Not the most creative or interesting leather around and definitely unworthy its prices, especially now that it’s discontinued (sorry, “vaulted”), but I can’t really argue Royal English Leather’s quality. It smells good. Almost great, if you’re into classic, waxy, dark, austere “shoe polish-infused” tanning leather scents. True rich and faceted rusty leather, forget today’s stupidly flat and artificial Tuscan Leather-ish stuff. Just think of Knize Ten: Royal is definitely close to it, just adding a whiff of flowers, a very pleasant touch of ambery mandarine giving some “air”, colour and sparkling sweetness to the heaviness of leather, and in the most recent bottles, also Creed’s trademark base of metallic-dusty ambroxan. I had the chance of getting an older bottle of this, and that base accord was definitely not there – it was quite more all about leather and oily shoe-polish like notes (also darker, drier and spicier, overall slightly heavier too).
That’s it: no tremendous twists during its evolution – actually, almost no evolution at all, nothing particularly standing out. But it smells good, very good. It’s rich, distinguished, totally – somehow, slightly pedantically – elegant and austere, with the perfect balance of complexity and simplicity: it’s nearly only waxy, brownish, lived-in leather - done extremely well, with a subtle sort of ambery-floral-mandarine aura giving a perfect hint of bright sweetness, and yet it doesn’t smell boring or simplistic. Not even dated, actually; somehow it does have a “vintage” feel (think of Knize Ten again), and yet its texture feels crisp, clear, without the old-school thickness one may expect from this type of scent. Quintessentially British in fact: unexcitingly impeccable!
Reference leather fragrance. Superb quality, good investment value. Pounce on it. Even if you're not a fan of leather you'll be intrigued by a leather that's so well done. Likely that you can turn it at a handsome profit, if you can bear to part with it. I love it, Mrscologneguy isn't too keen on it. Too bad. I wear it with impunity. Best in freezing winter, but always a good choice if you're seeking a top-quality leather fix.
One of the best leather fragrances out there sorry that has been discontinued.
REL has a simplistic notes breakdown which consists of citrus, leather, sandalwood, and ambergris. In the opening I got hints of citrus which comes from the mandarin orange and bergamot. This is combined with notes of leather. The fresh citrus note leaves giving way to notes of leather and sandalwood. Ambergris can be detected which makes the backbone structure of the scent. IMO, it’s a very simplistic with little complexity in the life of the scent. I get very good longevity with scent which is surprising given that it's an EDT. Overall, it's one of my few favorite leather scents.
A rich and somewhat sweet leather of great depth and presence, yet also very civilized. My wife describes it as “clean riding tack,” and I won’t disagree. Royal English Leather doesn’t seem to develop too much on me, but why should I complain, since the accords it holds are so appealing? Deservedly a classic among leather scents, right beside Eau d’Hermes and Chanel's Cuir de Russie.
The only Creed I truly liked. To me it smelled like an old leather armchair recently cleaned with Lemon Pledge. The cheap, harsh industrial smell of furniture polish made a nice counterpoint to the soft, elegant old worn leather. Well-balanced and evoked a feeling of nostalgia. As I recall - my sample is long gone - it didn't have great longevity, but it was beautiful in its way. According to the Creed web site, it's currently "vaulted".
When all is said and done, I think Knize Ten has everything I liked about REL and then some, and I'm happy with Knize Ten.