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
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.
light sillage and duration, delicate skin scent...
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.
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)