Saturday mornings in many European big cities often consist of an early walk to the farmers market looking for some fresh fish and fruit for a big long dinner with a couple of well-mannered guests who never forget a bottle of good wine and chocolates for your kids. The dinner goes on and on, everybody gets sleepy and drowns in comfortable armchairs to smoke or to have a drop of something stronger and fermented. There is no hurry, it is getting dark outside, the first street lights appear and suddenly the time stops.
Naomi Goodsir is an Australian hat designer who is trying to embrace the perfume world. In 2012 she presented a nice fragrance Cuir Velours. For those who are used to hard thick leather in perfumes, Cuir Velours will reveal quite the opposite version of it.
Cuir Velours is soft suede drowned in a smooth tobacco cloud and framed with four bowls of peaches. The first notes are resinous and waxy. Then immediately rum and peach come in, or better peaches in rum, left to soak properly for gourmand desserts. There is creamy and embracing rising fog with a bit of incense and light vanilla: one can almost see the sleepy dining room after the chic dinner and lazy half-empty glasses. The room is filled with shadows and nobody turns the lights on, because several luxurious home candles are just right to create intimate and cozy atmosphere.
Cuir Velours carries its creamy immortelle sweetness through all the stages of development and so the overall result is complete laziness and drowsiness in an elegant room where you can relax on a soft champagne leather sofa. Just as people say that money does not bring happiness but somehow it is more comfortable to cry in a Mercedes than on a bicycle.
Naomi Goodsir Cuir Velours is a slightly tipsy, careless, full and satisfied Saturday afternoon with no sense of guilt. Smooth, velvety, not too sweet and with no headache yet. Dense, creamy and a little buttery. A hug which makes you relax and warms up your fingers and toes.