Hermes Hermessence Cuir d'Ange is a unisex leather fragrance with notes of heliotrope, hawthorn, violet, narcissus, musk and leather. It was inspired by the Hermes leather vaults Ellena visited 10 years ago. "Cuir d'Ange" means Angel Leather (a literary reference from early-20th-century French author Jean Giono). It is a soft floral leather that won't slap you with how leathery it is, but caresses you. When I got this Ellena leather, I ran to grab Hermes Doblis, to see if Hermes was making a run at giving us a decent substitute for that. It's not the same exactly, but the approach is similar. Doblis is richer, which fits since it is discontinued and they were using different materials then. They both have that same soft leather smell - flowers clutched inside a very, very expensive leather glove or perfume spilled inside of a worn and elegant leather purse. If you've ever veered off of leather because it is too strong, this is the leather you can wear.
Hermes Cuir d'Ange is an eau de toilette, edt, and was created by Jean Claude Ellena. Hermessence Cuir d'Ange is in the Leather fragrance group.
Reviews of Hermessence Cuir d'Ange from noses that may or may not sniff like your nose does
from whatmenshouldsmelllike - "The first impression is a spicy floral note laced with bitter almond paste. An intense dry wood-clove aspect powers this floral bouquet of hawthorn and heliotrope. It is this aspect that reminds me of my childhood visits to the dentist. The perfume’s olfactory texture is cleverly reflected by the choice of leather Hermes used to cover the bottle’s cap."
from kafkaesque - "Cuir d’Ange opens on my skin with a light sprinkling of aldehydes infused with floral sweetness that feels like wild, pressed flowers. It’s the hawthorn which Fragrantica describes as “sweetish, hazy note also called ‘aubepine’ recreated through the use of an aldehyde.” The aroma is followed immediately by a flood of airy leather that smells simultaneously refined, clean, new, and redolent of birch tar."
Reviews and other fragrance information can be found at Fragrantica