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Russian Leather (2016)
by Memo

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Russian Leather information

Year of Launch2016
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 24 votes)

People and companies

HouseMemo
PerfumerAliénor Massenet
SupplierIFF

About Russian Leather

Russian Leather is a shared / unisex perfume by Memo. The scent was launched in 2016 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Aliénor Massenet

Reviews of Russian Leather

Starts out rather masculine. Quite seductive. Mint, spice, herb, and pine shine. Smooth, with lots of sharpness from time to time. Lavender, rosemary, and wood are just fine here. More spice and "brown-smelling" herbs. The leather is noticeable; not too loud. There is a gorgeous, noticeable cypress note. Pretty much all the notes vibe well together.

After time, leather & lavender are the main notes that stay strong. Patchouli rises up to take notice, hours later - Tonka as well. It is a kind of gentle sweet, amber-like lovely ending. This one "works", on me.

27th December, 2018
I enjoyed this scent. Despite the name "Russian Leather" I found this one to be much more similar to the many "barbershop" scents on the market as opposed to the many "Leather" or more particularly, "Russian Leather" scents out there.

It is described by Memo as an "icy fougere" or something in that vein, which is an apt description. However, I found this one to be quite similar to Maison Margiela's Replica At the Barber's. To my nose they both even have a prominent Basil note and a feint leather accord in the background.

My conclusion is that this one, despite smelling quite nice, is not at all worth the price of admission considering you can get something nearly identical for less than half the price. This one does have a really, really cool bottle though.
04th December, 2018
This is a fougere more than a leather fragrance, but I can imagine a hint of leather in the background. The lavandin (as it's called on the sample card) can be harsh, and there were moments I didn't like it and considered giving it a thumbs down, but I eventually appreciated it more for being a complex variation on a classic style.
16th May, 2018
Tested Russian Leather for several days. In that span I received several compliments. One I was told it smells sexy on me. I don't look for compliments, they are a bonus.
Russian Leather comes off as Very Green. I love Green fragrances, so this is for me. Being that it's loaded with Cypress, Cedar and Pine Needles, I would consider this a Fougère. The sharp opening has a briskness to it, like walking into an arctic blast of cold air. Picks me up, pulls those shoulders back. Mid starts to turn Herbal, which I love. I was wearing this in warm February air. So this is very versatile. Some say it's a Winter scent. Not to me.
The base starts to kick in and after 4 hours Russian Leather is still going strong on my skin. Projection is above moderate. The Leather starts to peak out, it's a fine Leather. You get some green Patchouli leaves, not dark or dirty. Tonka smoothes it out. Find myself wafting my shirt to get billows of this fantastic fragrance. This lasted a good 8-10 hours. This is full bottle worthy to me and I will purchase it this week.
26th February, 2017
Definitely a green leather that is more unisex IMO. Kind of boring but pretty safe.
05th January, 2017 (last edited: 04th August, 2017)
Memo's latest leather creation, Russian Leather, is quite green, involving not only the signature animalic leather but also pine, cedar, clary sage, and cypress. So it's a bit green, a bit herbal, a bit woody, and of course a bit leather.

To its credit, Russian Leather has a bit of complexity, an interesting variety of notes that make it a little less straightforward than other leathers but surely up to par with the odder leather creations that Memo has put forth before. Still, it's a little dirty for my nose, something acerbic and animalic making it even off-putting in one sense.

Performance is decent but as with the standard Memo pricing, $250 for 75ml is a bit steep unless you love this, and I wouldn't even say I like this very much, let alone love it.

6 out of 10
01st November, 2016

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