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Noble Leather (2013)
by Yves Saint Laurent


Noble Leather information

Year of Launch2013
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 22 votes)

People and companies

HouseYves Saint Laurent
Parent CompanyL'Oréal Group > YSL Beaute

About Noble Leather

Noble Leather is a masculine fragrance by Yves Saint Laurent. The scent was launched in 2013

Noble Leather fragrance notes

Reviews of Noble Leather

I have to edit this post. I wore it the other day and got a bunch of complements, so I think it's a great perfume that lovers of classical perfumes would like (like no 5) but a little too much for my personal style. If I was wearing a scent for other peoples enjoyment it would be this one.

Maybe my skin breaks leather accords, because this smells broken.

A floral note, like jasmine with half it's scent missing
A powdery note, that baby powder amber.
Something warm and musky
The musk blooms and gets barnyardish
A salty note (which is actually impressive. Most things that say salty don't actually smell that way to me)

Often it smells like half of something. It also starts to smell like tanning, like maybe my skin is becoming the leather.

A kinder way to describe this would be layered and complex. It's not just a straight leather. It's leather with floral and musk.

Than it mellows out to a somewhat leathery amber scent in the drydown with occasional floral notes.

22nd October, 2016 (last edited: 28th December, 2016)
This is a nice saffron-leather, not worth the price they're asking, but still nice. This could almost be in the Lutens line, but the fruity aspect here is more candied and lacks Lutens' dry-plummyy-ness. Lasts forever, projects well, so technically all is present...but the spark isn't there.
13th March, 2015
The main YSL Noble Leather's note in my opinion? Saffron (actually simil saffron)..than woods.....than leather, finally dry nutty fruits and vulgar amber/vanilla. Promising opening (in the synthetic selection of course), you catch soon a velvety syrupy vaguely boozy leather combined with resins and fruits (probably dry berries from the forest). In this fruity-syrupy-leathery phase ( the decent part of the aroma) I see the Tuscan Leather's reference. Along the trip anyway saffron, further spices and woods (Iso E Super) start jumping up embracing the elements (as supported by vanillin and synthetic "tonkinian/musky" ambroxan) in a final twist conjuring me (for several sides) aromas a la Cacharel Nemo (this is a good news) and One Million/Ultraviolet Man (this is a far less good news). In this phase more than leather I catch "nutty plastic" and an artificial idea of saffron. Anyway I find the deep late dry down such a banal spicy vanillic-woody "modernly appealing" concoction a la Baldessarini Ambre (not so sweet and far more woody) more than a la Tuscan Leather. I'm a YSL fan but it is not for me, sorry.
10th November, 2014 (last edited: 07th January, 2015)
While I can't rank the fruity-leather theme among my preferences when it comes to leather fragrances, I can't say Noble Leather is a bad one. Things change a little bit though, when I try to contextualize this composition.

This fragrance was delivered by one of the most relevant houses in perfume history. After pillars such as Kouros, Opium, Cinema, Nu, Rive Gauche, Y and Jazz (just to name a very few), Noble Leather feels sort of like a calculated attempt to catch certain targets.

To me it smells like norlimbanol (or any other bombastic woody amber) + bits of Tuscan Leather (the fruity / leathery aspect) + some of the dried fruits accord also found in some Lutens + amber-patch. That's it. Not completely bad but far from being as relevant as most of the aforementioned gems by this amazing house.

On top of that, it's offensively priced.

15th December, 2013
Excellent soft leather & dried fruit accord

At first smell, it is very reminiscent of Tuscan Leather.

But a few moment later it's own identify emerges in full bloom.

A soft leather sweetened with a dried fruit accord and spiced with saffron.

In. Perfect. Proportion.

Because its dried fruit, it's not a fructose intense like fresh fruits.

And because it's a dried fruit accord, it's not fruity smelling either.

It you've ever had fresh dried fruits then you're aware of now it's fruity and sweet but not intensely fruity and richly sweet like fresh fruit.

A lot of you at this point are probably wondering if it's similar to the Serge Lutens dried fruit accord.

No it's different. Serge's accord is more of a compote. Stewed dried fruits where the fructose is escalated. Over here the fructose is muted.

The saffron accord smells solid. Like a concentrate of saffron.

There's a milk tea we prepare over here that is emphasized with saffron.

Some people add strands of saffron to the boiling tea or while it steeps.

I like to drop a few strands into a 20ml cup of boiling water then let it infuse for a few minutes. You end up with very concentrated saffron water. But because you add it to liters of tea it's not bitter.

The saffron in Noble Leather is like this. Robust and concentrated but perfectly balanced with the dried fruit accord.

Highly reccomdned if Tuscan Leather , Clive Christian C & Cuir Ottoman appeal to you.

05th July, 2013

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