Best Leather Perfumes

You cannot extract the smell from leather directly from the actual tanned animal skin. The Leather accord has to be produced with the help of other notes. Leather notes in perfume come from bitter smelling isoquinolines or smoky smelling rectified birch tar to replicate the smell of the tanning chemicals used to prepare leather. Since leather is tanned hides, not only of cattle but of many other animals, extracting the essence proves impossible. So, leather is not a note, it is an accord created by different notes that is infused into the most amazing fragrances like we have here.

Best Leather Perfumes


 

Cuir de Russie by Chanel

There are many fragrances in the world that utilize cuir de Russie (Russian Leather). Chanel’s Cuir de Russie is a very popular fragrance with the recognizable Chanel DNA. You can categorize it as a very smokey floral leather fragrance. You get the notes of leather, and there is also birch wood but it isn't here to combine with other notes to create this leather accord. There is also an intense ylang-ylang presence which is the floral part of this fragrance. This perfume smells like a very charred smokey and buttery leather. If you don't like smokey fragrances, you might not like this because it is very very smokey- like smoke after it’s perishing. 

  • Top notes: Opens with Clary Sage, Orange Blossom, Bergamot, Lemon and Mandarin Orange
  • Middle notes: At the heart of the fragrance lies  iris, Ylang-Ylang, Carnation, Vetiver, Jasmine, Rose and Cedar
  • Base notes: At the base, Leather, Birch, Tobacco, Musk, Amber, Heliotrope and Vanilla
  • Perfume Gender: Feminine 
  • Scent Accord: Leather
  • Longevity: 10 hours
  • Sillage: Moderate
  • Projection : Moderate

 

 

Cuir Fetiche by Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier

If you are a fan of Creeds Royal English Leather which is a vaulted fragrance, this comes very close to it. Cuir Fetiche is a floral powdery leather that has very ambery touches, but the leather with the iris is very powdery. It is a very buttery leather, very smooth and soft and not very animalic. It is a lot more elegant, and does not have a birch tar element. This perfume is elegant and soft, suitable for an elegant evening, or something of the upper class style.

  • Top notes: Opens with Geranium, Bergamot, Mandarin Orange and Amalfi Lemon
  • Middle notes: At the heart of the fragrance lies Leather, iris, Jasmine, Ylang-Ylang, Vanille and Rose
  • Base notes: At the base,  Musk, Amber, Sandalwood, Patchouli and Virginia Cedar
  • Perfume Gender: Feminine
  • Scent Accord: Leatther
  • Longevity: 9 hours
  • Sillage: Moderate
  • Projection : Wide

 

 

Baikal Leather Intense by Nicolai Parfumeur Createur

This is a very interesting fragrance . It is not smoky at first, but as you go, it gets smokier.  Baikal Leather Intense is a floral leather fragrance that has woody touches with lots of different woods.The  smokiness is not full on in your and the guaiac wood in it is very soft and creamy, and along with the other notes, has a very buttery effect. The smokiness owes its presence to the birch wood. This perfume is also a very elegant, not necessarily rough- a great interpretation of leather.

  • Top notes: Opens with  Yuzu, Saffron and Pepper
  • Middle notes: At the heart of the fragrance lies  Leather, iris, Violet, Rose and Pine tar
  • Base notes: At the base, Guaiac Wood, Musk, Vetiver, Sandalwood and Tonka Bean
  • Perfume Gender: Unisex
  • Scent Accord: Leather
  • Longevity: 12 hours
  • Sillage: Strong
  • Projection : Wide

 

 

Knize Ten Golden Edition by Knize

Knize Ten would remind you of Cuir Cannage by Dior ( a limited or discontinued release). It is a beautiful scent that is slightly animalic, very buttery, very soft and ambery. It smells just like a wonderful leather factory or like stacks of leather from a shoe factory- the smell from the factory has been transformed to this fragrance. This is sweetened up with the ambery touches,  similar to the original, just more ambery.

  • Top notes: Opens with Amalfi Lemon, Orange, Petitgrain and Bergamot
  • Middle notes: At the heart of the fragrance lies Carnation, iris, Virginia Cedar, Sandalwood, Jasmine, Rose, Cinnamon and Geranium
  • Base notes: At the base, Leather, Castoreum, oak moss, Amber, Vanille and Musk
  • Perfume Gender: Masculine
  • Scent Accord: Leather
  • Longevity: 12 hours plus
  • Sillage: Strong
  • Projection : Wide

 

 

Chambre Noire by Olfactive Studio

This is another leather perfume with a different style. Chambre Noire has some spicy elements coming in but with fruity elements as well. It smells a little stark when you smell it out of a bottle, but it opens up with the plum developing into something that sweetens up everything and becomes wonderfully sexy. It is a very unique take on leather- very smokey, spicy, and a little fruity. A classic- probably the most popular from Olfactive Studio.

  • Top notes: Opens with Pink Pepper
  • Middle notes: At the heart of the fragrance lies plum, Incense, Violet, Papyrus and Jasmine
  • Base notes: At the base, Leather, Sandalwood, Patchouli, Vanille and Musk.
  • Perfume Gender: Unisex
  • Scent Accord: Leather
  • Longevity: 8 hours
  • Sillage: Strong
  • Projection : Moderate

 

 

Terrible Teddy by Penhaligon

Terrible Teddy is considered a smoky balsamic leather fragrance. It is very smoky and resinous with lots of ambroxan and also very ambery. The balsamic and ambroxan kind of go hand in hand with the other notes. It is a big bad boy kind of leather, and a very rough and rugged animalic experience. The ambroxan in here is aggressive like the aggressiveness of Dior Sauvage with an intense amount of ambroxan.

  • Top notes: Opens with Incense
  • Middle notes: At the heart of the fragrance lies Leather
  • Base notes: At the base, Ambroxan
  • Perfume Gender: Unisex
  • Scent Accord: Leather
  • Longevity: 9 hours
  • Sillage: Strong
  • Projection : Wide

 

 

Cuir Eau de Parfum by Molinard

Here we have a woody spicy leather fragrance. This one is very aromatic because of the lavender. There is also something mysteriously fruity in Cuir because there is no fruit in the fragrance notes. In the end, it is animalic, the oud and leather are responsible for this.  The price value proposition is also solid. Definitely a solid leather perfume.

  • Top notes: Opens with Nutmeg, Lemon Verbena and Bergamot
  • Middle notes: At the heart of the fragrance lies Saffron, Pepper, Lavender and Lily
  • Base notes: At the base,  Leather, Agarwood (Oud), Amber, Musk, Sandalwood and Patchouli
  • Perfume Gender: Unisex
  • Scent Accord: Leather
  • Longevity: 6 hours
  • Sillage: Moderate
  • Projection: Wide

 

 

Ombré Leather by Tom Ford

This is the second release of this fragrance. It is a very woody floral leather fragrance. Even though it's considered slightly animalic, it is easy to wear. It would remind you of a cloth-like leather fragrance. It paints a picture of a bad boy in a brand new leather jacket riding a motorcycle. There are some fruity touches too but they are very minute.

  • Top notes: Opens with Cardamom
  • Middle notes: At the heart of the fragrance lies Jasmine Sambac and Leather
  • Base notes: At the base, Amber, Moss and Patchouli
  • Perfume Gender: Unisex
  • Scent Accord: Leather
  • Longevity: Eternal
  • Sillage: Heavy
  • Projection : Wide

 

 

Black Saffron by Byredo

Saffron as an aromatic note tends to go leathery and this is definitely a leather perfume even though it is called Black Saffron. It does shift into the zone of Tom Ford’s  Tuscan Leather a little bit, but Tuscan Leather is more overpowering and intense. So this is a lot easier to wear. Byredo fragrances tend to be on the lighter side; they are usually not intensely beefy and dense. Perfumes from this house seem a little more transparent, unlike some others  that are so dense and thick, that you cannot actually see through the notes.

  • Top notes: Opens with Saffron, Juniper Berries and Chinese Grapefruit
  • Middle notes: At the heart of the fragrance lies Balck Violet and Leather
  • Base notes: At the base, Raspberry, Cashmeran and Vetiver
  • Perfume Gender: Unisex
  • Scent Accord: Ammber Spicy
  • Longevity: 6 hours
  • Sillage: Moderate
  • Projection : Moderate

 

 

Russian Leather by Molton Brown

Here we have a great fall appropriate leather fragrance because Russian Leather gives a very aromatic leather experience. It smells of not only leather but of aromatic herbs and leaves, kind of a vetiver-y leather. There is birch wood in it which adds some smokiness to the perfume. The vetiver is also prominent, resting on some grassy touches underneath. This is an EDT concentration, so it is not an overly dense fragrance. 

  • Top notes: Opens with Black Tea, Elemi resin and Basil
  • Middle notes: At the heart of the fragrance lies Tobacco, Birch and Siberian Pine
  • Base notes: At the base,  Leather, Cade oil and Vetiver
  • Perfume Gender: Unisex
  • Scent Accord: Leather
  • Longevity: 5 hours
  • Sillage: Moderate
  • Projection : Wide

CONCLUSION

Bask in the glory of leather wherever you are and feel free to feel rugged, tough and down right sexy.

People Also Ask

Is real leather used in Perfumes?

No, perfumers simply try to mimic the smell that resonates with leather by combining a number of notes together.

What is the leather smell from?

The smell of leather is actually what we smell during the tanning process, not the actual animal skin.

Is the smell of leather bad for you?

No, the smell of leather is not bad for you. It may be of your interest though, to avoid direct contact with the chemicals involved in processing both natural and synthetic leather.

What is leather perfume made of?

Leather perfume is made from birch tar, which smells like a smokey leather, juniper, aldehydes and other synthetics, designed to give a skin-like scent.

What is skin scent?

Skin scent refers to the level of sillage that is so low you can only smell it on the skin. Skin scents also mean scents that smell like skin.



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