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Parfum de Peau Montana for women

Parfum de Peau Montana for women
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balsamic
fresh spicy
smoky
leather
animalic
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Parfum de Peau by Montana is a Leather fragrance for women. Parfum de Peau was launched in 1986. The nose behind this fragrance is Jean Guichard. Top notes are blackberry, ginger, orange blossom, pepper, marigold and black currant; middle notes are patchouli, jasmine, rose and narcissus; base notes are leather, amber, musk and incense.

Perfume rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 355 votes.

Perfume Pyramid

Top Notes
Blackberry Ginger Orange Blossom Pepper Marigold Black Currant

Middle Notes
Patchouli Jasmine Rose Narcissus

Base Notes
Leather Amber Musk Incense

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Parfum de Peau Fragrance Reviews

fragrantlove
fragrantlove

I had this back in 2003 and bought a new one recently.

Although it's not the 2003 one anymore, it's definitely a beautiful perfume. Strong and long-lasting. On my skin it starts off as a soap, then turns into a tuberose, then into a gorgeous orange blossom-leather smell which resembles the smell I remember from 2003, and after about 5 hours it softens to a darker leather-incense smell that lasts until you wash it off. It's like a leather smell that's becoming darker and sexier and one with the skin as time goes by, which I appreciate as my problem with most fragrances on me is that they tend to stink if I wear them for a long time, especially fruity ones. Very well made, very sexy, very expensive-smelling. Pre-reformulation it was slightly more feminine and more of a comfort smell for me, and now it's definitely more on the sultry side, which is not necessarily a bad thing.

May
26
2016
carpp79
carpp79

I had a miniature about 16 or 18 years ago. I loved it! I love chypre perfumes - paloma picasso, knowing, aromatics elixir, parfum de peau, though I don't wear them so often as in the past.... Max. two sprays in a very cold weather and you get gorgeous and sophisticated.

May
22
2016
Olotitan
Olotitan

Montana de Peau is Ultimately a Masterpiece of the 80s and yet nothing I've smelled to this day can beat this Beaut! And/or even come close..what can I say if you want to feel Sensous Sexy or want to attract any sex..this animalic leather avant-garde chypre will do its job..mind you this fragrance is not for the shy or timid..so if you want to feel like a Bitch in good way like Joan Collins was in Dynasty or someone in power Montana de Peau is what you'll need! And for the ladies and men' out there I dare and invite you to the ultimate Masterpiece of Montana de Peau..you won't regret!
Next to Diva, Coco Chanel, Fendi and even Magie Noire these are also unforgettable fragrances that will stand alone in time..its a shame for reformulations and even discontinuing this Beauty! My personal experiences with Montana have always been Fabulous and very personal I Love my Montana juice! Liquid Gold All Day..

May
13
2016
topolcats
topolcats

If a woman wants to turn a sophisticated guy on?
Then use this marvelous & sexy scent !

Apr
07
2016
Gigi The Fashionista
Gigi The Fashionista

A fragrant decadent Oriental perfume for anyone who loves their incense and musk. Spicy, seductive but sweet. It smells like the little perfume bottle in a harem girl's table. She seduces her sultan with ginger, grapes and fruity scents that give her a youthful playful charm. But she's actually all grown up. The rose and jasmine and narcissus are each detectable and they are elegantly arranged in a small bouquet. Of the notes in the end I smelled mostly incense, a warm and very long lasting incense. This is pretty aromatic so if you like aromatic scents layered with patchouli, musk and leather, or fragrances that really turn out to be more unisex than the "for women" category, this is for you. I think it's lovely. On me it's much sweeter. This is not a stronger full bodied oud or even a strong enough Oriental for me but lovely and something to wear casually at night. Very nice.

Apr
01
2016
Sinotah
Sinotah

This takes me right back to my childhood. I grew up in a spiritual family, and on saturday afternoons I regularly would go shopping with my mom. We always visited some spiritual stores, where they sold lots of incense. When you open that door, a gentle mixture of all the scents would come and bring instant relaxation.

In Montana PdP I found that scent once again! I never knew what made that store smell so good (nag champa? sandelwood? or just, 'everything'?). Now I have it and I'm so happy!

Although it's a mini, I love it a lot. The soft, clean suede like leather, warm spices and a touch of some ginger make this such a wonderful scent. A scarfscent in autumn and winter, but perfect with a light hand in warmer types of weather too.

Would definitely buy again!

Mar
28
2016
gatsby
gatsby

Nigels, in the new version the leather and animalic vibe are not so strong. The real leather, incense and animalic notes you can have only in the vintage, they are almost pungent. The vintage version is amazing, I think is the strongest, long lasting and pungent EDT I have ever smelled. Anyway, both versions are very good but for sure, the vintage is different, stronger, lasts forever on skin or clothes. A truly masterpiece, I have few bottles, 2 of them vintage and full and I am looking to stock it for the time when it will be discontinued...The reformulation is one of the best ever made I mean the scent is almost the same - except the animalic and leather, tamed in the new, also the lasting. But it s a very good one, comparing with the Dior disasters for instance (Dolce Vita, Dune etc) Parfum de peau is 95% the same!

Mar
27
2016
nigels_human
nigels_human

At first, this was extremely soapy on me and I had to resist washing it off. Then, it transformed into a pretty floral scent reminiscent of the fleurs de rocaille opening. There's maybe a hint of incense, but no leather yet. As other reviewers have mentioned, it seems this fragrance takes its time, so I'm still anticipating that leather note.

Mar
03
2016
In Vogue
In Vogue

FruitDiet is right, I've read that this was a cult scent in the Middle East, meaning hugely popular.

Feb
13
2016
FruitDiet
FruitDiet

Certainly in my top ten of all time, if not top five, Montana is a landmark in avant-garde 1980s perfumery that still exists in excellent, faithful form after IFRA regulations. This is one of the weird animalic 80s rose chypres that modern American noses would turn from in confusion and horror. There are others like it--Paloma, Animale--but there is something so distinctive in Montana's blinding neon green glow that reminds me of nothing else. Montana and Mugler were the kings of ruthless, fascist-inspired, unwearable 80s leather couture, yet Mugler did not put out a scent until 1992. In Montana one sees what a Mugler scent produced during his heyday might have been like. In fact, Alien's streamlined neon jasmine accord reminds me somewhat of Montana.
As for what it actually smells like, it is a giant electric rose surrounded by pepper, sour greens, sour fruit, and a salty,garbagey, urinous castoreum leather accord. From what I understand, Montana's popularity in the Middle East contributed to the development of the now-popular damasceone rose-oud accord; in a way, this predicted the Montales of the present day 20 years ahead of time. It smells exotic and Arabian, neither male nor female. Others will probably not encourage you to wear it, but that's beside the point. This is not a perfume that wants to be pretty.
A bottle of it can be seen on Catherine Tramell's boudoir in Basic Instinct. That says it all, as far as what type of woman would wear this.
Ignore reformulation talk of this one. I have had many bottles from all eras and think it is remarkably consistent. A fragrance this dirty needs its fresh green top notes and some of my older ones did not smell quite right. The bottle remains gorgeous and unchanged. A perfume this good warrants paying full retail price if necessary. For lovers of Yatagan, Magie Noire, Amouage, and the 80s in general.

Jan
26
2016
banuozt
banuozt

I'm in love with this parfume. It's magical. It has a mysterious, sexy and unique appeal to it. I would always go for this amazing, best parfume.

Dec
23
2015
Frayja
Frayja

To Migalex: Thank you very much for your answer!!!
I had it twice in the past and I m always in love with it! Is a magnificent one!Thanks again,I ll go for it again with a big pleasure!

Oct
24
2015
Migalex
Migalex

To Frayja: this fragrance has been reformulated but at least two years ago it wast still basically the same fragrance. I did not compare them side by side but the only difference I notice is that it is probably a bit, but just a bit tamer. To me it is basically the same fragrance and still an absolutely brilliant fragrance. Few older fragrances sold today are as faithful as this one to the original.

Oct
24
2015
Walking Unicorn
Walking Unicorn

Montana is a child of the 80’s. It's a sultry, extravagant and beautiful perfume with smokey marigold, rose, patchouli and leather. There's a lot of perfume to intake, it's a powerhouse fragrance, but the notes blend so nicely that it’s smooth and lush, a bountiful bouquet. This is one of my favorites from this decade.

Oct
19
2015
diego.lesgart
diego.lesgart

One of the glorious from the 80 ... gorgeous and powerfull fragance ... Comes back to my country really expensive in 2012-13

Oct
01
2015
rostov14
rostov14

Sultry, spicy, leathery, musky and yet fresh scent that immediately triggers off the images of an American Wild West with all its prairies, mustangs, rodeos and cowboys with their lassos and saddles always in hand to use...Pervasive odour of untamed emotions and headstrong feelings.
The smell of passion; fizzy, sparkling, nipping, boozy, multifaceted, full bodied and complex in its country lyrics.
Sun, sand and more sun- looks like there has been a storm on the sun that changes electromagnetic field of the earth ...with consequences here upon
de facto...
What is life without a little drama?!!!
De-Lovely and de luxe! Electric like a summer lightning ! It never fails to charge me with energy. Absolutely stunning fragrance ! Just adore it!!!
And this bottle...,the bottle is divine- the staircase to Heaven!

Jun
09
2015
drugstore classics
drugstore classics

Marigold

Rose

Leather

Smoke!


Of COURSE there are other notes here, but these are the ones that hit me between the eyes and take no prisoners. :D

Those of you who love a strong and tangy 80's rose are in for a gigantic treat. Yes, the patchouli is a definite presence - thoroughly balanced by every other perfectly blended note. Not a subtle blend of notes, or even slightly tamed. This wild beast of an animalic beauty is in the same category to my nose as two other unique scents:

Animale Animale

and

Caesar's Woman


Both of which are about as loud and proud as the animalic chypre gets!

Animale has an earthy presence, reminding one of vegetal roses and ancient growing things. Perhaps more dry than Montana, with softer sillage. Caesar's Woman is sweeter than either of these, with Huge orange blossoms, brashness, and sillage. It would be truly wonderful when worn with cigarette smoke and sequins!

Of the three, I feel Woman the hardest for me to wear, announcing an almost soured sweetness on my skin. For others, it's primarily floral presence might be substantially more likable. Animale is the easiest for me, with an earth-like element which somehow quiets and slightly tames the rough character of this rose. One squirt under clothing is my calming, mossy comfort scent. :D

Some people really notice the civet in Animale, but I do not. Instead, I feel the Marigold and Narcissus in MONTANA are far more wild and untamed in their animalic splendor! As yet I have read few if any reviews characterizing Marigold and Narcissus (those orange and golden sirens) as anything other than floral. But when mixed with leather or other chypre notes I often sense such an amazingly strong presence of animales. My nose literally smells unbridled CIVET and Castoreum. Strong stuff indeed...

Today I am wearing but one spray of Montana on wrists, and it has lent an exhilarating element to this rainy weather. I am Alive, Alert, and very, very Scented!!!

Five stars for excellent sillage, longevity, presence, and a most distinctive personality. In other words - WOW.

Only negatives.... getting harder to find and not to be worn around the perfume intolerant! ;)

Apr
25
2015
Frayja
Frayja

A question to any Fragrantica's member who knows:Ιs this reformulated?
I had it back in 1998 and I want to order it again,but is not available in my country, I can't test it again.So,I will have the old treasure or something new?
Thank you in advance.

Apr
14
2015
enigmaticessence
enigmaticessence

Mmmmm! This musty leather and 'tart' rose scent interestingly brings to mind several other perfumes like Animal Animal, but the tone reminded me of a much more sophisticated Downtown Girl. Before I saw them on the Fragrantica page, my amateur nose could pick out every note in DG. Montana is much more well blended and wearable on me. I tried to love Downtown Girl, but what I really wanted was This all along!

Where is the gardenia? I'd swear the greenness in the background could be this lovely flower, but notes like ginger can do amazing tricks to compositions. Out of my extended search for the perfect old fashioned musty leather power house, I have found this is one of those types that is highly personal and doesn't usually turn out to be the majority's cup of tea. Very dark and old patchouli meshes well with me, as does the era of " I am Woman" !

This is quite loud, but unlike some 80's wonders, it can be worn discretely with a small spritz.

Excellent sillage and longevity.

Apr
03
2015
jana.hullinghorst
jana.hullinghorst

Here are some things that come to mind when I wear this scent:
Dusty, dry leather. Earth, wet and mossy. Thick, airy elegance. The marigolds zing and sunshine so bright it hurts your eyes. Clean and refreshing. Ubiquitous. This is a woman who has perfect makeup. Her hair is cropped short or is always up and her wardrobe consists of mostly grays and cashmere. She speaks softly and rules with an icy detachment. Unfathomably sexy and independent.

Feb
19
2015
PerfumeEmpress
PerfumeEmpress

Strong and beautiful. So different from the smell-one-smell-them-all, girlie-girlie variety, so lamentably in vogue these days. Gloriously 80s!

Nov
22
2014
Angela Agiannidou
Angela Agiannidou

To my nose and taste this is a very elegant scent, starts of peppery, smoky with a strong note of marigold and leather, and dries down after an awful long time to an almost aldehydic, soapy, sharp floral with a dominant rose at its heart. The patchouli lends a certain retro heavyness to the whole composition that packs a punch to the senses throughout.
I don't like mentioning ages as we all have different tastes but certainly this juice demands a certain confidence and sophisticated femininity to be allowed to shine properly. Best worn during the winter months though.

Oct
24
2014
gfp
gfp

got few weeks ago a qurter of a vintage bottle from my sister in law. she used to wear it more than 20 years ago when she was on her twenties. she is of an oriental origin and has tanned skin. i remember that on her this scent was just divine in an unforgettable way. though i wear it now , and i have fair skin and fawn hair, and it is also wonderful. i most certainly agree with nikoleta1. this one develops very slowly but when it does, it gets to the best part of it, which lasts almost endlessly. huge sillage and staying power. 3-4 spritz are enough! .they do not make perfumes like this any more. it is indeed a smell of skin (peau). sexy and seductive. suits winter or fall for all around day and night use and on summer nights out (in the right amount). reminds me the style of paloma picaso, aromatics elixir, soir de lune. a classic scent for classy women.

Jun
28
2014
nikoleta1
nikoleta1

Cant trust those groupings and descriptions. This is what I smelled in a new version. Opening very scary animalisic, sweet with honey and border line unpleasant. In a few minutes it turns out into classy floral chypre, no more animals. Soft, elegant and lasting, little powdery or may be soft leather, very nobel elegant edt, great surprise find for comparison you can think of Pamela Picasso.
Great silage and longevity.

Jun
14
2014
passionata20
passionata20

17. march 2014

I have finally got my hands on a vintage bottle of EDT and i also have a full size 7,5ml bottle of extrait of this wonderful fragrance. Been wearing it for the few last days and feel ready to share my opinion about htis fragrance.

Let just start by saying that i know quite a lot about Claude Montana, his background and impact to fashion, so i had expectations for this fragrance to be very excessive as well as his infamous exaggerated shoulder pads and structural fashion. I hav never smelled this fragrance before (i still haven´t unsealed my extrait bottle), except for one time when i have smelled a most probably recent formulation of it while visiting someone. Oh, it was lovely, heavy, honeyed, just the way i like them for the colder time of the year.
But wearing it and smelling it from the lid are quite different things. When i smell a lid of my vintage EDT, i smell familiar fragrances that i madly love (Regine´s, l´arte di Gucci EDP and Moments by Priscilla Presley). They all share that vibe of a syrupy, sweet, heavy on rose/tuberose fragrance. The smell of Montana from the lid is very similar to them as well. BUT!!! When i sprayed myself quite liberately with Montana, first thing i got was relatively light soapy tuberose scent. I know, i know, notes don´t list any tuberose for this one, but it must be a combination of blackberry, patchouli, orange blossom and narcissus i guess. And i can most certainly say that for the first couple of hours i can detect only soapy tuberose scent on myself. WHERE IS THE LEATHER???!! Not even close in here! And it also doesn´t smell anything that i have smelled from the lid, that my favorite orchestra of notes. This stage lasts for quite long time and many hours later it starts to become more syrupy. Yeah baby! that´s when i get that lovely "lid" scent! That´s when i smell that beautiful rose i wanted. The honey is not listed, BUT my nose smells something like honeyed rose (same as in Gucci Arte EDP). Now i think that i might have overapplied actually with the scent, since it´s sillage becomes more potent that in the opening. Quite a heavy one. By this time it becomes a "typical 80´s powerhouse". Gorgeous!
I can clearly see the connection of the fragrance itself and it´s marketing face Christelle Saint-Louis, who was one of my most favorite models in 90´s. She always walked quite slowly, bit lingered her steps, had that great look in her eyes and fabulous fizzy hair. Once you have seen her in motion, gracing down the catwalk in a long evening outfit, giving you THAT look and halfsmile (a hint of it), you´ll get the idea. The Montana fragrance lingers like a trail of that fab dress, it envelopes and surrounds you, makes you want not to rush anywhere and give everyone THAT look in the eyes.
Ok, the fragrance lasts on my hair for over 48hours by now, also on my skin it is very much detectable, so the lasting power is amazing (but most probably because i have applied it also SO much!). But the transformation of this fragrance doesn´t end in here. The next day, 24hours later, is the time, when i finally smell the fabulous LEATHER. Yess! it is a thick yet soft vintage leather jacket. Quite dry leather with an amazing animalistic one. I know, no civet or anything else animalistic is listed in here, but this leather in here has that most gorgeous drydown of the Paco Rabanne´s "La nuit" skanky undetone. I´m totally speechless! I ebjoy it to the very last moment from the very first moment!. True, the opening was a bit dissapointing at first, but after a very short while i enjoyed it very much as well.
Truly great multifaceted fragrance. I am seriously glad i have got it finally.
Top rating from me for this one!

P.S. Oh, did i mentioned that the bottle itself is a piece of art and absolutly magical. I SO much enjoy holding it in hands! MASTERPIECE!

Mar
17
2014
grayspoole
grayspoole

Parfum de Peau leaves me with mixed emotions. This a perfume with multiple sharply distinct personalities, and it is hard for me to decide if I like the entire experience or if it fails to come together as a coherent whole. This review is based on a parfum mini, a tiny cobalt blue version of the beautiful helix bottle that fits upside down into a small plastic box. I think this is vintage, because I don't believe the parfum is still available, but I am not certain of its exact age. I see other minis online that are frosted glass rather than blue. On me. PdP opens with an acrid and peppery smell of marigolds (the scent that makes marigolds a natural pest repellent in the garden). Luckily this opening doesn't last very long, perhaps ten minutes, so I don't drive away house pets and family members. The next phase is a classic strong leather. At this point, PdP smells a lot like Cabochard and Azuree to me. The leather phase fades gradually, in about an hour or two, but it is eventually replaced by the third, final, and longest lasting phase of PdP on me (about 10 hours or more...this stuff really lasts!) which is a slightly sweet and smokey bouquet of flowers (with no single floral note standing out forcefully). There is a very faint tang of clean, salty sweat in the background, but I get no more leather in the PdP drydown, unlike Cabochard and Azuree, which remain lovely leathers to the end. PdP is a fascinating, unusual scent that surprises you throughout its long wear time, but it may be too moody for me.

Feb
21
2014
Barzouf
Barzouf

I am sorry for the mistake, I should have written Parfum de Peau instead of Jeu de Peau.
I read somewhere that it is being discontinued. Is it true?

Dec
24
2013
Barzouf
Barzouf

I travel back to the 80's. I remember this one being a sensation back then. I didn't have the money to buy it then but would always squirt some on at perfume counters of dept. stores. My chemistry changed since then; the leather note didn't dominate when I wore it, the floral & patchouli were what I remembered. But as I'm rediscovering it, it's taking on a totally different path where leather & incense with a touch of peppered amber truly dominate. It reminds me of the nightlife, the clubs, the smell of cigarette ,leather outfits, the half full cocktail glasses & the carpets filled with the aroma of spilled beers & cigarette butts.
Jeu De Peau makes feel like I'm in my early 20's and it's 1986 all over again. Nostalgia at it's best!

Dec
05
2013
Dominic80
Dominic80

Simply divine! I must have, i wear it often in winter, leatherish, very powdery (strange nobody has noticed how frankly but sophisticatedly powdery this one is at the end, especially!), warm, and, truly unique! I know many guys like me who just adore it, and, then the girlfriends end up buying it too!

Sep
02
2013
Waltzing Matilda
Waltzing Matilda

Wow!! This is something else. All class and sophistication. Although it opens with a soapy note, after five minutes it's gone, to be replaced with soft leather, amber, smokey woods and delicate subdued spice. There's also a tantalising wisp of musk, but I'm not getting the patchouli, and even though I love that particular note, I don't miss it.

Having bought '80' and 'Just Me' and 'Parfum d"Elle' blind and loved them all, I was brave enough to give Parfum de Peau a try and I've now become quite the Montana freak. It's perfection and I'm soOoo very happy that our paths have crossed at last.

Parfum de Peau is persistant and has great silage. It is a serious and totally womanly fragrance, not frivalous or girly girl. l I like the stylish square pexigIass stand too. I'm in love with this wonderful offering from the great maestro Claude Montana and it's now on my top shelf. I can't believe my luck. This is a rare fragrance in the EDP and I scored a 30ml bottle on eBay to back up my 50ml. Exceptional projection and silage. An extremely satisfying blind buy. Woo hoo!

Sep
02
2013
VeeNVegas
VeeNVegas

I'm not sure what some are smelling here...has this been reformulated? My son brought me back a bottle of this beautiful perfume when he returned from France. That was years ago...maybe 1989.
There was nothing in that bottle that even remotely smelled of cat urine, baby nappies, or garbage and pizza! Beautiful, extravagant, loud...yes. Urine, no!!

Jun
01
2013
ginadantas
ginadantas

Já foi minha assinatura nos anos 90. Amo!! Preciso comprar de novo, venho pensando nele há algum tempo. É raro aqui no Brasil e por isso anda meio caro...

May
05
2013
glitterlust
glitterlust

I decided to stick with the French made version rather than newer Italian version. They are both charming and not dissimilar.

The newer version is lighter, brighter and less long lasting. The ginger and blackberry/currant are more prominent but it still has a decent sweet leathery base.

The french version is wonderfully decadent and I'm sure I'll never finish my bottle as a little goes a mile and then some. It's smokier, more animalic and generally more rampant.

I prefer this to Rumba (which I find queerly milky), I think Iquitos is so similar but more sophisticated.... Though this has nothing on La Nuit as far as animlaic based leather goes.

Apr
09
2013
Rizaldo
Rizaldo

Unique, amazing, my passion...

Great scent!!!!!

FAAAAAAAB!!

Jan
11
2013
freddinos
freddinos

Hated the first couple of hours of it, loved the extremely elegant and chic drydown. Not for me any more but can appreciate it

Dec
19
2012
anomie et ivoire
anomie et ivoire

I think of this as the real Chinatown in fragrance, Bond be damned. A medicinal herb quality floats at first spray as a savory dim sum smell grows stronger with dashes of ginger, pepper, incense, and finally a dour leathered rose. The drydown persists for well over a day, getting better as the considerable strength fades from less pungent salty flesh and appetizers to a pleasantly disheveled garden of decadence and am-I-joking-hmm type nihilism. A singular, if a bit harrowing, olfactory experience. Garbage pizza, cut-ups, collage, detritus made perfume made flesh. Galatea of the Landfill.

Nov
20
2012
amelie
amelie

~ Eaudemoiselle de Givenchy is intense floral fragrance with unusual depth; base notes have a strong echo of retro, a bit reminiscent of the scents of the 80s, clearly recognizable.I had long time ago a perfume Montana, which was very similar on my skin ~

actually it was Montana Parfum de Peau.
Thanks Emily for giving me the chance to smell that adorable fragrance again, still amazing.
love s.

Nov
15
2012
emily7
emily7

Wow. And wow again.

Next to very exciting Paloma Picasso and (sadly) not yet tested Paco Rabanne La nuit vintage edp (that, at this point, out of anticipation and totally irrationally, in my imagination evolved into "Her Majesty of Divine Dirtiness"), this stuff found its way to me and became The dirtiest creation that ever entered my nose and irretrievably stirred up my mind. I am infatuated.

As many already mentioned, this does not evokes leather in an obvious way and it's also not a typical (oakmoss) chypre. It's something in between which possesses best components of both groups, in addition of strong presence of fresh, aldehyde-like quality, spicy sharpness and animalic power. A bomb.
The next stage is an upgrade of not so ordinary combination of notes: ginger, narcissus, jasmine plus something else my infatuated mind cannot be sure of (civet? castoreum?), but registers as where that delightful dirtiness is deriving from. Sex-bomb.
Finally: rose, musk, patchouli and marigold base hold the various pieces together, making the composition firm (almost conservative), heavy and demanding, at the same time great in projection and longetivity and yes, distincly retro-smelling. Vintage 80's sex-bomb.

I adore it. This is a wonderful surprise.
(vintage edt)

Oct
10
2012
miki1968
miki1968

i hated at the first sniff...then i tried again and again and i understood i was very wrong...it is a very warm and feminine fragrance...remember me somehow moments by priscilla presley and a little quelques fleur de houbigant...i didn't smell any leather either

Sep
09
2012
katiebisme
katiebisme

Very strong and sharp at first application...(almost had to go for my asthma inhaler) but I will say it is unique. Haven't smelled any leather. Have read it described as "garish" and "neon floral" which it most certainly is. Fine if you're in the mood for it :0

PS:@Bigsly I really like the term you used "old school"

Jul
25
2012
id
id

Nice scent, but not a trace of leather on my skin. Sweet, strong, dirty and it reminds me of Rumba by Balenciaga a lot.

May
04
2012
sky76sky
sky76sky

Sometimes things just shouldn't be put together:

There's always an exception to the rule & I had hoped that this would be one of those moments when I sampled PdP. Sadly, it was not to be. PdP should never grace my skin.

PdP opens harshly with a stomach-churning melle of notes, none of which is leather (much to my chagrin). I detect peppered wet stems & a green pungency that you get when you pick scented daffodils & marigolds. Apparently moles hate the smell of these plants & although I actually like sniffing them (the plants, not the velvet-jacketed creatures), I am feeling very mole-like around PdP - run away!!!

After a good 1/2 hour things do settle a little & PdP becomes a classic, old school aldehydic chypre with accents of patchouli & oakmoss dusted with a light touch of florals - in this case, rose.

Eventually, I detect more incense. But still NO leather at all. Disappointment!

So, this kind of scent isn't my thing at all - with PdP I am 100% with the moles. It's high thin whine threatens to give me a headache & the promised leather never arrives. I can't give it a thumbs up, but those who are looking for vintage aldehydic, sharp, chypres will be in their element.

Apr
29
2012
I.I
I.I

I've bought a lovely/super cute mini of this perfume!
It's very 80s for my taste but it's a nice perfume!
Oakmoss is not that strong.
I can't imagine a woman less than 40 wearing this but then again, it's all about personal taste!
It's strong, almost unisex with a very good longevity.
I can't smell leather unfortunately.

Apr
19
2012
Bigsly
Bigsly

It does smell a lot like Iquitos, from a paper sample I got. It also seemed to be quite strong. I'm not a huge fan of this kind of fragrance (too fruity/floral in an "old school" way) but it does seem like it's of decent quality.

Apr
14
2012
kosmoskukka
kosmoskukka

Hello Dears,
In my skin this scent is more like chypre floral or floral aldehyde. Not at all like Leather kinda scent. Soapy and quite white floral on me. Cabochard is true leather, this is something else. But definitely I love this . Parfum de Peau is very much special, with own beautifull nature, can not compair to any other scent I think. Because.. I have not sniffed anything like this before, very unique. I hope You people will enjoy from this Gem. *Hugs*

Apr
13
2012
ZELJO
ZELJO

probably the most beautiful parfums bottle, sorry, dont know the english word for it, of all, my sister used that one early 90s and recently she got a new bottle of and the parfum is excellent,long lasting and very personal

Feb
15
2012
jtd
jtd

Parfum de Peau is an animalic rose chypre that wears its animal differently than other growly rose chypres. It's not so much a leather scent as a live skin scent. The scent of sweaty skin gives PdP a tannic quality. If you focus on just the rose, PdP is very similar to other big 80s monster roses and rose chypres. But the stinging slap of ripe skin is bolstered by the tart green feel of unripened fruit and together they create a deliberate imbalance. The acrid skin and the young fruit highlight the electric feel of the rose and PdP charges at you like it wants to eat you.

Feb
12
2012
A.M.H.2
A.M.H.2

I also need to mention that I have an older bottle of this perfume and a new one which I bought just yesterday. And I'm definite that the original formula has been changed! Because they don't smell the same, but mind you both are Magical! WOW! (and my older one isn't spoiled or anything) the older version and the newer one are both Amazing! A true classic and a must have I believe.
I would give both versions 10/10.

Jan
29
2012
A.M.H.2
A.M.H.2

A Very Sensual perfume!
For a Very beautiful and attractive woman!
When a woman decides to wear this fragrance, she should make sure that she looks Gorgeous that day!!
The result will be Magical!
I Love this Parfum!

Jan
29
2012
mirunacatowl
mirunacatowl

Well, this was my first real Perfume and I write it intentionately with capital. I was growing adult and felt in love with a sample of it gotten from French friends of my parents. I was still in Romania at that time and my father was sent by his factory to travel a lot abroad. So he was in charge to bring me that "very adult, very sophisticated" scent and he found it in the Switzerland in the end. It was the first scent I've got compliments for in my life. So, I don't write too much about the scent itself, I know. But how can one talk about one's first love??
OK: the happy end: I brought with me to Germany late 90ties the last drops of that first flask, and kept them until I got online another one. Youz can't find it in shops in Germany and it's good so: It's only for adults ;-)

Dec
27
2011
vanillabean23
vanillabean23

Montana symbolises the excessive 80's in so many ways (the GOOD ways, of course). The empowerment of women, massive shoulder pads, huge hair, extreme coloured eye makeup and fabulous electronic music! Ironically enough, I started wearing it in the late 90's and still thought it was awesome! It is a VERY powerful scent, warm, sweet, rich, peppery and the endurance is amazing. If you love perfumes, you must try it! Gorgeousness in the extreme!! Oh and don't forget the incense - a sheer delight!

Nov
18
2011
ION
ION

"Parfum de Peau" has this intense, sour quality one finds in "Magie Noire". It demands attention and it gives an abstract dominant sensualism to the whole.
It is exactly what the name says, "The perfume of the skin", nicely done and pretty distinct!
My colleagues at the university used to wear it a lot, and though not to my liking, I can see a good reason for it to be around forever.
"Parfum de Peau" is an ideal perfume to wear in a room full of smokers. Nothing deactivates better (actually it prettifies it) the smell of a cigarette smoke.

Nov
17
2011
Bandit
Bandit

I personally don't get the fuss about this one. It's a mediocre green chypre. Not much leather to my nose. I had a vintage, but maybe a bad bottle, we never know...

There are way better ones out there, but I still haven't stocked up on those, so I will not reveal my opinion right now.

Oct
30
2011
Sarah Bas Eleazar
Sarah Bas Eleazar

SIMPLY THE BEST!!!!!!!

Oct
22
2011
sherien
sherien

Simply my signature perfum.. not for everyone.. only women who feels in control.. it will definetly reflect that feeling.. wear a couple of sprays only otherwise could be offensive.. the best lasting power EVERRRRR.. best for parties or elegant evening outings.. i used to have it when i was 20 years, 20 years passed and I was never over it.. very hard to find.. now I got it and keeping it for special occassions.. too afraid it might finish :(

Oct
17
2011
Migalex
Migalex

This is to me the nicest perfume ever made. There is no other perfume like this one. Many people compare Rumba to this, as I do, and I do like Rumba, but although they share similarities, they are different. Rumba is much sweeter and stickier. The drydown of Rumba does indeed remind one very much of this perfume, although still sweeter. I find it hard to understand that someone managed to create parfum de peau. This perfume is in fact oriental but the flowers and mainly the ginger give it a really special balance. The original was better and stronger but the reformulation is still amazing and still, from my viewpoint, the nicest perfume in production. And the sillage and longevity are still very good, although the original would sweep the air. Unfortunately very hard to find these days. I do not know if they discontinued it recently.
Does anyone know where to buy it online? I see it advertised in some american sites, but I do not know if it is the genuine product.

Oct
14
2011
olga1780
olga1780

Montana is by far my favourite dominant leather fragrance, especially in its opening. It must be the daffodil that sweetens it a bit for the honeyed leather effect. I am glad I got a large bottle!

Sep
07
2011
queenkey
queenkey

One of the best leather/chypre scents I've smelled besides Fendi. Very mature, not meaning as some call it "old lady". Quality with staying power (need not to re-apply). I have the body lotion that smells as good as the edt.

Sep
04
2011
JeniP
JeniP

Oh, I loved this, when I first bought a bottle back in 1988! So fruity. Quite heavy, but then nothing light ever lasts on me. Is it still available?

Aug
30
2011
lapurrla
lapurrla

This miniature went immediately to Aunty Kathy who just LOVES it! I'm disturbed by the cat spray note (yes, that really does exist) and it renders me unable to appreciate any facet of the perfume. Each to her own.

I read another review, for Alchemie, that suggests it's the black currant that gives the cat spray note, and it's present here too. Wow, I'd never have guessed. Notice I have no balloons but honestly I do smell it even if others don't.

Aug
13
2011
girlsworld
girlsworld

One of my first fragrances back in the day ! loved this one for nights out always received compliments when I wore it just have a tiny miniature left now.

Jun
08
2011
Sarah Bas Eleazar
Sarah Bas Eleazar

A wonderful scent! I feel incenses and this make me believe that Parfum de Peau is like Byzance...I loved it!

May
31
2011
Habanita
Habanita

After I read a lot of raving about this one, I was eager to try it and did so in a small perfume shop. I couldn't understand the blast around it. Too me it was very strong and also extremely stinky. It's truely an 80s perfume and maybe it's simply not the time for this kind of scent anymore.

May
21
2011
Parfumista2010
Parfumista2010

The 80s had too much of everything. Too much synthie music, too much pink lipstick and definitely too much in perfume.

Too much in perfume was then and still is no problem for me :-) Never.

PdP is too much of everything. It is a wild beast, pacing annoyed in circles, hissing at you, it hates its cage.

And just as such a big cat PdP smells very animal-like, at least in the beginning.
I can smell the musk from the next room.

The fruits which should accompany the leopard should beware of the patchouli-musk-leather-combo. These notes are quite present, they are already a test of courage in the tiniest of doses.

80s fragrances have a hard time being loved in today´s "clean" and soapy or unisex freshness. They quickly offend today´s "hightech" noses who have just read an article on the ordeal of musk oxes on wikipedia.

PdP leads me back to the roots of our existence : the beast, the animal, no matter if carni-, herbi- or omnivore.

This fragrance tortures our senses with heavy fumes which could originate in a hothouse, then again from an animal cage and in the end from the tanner and his freshly-made leathers.

However, PdP is, note this as a warning, sexy as hell. When you wear this your halo will melt into ashes :-)

I would say this scent was an inspiration for Agent Provocateur. PdP is burlesque, boudoir and a doll house in a very attractive bottle - but all in a very nice way and surely suitable for very special tastes and occasions which you want to think of for a long time :-)

PdP shocks you at first sniff but then the hissing beast turns into a half-tame chimera and dries down softly but it takes a while.

This animalic scent is special.

May
19
2011
Lady Love
Lady Love

There is something addictive about Montana..

Montana is a leather scent that opens up with an overwhelming burst of pepper and cardamom, combined with juicy fruits. All notes blend together perfectly.

Montana is: Extravagant, Sex, Animalic, Leather and 80's.

It's loud with amazing sillage and lasting-power. Extremely unique and peculiar.

Feb
01
2011
gatsby
gatsby

genial.... magic...so special.This perfume is like an opera, it's just perfect and amazing. I love the scent also the bottle... So bad it s so hard to find....Silage: One of the BEST I ever met in a perfume. Longevity...kind of..
...forever.
BOYS - must try it ! :)

Jan
26
2011
randik
randik

Yes, it's very distinct. Yes, it's very demanding. But give it a few moments - even an hour and you will start feeling its inherent and true power! This is an ode to every self-conscious woman out there. A woman who doesn't care too much for the girly sweetness that so many scents exude. Leather and warm incense. Musk at its very best. WOW! The sillage is very fitting - and the staying power is as unique as the perfume itself! In love? Oh, yes I am! :)

Dec
30
2010
Kterhark
Kterhark

I have a hard time reviewing a perfume I can't pronounce, but since my SO is one foot away I insisted he say this for me(he's French). The conversation went like this: (me) Pew? (him) Peau. (me) Pew. (him) Peau! (me) Peeuuuw (him) PEAU!

Whatever. Here is what I think of parfum de Pew. It opens harsh, so wait it out a bit. The top notes fade away after 20 minutes, and at this point the fragrance smells 'wet' to me. So, soggy, heavy florals with a hint of incense.

During the middle phase the incense becomes more prominent and the wetness fades away. I like this phase best; the florals and basenotes are really rich. It creates a wonderful halo that is perfect for a cold night. I can't comment on sillage because i can never guess that, but this seems average- not too strong, not too weak.

Despite the name I wouldn't call this a stinker. Like other reviewers, I wouldn't call this a leather either; to me it is more of a floral oriental. For it's price range it is certainly one of the better fragrances.

Nov
30
2010
Marilia
Marilia

Beautiful fragrance, very similar to
Jean Louis Scherrer. Long lasting and
the best is when you spray just a little, even less than a little is more then enough!

Nov
29
2010
sfonativeboy
sfonativeboy

Divina at Fragrance Bouquet....

I feel has the most astute and best description ...
I wish I could have given ...
of this Amazing Favorite Fragrance...
so feel I must share a portion of what she said with you ...

"Montana is a floral chypre that opens up with an overwhelming burst of pepper and cardamom, combined with juicy fruits that excite the senses and leave the nose tingling.
The ginger and carnation at the perfume’s heart enhance and prolong the peppery spiciness,
while rose and tuberose give the fragrance depth and substance.
It is the base notes however, which turn this into a truly magical concoction: amber, cedar, patchouli, olibanum, vetiver, oakmoss, musk, civet and by far my favorite of all animalic notes, castoreum,
which all blend together perfectly.

I'm gasping for more in a state of addiction.
Not only is Montana extremely unique and clashingly peculiar, it is also a Deviant by nature."

Aug
02
2010
sfonativeboy
sfonativeboy

Parfum de Peau, also known as Montana de Montana, is usually described as sexy, assertive, dirty, and sultry.

what a great way to describe such a complex fragrance....

I found it on my 1st trip to PARIS ..way back in 1989...at his Boutique facing Galerie Vivienne

I bought Parfum de Peau ,The Savon de Bain,and mens leather gloves in his trademark Cobalt BLUE...

All these years ...I never used the Savon the Bain ...I kept the Cobalt Blue Gloves wrapped gently around the soap box still in its original boutique bag.
His Fragrance, as well as the Savon de bain is so amazingly
well constructed and expertly made ..... that the Cobalt Gloves are now infused with the fragrance...
and I wear them with great pride of rare special occasions....

I bought Parfum de Peau on Ebay ..as a treat to myself for my Birthday .. and
yes, it remains the same formulation ...and if your lucky you might get a great deal on it ..like I just did ..

Jun
17
2010
Disconouvo
Disconouvo

Found a bottle the other day and had to have it. 'been years since I had smelled Parfum de Peau. It is still the daring escapade I remebered. Leather and tobacco with dry citrus, roses and narscissus. Ka-bam. I was dancing in a nightclub in the 90's all bound for moo moo land.

May
16
2010
sistertricked
sistertricked

Much to my misery, I own a reformulated Parfum de Peau. It is strong, but in a special way, STRONG with capital letters. Imagine the novice me spray liberally and i n h a l e ! Slapped in the face, punched in the nose, but I was sincerely woken up. I once put it on when going to bed and I could just not fall asleep. Parfum de Peau puts you in charge, acts on your hypothalamus and overactivates your cortex, sharpens your nerves and prepares you for a challenge. Well, do not wear it to bed, do yourself a favour!
Step number one: apply less than sparingly and then yes you have a potent but tamed chypre scent, still loaded and demanding. The first to be detected are the ginger with flowers and afterwards pepper. The pepper is dry, invigorating, and I think this is what gives the impression of tons of oakmoss. There is also something winelike at the very beginning, which then gradually fades (maybe marygold). I do not see dramatic changes of the scent, I mean from now on the scent evolves very very slowly, that it seems to take a whole life, without changing too much. My skin needs a lot of time to get to terms with it, but when I do detect the basenotes, I like it, as they remind me of the basenotes in Diva, less sweet and more woody. At this point the scent (contrary to all expectations) remains just a touch of warmth, of leather, a hint of the initial fragrance but which clings faithfully for a long time. I'd rather I put it on in the evening in order to smell good in the morning, according to my taste and development on my skin (sleep permitting).

May
03
2010
ojosverdes
ojosverdes

My mom gave me this one long time ago and I was only able to wear it once since it gave me a major headache. My sisters and I joke about Montana to this day!

Mar
17
2010
angel73
angel73

very very dirty....its musk gives me nasty...
it is very very much strong...1 drop is enough for all day long !
i hate this perfume.

Dec
09
2009
Mals86
Mals86

I'm a little surprised at the "leather" classification for this one, as I find its character much more reflective of a floral chypre. It is strongly reminiscent to me of one of my favorite rose chypres, L'Arte di Gucci.

The fruits in the top are tart, but not overwhelming, and I wouldn't call it "fruity" in the modern sense. There is quite a bit of patchouli in this as well as some lovely florals - I do smell a lot of narcissus, which is a note I tend to enjoy. And I do smell musk, amber and leather in the base, but the marigold and patchouli continue to hang on throughout, so that Parfum de Peau seems less leather-focused and more chypre - like wearing one's leather jacket into the garden in autumn.

Very sophisticated and womanly.

Oct
01
2009
MissLola
MissLola

Verry unique scent, I like a lot !

Aug
05
2009
guest_
guest_

so so special and strong sexy and feel like lovely cute woman anyway i love this one so I bought 2 bottle

Jun
07
2009
rosaria
rosaria

Now I have a pretty nice collection of perfumes. But some years ago I could afford buying only one bottle and that was Montana Parfum the Peau.

This fabulous scent is still one of my favorites. I love the leather warm scent it has. It will last for hours.

Self confident and sophisticated woman will probably enjoy wearing Parfum the Peau

May
02
2009
guest_Cirrus
guest_Cirrus

Although I am not wearing it (as a man)
it is my favorite females perfume.
Claude Montana had designed some beautiful distinctive scents,definitely signature.
This one suits to a woman with class.
To me it smells animalic and hot erotic,but I have to say my first love in the 80s wore it and she drove me crazy with it.
It is still out there but if you find an old original in that totally blue box with the blue "Montana"-writing,get it!They replaced some natural ingredients by chemicals now and the new one is similar but has not the same depth like the creation from the 80s.
My favourite mens fragrance is..guess what..Montana Parfum d`home,and of course I wrote a note here to!
Enjoy this beauty!

Apr
13
2009
Miss_Nightingale
Miss_Nightingale

Oh yes, this takes me back. One sniff and I am transported to dancing around my bedroom in the 1980's, dreaming of being a femme fatale. I swear my mother first had a bottle, and I kept stealing sneaky little spritzes whenever I wanted to feel grown-up and sultry.

Wearing this perfume again, now, I can tell you it has really held its own. Yes, I think you can tell it has 'vintage' qualitites, but that is not such a bad thing in these days of endless copies of Light Blue and fruit-cocktail celebrity scents.

The fruitiness is here, delectable blackberries perfectly balanced with the ginger, pepper and orange blossom. The marigold is a very important note for me, it travels through the layers and holds the fragrance together.

The middle is slightly soapy, quite clean and a surprising link between the fruity musk opening and the darker notes to come...

The leather isn't overpowering, it's the leather of a favourite old jacket, soft as a baby's skin and a sort of smokey vanilla quality.

Older perfumes seem to have a certain gravitas, a drydown worth waiting for that many modern perfumes are sadly lacking. So many these days seem to be all about the top notes, an instant fix that promises much and delivers nothing new.

Parfum De Peau is a (fairly recent) classic that deserves wider attention, especially from Oriental lovers with a passion for fruity musks!

Mar
29
2009
glitteralex
glitteralex

A very nice and balanced composition, not unusual for a leather, but well done. In the vein of Clinique Wrappings (v. similar drydown, but Peau does not have the dry citrus), Moments by Priscilla Presley (which has sharper florals), and Azuree by Lauder (which is more distinctive, commanding, and pervasive). Excellent longevity, very inexpensive.

Jan
21
2009
Wendy
Wendy

I liked it when I was a youngster, but when I bought it back next year, it smelled different (I found it had not much smell at all). I asked in the shop and they told me that they chanced the chemical formula!! It's a shame!

Dec
23
2008
perryforever
perryforever

I found this perfume back in the 80's, when I was a teenager. I used to go in my local store and spray it on myself. I loved it........ it was probably the first perfume I ever liked.. I would like to get some more to see if my taste has changed.

Oct
29
2008
queenkey
queenkey

I ran across this scent at a discount store and thought I made a mistake purchasing it. This one had to grow on me and now I love it!
I was able to finally obtain the body lotion which adds depth to the eau toilette.

Oct
13
2008
Aiona
Aiona

When I sprayed this on a cotton ball, all I smell is patchouli. 'Smells like Berkeley, only minus the stale urine in the gutter.

Mar
28
2008

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