CHANEL Cuir de Russie (Les Exclusifs de Chanel) by Jaques Polge for CHANEL 1983


Post by Val the Cookie Queen


First composed by Master Perfumer Ernest Beaux 1927
and retuned by Jaques Polge in 1983

CHANEL Cuir de Russie by Jaques Polge for CHANEL 1983

(Les Exclusifs de Chanel)

Chanel Cuir de Russie Chanel FragranticaPhoto Stolen Fragrantica

Fragrantica gives these featureed acciords:
Top: Tunisian orange blossom, Calabrian bergamot, Sicilian mandarin
Heart: Jasmine, oriental rose, ylang-ylang, oriental notes
Base: Albanian birch wood, tobacco, musk, leather

Cuir de Russie = Sybaritic Grandueur (Sybaritic – pertaining to or characteristic of a sybarite; characterized by or loving luxury or sensuous pleasure)

I have waited so long for this moment. I have had tiny samples, a lovely small dab bottle and finally a large decant. Being able to spray without a care really does make such a difference.

Chanel Cuir de Russie Church Spires PixabayPhoto Stolen Pixabay

You know instantly it´s a Chanel classic, even not being familiar with the scent itself. It is so beautiful that I am sat here at a loss for words. Cuir de Russie has been written about so many times there is not really much I can add. Perhaps though there is someone out there reading about it for the first time. This then is for you.

Cuir de Russie, or Russian leather was quite the modern theme around the end of the 19th century. Women were smoking cigarettes and perfume houses were coming up with fragrances for them. Women who smoked were scandalous and Cuir de Russie was provocative and shocking, which was its purpose.

Chanel Cuir de Russie Orlov Trotter WikipediaPhoto Stolen Wikipedia

From the CHANEL Website: “The tumultuous events in Russian history offered Mademoiselle Chanel the opportunity to meet the Grand Duke Dimitri, who introduced her to an ingenious perfumer: Ernest Beaux, born and trained in Moscow. In 1927, she worked with him to create Cuir de Russie. Through long musky, smoky notes, it evokes a wild yet elegant world, with its scent of leather boots tanned by birch bark and the essence of Virginia tobacco.” 

It is smoky and leathery, but it is softened by the sweet and lush floral notes. It is incredibly feminine, sensual and warm. It enticingly wraps itself around you like a smokescreen. It is elegantly animalic. It makes me feel fabulous.

Val CQ & Christian SperrerPhoto donated Val CQ

And when you work out after a long day, Cuir de Russie is reignited in the sweat. And it´s ravishing. It is your duty, if you haven´t already, to at least try this.

Further reading: Perfume Shrine and Olfactoria’s Travels
Surrender To Chance has samples starting at $4/ml
You can try and purchase Cuir de Russie at most CHANEL boutiques and some CHANEL specialty stores

Cuir de Russie is who I was and who I am now.


29 thoughts on “CHANEL Cuir de Russie (Les Exclusifs de Chanel) by Jaques Polge for CHANEL 1983

  1. Warm and sensual is dead right and “elegantly animalic” is such a great way of describing it.

    Now tell me about your amazing photo!


  2. Yes, photo history please!
    Love C de R and have dutifully tried, and then gleefully bought, a full bottle. It makes me feel all grown up and not smelling like everyone else.


    • Yes! That´s it. It does make you feel grown up doesn´t it. Photo taken in 1986 when I was living in Amsterdam. Clothes (!) were designed by a friend and she roped me and three guys in to model them for her. I was 26. Sigh. 🙂


  3. Cuir de Russie is who I was and who I am now.

    Wow! Fantastic experience.
    Love it & love you!

    ps. was able to order a decant of RLB 44 03. Can’t wait to try. xoxo


    • Hi Jackie! I am sat here smiling. 🙂 Enjoy the RLB. I have been busy wearing the14°S 48°E , Vero Kern´s one. Lovely. Keep Santa Fe smelling fab! xxxx


  4. i don’t know the fragrance, although i have read plenty about it…

    …the picture, it’s being in amsterdam, the 80’s… THAT swept me away! thank you for sharing 🙂


  5. it is your *duty* hahaha!


    I swooned at that photo, iconic androgo-glam 80s. and it’s you CQ! that is the cherry on the ganache on the cupcake!


  6. I haven’t tried this one yet. I’m gradually getting to all the Chanel’s. That’s a fabulous picture! You look amazing! I love big hair. I totally miss the 80’s.


  7. I find leather a difficult note, but you’ve painted such a lovely picture that I think I have no choice but to do my duty.


    • Hey Laurel – me too. I want to love every leather but have mostly, epically failed to do so. This is early the exception. I cannot live without it now. Hope you c one across it sometime! Nice to see you. xxx


  8. Hi Val,
    Cuir de Russie is OK (plus) but you ARE fabulous! Do you have more of these photos? Can we see?
    Btw – it seems I’ve lost APJ. Am not getting the e-mails but am still following.
    Azar xx


    • Hi Azar! Oh – that has happened to me several times. Just go back to the APJ page and fill in the follow by email bit on the side again. I do have a couple more photos. Hahahaha. We shall see ………. or not. 😉 xxx


  9. Cuir de Russie is my favorite perfume from the line and I have a bottle to prove that (so, Val, let me know if you run out of it – I’ll provide you with the next decant).

    Great picture! 🙂


    • It ‘s my favourite too. I just tried the Extrait in Vienna. Sigh. I will let you know when I need a top up! Yeah. :). Hugs. xxx


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