LA CURIE is an award winning niche unisex fragrance line made by Lesli Wood in Tucson Arizona. Established in 2013 for those searching for an uncommon scent. Lesli has released one fragrance per year and recently introduced scented artifacts ‘Candles’ and limited edition oils. Over the years, La Curie has gained a cult following by word of mouth. She is self taught and the winner of the Art & Olfaction Artisan perfume award in 2016 for the scent Incendo.
Her scents work on an emotional level with fragrances rooted in history, with an edge of spirituality. Wearing her fragrances can be an act of adornment and protection. The names of each scent are a complex cast of meaningful items: be it mythologies, emotions, or make believe places in her imagination. Each of her fragrances translates differently on the skin working with a combination of pheromones, chemistry, and scents that emanate from each person who wears her fragrances. No two people’s experiences are the same because each person creates their own magical sensory experience with her fragrances.
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Reviews from the upcoming Perfumes The Guide 2018 by Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez
Incendo (La Curie) ★★★★ leather smoke
"I’ve had good things to say in the past about smoky fragrances like Lampblack, Skive, Vi et Armis, and others. Incendo (which to my Italian ears sounds like incendio, house fire) is very much in this manner and elegantly brings together all the elements, from vetiver to cypriol via incense, to produce a quiet, stylish, and crisp fragrance. La Curie is based in Tucson, Arizona, and is a fine instance of the creative independent perfumery currently thriving in the US. The tongue-in-cheek website lists materials for Incendo: fir needles, embers, incense, and sun-kissed dark skies. What I particularly love about Incendo is that the top note achieves an inner-tube rubbery quality that brings to mind, in a less playful context, the great and now discontinued Bulgari Black. Very nice work. lt
Faunus (La Curie) ★★★ green woody A typical and typically pleasant woody-fresh fragrance from this small Tucson, Arizona, brand, which seems as inordinately fond as I am of woody and phenolic notes. The materials list includes “galloping stag” and “Corinthian leather,” which shows that perfumer Lesli Wood has a sense of humor as well as natural talent.
Larrea (La Curie) ★★★ smoky musk Small Tucson perfumery La Curie has released a series of perfumes that are right up my street, full of smoky notes that were for so long absent from perfumery and have of late come to signify “niche” by their very presence. Larrea, named after the creosote bush, is a big smoky musk, perhaps a bit rudimentary, but entirely pleasant. lt