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English Leather Black (2007)
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English Leather Black information

Year of Launch2007
GenderMasculine
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 21 votes)

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HouseDana
Parent CompanyPatriarch Partners > Dana Classics
Parent Company at launchDana Classics

About English Leather Black

English Leather Black is a masculine fragrance by Dana. The scent was launched in 2007

English Leather Black fragrance notes

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  2. Heart Notes
  3. Base notes

Reviews of English Leather Black

The mid-2000's was home to the "black" flanker, which for men's fragrance, resulted in mostly juicy and dry alternatives to aquatics in a black bottle, like a return to the bergamot-dominated powerhouses of 20 years prior, but with synthetic ingredients and much weaker performance. Some were decent, like the Ralph Lauren Polo Black (2005) and Double Black (2006), but nothing truly noteworthy ever came from the trope. I think the "black" style was done better in the 80's by truly dark, smoky, or fruity powerhouse scents like Drakkar Noir (1982), Jacomo de Jacomo (1980), and Révillion French Line (1984) respectively, but the mid-2000's was all about a synthetic return to form of older styles, which is why we got hit with an even weaker second wave of aquatics that smelled like b-sides to 90's hit singles. When the big drugstore boys stepped into the pool, the show was truly over for the "black" trend, although Coty probably had the best showing with Stetson Black (2005), which was really just a synthetic take on French Line's idea. Jôvan Black Musk (2009) was an anemic mess (first time anything made by the label could ever be labelled weak), and this abomination abusing the English Leather property followed in the same year. English Leather Black is for all intents a bergamot drugstore fragrance, which itself isn't a bad thing because Avon made a mostly-bergamot gourmand called Intrigue (2001) that was heavy on the vetiver and smelled like a darker Yohji Homme (1999), but here, Dana's unknown perfumer mixes the bergamot with a too-simple list of laundry detergent notes that make it feel anything but dark and seductive.

English Leather Black is made more hilariously terrible by the huge commercial push it had at big box retailers, with ads calling it a 21st century interpretation of the original and a return to form for the English Leather brand, which honestly had never been very prestigious and was always the drugstore alternative to designer leather scents. All this lead to spectacular failure as people realized just how bad the stuff was and before long, you could find unsold inventory at places like Goodwill. The aforementioned bergamot top in the opening is greated by coriander in the middle, synthetic sandalwood and detergent musk in the base, plus a whole swirl of synthetics that give it a Cherry Coke smell at times, and a grape Fanta note at others. My original 1oz bottle that came from a gift set sat and sat and sat. Nobody liked it on me, not even my partner at the time. Even the person who gave it to me admitted they wouldn't have if they had smelled it first. Eventually this was shucked off to a friend, and I never missed it. The stuff lasts all but 3 hours in a wear and it's a very tough 3 hours of Earl Grey tea, soap, and soda pop. Yep, this smells like a grocery bag in a bottle, and not even good groceries. The biggest no-no here for those who haven't already caught on is a total lack of a leather note. All of the old long-dead English Leather flankers had a faint leather note somewhere, or at least some of the other base notes to tie this back to the original, but nope, English Leather Black isn't even able to show it's lineage.

If you've read this far, you've already gathered that I really don't like this stuff, and I force myself to write these negative reviews with the same level of detail as my positive ones to prove that I can do more than gush about things I like, which is a trap all reviewers that collect fall into, since a lot of said reviews come from things they own, which means bias towards positivity. In English Leather Black's case, I'm actually glad it was discontinued but at the same time am saddened to see the usual scalper suspects on eBay list surviving bottles of it for prices higher than some designer scents at retail. What a shame really, as anyone paying $80-$100 dollars for what is effectively the smell of bar soap and kool-aid is surely going to cry themselves to sleep that night. As I've said before: not all things discontinued are misunderstood gems, nor do all things discontinued have value just because they're discontinued. I get somebody might want a bottle just to complete a line-up of English Leather products from over the years, but outside the collector's itch for completion, I really can't think of any good reason to come within 100 feet of this clinical depression in a bottle. That's all I got.
14th April, 2018
Thumbs up . . . at least for those of us who love juicy bergamot, musk, and (nope, not mentioned but I'm getting it) patchouli. Not complex in the slightest, and not "black" in the sense of mysterious, but certainly different enough from its "dad" to give it a shot if you aren't a fan of the original.

The musk here is not of the "dryer sheet" variety and manages to bypass "unisex" territory and head right into the masculine. (In other words, I'm a woman who "cross-sprays" and this one's too butch for me).

The bad news is fairly predictable considering its price-- longevity is about three hours on my skin, fading into a skin scent the last hour or so.
30th August, 2016
Swanky Show all reviews
United States
Enough already! It is time to put a moratorium on "Black"-monikered fragrances. Since Bulgari's edition, the designer offerings boasting a "Black" name have been risibly unblack. English Leather manages to outpathetic Jovan's Black Musk and Stetson Black in the "Bubble Yum and musk" sweepstakes. It is both a positive and negative thing that this has dismal longevity: good in that it is not worth smelling anyway and bad in that there is truly nothing to recommend this waste of money. There are a few niche extremists who take eye-blink longevity as a sign of quality. Here's a cheapie for those people. This was at Sears in the $6 clearance bin - fully understandable after smelling it.
09th April, 2012
shamu1 Show all reviews
United States
The reviews below are correct: the fruity top notes are appealing, promising a nice fruity wood scent. However, after about a half hour, those nice top notes disappear to uncover a flaccid, characterless "scent" that I can only describe as the smell of your skin after you just showered with a shower gel and rinsed it off. Basically it's the smell of the memory of soap, if that makes any sense. This fragrance's existence makes no sense, so I suppose that's an appropriate description.

MY RATING: 2/10
30th December, 2011
I actually like English Black's top note which is Bergamot--whatever that is! It smells manly on me for about 15 minutes and then fades away into nothingness.

Is this even a fragrance or did they just stick some water in a black box and stick a black wooden handle on it?

2/5 stars overall 1/5 longevity.
18th January, 2011
An enjoyably decent scent with laughable longevity, ELB is best used as an added layer for another fragrance because it seems incomplete. The coriander/bergamot combo and some plummy vibe herein makes me think of a tamed and broken Michael Kors for Men clone missing half the ingredients. Not bad, but not entirely ready for the vast and scary world of competitive fragrance sales. Back to the lab with you, Dana Frankenstein; this monster needs new legs.
04th January, 2011

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