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Leather Oud (2014)
by Floris

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Leather Oud information

Year of Launch2014
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 28 votes)

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HouseFloris

About Leather Oud

Leather Oud is a shared / unisex perfume by Floris. The scent was launched in 2014

Leather Oud fragrance notes

  1. Top Notes
  2. Heart Notes
  3. Base notes

Reviews of Leather Oud

Perhaps because of its very limited distribution in markets like the United States, Floris remains a tragically underappreciated house. I find much to admire among the house's established lineup (the well-regarded "classic" scents like 1962, 71/72, Elite acquit themselves very well), but Leather Oud is a singularly terrific blend and ranks as one of the very best leather scents of the decade.

This Leather Oud blends floral accents around a beautiful, clean leather as oud hums along in the base. It's not altogether separate from things like Dior Oud Ispahan, but I think this is perhaps the best release in that strain; the leather note anchors the composition and provides a clear counterpoint to the florals and oud.

It's decidedly masculine, with a crispness and attention to detail befitting a house that proudly celebrates its own Britishness, but it's not aggressive (despite boasting impressive performance). This feels like a daytime leather, sunny and comforting, like you're sitting in a new leather armchair in a solarium full of white flowers.
30th November, 2019
Donau Show all reviews
United States
I'm going to have great difficulty in an objective rating for this as I'm wearing it for the first time, right now. I've had it on for about two hours now and I'm considering it as a potential bottle purchase.

For the time being, the leather seemingly dominates, but only slightly. That wouldn't be my preference, but I'm hopeful, based on NickZee's review above that it's going to flip around hour five or six. There's an element of of funk peeking through right now. But not even remotely a bad funk. This is closer to the delicious funk you'll find in a saison. I'm curious to see how that plays out.

The leather is a fine, soapy sort of leather. Maybe I'd call it "bespoke tack shop/saddlery".

There is an indistinct, to my nose, floral element that I can't place other than saying it's "perfumey". It's not a scent that's typically to my liking, and I'm hoping it fades a bit. I can understand its inclusion for purposes of balance though. Just for reference on this point, I'm not opposed to florals at all, but my preferences run along the lines violet, rose, & lavender. So maybe I just don't care for geraniums or carnations.

I'm oblivious to any patchouli, bergamot, or vetiver...

So far, 7/10, but hopeful that it'll increase over the day.

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Update: I was a little unconvinced about this one on first wear.

My purchase decision was between this, TF Oud Wood, Dior Leather Oud, and AdP Oud. The AdP is revolting, TF is excellent; but it's too TF for me. I bought the big bottle of Dior.

I had plenty left in my Floris sample and wore it again today to work. It was EXCELLENT.

Call it 8.5/10

I’m now trying to rationalize owning two fragrances named “Leather Oud”


Update 2: I ordered the Floris last night. So I’ll have this and the Dior. Despite my initial concerns about redundancy, I actually now think that’ll work out well. Some of the Floris in the AM, and a spritz of Dior when I get home.

I’ve already made the ‘Floris in the streets, Dior in the sheets’ joke, but I’m oh so proud of it.
11th August, 2018 (last edited: 15th August, 2018)
This reminds me quite a lot of Montale's much-loved Black Aoud, but softer and featuring an extra layer of leather in the opening. There is the same ambery mandarin and bergamot opening as the Montale, intermingling this time with a unique and distinctive leather note that will satisfy leather lovers. The heart brings forth rose and geranium and the Montale-style oud. This oud exhibits the medicinal and leathery facets of oud and forgoes the animalic facets. After 6 hours the oud takes over and remains for 12 hours plus, supported by traces of Vetiver and patchouli for a convincing woody-leathery accord. Full bottle worthy, assuming you don't already own the Montale.
01st May, 2017
Oviatt Show all reviews
United States
Leather Oud is a perfect gateway oud, in my opinion—it has all of the secure, comforting aspects of a traditional fragrance—in this case a beautiful, classic leather note as well as other mainstays of masculine perfumery, such as vetiver and carnation—and uses it as the launch pad for an oud that is pure and deep.  The first thing you notice is the expensive leather—not too long from being in the tannery and workroom and then on to the deep, oily darkness of the Oud, underscored by the vetiver, amber and patchouli. The floral notes of carnation and geranium are so subtle that they play a true supporting role; as the name asserts, this is all about leather and oud.
Gentlemanly enough to stroll down Jermyn Street, Leather Oud also has the dark and oily glow, edged with a dirty humanity that oud is so famous for. This boy may be wearing a bespoke suit and polished bench-made shoes, but there is some funk going on here. This is for the enfant terrible of St. James, the punk rocker of Savile Row who goes commando in his custom tailored suit.  And is it just for the boys?  I think so—it has too much of a well-bred testosterone note to be anything other than masculine.  That said, on a woman with a taste for pinstripes this could be head turning.
20th March, 2017
Less fabled than its sibling Honey Oud, Floris Leather Oud packs in significant power of its own but simply rather leans toward leather than honey in its focus. Sophisticated, sharp, and not too animalic or dirty, it occupies a space that I generally find to be neglected, the regal sort of leather that impresses but doesn't overwhelm, and I'm particularly picky about leathers.a

Its leather isn't so dominant as to subdue the bergamot in the opening, which contributes to a sharp sort of freshness. The florals in the heart blend in very nicely, not taking over but rather adding some nuance to the leather. And the oud isn't not an overpowering dirty oud, but rather sharp oud that blends in from a more topheavy position than usual. The base of woods is nice, too, as that provides a natural comfort. I'm not sure what "amber wood" is, exactly, but it's certainly not a sharper wood from what I can tell.

Again, to compare to Honey Oud, Leathe Oud too is a great performer, but because its focus is leather and not honey, it's inherently a little less casual and more formal, not that that's problematic but simply a predictable consequence.

Overall, a harmonious composition that plays well on the central note, keeping it both a fun and formal experience that, while ideal for cooler weather also might not be too cloying in even the warmest of weather, though it's difficult for me to say at this time. One I'd surely consider buying at the right price, as the $235 for 100ml EDP retail is a bit steep as far as I'm concerned. Still, for the money, this could be a versatile niche player for men that may, for some, justify the cost, but I'm hoping I might be able to do better.

8 out of 10
14th February, 2017
ION-ONE Show all reviews
United Kingdom
Post Dior, any scent named Leather Oud must be approached with great trepidation. However, my frame of reference has been other recent (2014) floris scents - Leather and Honey Oud as it looks like Floris has been blending together a few new accords - this one being the real winner!

Right away I pick up genuine quality Oud. There is an oily texture that seems to cling to the skin, like using an expensive bath oil. The leather soon joins in and is pitched just right, lightly spicy, masculine bringing the oud under control and ensuring the florals stay true masculine. The main floral element from the mid notes is geranium giving a minty / peppery aspect and a delicately balanced clean / dirty contrast.

Worn outside, when the wind blows you might pick up: oil, minty leather, tobacco, florals, whiskey. There is no barnyard stank al la Dior, but there is the impression of a man's worn leather coat, full of character. This floral leather combo could be taken as a re-imagining of Farenheit, albeit with a background sweetness and powdery (patchoulli) dry down to nice sweet warm wood.

This one beats Honey-Oud from the same house which actually exists in a very saturated market of what it really is, a rose-oud scent. Many of the accords are shared and the two scents are 70% alike. Leather Oud is actually the versatile option, a gentleman's Oud, a real leather, a modern classic, quality, complex, old school - somehow bringing to mind Habit Rouge, Sartorial, Farenheit.
80/100
04th December, 2015

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