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Mahon Leather (2011)
by Floris


Mahon Leather information

Year of Launch2011
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 25 votes)

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PerfumerShelagh Foyle

About Mahon Leather

Mahon Leather is a masculine fragrance by Floris. The scent was launched in 2011 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Shelagh Foyle

Mahon Leather fragrance notes

Reviews of Mahon Leather

ION-ONE Show all reviews
United Kingdom
From my recent samplings from Floris (thanks to the excellent service via the company website) - this is the one that didn't really impress.

The leather is there, mixed with a lightly spiced, herby, mildly sweet backbone. There is a powderiness from the patchoulli and a background fuzzy, clean musk.

The marketing mentions inspiration from the old Menorcan liqueur calent which is a mix of wine with aniseed, cinnamon and saffron. Certainly the saffron can be detected, giving a warm if slightly plastic ambiance. After reading Colin M's review, I get the nutty, Amaretto smell too!

Most male leathers are butch or a little dangerous or rebellious. The leather here seems quality, but too safe - honestly a bit like walking around the women's handbag department in a high end department store: a very soft air of newly polished patent leather - quite ozonic and airy from the opening. The leather note is present from the start, and quite well executed, but never really develops into anything more interesting. In fact the scent is quite static after the first half hour unfolds.

Overall a polite but slightly boring and underwhelming leather scent. I wouldn't really wear this due to the feeling I could be wearing something much more exciting. Projection is probably below par, longevity is average and silage could be interesting for bystanders. For a more fulfilling leather scent check out Leather Oud from the same house.
15th February, 2016
Two thumbs up for this very traditional but very pronounced fragrance

Spillage and longevity quite nice

One of my go to elixirs

Thank you Floris
22nd January, 2016
Kaern Show all reviews
United Kingdom
This is almost the exact opposite to the new Villoresi 'leather' I have just reviewed. Whereas that is a quite strong, dense take on the genre, Mahon Leather is much more of a soapy, fresh, opened up version. An easier wear maybe, but both are lovely.
18th January, 2016
light sillage and duration, delicate skin scent...
18th February, 2015
A gentlemanly leather.

A no-surprise leather with the right doses of sweetness, earthiness and soapiness that drive it right away into classic-masculine territories. I like it but, somehow, I feel like I really have nothing to say about it. Kind of a mild positive reaction that, after several testings during the past bunch of years, still leave me sort of uninspired. I guess I just like it but it's definitely not love.

With that said, if you're up for a well behaved, groomed and moderately complex old-school masculine leather, this is a valid option.

09th January, 2015
Mahon Leather is an austere and quite simple – meaning “essential” - leathery chypre à la Knize Ten, fairly British for its nostalgic soapy and floral "barbershop" feel, but at the same time “brownish” and earthy, spicy and above all, with a hell haunting vanillic-almond note, slightly boozy too (pretty much like the Amaretto di Saronno taste, if you are familiar with it, although here is more just vanilla and tonka). All posed on a quite exotic woody base of dry, dark and aromatic wood with a warm amber vibe. Basically, a pleasant scent inspired by a sort of “colonial elegance”, as it blends a British powdery-boozy leather reference with a more exotic accord of shady spices, dark woods, sweet-resinous notes. Nothing stunning quality-wise (even if I admit the leather accord is particularly well-crafted, more than the average of niche) and frankly a little bit boring for a while as long as that bold spicy-almond note lasts. Then, once it settles on the drydown and some notes tone down, it becomes actually better for me: warmer, soapier, more tending towards a soft, mellow, sophisticated leather-amber accord with iris and just a (more reasonable) hint of spices. Pleasant, elegant and almost fairly priced for the quality (edit: it WAS almost fairly priced...).

05th November, 2014 (last edited: 10th January, 2015)

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