The Scented Hound

Perfume blog with abbreviated perfume reviews & fragrance reviews.

Les Nombres d’Or Cuir by Mona di Orio


Les Nombres d’Or Cuir was my first foray into the perfumes created by Mona di Orio who tragically passed away at the end of this last year.  And what an interesting introduction into this line of fragrances.  Les Nombres d’Or Cuir has an incredibly strong opening.  And it’s an opening of smoke, cigarettes and burnt paper.  This is considered a leather scent, but the leather is so hidden and disguised behind this screen of smoke. After about an hour the scent evened out to a sharp, almost green scent but with the smoke ever-present.  This is an intriguing scent, but I am not sure when and where I would want to wear it.  In the end though, if the other Mona di Orio creations are this daring, I am looking forward to sampling some more.

From the Mona di Orio website:

Opening with a whiff of Gauloise-like smoke it quickly becomes toasted spices and sweet absinthe before the appearance of the leather. Neatly straddling the line between biker and Birkin bag, the leather is almost carnal in its depth. In these days of anodyne scents and trans-fat free lives this is a welcome walk on the wild side that would be wonderful on a man. On a woman? Only one way to put it: Cuir is ruthlessly chic.

Cuir Notes:
Cardamom, Absinth, Leather, Cade, Resinoid Opoponax, Castoreum

  • Bone Rating:   3 out of 5 possible bones
  • Scent:  Leather
  • Classification:  Unisex, but leans masculine
  • Expense:   $170 for 100ml

Author: The Scented Hound

Just a normal guy with the nose of a beagle!

2 thoughts on “Les Nombres d’Or Cuir by Mona di Orio

  1. I’m a fan of leather scents but opening of this one struck me unpleasantly with the opening, but as it settles it more comfortable but not easy to wear. I think I would wear it to a biker meeting or some event in dark velvet or leather clothes. Something gothic.


  2. I’m not a big fan of leather scents, but am keeping an open mind about them. I have heard nothing but rave reviews and Cuir Ottoman by Parfum d’Empire and have a sample coming. We’ll see if that can change my mind a bit. As for this scent, it is definately a fragrance that you wear when you’re out at the clubs feeling a bit dangerous. And since you can’t smoke in clubs anymore (at least in the US), you can still get that smoky bar sensation from the perfume!


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