leather. Vanilla as it wears down. More resinous in the base. The leather never disappears. This feels soft and velvety. Super classy. The whole perfume smells so personal, intimate, sexy, an intense stare across a dim room.

Thank you to Sociable Hermit who insisted on sending me a decant of this along with our swap, I would have never found this, it really is as great as everyone says, truly worth every penny.

Jan
14
2016
PurseJunkie
PurseJunkie

This is probably my favorite leather perfume and definitely one of my all-around favorites in any case. I consider it to be one of the most sophisticated scents I own, though to be fair I am not often known for the subtlety of my taste.

To my nose the most prominent notes are leather and iris with some vanilla. I’m not knowledgeable enough to dissect the contributions of the various resins and balms, and I don’t get the purported jasmine at all. It’s on the femme side of my current preferences, but I don’t find it to be too powdery (as some do) and my tolerance for powder is pretty limited. I consider it quite linear, with the only notable change being a turn towards the smoky after about ninety minutes. The projection at the beginning is about what I want: noticeable, but not at all shouty. Longevity is over ten hours, but it starts getting soft after about three and is a skin scent by four.

OK, so what? There’s nothing in that description indicative of greatness: it’s not complicated, the notes are not remarkable, and one could even reasonably argue that performance could be better. So why do I love it so? Why is this perfume different from all other perfumes?

Well, for starters, it smells like actual leather. The leather note in perfume is not, we are often told, from literal leather but birch, styrax, quinolines, etc. These are fine notes in their own right, but I like the smell of REAL leather I’m always disappointed when I’m promised it and I don’t smell a coat or a couch or a car. I greet every new leather perfume I run across with a silent, “I’ll be the judge of that!” and the case of Cuir Ottoman I was and am rewarded with the delightful sensation of burying my face in a soft pile of suede.

Also, leather is generally presented as a base or middle note, and generally that’s just where you’ll find it. Here the lovely leather is right up front, not quite dominating the composition, but certainly holding its own, locking hands with the other notes and becoming more that the sum of its parts. Not that it’s a “top note,” per se: it’s there all the way through. This, by the way, is the charm of a linear perfume for me: if I like it I’m going to keep on liking it.

Lastly, there’s nothing wrong with it. This will, perhaps, sound like damning with faint praise, but I have no trouble at all finding perfumes with notes I like; the trick is to find the ones without notes I don’t like. There’s been many a scent that I’ve wanted to buy after five minutes and abhorred after five hours. Worse yet is the opposite, “you just have to wait for the drydown,” contingent. Like hell, I do! At least if you like the start more than the finish you can put it on late and then go to bed. I’ll buy a sample of nearly anything, but if I’m going to drop my hard-earned on a bottle of a niche-priced perfume I want to love it 100%, start to finish.

I love this perfume. But why? What combination of experiences must occur to elevate a perfume from something that smells pleasant to something with which we make an emotional bond? Hell if I know…perfume’s magic, y’all.

Dec
30
2015
ramin1215
ramin1215

starry starry night by van Gogh

Dec
25
2015
nero77
nero77

Classy Sexy Leather...

This has such a good mix to it! The combination of leather and Iris is something that works wonders (not a new concept by far, but a good one). I love the way the aspects of the buttery iris combine with the suede, leather glove aspect.

There are so many things I like about this one, and I appreciate the way it's made. The incense and styrax and labdanum all give a smoky aspect to the composition, and are sweetened by just a hint of vanilla at the end, with jasmine rounding off the edges of the fragrance and accentuating the leather.

This fragrance has got me compliments. A lady demanded to know what I was wearing and why this smelled so good the first day I wore it, which was unexpected for a first time. An instant hit and not outrageously priced either. It's a wonderful fragrance. For those who enjoy fragrances with Iris-Leather combinations (the Dior Homme series, Chanel - Cuir de Russie), you must try this. Exquisitely made.

Dec
17
2015
aqua_de_la_vita
aqua_de_la_vita

Cuir Ottoman is my first bottle from PDE...WOW am I impressed. At first sniff the aroma of leather combined with a boozy vib makes it very luxurious and appealing to me. I ♥the deep smokey leathery aroma, after it settles a hint of velvety iris gives it a real attractive sweet creamy aroma. Both Tolu balsam and benzoin resin with a warm vib gives it THAT animalistic quality.
Longevity and Silage is very high, thou it's listed as a EDP, I have to spray it 3-4 sprays...to achieve the depth lasting over 8hrs.
Overall,
This fragrance has to be one of the best blind purchase I've ever made!! Now that the cooler weather has arrived, I can't wait to wear it during the evening over dinner, the aroma carrying throughout and everyone looking around to see who'swearing this CLASSY fragrance. THIS IS A NO BRAINER....10/10. 5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐...Try it you won't regret buying it. Top picks during the winter months......

Dec
09
2015
AlmalkiJeme
AlmalkiJeme

رائحة الجلد جميله وتوليفه رائعه.. في رأيي اخف حده من توسكان ليذر وكلايف سي.. واراه اجمل .. يعيبه ضعف الفوحان

Nov
05
2015
sphynxcat
sphynxcat

A buttery sueded iris. The leather, which is most pronounced in the opening, never seems too aggressive. It softens quite a bit and joins the powdery iris/vanilla which stays close to the skin. In the merging of those notes I almost detect a bitter almond nuttiness. The far drydown did verge on becoming too baby powdery for my liking. I would say if you took Prada Infusion d'Iris Absolue(with the rootiness toned down) and wrapped it in a soft suede, you would have an idea of what the vibe of this fragrance is. May even appeal to those who think they don't like leather notes, but if you need a heavy-hitting birch tar fix, this may not satisfy. I like it enough to enjoy my samples for the upcoming cooler months.

Sep
25
2015
Mick_Trick
Mick_Trick

A delightful suede/nubuck style leather, with soft resins and a touch of powdery iris. After the heart it pulls back to a skin scent, but this shift to the intimate level does nothing to reduce its charm. Cosy, lived in and comfortable in its own skin, totally solid stuff from P d'E.

Sep
23
2015
rstefan
rstefan

best leather ever!

Aug
23
2015
Arabian Knight
Arabian Knight

I agree with @atlaseetchristmas.

The opening is horrible and reminded me of "Dzing". Smells almost sharp, solvent and rubbery, like a petrol spill in a dank basement.

The sharpness of the labdanum is immediately apparent and the smoky, oily tolu and styrax combination is unpleasantly medicinal.

However, once the alcohol burns away, it becomes much softer, sweeter and intensely powdery. The leather melds with the iris, vanilla and tonka into something warm, sensual and, in my opinion, quite feminine. At this point it feels similar to Lubin's "Galaad", also "Rien" by ETLDO.

Definitely not for day wear, or for warm weather.

Jul
13
2015
atlaseetschristmas
atlaseetschristmas

I don't like the opening of Cuir Ottoman at all. I pick up jasmine,a strong iris, and leather that is so powdered that my nose doesn't process it as leather. It's entirely grandma-ish (it smells like the bottom of a grandma's handbag) and I just don't like anything about it. Thankfully, it's short lived and an unpleasant opening is almost entirely forgivable if the drydown is great...

and thankfully, the dry down is great. The leather warms up and begins to dominate while the florals recede and are replaced with a subtly dark underbelly of smoky spiciness. Theres also something vaguely herbal to my nose that gives it an atmospheric sort of vibe, like the scent of a place.

The leather note here is very unique, as some have mentioned it bears a resemblance to the leather present in Dzing, the sort of soft, high quality, dry, beige-toned leather compared to the astringent permanent marker-esque, pitch-black power leather in Tuscan Leather and ADP Colonia Leather. It's nice and kind of pulls a 180 after that retirement home opening, going surprisingly modern. It puts me in a similar headspace as Tauer's L'air Du Desert Marocain. Images of the desert at night, scarcely populated by traveling merchants and the occasional caravan of camels. But whereas the Tauer is a little bit playful and endearingly cartoonish with it's interpretation, Cuir Ottoman is more severe and serious.

I really like this but I don't really feel the desire to get a full bottle. It's pretty well done but I don't think I can see myself wearing it often. Regardless, this is the best fragrance I have tried from Parfum D'empire after the nightmare of Wazamba and the mothballiness of Musc Tonkin
. 7.5/10

Jun
28
2015
Roge'
Roge'

Usually, I'm quick to test the popular and most talked about fragrances on the market. For one reason or the other, I was late to the Cuir Ottoman party. For the last 3 or so years, this fragrance along with Tuscan Leather has been the mascot for Team Leather.

Do you remember that time you were at the car dealership? Now think back on that first moment when you sat in the seat of the King Ranch Ford Expedition. Can you recall that smell? That leather smell is precisely the opening of Cuir Ottaman but as a whole, calling this an oriental floral is more appropriate. This maintains a polished feel throughout it's duration and has a surprisingly strong presence of iris making it more structured as a floral than its leathery predecessors. It shows a softer side in the heart which is when the powdery accord totally takes over. At this point, I almost forgot that the alleged star is the leather note. Leather or not, this fragrance is decent enough to where you'll be celebrating the fact that your money was well spent. In the end, that's the most important thing right?

Jun
20
2015
MoonSparrow
MoonSparrow

Rich, deep, intellectual leather; resplendent and opulent. Evocative of Bedouins mounting their Arabian steeds and gliding smoothly across the desert sands in the deepest night.

Enticing and eventually quietly sweet, it opens with a blast of serious and unapologetic leather. It's not trying to be leather. It IS leather. A brand new, exquisitely detailed leather saddle fit for a king. As it dries down, other notes tame it into a gentle beast: orris, jasmine; ultimately balsamic. Not the most animalic scent I own but absolutely the most elegant animalic in my collection. Insolence states in her review that there are contradictions here and I agree. The wild heart of an untamed stallion beats beneath its elegant veneer, snorting and kicking up dust even as he is fitted with that high-falutin' saddle.

Longevity is eternal and sillage...it stays close to my skin.

Gorgeous, just gorgeous.

There is great similarity to Tauer's equally excellent L'air du Desert Marocain, with the latter being ever so slightly on the sweeter side. The two very best leather fragrances I've tried, easily surpassing anything by the mighty Serge Lutens and (gasp!) Tom Ford.

May
16
2015
stevy45
stevy45

This perfume is comfortable to wear because it's not to agressive or dominating.

Apr
26
2015
Scentsitive
Scentsitive

This is a guilty pleasure scent for me. My favorite leather scent. This eclipsed my former favorite leather scent (vintage Bel Ami by Hermes) and I can't get enough of this beautiful scent. Whenever I'm wearing this perfume, I'm always caught by people around me sniffing my wrist. It's like my nose is "magnetized by the scent on my wrist. Sometimes it's quite embarrassing when I'm in a meeting and continuously sniffing my wrist or shirt and they're asking if I'm okay. Solution? I don't wear this when I have a scheduled meeting. I will not dissect each note as previous reviewers who love this perfume have already done excellent descriptions and experiences of this scent. All I can say is, this is the epitome of luxury leather scent. This is the scent permeating inside an ultra luxurious boutique selling very refined handcrafted premium leather goods (bags, shoes, gloves, wallets/purses, card and passport holders). Premium leather scent bar none, IMO.

Apr
09
2015
insolence
insolence

Cuir Ottoman is the epitome of rough sensuality to me. If it was a poem instead of a fragrance, I think it would tell us about Turkic nomad lovers, cold nights spent on the steppe, leather harnesses and the smell of subtle smoke rising from the heart of their yurt

I really can't get over how beautiful this perfume is. I never thought a leather scent could be so refined, so sensual. It opens with a leather and labdanum accord and very quickly morphs into something magical, rich, resinous. As it develops, Cuir Ottoman becomes more powdery but vanilla and benzoin still dominate over iris, so aftertaste is quite sweet. I like contrasts in everything - in art, literature etc and maybe this is why Cuir Ottoman appeals to me so much. It smells comforting and warm but somehow quite dirty too.

It's hypnotizing. And so, so sexy.

Beautifully done!

Feb
25
2015
Kain
Kain

Cuir Ottoman is a very lovely fragrance.
A modern and seductive leather based fragrance with a faint light of classic feeling casting upon it.

After spraying this on your skin there are two notes that will attack your nose right away! iris and musk.
I can also smell other notes like some sort of fruity smell that give the scent a semi fresh feeling and a soft leather in the background, but iris and musk dominating at the start.
If you're a fan of vintage "Dior Homme" with that strong powdery and kind of earthy iris, this fragrance will put a smile on your face!
The leather note here is smooth with a little bit of dirty feeling and mellow smoky vibe which is completely wearable for both genders.
There is also a soft creamy vanilla beside these notes that gives the scent sensual feeling and more depth.

As time passes, that semi fresh fruity scent goes away and at the same time leather amps up. iris and musk still standing strong while incense from the base of fragrance starts to shine and give the scent a little more smoky vibe plus noticeable amount of spices.
The mid of this fragrance is a powdery, musky and dry leathery/smoky scent with kind of spicy/peppery aroma which is very elegant and manly.
The opening was perfectly unisex but I believe the mid is a little bit brutal to be worn by a woman.

The base is very close to the mid as far as the smell but it's smoother.
That strong musky feeling beside the powdery iris may somehow gives us kind of classic vibe but overall it's definitely a modern scent.
Projection is good (not great) but longevity is perfect. around 8-10 hours on the skin which is well enough for me!

این عطر یه کار مدرن بر پایه رایحه چرم و مشک هست که البته میشه رد پایی از کارای کلاسیک رو هم در اون مشاهده کرد
پس از اینکه این عطر رو روی پوستتون زدین و در اولین استشمام چیزی که با شدت تمام به بینی شما حمله ور میشه رایحه های مشک و زنبق هستن. البته در کنار این دو تا مقدار کمی رایحه های میوه ای که یه ته بوی نسبتا شاداب به شروع عطر میدن و مقداری هم چرم حس میشه منتها زنبق و مشک بطور کامل در شروع حکمفرمایی میکنن
رایحه زنبق که فکر کنم تقریبا همه دوستان اونو خیلی خوب با عطرهای معروف دیور هوم و دیور هوم اینتنس تجربه کردن اینجا بصورت کاملا محسوسی وجود داره و نقش مهم و اساسی از اول تا آخر ایفا میکنه
یه حس پودری و خاکی مانند قوی که یه سری ها دوست دارن و یه سری ها بدشون میاد. البته قدرت بالای رایحه زنبق بیشتر منو یاد دیور هوم میندازه تا نسخه اینتنس اش
بوی مشک اینجا یه جورایی حسی شبیه به بوی سفیداب داره! البته به هیچ وجه بوی بدی نمیده. اگر سفیداب رو کمی خیس کنید بعد تو دستتون خورد کنین و بو کنین یه حس خاصی درش وجود داره. یه جورایی پودری، بویی شبیه به سیمان و گچ و خلاصه همچین حسی داره. البته مشک فقط تو این عطر نیست که همچین حسی داره و تو عطرهای زیادی دیدم که این حس رو القاء میکنه منتها فک کنم بار اوله اینجوری دقیق به حسش اشاره میکنم

بوی چرم تلخه و کمی دودی ولی اصلا حس حیوانی نداره ولی یه حس چرکین و کثیف ضعیف داره. به نظر من تا حد زیادی بوش مدرن هست. در کنار اون همه مشک، یه ته بوی گرم و شیرین هم میشه حس کرد که به خاطر وانیل هست. البته اصلا قوی نیست که بخواد بوی عطر رو کاملا گرم و شیرین و شرقی کنه اما خیلی عالی اون پایین پایین ها یه ته بوی نیمه شیرین ضعیف و در عین حال جذاب به عطر میده

با گذر زمان اون بوی میوه ای و خیلی خفیف شاداب کاملا از بین میره. مشک و زنبق همچنان قوی و مستحکم ول کن عطر نیستن ولی حالا چرم خودشو کمی بالاتر میکشه و بوی بخور و کمی ادویه جات خودشونو به زور کنار بقیه رایحه ها جا میکنن. رایحه میانی یه بوی تلخ به خاطر چرم، نسبتا دودی به خاطر بخور، پودری به خاطر زنبق و بطور واضح و مشخصی ادویه ای یا بهتره بگم فلفلی هست. البته نه شبیه به فلفل سیاه یا قرمز. ولی یه حس تند و فلفلی قوی بدون اینکه بخواد بوی ادویه خاصی رو تداعی کنه قشنگ تو عطر حس میشه و اونو مردانه تر و خشن تر میکنه. عطر کمی هم شیرینه اما نه زیاد. فقط در حد یه ته بوی شیرین. بیشتر بوی عطر چرمی وخشک و تلخ و فلفلی هست با پودری
رایحه میانی عالیه و حس یه عطر مردانه شیک و جنتلمنی گرون قیمت رو تداعی میکنه
بوی عطر تا انتها به همین صورت میمونه و تغییر خاصی نمیکنه فقط به مرور زمان ملایم و ملایمتر میشه

اون حس پودری و چرمی و مشکی اش ممکنه تا حدی حس کلاسیک بده به استفاده کننده اما بوی عطر خیلی مدرن تر از اون چیزیه که بخوایم اونو یه کار کلاسیک بحساب بیاریم.عطر یونیسکس عنوان شده اما به نظر من به مراتب حس مردانه تری داره تا زنانه. خصوصا رایحه میانی و پایانیش خیلی خشن تر و وحشی تر از اونیه که یه خانم بخواد ازش استفاده کنه

پخش بوی خیلی خوبی داره (نه از اونا که مثل بمب میترکه پس از اسپری کردن!) و ماندگاریش هم در حد 8-10 ساعت روی پوست هست. کار خیلی خوبیه. خاص و منحصربفرد نیست اما با کیفیت، خوش ساخت و کمپلکس، خوشبو و بسیار شیک و دوست داشتنی هست

Feb
23
2015
HeidiLynn
HeidiLynn

Ottoman is an interesting fragrance, one I never would have thought to try if it weren’t for an iris-themed sample pack I purchased.

I thought initially I smelled galbanum and pepper, but I think I’m getting a very dry labdanum confused in my nose. As the fragrance develops, after an hour or so, I do smell leather, dry and unoiled; and vanilla. The iris is not prominent, nor are any of the floral scents; this is like an old barn, with the air full of dust and leather and only the barest hint of old hay. I think the iris is there giving that pastoral, dry and earthy note. In a way, this reminds me of Must by Cartier—Ottoman has a similar dry leather and pure vanilla (not a foody, floral, sweet vanilla; but a vanilla like incense). But where the incense notes in Must became fairly warm and rich, Ottoman stays quite cool. It’s a different kind of richness, a richness of the moon vs a richness of the sun: a caravan by night.

Sillage is low modest, longevity at least 4 hours but fading gently. I would recommend this for fans of traditional orientals (Must, Shalimar)—orientals that are more rich than sweet; those looking for non-foody vanillas; those looking for cool incense; and those who love a good leather note.

Feb
15
2015
lloydbruno
lloydbruno

This quickly became one of the best perfume I met so far, reminded me a little to Floris Mahon Leather, however, I found this one here much better, more elegant and balanced.

Opens with very clear and leather balm, and very quickly the iris appears showing that makeup tone or crayons, but gently.

Gradually it becomes sweet and resinous, but a sweet nothing cloying, nothing synthetic or artificial. Is not it sweet to call attention, whether of people or ants. Here one has a natural and elegant sweet tone, despite the projection be very strong, it is comfortable, warm, pleasant feeling.

At the end, the dry leather somehow becomes a little more carnal, with a slight body odor, bringing to light the side Animalic a moderate way, adding a mysterious and enigmatic touch to this wonderful fragrance.

Jan
30
2015
freakypirate
freakypirate

Opens with a big badaboom of dark leather, incense and tolu. Hints of iris mix with the heavy leathers. This part is what I expected Bandit by Robert Piguet to smell like. After the big blast the scent mellows down and becomes less dark and more soft and resinous. The leather turns into suede, more sweet and powdery notes enter the composition. The drydown reminds me of that of Diptyque's Volutes, dark, soft and resinous and powered by ambroxan.

Sillage is moderate to heavy, longevity moderate to long.

The initial opening is powerful, wonderful, and everything I expected of a leather scent. I wish it would stay longer. The suede is quite nice, it is a true suede and not a dusty carnation kind of leather. I wish I could find a scent that has the opening of this one as the drydown. I'd buy a full bottle without hesitation.

Jan
18
2015
Lord_Man
Lord_Man

My impression: Balsamic leathery scent .. absolutely luxurious.. So Heavy.. Very well blended, change my mode perfectly in winter nights.

Dec
28
2014
rossyegio5
rossyegio5

Combo iris/cuoio molto aspra e pungente, con un accenno di gelsomino. Un iniziale cuoio deciso, per donne energiche...Dopo qualche minuto il cuoio evapora e resta un iris malinconico e crepuscolare.
Non sento nè incenso nè vaniglia, solo un fiore antico.
Non fa per me.

Dec
19
2014
din26
din26

ravishing iris leather. opens with a challenge, amazes as the iris blooms. on my husband it is nothing or even repulsive. on me, a delight.

Oct
13
2014
Lana148
Lana148

Love Cuir Ottoman! The best leather fragrance, period!

It has everything I want in a leather fragrance. Realistic suede & soft balsamic, incense, vanilla mixture. Perfection!

It is a masterpiece from the beginning to the end. Genius!

Aug
31
2014
alberto1964
alberto1964

I love every creation of Parfum d`Empire and Cuir Ottoman is no exception. One of the most interesting perfumes with leather notes; powerful, elegant, very original in its structure. Sure to wear on cold winter evenings, so it is hot and spicy. Even the incense is blatantly present, but without prevalicare. The floral notes are now absent and after gently resurface. Slightly lower to Aziyade but I like it.

Aug
28
2014
Fábio Condé
Fábio Condé

Ottoman is a well apportioned and harmonious.
Opens with its floral touch, semi powdery with iris that already mixes in seconds with a comfortable leather, quilting and seem to clearly feels something balsamic, smoky with it, and all the notes in the right measure to combine in a unique way.
And drying closes comfortably and sweetly, with a vanilla / benzoin base, perfect!

Aug
05
2014
Guest_Colin Maillard
Guest_Colin Maillard

Another win from Parfum d'Empire. Here the name and the composition say it all, so there is not much need to "explain" this - you can expect an Oriental leather/tea scent (the leather is more on the suede side, super soft and hyperrealistic) with a stunning, uplifting opening of round, tasty, talcum-suede sweet base notes, gentle and velvety floral notes (iris), some of Parfum d'Empire's signature notes (notably an earthy oak moss/hay/anise-like accord) and a dusty, golden, warm amber base, which slowly, perfectly blends with leather fading into an evelasting bitter leather drydown. Now if you know vintage Bel Ami, Cuir Ottoman smells a bit like a contemporary, more "transparent", glossy version of it, referencing quite clearly its structure. Sadly, the main problem of Cuir Ottoman, as much as I would really love to love this, it that it is too light for me shortly after the opening, leaving me with a (really) subtle ambery-safraleine accord lasting for hours. Still the first phases are always breathtaking and worth the wear.

8/10

Jun
14
2014
jimmyo1
jimmyo1

First time actually wearing this and had it a while now. What an idiot I am.
heavenly leather accords with that fine balance of floral and smoky aromas.
My favourite leather fragrance without a doubt.
A beauty with a touch of beast. ... WOW!!

9/10

Jun
05
2014
grayspoole
grayspoole

A complex and well-crafted scent, with some lovely benzoin and spices, but to my nose the leather is completely overshadowed by a strong rubber note, which is absolutely my least favorite scent in all perfumery. (I am therefore in agreement with Taskphorce and other reviewers below who also pick up this artificial rubber or plastic note in this scent.). The rubber does subside after an hour or so, but it is still too much. If spicy smoky leather + rubber is your thing, enjoy! but Cuir Ottoman is not for me.

Apr
06
2014
serchina
serchina

I love the leather note but I have problems with wearing too leathery perfumes in general, since they can be so airless and too much for my sense (sometimes caused even headache and sickness).
Therefore, I mostly prefer the suede note as main accord for a touch of leathery feeling.
BUT this one is a real exception!
Thanks to balance of powdery iris and the balsamic touch of tolu, vanilla, benzoin and tonka bean that softened this beauty to a calm leather, Cuir Ottoman becomes the most wearable, well-balanced and smoothest leather I have ever tried.

Mar
29
2014
Ziggy2012
Ziggy2012

The more I wear this, the more I love it. Of the many I have tried, this is the perfect leather based perfume. It is not for the faint hearted but it is definitely wearable. I think it's awesome.

It falls in the middle of the range of leather fragrances. It is not at the smokey birch tar/ cade oil end, nor is it at the soft floral subtle suede end. The leather note created is similar to a fine pair of leather gloves

The leather is softened by the floral from the prominent iris note, but it is not sickly sweet and I find it impossible to disentangle all the notes that form the accords. Somehow they just work together to make something truly wonderful.

To me it seems elegant, refined and classy, and probably best in autumn and winter. It creates a great scent 'bubble' and has an airy quality but also with some 'edge'. Despite being floral it is probably just on the masculine side of unisex.

Of the Parfum d'Empire fragrances I have tried, and they are all good, this is the star of the show.

It is quite potent and has excellent longevity and significant projection and sillage even with just 2 sprays and it changes subtly over many hours but still retains its main accord.

If you like leather based fragrances then definitely give it a try

Update :- What makes this different from many of the floral leathers, is that here the floral and the leather are really well balanced. In many the floral notes are very much in the foreground and the leather plays a supportive role in the base perhaps appearing more in the late drydown...here they are more balanced from the start with the leather also playing front stage. To me, that is a little better suited to a man

Mar
22
2014
Chaz1
Chaz1

Where can obtain a bottle of this? Retailers in the US and on ebay seem to be out of stock.

Mar
08
2014
Q80
Q80

i have absolutely no idea how did i refuse this perfume when i smelled it the first time in Liberty london last april 2013? maybe because i was searching for mona di orio cuir.

this perfume is just quite good, i just got the tester for it few weeks back and it is very nice, it opens big, but there is no leather in the opening as i smell allot of nutmeg. the leather shows quite sharp when it dries, the smell of a vintage old leather brown belt, a very leather belt. it is just amazing, but it doesn't last that long, 3 to 4 hours and it's gone, but honestly a very nice perfume.

Feb
24
2014
ashandasphodel
ashandasphodel

At first sniff, I thought "Oh no, this is another Cuir Mauresque" (which despite my enduring love for Serge Lutens is a frag I just cannot get into). After a minute the punch in the face from a suede-covered fist dried down into a much more civilized leather, like changing from chaps into a leather miniskirt. It blends beautifully with the incense and flowers and at the end is overtaken by them. One minute I get the Jasmine, the next resins. It's quite a ride! I love it after that initial blast.

Feb
23
2014
unregistered
unregistered

I have vintage Caron Tabac Blond extrait, and Cuir Ottoman compares favorably to it: the leather and orris are similar, but the Caron is sharper, with more of a clove/carnation note (this could be due to the age of my bottle). Both are long-lasting: the eau de parfum strength of the the Cuir is almost as strong as the extrait of Tabac. However, the leatheriness of the Caron is much longer lasting than that of the Cuir, which dries down to a more of a benzoin sweetness. Cuir Ottoman is softer, smoother, slightly sweeter than the Caron, and overall a good replacement which I'll acquire when my Caron is used up. This is much less expensive and easier to find!

Jan
25
2014
hadassa
hadassa

Mind-blowing leather scent: refined, strong, elegant, sophisticated, and perfectly wearable.

It's so well blended that I cannot really tell the separate notes, aside from leather, iris powder, and something resiny, this is just what it is - the scent of unpretentious luxury.

Smooth, without sharp edges, but still with a very strong character, it will smell gentleman-like on a guy, and extremely sophisticated on a woman.

Oh, what a perfume. To me, it is not less beautiful than the legendary Cuir de Russie.

Jan
17
2014
carlosrafael
carlosrafael

Straight forward and natural leather...

During the first 1/2 hour, CO smells as straight forward, pure leather to me. Like rough split leather. It is nice, warm, very natural, authentic, and well done at that, but I don't detect much from other scents at first.

Then the smell of the leather starts changing, from an austere leather, to a rubbery one (perhaps the iris), to a sweeter and softer one (perhaps from the styrax, benzoin, and Tonka)...CO goes from rough split leather to a more refined top grain leather); however, as the other ingredients change the character of the leather in this progression, the leather always remains at the center stage.

I don't detect distinctively the other ingredients before the end of the dry down...this leather is very dominant and not transparent to me (by not transparent I mean one that dominates the others)...rather the other ingredients, as they awake, simply change the type of leather scent you perceive. CO is certainly not a linear leather fragrance.

Towards the end of the dry down, when the leather begins to fade away, you can perceive the base notes, but as skin level scents. A vanilla, Tonka, benzoin and mild incense combo is now softly perceptible. You have to stick your nose to your skin to smell this pleasant aftermath.

If you love leather, this is for you..you will get different flavors of leather in CO

longevity and silage are above average.

As a leather fragrance, 9/10. As a fragrance in general, 8/10.

Jan
08
2014
Taskphorce
Taskphorce

This is a gorgeous and genuine rich leather softened by a heavy blast of powdery iris. The fragrance is sweetened by vanilla and tonka bean. Incense is noticeable but not overdone. There is a slight strange plastic (or rubber) note that reminds me of the inside of an old plastic baby dolls head (had to say it.) It does in a way resemble Bvlgari Black's rubber note. This is fairly inexpensive at $75 for the 1.7oz and the 3.4oz cost $110. This fragrance projects well and lasts all day long. Highly recommended.

Jan
03
2014
blaiseantoine
blaiseantoine

excellent quality from a house that deserve more and more ,this is a superb classy leather fragrance not disturbing as some other leather scent but perfectely sweetened by iris and ambery notes ,an olphactive travel in a beautiful turkish hareem where your skin will receive a soft sensual touch .stunning fragrance


8/10

Dec
15
2013
Karenin
Karenin

“Cuir Ottoman” from Parfum d´Empire contains the most authentic rendition of leather I´ve experienced so far. Like in all other fragrances from this house, in “Cuir Ottoman” Marc-Antoine Corticchiato draws his inspiration from history, namely from the once powerful and feared Ottoman Empire. Nonetheless, what he´s created is by no means a suffocating, dusty-and-musty scent of the forgotten past. On the contrary, “Cuir Ottoman” is a modern, effervescent perfume, packed with top-quality ingredients.

The presence of the leather note becomes unmistakeably obvious from the very beginning. It´s dominant and harsh, but, at the same time, incredibly true to life. To me, “Cuir Ottoman” is unique in the fact that its leather never completely evaporates as its vestiges are also perceptible in the base. The initial harshness of the leather is curbed first by benzoin and tolu balsam, and later on by tonka bean and vanilla, which not only act as softeners, but also provide the perfume with a hint of sweetness.

“Cuir Ottoman” is a potent scent, predominantly aimed at leather note lovers. I truly admire the amount of imagination and expertise that must have gone into the creation of this beautiful fragrance. There can be no doubt Parfum d´Empire represents niche perfumery at its very best!

Nov
23
2013
Vincents1278
Vincents1278

I have a sample of this and I've been wearing it, reapplying from time to time, for a little over four days. It's a very simple leather scent. Obviously there's no leather in perfumery, but the smell is made by mixing other scents like birch tar with resins like benzoin or balsam of Peru, things like that. The leather in this is simple and soft. I don't detect much other than violet or iris and a bit of damp earth. I don't catch any insense or much in the way of other floral notes.
You can get the same effect with more lasting power from Serge Lutens Chergui.

Oct
30
2013
BlueMoon
BlueMoon

GRANDMA'S NEW LEATHER HANDBAG

My grandmother buys a new cheap leather (or is it pleather?) handbag.

Somehow, she gets some of her cloying, floral/powdery perfume all over it.

And that's Cuir Ottoman.

Oct
26
2013
redsuedekitten
redsuedekitten

On me this is quite a simple leather. I can't really detect many of the other notes, but perhaps I'm anosmic to some of them? It's a flat, dry smell, probably partly due to the iris. It's quite intense, and the strength is good.

It's not for me, however... I find it too simple and a bit harsh.

Sep
01
2013
Steppero
Steppero

Update. the opening scent and the late stages of the dry down are identical to animale animale

Jul
26
2013
Steppero
Steppero

Got this sample today. When opened out of the vile it smells like animale animale, but when applied to the skin it smells like those 80's plastic kids toys. Don't see how people rate this as a masterpiece, but to each their own

Jul
25
2013
Neyzen
Neyzen

masterpiece!

Jul
05
2013
roseau
roseau

I'm sorry for your bad experience with this gem.
Opinions are free, but it would be nice that they were not vulgar.Probably this fragrance works badly with your chemistry, but it is not crappy at all. It's earthy and ripe instead, a bit animalic and wild.

Jun
26
2013
Carestinus
Carestinus

whaaat a wooonderful scent this is!!!!

strange, strong, unique! Earlier today I reviewed Jubilation XXV, and Cuir Ottoman is the best example of a weird scent that is well put together, that has a clear idea behind and deserves its cost. Plus: it is indeed furiously strong but never offputting nor invasive.

I am not particularly a fan of leather, and iris can sometimes get on my nerves but here the seemingly huge amount of both is fabulously well blended. It is strange how I never mention Parfums d'empire amongst my favourite brands and still I find their offerings outstanding and following a line. You can certainly say this reminds you of Wazamba, Azemour and even Ambre Russe even if they have such different ingredients. Corticchiato is a master imho.

Now back to the scent, imagine a new pair of leather shoes, somehow bitter, only slightly animalic, plus a chic floral touch (iris) staying many hours and delivering a unique allure. Both men and women should be able to enjoy this artwork. You'll smell gorgeous, believe me!

It changes a bit during its development, becoming milder and easier for leatherphobics. Still, it keeps its glamour all the way. If I had to choose only one scent of this brand, this would be it without any doubt, even if it is not my favourite smell out of those... because of its versatility, wearability and uniqueness. I blind bought this and I haven't regretted it a single time.

Standing ovation for its author!

Jun
04
2013
Wano
Wano

I'm not a leather guy, and not a Iris fan, but that stuff is just amazing. What you get is a highly sophisticated leather scent, like a pair of leather gloves in a woman purse. I thought this could be unisex but everyone around me says it's definitively a man scent. The overall smell is something between Dior Intense and Van Cleef Midnight in Paris. I got tons of compliments especially by people that can be easily annoy by perfumes.

Jun
02
2013
new friend
new friend

Cuir Ottoman Parfum d`Empire for women and men
(الجلود العثمانية)
دائما ما تستهويني أشكال الزجاجات العطرية، وأتوقف أمامها طويلا أتأمل تصميماتها الرائعة وربما أحاول النظر إلى العطر الموجود بداخلها وكأنني أنفي يتحسسه.
بارافام دي إمباير ... الإسم يعطي انطباعا بالفخامة، والزجاجات العطرية الخاصة به ذات نمط واحد على عادة الكبار في مجال عطور النيش.
زجاجة اسطوانية رشيقة يعلوها غطاء ذهبي أشبه ما يكون بالتيجان الملكية.
الدار ليست قديمة تاريخيا فهي قد أكملت عامها العاشر هذه السنة ولها من الإصدارات حوالي 14 عطرا.
Cuir Ottoman Parfum d`Empire for women and men، الجلود العثمانية
هذا هو عطري الثاني من هذه الدار، فلقد كان عطري الأول منها هو وازامبا الرائع، الذي حتما سأكتب عنه موضوعا خاصا به.
لا أنكر أنني ترددت كثيرا قبل شرائي للعطر، فالعطر مصنف على أنه زهري شرقي، غير أن الاسم يوحي بأنه شيء آخر (الجلود العثمانية) ومن المؤكد أن نوتة الجلود غالبا ما تطغى على هذه المكونات الزهرية.
غير أن عشقي للياسمين المصري (الفل) قد حسم التردد بداخلي ودفعني للمجازفة وشراء العطر
المكونات كما هو مكتوب:
الافتتاحية: الفل – السوسن – الراتينج الزهري
القلب: الجلود – اللبان الجاوي – بلسم تولو الراتنجي – البنزوين
القاعدة: حبوب التونكا – الفانيلا – البخور
في الحقيقة لقد تغلب الراتينج الزهري في المقدمة على الجميع وصبغهم بالطابع الشرقي ببراعة، حتى أنك لو كنت من المولعين المدمنين لرائحة الفل المصري فأنت هنا بحاجة للتدقيق حتى تتبين وجوده فضلا عن زهرة السوسن.
القلب: هو شخصية هذا العطر وربما يكون البراند بأكمله يعتمد على هذه المنطقة لإبراز شخصية عطوره. فالقلب هنا بمكوناته هو الأقوى حتى من القاعدة ولذلك فيستمر معك طويلا حتى أنك ربما تظن أنها نهاية العطر فاللبان الجاوي العطري والبنزوين والجلود قد مزجت لتعطي توليفة شرقية ممتازة لمحبي الأجواء الشرقية الأسيوية، الجلود هنا لا وجود لها بالشكل الكبير الملائم لاسم العطر فماذا عساها تفعل قطعة من الجلود وسط هذه المباخر الشرقية التي تفوح من كل مكان.
المذهل هو عودة الافتتاحية الزهرية الغامضة لتمتزج مع هذا القلب شديد الدفء بين الحين والآخر.
دخول البخور من القاعدة قد لا تشعر به لأنه سيكون قريبا جدا من اللبان العطري الموجود بكثافة في منطقة القلب ولكنك ربما بعد فترة ربما ساعة أو أكثر قد تشعر بوجود العنبر ثم تأتي الفانيلا في النهاية لتعطي احساسا ختاميا وشعورا بالبهجة
العطر بشكل عام ممتاز، ولكنه لأصحاب الذوق الشرقي فقط
فوحان وثبات رائعين كما هو الواضح من أغلب عطور هذه الدار
إذا كنت من محبي الأجواء الشرقية الأسيوية فلا تتردد في شراء واقتناء هذا العطر الفريد الرائع

May
25
2013
jht4060
jht4060

Parfum D'Empire Cuir Ottoman has the most dramatic contrast between the top-middle notes and the base that I have ever experienced. The top is the most animalic raw leather I have yet to smell, and it is gorgeous in a slightly over-the-top way (having now tried Bandit, Cuir Ottoman moves to second place). After many hours, the beefy leather fades to a slightly sweet rich ambery base with balsam, tonka, benzoin, and incense and who knows what else. I like both the opening and the base, but what really rocks me is the transition from one to the other - when you are in the midst of the rawhide you can't believe that it will ever smell like benzoin and amber. There are a few hours in the middle while that transition happens that are mesmerizing. What a masterpiece of the perfumer's art. Beast and the Beauty.

May
23
2013
Big.Bello
Big.Bello

Finally,I found what I'm looking for
I'm in love with this perfume
10/10

Mar
19
2013
Hoxx
Hoxx

A lovely, warm and unique perfume.

Starting and finishing with the leather accord similar to what you get when buying a new expensive black leather jacket, it's impossible not to get the main note of this perfume. While the opening can be a bit harsh, being a rather pure leather, a little later it becomes a balmy, even slightly powdery aroma with iris and resins surrounding the precious leather note. The longer the fragrance stays on your skin, the softer it gets, with the leather note losing its strength yet never disappearing, but being a bit overshadowed with soapy iris and a dash of vanilla and incense.

Long-lasting and quite detectable to others, for a cold day or night use, it has no weaknesses. Even if you're not into leathery perfumes that much, give this one a try. If you like leather, then this is a must. Another winner from Parfum d'Empire.

9.25/10

Mar
07
2013
skeleton
skeleton

I often find leather a bit difficult, but not this one. This is a very soft leather which dries down to a very lovely powdery leather-vanilla. I'm considering a full bottle but a guess a real leather-fan would be a bit underwhelmed.

Feb
13
2013
lfmars98
lfmars98

Interesting fragrance. The opening is very harsh with the leather; give it time to settle down. The iris comes in as the other major player in this fragrance during the dry down. It is balmy too with a hint of vanilla, but this is not in anyway a sweet scent. It does kinda remind me of Dior Homme without the cocoa. Moderate projection and I get 10 hours on my skin. It's not for me, but I respect the fragrance. 6.75/10.

Feb
03
2013
m3phist023
m3phist023

I have recently sampled two lovely leather perfumes- this one and Cuir Velours by Naomi Goodsir. I have to say that trying Cuir Velours opened up my ability to love Cuir Ottoman. The first time I tried this scent, I didn't get it. Smelled good, but nothing special. Perhaps I was caught up in the whirl of sampling Chergui and about 10 others and my poor little olfactories were flummoxed. Anyway, I tried Cuir Velours after a short respite and it smelled like sitting on a fine leather sofa in a room were people are burning incense, smoking pipes, and drinking 20 year old scotch (not in a choking terrible way- in an opulent sensual way). Then I revisited this scent and realized that Cuir Ottoman is like putting on the fine leather jacket that was hanging in that incense and scotch-filled room and taking the atmosphere with you, while bringing the leather into sharper focus. I detect no weird notes on my skin- just leather with an ambery sweet-ish tobacco background. Love this- must buy. The price is certainly not as painful as some! Longevity is decent, but alas, I don't get much sillage with this (or anything else really, unless applied to headache- inducing levels).

Jan
28
2013
Nemosh
Nemosh

This opens strong and masculine and than it becomes poudery on me.
The perfume is well balanced and goes a long way.
If you like a leather scent this is one to try

Jan
07
2013
damnedinblack
damnedinblack

While I really enjoy this scent, the leather wasn't as apparent as I thought it would be. That being said, it is one of the most gorgeous scents I have ever experienced.

For me, this is more of an incense scent with undertones of a very soft, buttery vintage leather. The leather note is very subtle but still apparent, not overpowering at all.

It opened up a smoky, but very powdery incense and the drydown became very woody and mildly resinous with quite strong labdanum notes.

There is a slight side note of Nag Champa soap as well.

Surprisingly, what it actually reminds me of is Tom of Finland's equally stylish, but more subdued and mysterious best female friend.

It is a close to the skin scent, very sensual

Sep
14
2012
pretty_in_pink
pretty_in_pink

This scent reminds me of gentlemen's lounges. Diamond buttoned burgundy leather club lounges and velvet paneled walls. Big glasses filled with smoky cognac. Secret business. Old worldly. An era long forgotten. Comforting, elegant, intriguing.

Cuir Ottomon is one of the best leather scents going. Superb silage - one spritz is enough to carry you through the day, delivering a powerhouse of silage.

The opening is like sticking your nose deep inside a century old cigar box which once housed the finest Cubans. Warm, dry and inviting.

The top notes featured here are usually found in middle and base notes elsewhere, which is why I believe Cuir Ottomon has such a spherical start to finish. It's structure is like a well rounded cigar that burns softly and sweetly into the night, thanks partly to the vanilla and tonka bean that marry perfectly with the benzoin.

This is a smooth and very mellow leather fragrance, with honeyed cognac undertones that will lift beautifully off the skin of both ladies and gentlemen, exuding a very sophisticated and other-worldly air. Pure class in a bottle - private membership optional!

Sep
04
2012
aschiffm
aschiffm

elegant LEATHER! the leather is laced with beautiful translucent florals ala icey iris and raw jasmine . the jasmine here smells herby and kind of fresh. but it is most definitely in the background, just lightly lingering and adding a *very* subtle sweetness to the leather. the Tolu Balsam gives the leather depth and dimension.

Overall, this leather smells clean albeit enticing. it's also very smoky. i would love to wear this on fall and winter nights.

Aug
16
2012
Jack_Hunter
Jack_Hunter

It opens with a lovely floral jasmine and iris accord then the shoe polish note joins the mix. After a while when the shoe polish note fades you are left with the floral accord which has slightly sweetned with vanille.

I find this scent to be really weird, the florals are very nice indeed but I do not want to smell like shoe polish.

Aug
06
2012
Jiza
Jiza

I think this fragrance rather feminine, than unisex.

Jun
24
2012
SilverFire
SilverFire

This goes on like the smoothest, deepest, wine-cooler/alcohol scent, and as it expands, it becomes a heady, musky, rich scent that simply effuses luxury and class. It might be a bit too much for some -- I can see some people objecting to it on the basis of it smelling like a stale 70's disco or something. It would end up there, if it weren't for the spices and the soapiness that anchor it firmly in the luxurious camp, far from lounge lizard territory. Musk plays a much larger role than leather, although leather might be what creates the impression of class and luxury.

It reminds me of the way that airplanes smell, fresh from a cleaning, just before you board. The soapiness and sweetness keep it from becoming too heavy and these eventually drive out the musk as it quiets. At three hours, it enters the soapy/sweet/faint musk territory, which smells fantastic. I can see women drooling over this scent, especially at this stage. Later on, it becomes resiny and even better smelling still.

This scent emanates strength, riches, and power. It is classy, royal, and virile, and even has a some of that loud, old-school charm to it.

Jun
05
2012
blueberry
blueberry

Generally sceptical about niche productions - too much hype, ridiculous price levels for the man in the street, and the irritating aura of snobbery - I am ready to bow before Cuir Ottoman!

This scent is like a time machine and reminds me of Jamiroquai's song "Travelling Without Moving" as suddenly I am whisked away to the good ol' days of happy and carefree childhood, being up to mischief and playing pranks with my brother in our grandma's house, and jumping on the ancestral velour sofa (ottoman ;) ), whose smell is encapsulated in my little vial of Cuir Ottoman.
Oh, no, this is no mere excercise in nostalgia... but a rediscovery of a lovely and long-forgotten smell from my childhood.

The softest and lightest leather rendition I know of is accompanied here by the dusty, powdery iris and sweet benzoine, finally to be topped with tulu balsam, which altogether produce a delicate breath of some kind of a clear colored wood varnish...

One word describes it best: Sensational! I do not detect jasmine and incense, but am so satisfied with the result that I feel Cuir Ottoman will be an indispensable addition to my wardrobe once I'm rich ;) since I want to preserve this childhood memory so much...

Longevity: about 8 hrs on my skin
Sillage: hard to determine as I used a no-spray vial only, but I have an impression it is more of a skin scent.

Love at first sniff!

May
29
2012
axa5780
axa5780

This is an awesome smelling leather scent. Well worth the money. Great longevity and sillage!

10/10

May
10
2012
Kamet1973
Kamet1973

I'm not keen at all on the opening of this which is a shot of the dirty, urinous smell I remember from rien. After this has mellowed it's just beautiful and such a true to life leather. I imagine it smells like the seat of a Harley Davidson in the heat of a Californian afternoon, or the interior of an old Rolls Royce or Bentley. It gets better as time goes on. It's expensive leather, no doubt about it. The floral notes could just be the smells of nature, blowing through the window of the Bentley. Clean, sunny, expensive leather.

Apr
13
2012
Majesty
Majesty

Cuir Ottoman was on my test list for a while..Many thanks to a dear member who send me a sample!Cuir Ottoman starts harsh and rubbery,it reminded me of a garage!It's not the kind of leather I have used to smell..This one is dirty,smoky to the point that you wanna scrub it off immediately.Combine it with a garage uniform and you'll have the ultimate fetich!Not a fragrance that represents me but I am really happy I tested it.Lasting power is good!

Mar
11
2012
timeazsofia
timeazsofia

My first leather scent, and it suprised me, but in a good way! This leather accord is fantastic! And later, when the fragrance drying down, the basic scent is so erotic and "hug me", I adore it!

Jan
30
2012
sherapop
sherapop

Parfums d'Empire CUIR OTTOMAN is a smooth and ever-so-slightly sweet leather with a lovely drydown. The opening seems a bit beefy, but the drydown is definitely worth the wait. I love tolu balsam, benzoin, and orris butter, so no wonder I like this composition. My cat loves this perfume.

Jan
28
2012
kris919
kris919

like plastic tupperware on fire and smoking . I'm a fan of leather. This one is not good on me at all. I just smell smoky plastic and something like waxy crayons. pass.

Jan
19
2012
Camin
Camin

I get a strong burst of leather with this one, but to me it's a sickening, suffocating, new car smell, almost synthetic. I tend to dislike leather scents in general but wanted to try it. I almost scrubbed but wanted to wait it out and see what happened. Seven hours later I get a sweet, balmy,powdery incense, but there is still a hint of the nauseating leather. Definitely not for me. Maybe because I'm a vegetarian :)

Dec
11
2011
Arvydas
Arvydas

Very soft,very elegant leather scent

Dec
04
2011
Scentrist
Scentrist

When I first smelled this, I could only inhale and say "Wow! What a very strong burst of leather!" And NOT a cheap, synthetic, rubbery smelling leather or an overly pungent leather, but a very balanced and worn leather -- shell cordovan shoe leather or inside-of-a-leather-briefcase type of scent. The effect of the incense and balsam just make the experience that much more robust.

This perhaps is one of the more elegant leather fragrances I've tried. The Orris is definitely present in the top and dries nicely into the transition. Very soft, rustic, rugged. Simply a great leather. This is definitely worth trying.

EDIT: I also noted my first experience with Ottoman that the longevity was about 6 hours. I've now had it on through an entire day and that certainly isn't the case -- it's as strong 12 hours later than when I originally spritzed.

Nov
05
2011
id
id

At first leather, after that leather plus iris and at last benzoin with incense makes this scent similar to Bvlgari "Black" just a very mild version of burning rubber. Wonderful for wearing in fall. In a room it was "like" level for evaluating, but outside it became pure love. Longevity 11 hours on my skin.

Oct
24
2011
lindy-fay
lindy-fay

Something magic is happening on my skin with this one.The first hour is all about leather, but then, out of nowhere, rises a bouquet of the most beautiful scented flowers.! The cover of my favorite Depeche Mode album,Black celebration, came to my mind. ( The one with a single flower groing in the asphalt jungle.)
It`s something very alluring with the contrast between the leather and the soft florals.

Oct
12
2011
nada
nada

I don't like it:( same as Habanita, I think it's leather I can't stand. Not leather per se, but the way it is put together with other ingredients - especially iris... Too much for me unfortunatelly.

Sep
20
2011
alfarom
alfarom

It's actually pretty bizarre how I don't get any sweetness out of Cuir Ottoman. To me this composition is all about an hyper-realistic leather (brand new bags/shoes), a sort of smoky/woody tea note and orris. Vanilla is not enhanced in its sweet aspect, instead is handled in a very similar way to the one in Dzing (smell of paper/books).

Despite being inspired by the Ottoman Empire this is an extremely modern composition. A soft leather that will, more realistically, appeal to fans of Dzing than other popular floral/leathers.

Personally? I love it! One of the most true to life examples of a luxurious leather jacket.

Totally unisex.

Rating: 8/10

Sep
14
2011
full_of_colours
full_of_colours

A gorgeous, feminine and wearable leather scent. Pure pleasure and a wrist sniffer! This is the second time now that I wear it. I am loving it more and more. The opening is a full blast of animalic leather but it softens up in less than half an hour to a wonderful combo with the perfect proportions of jasmine, resins, incense and of course leather. I could see myself wearing it days as well during colder months by just dabbing a little from a decant. A very well balanced fragrance that could also be worn by men who enjoy unisex scents.

Aug
08
2011
babsyfish
babsyfish

Wow! The opening of Cuir Ottoman does NOT fool around. It is leather as leather could be, and it is NOT a gentle suede glove or a prissy sofa. It's kind of a rubbery fetish thing! My goodness--I'm almost ashamed to wear it!! :-D

However, the dry down is stunning, and far from lewd, as smoky florals and sweet incense waft in and out of the composition, taming...refining...that raw, unabandoned leather. On me, it's kind of powdery at this stage, so it's hard for me to imagine a man wearing it. On the other hand, all those typical, "manly" peppers and musks make me choke, so CO would be a lovely change of pace.

Apr
05
2011
drBatson
drBatson

The smoothest and warmest smooky leather I've ever tasted. Real masterpiece

Feb
13
2011
trax
trax

New leather saddles, hint of dried jasmine, incense and balsam. Reminds me abit of Felanilla, Felanilla with added strooong leather. Softer than Felanilla though, and not by far as longlasting.
Don't know what orris smells like, I smell Iris, but one hour into the drydown I get a slightly soapy sidenote which (if possible for a topnote) might be this orris peaking through?
Soft and warm, powdery leathery. The first leather scent not to smell like cow dung on me. Love at first sniff!

Nov
23
2010
BIG
BIG

This is what Dior Homme should have smelt like! This is heaven! Gorgeous!!! To die for!

Oct
07
2010
Catbiscuit
Catbiscuit

I also concur with my wise fellow reviewers - the opening of Ottoman is where the leather lets fly. I would equate it to the smell of new leather as found in cars or on new furniture (an ottoman perhaps?? hehe). An exciting, luxurious, wealthy feeling. The aroma of delighted consumerism.

It becomes more subordinate to the powdery florals the longer it stays on your skin however it remains the ship on which the rest of the experience floats. I find this leather to be extremely well-blended and robustly feminine in nature, probably due to the sweet vanillic benzoin making nice with my skin.

I find it too sweet to be sexy but it is an incredibly luxurious sensual scent for a mature-minded woman (whatever her age). Highly recommended.

Jul
23
2010
tessture
tessture

Wow, I sure wish I got what Doc Elly did. I get cedar, clove and saffron with just a tiny hint of leather. It's dry and woody and very plain, actually. My skin does nothing to bring out the floral notes or the tolu or benzoin, which is sad as I adore those notes. Overall, Cuir Ottoman is not for me, but it's worth a whirl if you like basic unisex spices.

Apr
08
2010
Doc Elly
Doc Elly

I love leather in all its forms and settings, in real life and in perfume, so it's no surprise that I love Cuir Ottoman. It starts out with a lot of raw-edged leather, but even in the initial blast the beast is accompanied by a large retinue of sweet things. For a little while the leather and the sweet things play around in completely different corners of olfactory space, but eventually they come together and blend into a perfect harmony of leather, ripe apricot, violet, a touch of jasmine, and a good stiff dose of balsam-y things, which I also love. This stage reminds me a little of the original Rochas Femme, but sweeter and fruitier. Eventually the scent seems to be drying down into a lovely tolu balsam and benzoin base, but lo and behold, the flowers and fruit come back for an encore and last out the rest of the day and into the night. The sillage is just right for my taste (moderate) and the lasting power is excellent. If you are looking for a sweet, fruity leather fragrance, this is definitely one to try!

Jan
22
2010
dacha
dacha

Right up front, I love leathers! I've smpled all sorts and the three I have found bottle worthy, Cuir d'Iris, Knize Ten and Cuir Ottoman. A beautiful soft leather, a rough tough mans leather and one in between.
Cuir Ottoman is a lovely mid range leather, the florals int the top don't smother the leather as they do in Cuir Pleine Fleur, andd the incense ir resinous rather than the cold stone sort. I'd recommend this to anyone.
On a side note Parfum d'Empire handle their incense/frankincense notes very well, try Wazamba and Aziyade.

Nov
27
2009
parisa
parisa

Perfection!
Cuir Ottoman opens up with strong note of leather (I agree on Dzing), but later it becomes more oriental and little bit less leathery with similar consistency (not smell) like Bvlgari Black. Best perfume drydown for me.
Very longlasting and with great sillage.
I like this one even more than Ambre Russe.
Works better if it`s not too hot.

Jun
01
2009

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