Cuir de Russie by Dior
Dior added a new fragrance to their La Collection Privée Christian Dior inaugurated in 2010 with a leather perfume called Cuir Cannage...
It is Dior own interpretation of a Cuir de Russie composition, a genre in and of itself, which could not have existed without the vast Russian expanses covered by birch forests as a typical tar note is key to its olfactory integrity.
Dior Parfums reportedly went for the recreation of two complementary atmospheres. Besides the Cuir de Russie accord, there is emphasis put on the smell of the inside of a leather bag containing feminine paraphernalia such as a rose and violet scented lipstick.
Cuir Cannage is said to be a "plural" perfume with fruity, leathery, floral, and tobacco nuances. It wishes to suggest the subtle scent emanating from intimate, personal objects you transport in a (Dior) bag.
For comparison, Annick Goutal did a candle called Le sac de ma mère (My mother's handbag) while their perfumer Isabelle Doyen composed a perfume entitled L'Antimatière by Les Nez which is about a similar intimate, inside-a-bag atmosphere.
The fragrance has a main head note of orange blossom, a floral nuance added to enhance the fruitiness of a composition, the brand underline. The heart centers on jasmine for its femininity, delicacy and natural olfactory richness. The base features the traditional leather accord re-interpreted by Dior - Chanel offer the most famous opus in this genre simply baptized Cuir de Russie - wafting of smoky birch essence pushed in the direction of a "caramelized" heating process.