Monday, September 6, 2010

Heeley - Cuir Pleine Fleur

Leather daddy

Cuir pleine fleur is a french term for fine leather. According to the Heeley web site, Jeames Heeley meant CPF to smell like the most luxurious leather. To do this he added the floral notes of mimosa, violet and hawthorn to the traditional leathery note of birch and castoreum.

I definitely smell violet and suede in the first minute, which I liked quite a bit. Unfortunately, the violet disappears and a strange tri-part fragrance takes its place, composed of sweet floral cucumber-ish note (the mimosa?) in the top layer, a rooty iris/vetiver in the bottom, and a strong, raunchy leather sandwiched in the middle.

Cuir Pleine Fleur gives me a headache. The castoreum might be too much for me. This leather is more leather daddy than gentleman.

House: Heeley
Nose: James Heeley
Notes: Top: violet leaf, bergamot
Heart: acacia flower (mimosa) aubépine (hawthorn), suede
Base: vetiver, birch, atlas cedar


  1. Love the 'raunchy leather sandwich in the middle.' I know exactly what you mean. Thanks for the review as I've been curious about this one for awhile.

  2. I love leather and I love the leather daddy look (I think this comes from repeated viewings of Police Academy as a youngin') but I think I'll skip this one. The presence of castoreum, real or synthetic is an indication this scent is not for me.

    As for the cucumber note, I read somewhere (think it may have been Turin/Sanchez's Guide) that violet leaf can have a cucumber smell. Maybe that is where it's coming from?

  3. JoanElaine: What Canadian hasn't seen Police Academy?

  4. Great review and pic ! :) :) Sounds like this one and Cuir by Mona di Orio could go hand in hand .


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