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French Leather (2014)
by Memo

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French Leather information

Year of Launch2014
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 19 votes)

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About French Leather

French Leather is a shared / unisex perfume by Memo. The scent was launched in 2014

French Leather fragrance notes

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  3. Base notes

Reviews of French Leather

Opens up with a fruity sweet rose combined with lime and sage. What I find interesting is that I can pick up a nice pink savory rose which seems pretty natural to me; and combined with the lime and sage, it has an intriguing opening. I don't know where is the leather, because I can't smell any, but there is a nice creamy element in the background. Next to the rose bouquet there are bitter and green herbs and woods which seems to amplify with time. For the dry down, I get a dance between aromatic woods and something creamy.
17th October, 2018
With its sheer synthetic woods, cumin, and pepper, French Leather is clearly "Ellena-inspired". It could loosely be described as rosy Declaration, or alternately as Terre d'Hermes with abstract rose instead of the grapefruit. But I think it's probably closest to Rose 31 with (ironically) the leather removed.

It's not particularly floral (no more so than Rose 31), and is more accurately a peppery woody sweaty scent with green kitchen herbs and a round rosy sweetness under the dirtiness. It's well put together, if a bit of a niche cliche, though it deserves more love than it gets here (but it's Memo's own fault for calling it a leather).
05th September, 2018
I like the opening of French Leather, and I enjoy the first hour. The cedar note smells like a typical, harsh, synthetic woods used in mainstream fragrances, and it can be concerning during the early stages, but it's mostly balanced by the rose and by the suede accord. During the early phase, it's an interesting fragrance, and I get associations with clean skin that has just started to have the smell of sweet sweat.

After an hour or so (maybe less), the cedar note takes over, and it's not much fun. Eventually, some hours later, rose emerges as the main note, a greenish rose, and it's an interesting finish.
16th May, 2018
The only MEMO I've tried so far is the more-hyped African Leather, a strong, masculine leather that was very good but not great in my opinion. French Leather is certainly a departure, being much more floral and feminine, and overall less of a smack to the face (that leathers often are) and more a gentle wearing.

I get mainly juniper and rose, but also a sweet peachy vibe that (even more than the florals) seems to make this a better fit for a woman than a man. An interesting try, but a bit too feminine for my liking.

Performance is definitely weaker than African Leather, too, only mediocre for an EDP, so a tough sell for the MEMO pricing of $250 for 75ml.

5 out of 10
14th April, 2016
I experienced the Memo line back in September 2015. I went back and forth between African, Italian,French, and irish leather with French leather stealing the show with the combination of Suede,Vetiver and lime that won me over!.
All four fragrances are good but this is my favorite as they are a complex play on leather/suede!
13th January, 2016 (last edited: 10th June, 2016)
A fruity, kind of metallic, transparent rose with woody-leathery facets laying on a super-synth musky base. It smells modernly anonymous, completely inoffensive and as exciting as doing the dishes at night. The overall feel is the same of when you hear a new song by some unknown emerging pop-star on the radio. You have that sense of deja-vu provided by the catchy melody inspired by a plethora of other previous similar songs. The production is overly polished, the singer has an anonymous voice most probably adjusted with some auto-tune kind of plug-in, you don't change station just because you're lazy but, ten minutes after you've heard the song, you completely forget both about it and about the *artist*.

French Leather is basically the same. A minor release in a overly-crowded market. A filler nobody needed. A release some will like and others won't. A release nobody will speak about in one year. The equivalent of a minor pop singer.

18th August, 2015

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