Sweet escape

Part of the opulent Les Mille et Une Nuits collection, the latest Armani Privé fragrance is not a scent designed for slapdash spritz on the way to the office.

Cuir Noir was conjured up and created as a rare pleasure for the dedicated perfume enthusiast... and it is priced as such. But what price magic? Whirling into the atmosphere ike a genie from a bottle, the fragrance has an immediate presence, filling the room with the scents of an Arabian night: the supple, soft and velvety feeling of leather, the smouldering, tarry aroma of black birch.

The fragrance unfurls in a shimmering gradation of amber shades, opening with a prelude of creamy Australian Sandalwood and the accents of Rose essence; the combination set off with a hint of coriander and nutmeg. The heart of the fragrance is more textured, alternating tinges of leather and smoky notes of Oud and Guaiac. Traces of Tahitian Vanilla absolute punctuate the deep glimmer of Benzoin balm in the base.

Created to reveal the infinite splendours of the East, Cuir Noir takes the wearer on an oriental adventure, offering an invitation into a world in which rarity and luxury are channelled into haute couture fragrances. It might be a payday splurge or a wish list addition, but for the card-carrying fragrance fan, it'll be worth every penny.

Cuir Noir is available exclusively from Brown Thomas, €208.50.

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