Noted as James Bond’s favorite fragrance in “Diamonds Are Forever”, Eucris has quite a pedigree. Created by the distinguished barber and perfumer Geo F Trumper, established in London in 1875, Eucris is one of the house’s classics, a warm, mossy aroma composed of blackcurrant, cumin and coriander, a heart of jasmine and muguet and base notes of sandalwood, musk and moss.
I’ve only tried this one very recently and am amazed by two facts: 1) that I could actually enjoy “this type” of fragrance, and 2) that I haven’t tried this before. What do I mean by “this type”…well, there is something very simple about the composition, but also very vintage. I tend to be drawn towards heavy, sweet and spicy, and this is none of these things. But I’ve been very pleased with how this scent wears on my skin and here’s why…
Eucris opens with a slightly tart currant note paired with lemony coriander. I don’t detect the cumin at all, thank goodness, but I find the inclusion of these two notes, often used together in curry dishes, to be quite remarkable. The top notes immediately give way to the floral notes, never really dominant, but rather a soft, white bed for the top and base notes to rest upon. Finally, the base lends an earthy, almost vetiver-like hint of moss, musk and woods, and I suspect the sandalwood used is Mysore due to the bitterness. When put together, the composition is surprising. The overall effect is understated, slightly dark, slightly tangy, and totally incomparable.
The packaging for Eucris is as striking as the aroma. Housed in a vintage-style black glass bottle with a black and white label from the turn of the century and a small pewter crown as stopper, this one is gonna look great on a vanity or dresser. The vintage appeal and mossy woody undertones would make this one ideal for pleasing either our inner Goths or inner Gary Coopers.
Wearable by a woman, though perhaps better suited for a man due to the composition’s classical tailoring, this is one that must be tried. Heck, if the composition doesn’t grab you, the bottle surely will!
Geo F Trumper Eucris is an Eau de Toilette and is sold in a 100 ml bottle. For buying information, see the listing for Geo F Trumper under Perfume Houses.