Cuir Amethyste is the perfect name for this fragrance! It most certainly is all about leather and violets! And this juice wears beautifully.
While most Prives in the black bottles tend to feel very heavy and oily, CA feels much lighter even though the leather note is fairly strong. After drydown I start to get quite a bit of benzoin and vanilla that really sweetens up the birch, while the violet wafts in and out. The whole composition really rounds out in the heart and smells creamy and smooth.
This frag is very unisex and refined. It’s also a very sophisticated scent yet maintains a bit of a rugged edge. A bit of a paradox, I know. It lasts a very long time too. The Prive line does have a reputation for excellent longetivity though.
The projection is decent. Not quite as much as, say Rose d’Arabie, but I think this frag is much more modest in comparison. CA leaves a sillage that is both soft and strong at the same time, which I feel is the entire essence of this fragrance.
Top notes: Bergamot, Coriander, Rose
Heart notes: Patchouli, Violet, Birch
Base notes: Vanilla, Benzoin, Labdanum