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African Leather (2015)
by Memo


African Leather information

Year of Launch2015
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 41 votes)

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PerfumerAliénor Massenet

About African Leather

African Leather is a shared / unisex perfume by Memo. The scent was launched in 2015 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Aliénor Massenet

African Leather fragrance notes

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

Reviews of African Leather

Essentially the pipe tobacco topnotes of Hermes Ambre Narguille (like Tobacco Vanille's famous cedar/clove/chrysanthemum/honey mix with extra fruit and dusted with cinnamon), but with leather in the base instead of vanilla or amber.

It works remarkably well. There's a big ash note that often bothers me in pipe tobacco perfumes that fits perfectly here, acting as a bridge between the tobacco and the leather.

Honestly, after so many middle eastern cheapies copying Tobacco Vanille, I'm a little tired of this sort of scent, but the leather basenotes and deft blending go a long way to breathe new life into something that's threatening to get a bit tired.
05th September, 2018
I like all the Memo range I tried and happily own a bottle of Irish Leather.

I've been sampling this for a week and I feel it is kinda like the niche version of Xeryus Rouge (which I also liked a lot back in its days)

The only drawback of the brand is that it is too expensive, I wish they be 100 ml at least instead of 75

30th March, 2017
This comes across more as a warm-spicy vetiver fragrance that is supported by leather. The initial burst is warm and spicy with cardamom, saffron, and cumin. The presence is rich, but also with a hint of softness - and is perhaps a little synthetic. It's also somewhat sweet at this stage with a vague gourmand allusion. After about thirty minutes a leather note emerges which is warm, soft and closer to other modern leather fragrances. However, in about a couple of hours there is a smooth transition to an airy woody accord with a prominent vetiver note coming to the fore. The fragrance thereafter remains linear, with this woody accord comprising the dry down, and only near indiscernible hints of leather and distant spices comprising the supporting cast. Sillage is average in the beginning, then quite soft as it becomes a skin scent after 2-3 hours, and it lasts only about 3-4 hours on skin.

On the whole it is hard to classify this fragrance, as one feels it is not quite a leather fragrance. There is also an 'inverted shape' at play here - the fragrance thins out towards the dry down (though not exactly being a top note con job). Additionally, it does come across as a bit unique in terms of its composition - especially the transitions. However, eventually it is a bit insubstantial, and not memorable enough. In roughly similar territory for a leathery fragrance, Armani's Oud Royal is a more compelling alternative.

06th February, 2017
This one is slightly sweeter than Irish leather. Reminds me of a combination of light leather mixed with Allure Homme for some reason. Be careful with the sprays on these Memo leathers. Pretty beastly.
05th January, 2017 (last edited: 17th January, 2017)
A slightly sweet, smoky and spicy scent where everything works to support the leather at the heart. It brings to mind the somehow "red" spices of African cooking. Not dissimilar to Italian Leather by the same house, but with the spices and slightly gourmand aspect up front and to the fore throughout. Highly amenable and no doubt good for dressy evenings, it would reward close testing. Whether you want to pay twice as much for this as you would for the Hermes or Acqua di Parma rivals is another matter.
28th December, 2016
MEMO African Leather is the first offering of the house I've tried, and it's a very agreeable leather fragrance, as it's not harsh, but rather tied to citrus via bergamot and sweetness (probably the musk), and remains so into the dry down. The saffron is also noteworthy. The blend is solid and it's very easy to wear in that respect, but it's certainly difficult to justify it standing out enough in a world of interesting leathers, and I'm not even a big leather fan.

Overall, it doesn't strike me as a very deep or complicated composition, and performance-wise, it's not very impressive. The initial burst of projection dies down within an hour, and it fades to practically a skin scent within 3 hours. So it's a tough sell at its retail cost of $250 for 75ml, but a very pleasant nonetheless, and one I'd consider buying at a third of the retail price, perhaps.

7 out of 10
02nd March, 2016

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