Puckrik on Perfume

BATD ON Dec 11, 2009 AT 12:28 pm

Katie Puckrik: Photographer Martin Shaw

Katie Puckrik: Photographer Martin Shaw

Keiko Mecheri Cuir Cordoba
By Katie Puckrik

Wearing Cuir Cordoba by Keiko Mecheri is like slipping into a warm bath on a cold night: ahhhhhhh …..mmmmmm …..siiiiiiiighhhhh. This fruity leather enfolds you in rich, buttery softness, and sustains you against life’s harshness.

Cuir Cordoba is a “wherever you are, you are there” perfume, with no beginning, middle or end. Just one spray and you’re in the thick of it: fruity-floral violet, powdery benzoin, “intimately unwashed” hawthorn flower, resinous elemi, sweet-sour cedar wood. This eau de parfum hugs you snugly, like Catwoman’s jumpsuit.

Cuir Cordoba is a kissin’ cousin to Serge Lutens Daim Blond, another stunning suede I’ve reviewed in a previous post. Heck, forget kissin’ cousin, try fraternal twin. (With no kissin’, though, because that gets too weird.)

Keiko Mecheri Cuir Cordoba

Keiko Mecheri Cuir Cordoba

But Daim Blond emphasizes its leather with almost-sharp, latex accent, which Cuir Cordoba doesn’t possess. The latex gives DB a fresh “snap”, in contrast to CC’s nuzzly downiness, provided by the benzoin, a hint of aldehydes, and whatever other magical ingredients conjure “suede” in Keiko’s crock-pot.

Cuir Cordoba is not a zoo leather, crawling with critters. There are no bestial whiffs here. Rather, it’s feminine, velvety; smoked honey dripping off a warm spoon. It’s the suede of a beloved glove, picking up traces of your favourite perfume — and of your favourite hand to hold.

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Cuir Cordoba info and stockists: http://www.keikomecheri.com/

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