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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Professor Portland General Store
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Centaure Cuir Etalon Pierre Cardin
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Riding Crop Demeter Fragrance
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Elsha Elsha
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Lemon Cowboy Smell Bent
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Pure Leather The Merchant of Venice
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Saddle Demeter Fragrance
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Leather N10Z Intense
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Electric Leather Aziza World Fragrances
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Wander Lust Pirouette
1.5001283038235
True Grit Milton Lloyd
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Jackeroo Bud Parfums
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Leather Romane
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The Haunted Paragon Perfumes
1.5
Alkimia Uomo Guru Scent
1.5
Malaysian Suyufi Agarwood Oil Majid Muzaffar Iterji
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Whoa De Cologne Bud Parfums
1.5
Monsieur Couturier Jean Couturier
1.5
Suede EcoParfum
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Old Leather CB I Hate Perfume
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Axe Instinct Axe
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Eau de Cuir de Russie Le Jardin Retrouve
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Violet Tendencies Smell Bent
1.4626906207339
Comme des Garcons Series 6 Synthetic: Garage Comme des Garcons
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Divine Attraction Initio Parfums Prives
1.4513508496279
Tuscan Leather Tom Ford
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Black Bvlgari
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Shalimar Guerlain
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Chasseur de Béotie Parfums Sophiste
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Kolnisch Juchten Regence
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1 Million Absolutely Gold Paco Rabanne
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Cuir Blanc Givenchy
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Armani Code Giorgio Armani
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Dee Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab
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Tartar Leather La Via del Profumo
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Whip Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab
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No. 1 Six Scents
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Eau de Cologne Our Legacy
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Oud 777 Stéphane Humbert Lucas 777
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Clubman Special Reserve Pinaud Clubman
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Her Excellency White Estevia Parfum
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Colonia Leather Eau de Cologne Concentrée Acqua di Parma
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Cuir d`Ange Hermes
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London for Men Burberry
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1 Million Paco Rabanne
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Joop! Homme Sexy In Pink Joop!
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Heir Susan D. Owens
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Tea House Neil Morris
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Montmartre Morph
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Dior Homme Parfum Christian Dior
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Aoud 2 M. Micallef
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Pierre Cardin Collection Cuir Intense Pierre Cardin
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Sienna Crabtree & Evelyn
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Eau Sauvage Fraicheur Cuir Christian Dior
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Spanish Leather Truefitt & Hill
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No. 70 Habanera Frau Tonis Parfum
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Ferme tes Yeux Jar Parfums
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Joop! Homme Extreme Joop!
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Kelly Caleche Hermes
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XXII Black Afghan Mad et Len
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Royal English Leather Creed
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Private Affairs Baldessarini
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Midnight in Paris Van Cleef & Arpels
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Gomma Etro
1.3343594305876
Sex Tape The Bohemian Society
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Black Rosette Strange Invisible Perfumes
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Moto Oud Blackbird
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Diavolo Privato Antonio Banderas
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Evolution Musk DSH Perfumes
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Club 6 VIP Eudora
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Une Vie en Or pour Homme Frederic M
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The Ripper Lindo Ganarin
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Charlotte Sweet Anthem Perfumes
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Lalique for Bentley Crystal Edition Bentley
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In The Library CB I Hate Perfume
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Aoud Cuir d’Arabie Montale
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Kelly Caleche Eau de Parfum Hermes
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Aleksandr Arquiste
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Bottega Veneta Bottega Veneta
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Homme Xerjoff
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Duro Nasomatto
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Mon Numero 4 L`Artisan Parfumeur
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O Blood Concept
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Noble Leather Yves Saint Laurent
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Sara Pezzini Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab
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Sardonics 2 Novaya Zarya
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Oudh Al Junaid Junaid Jamshed
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Rock Le Soft Perfume
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Og Mirko Buffini Firenze
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Vertigo Cuir Kyse Perfumes
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Mon Cuir Ramon Monegal
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The Cobra and The Canary Imaginary Authors
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The Original Gap
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NO ± Suede UER MI
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Just Cavalli Him Roberto Cavalli
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Fleur de Peau Keiko Mecheri
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Spanish Leather Cologne Geo. F. Trumper
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Essence Labdanum Donna Karan
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Warm Perique Tabac Voluspa
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Aoud Leather Montale
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Boxeuses Serge Lutens
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Irish Leather Memo
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Only The Brave Captain America Diesel
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Cuir 28 Le Labo
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MV3 M∙A∙C
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Terryfic Oud Extrême Terry de Gunzburg
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Beartrapper D.S. & Durga
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Larrea La Curie
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Gymkana Jean Dessès
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Cobice Abinoam
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Spicebomb Viktor&Rolf
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Air de Cabochard Gres
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English Leather English Leather
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Fragonard F! Fragonard
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Leather Monotheme Fine Fragrances Venezia
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Vince Camuto for Men Vince Camuto
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Private Collection Cuir d'Iris Parfumerie Generale
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Mauboussin Topaze Mauboussin
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Brown Leather Refan
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Vive l'Empereur! Parfums et Senteurs du Pays Basque
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Cuir Les Sens de Marrakech
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Cuir Rouge Parfums et Senteurs du Pays Basque
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Only The Brave by Bunka Diesel
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Cuir Ottoman Parfum d`Empire
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Elaborate Boadicea the Victorious
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Be The Legend Oriflame
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Fan di Fendi Leather Essence Fendi
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Rasikh Syed Junaid Alam
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Dior Homme Christian Dior
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Dzing! L`Artisan Parfumeur
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Davidoff Leather Blend Davidoff
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Resist Me Liaison de Parfum
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Dior Passage No.8 Christian Dior
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Ghair Anfasic Dokhoon
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MS Oud Marco Serussi
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Armani Code Golden Edition Giorgio Armani
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1000 Miglia Extreme Chopard
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Foxhunt D.S. & Durga
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Agarwood Collection Intricate Boadicea the Victorious
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Fan di Fendi Extreme Fendi
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Smoke Show Vilhelm Parfumerie
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Les Exclusifs de Chanel 28 La Pausa Chanel
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Jack Black Signature Black Mark Jack Black
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Cuir Mona di Orio
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Cuir Sensuel Daniel Hechter
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Men's Style Juvena
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