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Carner Barcelona Cuirs and Nasomatto Black Afgano: Are they similar enough?

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I’ve been hearing of these comparisons between Cuirs and Black Afgano for years. With Black Afgano being a LEGENDARY fragrance in its own right and one that I quite love, I figured it was time to give Carner Barcelona’s Cuirs a shot. Once I received Cuirs I gave it a week of testing, fully wearing, that left me with very little to be discovered. Having already reviewed Black Afgano over the years, it’s refreshing to be able to dissect it again.

What makes them similar?

Well, I want to say all around smell, because you’re immediately reminded by Black Afgano’s existence the second you spray on Cuirs. Upon initial spray, both parties leave you with a thick, balmy aroma. As far as notes, I get a blast of woods from both; burnished sandalwood, oud, smoked-incense, resinous balsams, neither of them having a smooth introduction. I think that’s where the similarities stop, just beyond overall vibe in the opening, Cuirs sticks to that linear script for its life on my skin, while Afgano has another three or four layers it weaves through.

The week I spent with testing and wearing Cuirs everyday was a treat. For one, it’s a dense fragrance, yet it’s smooth as butter. Much, and I mean MUCH smoother than Black Afgano. Cuirs is dark, but wearable whenever and wherever, I find that with a closer look, it’s dark, but it’s not Black Afgano dark. There’s balsams, smoky woods, leather, but there’s no hash/cannabis. Cuirs will not leave you smelling like a head shop or Snoop Dogg’s tour bus. To my dismay, I love the cannabis note in BA, but I don’t miss it until I have both; Black Afgano and Cuirs on at the same time, then I’m like, A-hAAA, there you are! This is why I hate comparisons, Cuirs is a fine, fine fragrance in its own right. Does it carry the same vibe as BA, with the dark, smoky-woods? Indeed. Cuirs strays from the path with a floral touch, a smoother approach, and a leather base. The kicker? Black Afgano was one of my longest lasting fragrances, but Cuirs matches it, step by step, well into the 24 hours mark.

Can Black Afgano be dethroned?

Here’s the thing, I think lovers of Black Afgano would also love Cuirs, but not vice versa. Lovers of Cuirs could love BA, but Black Afgano is already a love/hate fragrance, so suffice to say, there would be more loathers. There’s room for both in my collection and here’s why – Black Afgano is a legendary fragrance (in the Fragrance Community at least) because of its smell, performance, its lore of having or smelling like cannabis, which it does. I love Black Afgano, because I understand it, because I have ADHD when it comes to fragrances and BA’s many facets keep me on my olfactive-toes. Not every fragrance in my collection is legendary, therefore Cuirs doesn’t have to be King of the Jungle, it just has to be good, that it is.


If you like numbers:

Concentration: Cuirs EDP / Black Afgano Extrait

Longevity: Cuirs 24+ hrs / Black Afgano 24+ hrs

Size: Cuirs 50ml/100ml / Black Afgano 30ml ONLY

Price: Cuirs $120-$180 / Black Afgano $185


Hi I am Narada! I discovered my love for all things fragrant after two years of living in France and running out of my sole bottle of cologne that I took with me, YSL L'Homme. Probably the greatest place on earth to run out of your signature scent. I tried to visit every perfumerie from Spain, all the way to Hungary. So, many of my reviews, stories and shorts may reference my travels. Enjoy!

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