Cuir Beluga by Olivier Polge for Guerlain 2005

Hello Gorgeouises,

This is a fragrance I stayed away from for a long time because of its name. I thought Cuir Beluga was representing a leather and fish roe fragrance, which while interesting was not something I wanted to smell like. In my head it smelled like under the boardwalk.

Cuir Beluga by Guerlain 2005

CuirBeluga FragranticaPhoto Stolen Fragrantica

Fragrantica gives these featured accords in one line:
Mandarin, immortelle flower, leather, amber, heliotrope and vanilla.

I read on PerfumeShrine that Cuir Beluga means Whale Leather in Russian, but no whales have been hurt in the production of this modern Guerlain. Cuir Beluga is extremely pretty and not overpowering, though the first half hour you are definitely fragrant in clouds of sweet citric vanilla and a lovely soft leather. After that first rush though Cuir Beluga settles into a slow and stately fragrance that never pushes the boundaries or becomes too gourmand. A cool vanilla, a supple much loved leather and a hint of the herbaceous that is going to fade through the dry down almost the same as it is a the one hour point.

I have no comparison to Whale Leather but I can’t imagine it smells like Cuir Beluga at all.

 Gerardo Colman Lerner: Backgrounds & Textures &emdash; Whale leatherPhoto Stolen ZenFolio

Cuir Beluga is so wearable and pretty that you can spritz and forget it, smelling divine for about 5 – 6 hours. A perfect choice for non perfumistas who want to smell good without smelling clever. Does that make sense? All done in the lavish and luxe Guerlain way.

Further reading Olfactoria’sTravels & PerfumeShrine.
Cuir Beluga is available through Guerlain stores and at some department store Guerlain counters
ThePoshPeasant starts at $7/ml

Have you tried Cuir Beluga? Were you surprised by its soft and fluffy scent?
Till tomorrow wishing you only good
Portia xx

14 comments on “Cuir Beluga by Olivier Polge for Guerlain 2005

  1. Kafkaesque says:

    I’ve had a sample of this for months and, yet, have never given it a sniff. For me, it’s not because of the name but because some of my leather experiences have been a bit …. rough and leather isn’t the easiest category for me. I’m still looking for the perfect one, so maybe it will be Cuir Beluga. Your review makes me think I should just open the damn vial and try it already. LOL. Btw, that photo is very cool!

  2. Dear Addicts

    A fragrance that has and continues to intrigue me – your review has only compounded the matter.

    On one level I live in fear of a Womanity meets Azuree Clash Of The Titans or the other I am cautious for the sake of avoiding disappointment.

    You have determined me to at least go ahead and try.

    For that I very much thank you.

    Yours ever

    The Perfumed Dandy

  3. Undina says:

    It’s funny: until today I also thought that this name had something to do with caviar (beluga -> sturgeon -> caviar) but in relation to it being rare and expensive. Beluga whale makes more sense 🙂

    I liked this perfume when I tried it but it wasn’t love to warrant an expensive bottle purchase. I might get a decant at some point… Or not. But a very nice perfume.

  4. ladyjicky says:

    I do have a bottle Portia !
    Such a pretty scent for a Ugly name!!! LOL
    I saw you over on Perfume Posse talking about Guerlain’s Les Deserts d’ Orient! Oooo, so want to try !!
    Do you think they just might land here in Oz Portia???
    I loved you review and you make me smile and that is a good thing!!!
    Thankyou darlin 🙂

  5. laniersmith says:

    I have smelled it in passing at he Guerlain counter and thought it as you say very lovely.

  6. I quite like Cuir Beluga, but then again, I would love to own the entire Art et Matière line 🙂

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