LA CURIE is an award-winning niche fragrance house established in 2013 and dedicated to breaking the rules of traditional perfume. Drawing inspiration from culture, myth, and place, the unisex scents are a mix of nostalgia and modernism with a touch of rebellion. Handmade in small batches in the Sonoran desert by Lesli Wood.
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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