Leather

Group: Animal Sources

Leather
Leather
Leather
Odor profile: Synthetic or naturally derived note of pungent characteristics reminiscent of cured hides and leather goods. Usually rendered by birch tar or by synth isoquinolines.

The distinct smell of leather is soft on the nostrils and yet so exciting. The rich leather scent evokes memories of the best moments in life, it comforts by its proximity to the body and excites at the same time, being so primitive, so natural, and again so sensual.



The scent of leather lies in the midline between masculine and feminine tones. Historically, leather is one of the earliest notes in perfumery, rooted in the tradition of Gantiers Parfumeurs, a guild of Parisian glove makers who made leather gloves for the aristocracy. According to the fashion of the 16th century, the gloves were perfumed with oils, musk, ambergris and civet, to mask the nauseating breath of animal skin. Due to the tanning process, the raw skin doesn’t smell so good, and this re-odorized scent is actually what today describes our notion of the smell of leather.


The first officially documented leather scent was worn by King George III - The Royal English Leather. This fragrance, still available today, was the first fragrance created by Creed, a royal glove maker. The king was so fond of the smell of scented gloves that he asked Creed to make it a body fragrance.
 

The roots of leather perfumery reach all the way back in the past to the tradition of leather scenting, when the flowery fragrances were used to mask the organic odor. Historically, the leather fragrances emerged from two major schools, dividing into the Russian leather types and the Spanish leather types.
 

Russian leather scents are inspired by the smell of the military garments and their strong impression of virtue, authority, and success. The Russian leather scent has a very sharp and characteristic aroma, owing to the birch tar, which was used to make the leather goods waterproof and elastic. This note became very popular as women’s scent, at the time of women’s emancipation. In the history of perfumery, the early 20’s are marked by a large number of fragrances, launched by different homes, called Cuir de Russie.

But it was the Spanish leather scent that emerged from the 16th century practice of scenting chamois with the essence of herbs, flowers and fruits, in harmony with civet and musk. Peau d’Espagne (Spanish skin), a fruit of traditional practice of leather scenting, remains a prominent notion even in the modern perfumery. The leather note used in perfumery is therefore, an artificial scent, created as a crossbreed of flowers and skin. The genuine leather, a material treated by perfume, is an organic compound made of animal skins that normally has an unpleasant smell.


Today, the reproduction of the leather odor is achieved by using naturally derived scents as well as those synthesized in a lab. Natural sources include birch, juniper and cade oil, styrax, cassie, castoreum, myrtle, and cistus labdanum. To achieve this strong animalistic note, perfumers also use notes created in the laboratory: quinolines, safraleine, aldehydes, and synthesized suede nuances. For warmer and smoother tones, such as the soft deer leather smell, the birch scent is dissolved in vanilla or floral notes.


Today the nuances of leather (powdery, light, dusty, sharp, woody, floral, etc.) are hard to classify into the distinct categories. Russian and Spanish leather are just echoes from the past. Even when the perfumes are named after these smells, the inspiration is driven from the old days. In our day, there is no obsession for leather neither in Russia nor in Spain.
 

When Arabian ingredients came into fashion, we became acquainted with the variant of Arabian leather, which is typically associated with strong and sharp spicy nuances. Perfect examples are Serge Lutens, Parfum d`Empire and Montale.

Leather fragrances of different brands, especially those in the leather industry, are very much appreciated and often used to promote the brand and its products. One of the most prominent examples is the house of Hermes and their leather fragrances.

This house was first established as a harness workshop that created the finest leather accessories specially designed for riders. It was not until later that the company shifted to production of handbags and other pieces of ladies’ and men’s gallantry. Their leather fragrances smell just like their fine line of products. Trussardi fragrances share the same savor.

Guerlain also came out with an interesting variant of a leather scent – Guir Beluga – light and powdery leather fragrance, whose animalistic notes melt into the finest flowers. Variations of leather fragrances are endless, but their essence is always recognizable. It contains something that attracts people, not only as a scent but also as a notion which, at different times and in different cultures meant both diverse and the same things – freedom, prestige, power and sensuality.

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Author: Marina Milojević (Mary)
Fragrantica Writer, Translator & Editor

 

 

 

 

 

 

Perfumes and Colognes With Leather

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Fahrenheit Christian Dior
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Russian Leather Demeter Fragrance
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S. Excès Homme Eudora
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Dee Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab
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Professor Portland General Store
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Elsha Elsha
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Centaure Cuir Etalon Pierre Cardin
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Riding Crop Demeter Fragrance
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No. 70 Habanera Frau Tonis Parfum
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Jackeroo Bud Parfums
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Leather N10Z Intense
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Wander Lust Pirouette
1.5001345985598
Pure Leather The Merchant of Venice
1.5001345985598
Armonia Cerchi Nell’Acqua
1.5000672992799
Leather Romane
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The Haunted Paragon Perfumes
1.5000672992799
Monsieur Couturier Jean Couturier
1.5
Malaysian Suyufi Agarwood Oil Majid Muzaffar Iterji
1.5
Electric Leather Aziza World Fragrances
1.5
Whoa De Cologne Bud Parfums
1.5
Number One La Curie
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Axe Instinct Axe
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Violet Tendencies Smell Bent
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Eau de Cuir de Russie Le Jardin Retrouve
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Lasso Jean Patou
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Comme des Garcons Series 6 Synthetic: Garage Comme des Garcons
1.4555972096373
Black Bvlgari
1.4456992254526
Dior Homme Parfum Christian Dior
1.443506001346
1 Million Absolutely Gold Paco Rabanne
1.4415978721314
Tuscan Leather Tom Ford
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Shalimar Guerlain
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Pierre Cardin Collection Cuir Intense Pierre Cardin
1.4291093942392
Kolnisch Juchten Regence
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African Leather Memo
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Club 6 VIP Eudora
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Tartar Leather La Via del Profumo
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Armani Code Giorgio Armani
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In The Library CB I Hate Perfume
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Brown Leather Refan
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Cuir Blanc Givenchy
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Oud 777 Stéphane Humbert Lucas 777
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Tea House Neil Morris
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Clubman Special Reserve Pinaud Clubman
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Mon Habit Rouge Taillé sur Mesure Guerlain
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IV AJ ARABIA
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No. 1 Six Scents
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Black Leather by Honorine Blanc Mercedes-Benz
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Fragonard F! Fragonard
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Joop! Homme Extreme Joop!
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Montmartre Morph
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Homme Xerjoff
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Fleur de Peau Keiko Mecheri
1.3768843798371
Mon Numero 4 L`Artisan Parfumeur
1.3758748906387
Vintage Leather West Third Brand
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Gomma Etro
1.375
Abolition Parfums et Senteurs du Pays Basque
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Lalique for Bentley Crystal Edition Bentley
1.3745129571304
1 Million Paco Rabanne
1.3704040349956
London for Men Burberry
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Colonia Leather Eau de Cologne Concentrée Acqua di Parma
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Heir Susan D. Owens
1.3656549783969
Air de Cabochard Gres
1.3641070949593
Oudh Al Junaid Junaid Jamshed
1.3626635553537
Private Affairs Baldessarini
1.3554381323104
Royal English Leather Creed
1.3554004833434
Eau Sauvage Fraicheur Cuir Christian Dior
1.351345985598
O Blood Concept
1.3476345841577
Ferme tes Yeux Jar Parfums
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Cuir d`Ange Hermes
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Joop! Homme Sexy In Pink Joop!
1.3434792416717
Sienna Crabtree & Evelyn
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Kelly Caleche Hermes
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Aoud Cuir d’Arabie Montale
1.335690111986
Midnight in Paris Van Cleef & Arpels
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Aoud Leather Montale
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Mon Cuir Ramon Monegal
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Bass Ephemera by Unsound
1.3340732920789
Azul Animale
1.334005992799
Divine Attraction Initio Parfums Prives
1.3338713942392
Lemon Cowboy Smell Bent
1.3338040949593
Sex Tape The Bohemian Society
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Eau de Tobago Parfums et Senteurs du Pays Basque
1.3336021971196
Cuir Caraibes David Jourquin
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Seaward Herbalife
1.3334002992799
Evolution Musk DSH Perfumes
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Charlotte Sweet Anthem Perfumes
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The Ripper Lindo Ganarin
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Cuir Les Sens de Marrakech
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Actus Reus Daniel Vaudd
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The Original Gap
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Black Rosette Strange Invisible Perfumes
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Chastity begins @ Home Smell Bent
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English Leather English Leather
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Spanish Leather Truefitt & Hill
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Warm Perique Tabac Voluspa
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Duro Nasomatto
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Love Rose Reminiscence
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Irish Leather Memo
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Kelly Caleche Eau de Parfum Hermes
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Boxeuses Serge Lutens
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Les Exclusifs de Chanel 28 La Pausa Chanel
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Vertigo Cuir Perfumes by Terri
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Cuir Insolite Welton London
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Rasikh Syed Junaid Alam
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MV3 M∙A∙C
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Only The Brave Captain America Diesel
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Bottega Veneta Bottega Veneta
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Noble Leather Yves Saint Laurent
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Just Cavalli Him Roberto Cavalli
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Beartrapper D.S. & Durga
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True Grit Milton Lloyd
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Velvet Exotic Leather Dolce&Gabbana
1.3
Cobice Abinoam
1.3
Larrea La Curie
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Russisch Leder Farina
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Aurum Intenso Natura
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Aleksandr Arquiste
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Spanish Leather Cologne Geo. F. Trumper
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Cuir Cannage Christian Dior
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Qubism Emper
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Spicebomb Viktor&Rolf
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Incense Suede Salvatore Ferragamo
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Dzing! L`Artisan Parfumeur
1.2870220589542
Fan di Fendi Leather Essence Fendi
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Cuir Ottoman Parfum d`Empire
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Resist Me Liaison de Parfum
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Men's Style Juvena
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MS Oud Marco Serussi
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Only The Brave by Bunka Diesel
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III AJ ARABIA
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Elaborate Boadicea the Victorious
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Moxie Man Perfume and Skin
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Ferrari Uomo Ferrari
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Royal Vintage M. Micallef
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Eau Folle Guy Laroche
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The Cobra and The Canary Imaginary Authors
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Davidoff Leather Blend Davidoff
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Leather Franck Boclet
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Leather Monotheme Fine Fragrances Venezia
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Infanta en Flor Arquiste
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Foxhunt D.S. & Durga
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Essence Labdanum Donna Karan
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Centaure Cuir Blanc Pierre Cardin
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Vince Camuto for Men Vince Camuto
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Blacks Club Leather Shay & Blue London
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Beyond David & Victoria Beckham
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Jazz Club Maison Martin Margiela
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Be The Legend Oriflame
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Land Of Warriors The Vagabond Prince
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XXII Black Afghan Mad et Len

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