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Léonard pour Homme (original) (1980)
by Léonard

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Léonard pour Homme (original) information

Year of Launch1980
GenderMasculine
AvailabilityDiscontinued
Average Rating
(based on 65 votes)

People and companies

HouseLéonard
PackagingSerge Mansau
Parent CompanyCampbell & Thiselton

About Léonard pour Homme (original)

Léonard pour Homme (original) is a masculine fragrance by Léonard. The scent was launched in 1980 and the bottle was designed by Serge Mansau

Léonard pour Homme (original) fragrance notes

Reviews of Léonard pour Homme (original)

Opening is harsh like Maxim's. It takes a turn to the dry Herbal versus the slight fruit in the Maxim's.
It becomes a much more distinctive Carnation
Camphour, Cinnamon Bark, Dry Cedar melange.
Leathery and Dry, Dry, Dry. Slight powdered soapiness.
I really don't identify the Castoreum or Animalic at first, but later it offers a little growl.
Probably a little parching for most.
The overall effect is like Amouage Memoir Man for me.
Dark and Brown in comparison to the Dark and green of the Amouage.
I like it! My Girl says "Come to Bed"
07th August, 2016 (last edited: 21st September, 2017)
Leonard is a shining example of masculine leathers from the mid 70's to late 80's. It smells a little like Halston's Z-14, a little like Derby and VC&A Pour Homme, a bit of Jovan Gambler Musk, and with a spot of Furyo and a hint of Burberrys for Men. It is dry yet oily, spicy but smooth, green-brown-orange, like old shag carpets, and very much a product of its time, but still smells wonderful today. You won't fool anyone into thinking you're wearing a new release with this on, but it's not overbearingly macho like many old 'powerhouses' were. I think this stuff is lovely.

Edit: In my haste I forgot to mention my favorite aspect of this scent, which is a beautifully done carnation, which (to me) is the star of this show. Don't let anyone tell you that men can't wear pink or wear floral fragrance. Colors and plant odors don't have genders. Leonard comes on strong but is really quite gentle, and is surprisingly lovely in Summer when applied sparsely and lightly.
02nd August, 2016 (last edited: 21st August, 2016)
Not my favorite. The incense and artemisia kills this one for me.
Too dry for my taste.
27th May, 2016
Old fashioned leather fougère.

***
22nd April, 2015 (last edited: 08th December, 2018)
rbaker Show all reviews
United Kingdom
One of the great 1980s Fougères

(The original)

A sharp and smoky blast of bergamot, lavender and petitgrain explodes in my face, with an oily character. Basil and thyme add a fiery herbal-vegetal note that is enforced in the drydown by the addition patchouli, jasmine and and unusual carrot-twist. Very early in the drydown a harsh, classic oak moss of supreme quality starts to dominate and does so until the end. Nonetheless the development continues with castoreum and labdanum merging into a dark leathery note. And the oakmoss continues it's marvelous work as the backbone throughout. This is a classic, traditional, harsh, sharp, strong and confident chypre of the highest quality, complex in composition but linear in it's core character; an archetypical fougère, less shrill and bright than Gucci Nobile with darker notes in the mellowed base. It is made for autumn. Silage and projection: excellent. Longevity: it fades out - after fifteen hours on my skin - just splendid!

Pros: Silage and longevity
Cons:

04th September, 2013
drseid Show all reviews
United States
Leonard pour Homme goes on with a dash of bergamot and cinnamon that soon couples with leather and oakmoss in the early heart of the scent. The soft suede-like leather and green oakmoss tandem takes over as the scent develops, now joined by herbal clary sage that has an almost aromatic lavender quality, spiked with perhaps a small amount of clove spice to darken the scent just a tad as its development progresses. During the late dry-down the oakmoss recedes to reveal benzoin that slightly sweetens the remnants of the leather as violet leaf adds a fine powdery sheen to the finish. Projection is above average and longevity is average to slightly above average at 8-9 hours on skin.

The discontinued leather chypre Leonard pour Homme in its smoky brown bottle (not to be confused with the much later and completely different smelling release from the house still in production, Leonard Homme) is a great rarely heard of treasure. Unlike many of its peers of the early 80s, it does not join the powerhouse category but is rather tame by comparison. Its soft suede leather facets coupled with green oakmoss, aromatic clary sage and the slightly powdery violet leaf late are just the perfect mesh for such a distinguished scent that can be worn anywhere and anytime with pride. It is really a shame this great composition by Winnegrade does not get more attention because it really is one of the best releases of its time. As previously mentioned Leonard pour Homme has long since been discontinued but 100ml bottles are still relatively easy to find on the aftermarket for $50 or less which is an outright steal for a 4 star out of 5 excellent smelling fragrance of this quality. My advice is buy while you can before sellers come to their senses.
10th February, 2013 (last edited: 03rd March, 2013)

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