Perfume Reviews

Positive Reviews of Leather Oud by Christian Dior

Total Reviews: 32
I remember reading Luca Turin saying that Dior Privée fragrances are very well blended, if not that adventurous. and on that (but not much else), i agree with him. like the fragrance or not, they are perhaps THE most well-blended fragrances on the market. impossibly smooth and well mannered. this is their trademark.

that said, it's easy to blend tuberose and ylang-ylang (New Look 1947). it's much harder to blend leather and oud into something harmonious yet also true to those two ingredients. Demachy's trick here of taking two of the most cantankerous notes and marrying them into something beautiful is quite an accomplishment. Leather Oud should be at the top of the list for lovers of both leather, and oud.

It's a soft leather - not as sweet as Tom Ford's White Suede, but in the same ballpark. I happen to adore White Suede, so this is a great place to start. This is the luxuriously soft recliner in which a slightly barn-yard Malaysian oud (i think... but it's definitely not Laotian again, thank god) gets to sit and relax.

Small hints of clove and what smells like dried apricot make Leather Oud feel very full and opulent. This pairs (layers) very well with Dior's Oud Elixir Precieux. It didn't take more than a couple of sample wearings before i put an order in for one of their magnificent 8.4oz bottles with their high-output sprayers.

overall an excellent fragrance. 9/10
12th May, 2016 (last edited: 15th May, 2016)
Oud is one of my favorite notes in perfumery - and this fragrance did not disappoint.

Maybe it's just my skin chemistry, but I don't get anything fecal from this fragrance like some claim. Instead, I get a warm, cozy oud opening with an amazing woody oriental drydown - the latter being enhanced, not dominated, by the civet and featuring many other notes. Longevity is very good, while projection is middling (but I don't want people to smell my fragrance of the day from 100 feet away). And it gets a lot of compliments.

At the price of $210 USD for 4.2 oz or $330 USD for 8.4 oz, this is also one of the best bargains in the niche market on a price-per-ounce basis. Thumbs up!
26th March, 2015
This is so sensuous. I tried Musc de Koublai Khan, and it is amazing. But now I think that Leather Oud is even more sensual. In the initial phases, Leather Oud is more sophisticated than MKK, but in the dry down, it becomes animalic and sexy. I think the difference is that MKK is more masculine, whereas, Leather Oud is more sophisticated. Both are sexy. Leather Oud reminds me of a cabin that stood by a creek up in the mountains where I used to work in the summers tending beehives and various other chores when I was a kid. The smell of the woods, the fire, the animals, the flowers, the fresh air- it's beautiful.
23rd March, 2015 (last edited: 30th March, 2015)
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One of Dior's great manly masterpieces, the unapologetically skanky and irrepressibly masculine Jules, is now increasingly difficult to locate and increasingly expensive to acquire. No worry - Leather Oud shares many of the same characteristics, in particular the civet and resins at the bottom, and a urinous honey note that had me wracking my mind until I realised that this stuff is Jules, with an Oud dosage rivalled only by a small number of Pierre Montale creations.

Animalic, musky and borderline urinous coupled with a vat of Oud may make this a not-for-everyone juice, but a fan of fragrances on the Jules/Yatagan/Lauder for Men axis will surely find it irresistable.
05th January, 2015 (last edited: 15th February, 2015)
This has gone straight to my must-have list. Wonderful stuff - sensual, silky, dirty, warm. If you're reading this, Mazzolari Lui, well, I still love you but this right here is how you do animalics while still retaining a modicum of balance and class. Everything here is so well-blended and smooth, that even though it is quite dirty, it manages to retain a round, sensual feel from top to bottom. Nothing sticks out too far - not the civet, not the leather, not the oud. The labdanum and musk combine to create this plush, pillowy base that feels like a cozy, toffee-ed amber.

I feel amazing when I wear my sample of this. It melds with my skin, smells sexy, and lasts past several showers to form this musky, skanky base on which to layer other perfumes. But when I am not wearing it, I find myself craving it. Keep in mind that I am a woman - I see that not many women wear this, based on the overwhelming number of reviews on here written by men. But to me, it is as cozily, warmly dirty and comforting as my other great skanky loves, Muscs Khoublai Khan, Mazzolari Lui, and L'Ombre Fauve.

It opens up on an almost fruity note of raw leather and incense, with a feel not a million miles away from the animalic leather opening of Rien by Etat Libre d'Orange. It is joined almost immediately by smokey woods, of which oud is one precious component but not actually the stand-out. The oud here is not the sharp, medicinal stuff you get in Black Aoud (although I like that as well), rather it is the smooth, smokey smell of the wood itself. It nestles snuggly in the bosom of the other woods - sandalwood, quite a lot of cedar - and is folded in there so neatly that it doesn't dominate proceedings. The oud is honeyed, lending a magnificent sweetness to the composition.

The civet and leather together could well have been a disaster. In fact, when I read the notes for this, I thought bleuch, a raw, macho tannery leather and the high-pitched, pissy whine of civet, good Lord, that will probably be something to endure. But the civet is very well-behaved in this composition, and the leather generally takes a back seat to the smoldering, smoky precious woods. It is dirty, yes, no two ways about it. But it is not an unpleasant type of dirtiness, just - what is it that Tania Sanchez wrote about Muscs Khoublai Khan - the sleepy warmth of two beneath a quilt. I was delighted with the round, silky quality of the musk as it dried down, shedding as it did any civety sharpness, and melding harmoniously with the leathery, ambery labdanum. The whole fragrance struck me as very deep, rounded, and nuanced, with a good dollop of filthiness snuggling in an elegant structure. Two very big thumbs up, and for me, it is a definite purchase in the future.

Oh and just to make sure I wasn't skiving out the husband too much, I asked him to smell me and he said, "Christ, I'm drunk," which I am interpreting as it at least doesn't smell too manly or disgusting to his nose (I do a lot of "interpreting" what my husband means when he is drunk). This reaction was at least a hundred times better than when he was asked to smell Tribute attar and Muscs Khoublai Khan up close, so I am taking that as a sort of go-ahead with regards to a purchase.
18th August, 2014
jumpfrog Show all reviews
United Kingdom
A really great one, I love it. I found that it started off very honey like, in fact it was a little sickly for a while. It is a little sharp at first too, perhaps this is the civet making its entrance. The dry down is very nice and, despite what other reviewers have said, I found it rather restrained. I did get a bit of barnyard in there later on in the day, but nothing fecal. Leather and oud are very well balanced, this is so well crafted. Longevity on my skin - at least 8 hours. I am definitely going to buy this when I finish my M7!
05th August, 2014
Leather Oud opens with a dark and dry accord of woody oud – quite different from usual ouds, at least the Western ones (Montale etc.), really "woody" and smoky in fact, not rubbery and not synthetic – enhanced by more aromatic and softer woods (I feel sandalwood above all), an austere leather accord - a bit plastic but good, dark, "roasted" - well sweetened by beeswax and dry honey, tonka, a slight sugary note on the base, a tasty aroma of coffee and a subtle floral breeze all over. Smoky, gloomy, dry, subtly sweet yet subtly musky at the same time, really elegant and sophisticatedly modern, with a decent leather accord – sharp and restrained, but well executed, and with a compelling tanning richness showing class and substance. Effectively, despite being a designer, it smells more like a good example of a niche leather-woody scent. Frankly I don't smell much civet in here, and overall much animalic stuff at all; rather than civet, just a (sheer) synthetic reconstruction of this note, which creates a light feel of "animalicness" that however does not even compare to real animalic notes that can be largely found is several vintage chypres and fougères – to which, by the way, Leather Oud seems taking part of its inspiration from (while sniffing this one I though of Ferré, Krizia, Balenciaga...). Nothing amazing, but good - insanely priced good.

02nd August, 2014
Starts out smoky, then becomes very complex with stinky civet, oud and honey. Each component pops to the surface throughout the day as it softens slowly into a big leather pillow. I find it an extraordinarily comfortable, elegant,masculine fragrance. Thumbs up, definitely!

October 2015
Sampled this (reformulation)today. It retains the perfumed character of the original, however has lost the brutality of the first. The smokiness has been toned down, it carries less of the assault of civet.I would say that it has become closer to unisex in flavour. The longevity has taken a small hit, however the Demachy magic of French High Perfumery and it's soft,luxurious, cushiony, drydown remains intact.
31st March, 2014 (last edited: 20th October, 2015)
solid sillage and duration, a must for every animalic / leather freak, the oud wood note is incredible!

06th March, 2014
This is an amazing scent. I spray on in the morning and its still going strong by dinner.
23rd February, 2014
The "big swinging d*ck" of Dior's Collection Couturier


The "big, swinging d*ck" of Dior's Collection Coutourier.

Leather Oud is not what you would expect from Dior, or from a niche oud fragrance. The oud note here lacks the synthetic, medicinal quality of a Montale. It is smokier, as if the wood itself is burning. This is by design.

The leather opens with a slightly fecal note, but it is far from offensive, at least to my nose. There is also a floral element in the background, labdanum I believe.

The overall effect is marvelous--the individual notes combine effortless to suggest a rich, earthy, dirty, sensual luxury. It is the fragrance of a man who has accomplished so much and is so secure in himself that he needn't worry about what others think. Others will adapt themselves to *him.*

A note about civet: this is without a doubt my least favorite note in perfumery. I detest it. In fact, the civet in Kouros is almost enough to make me gag.

My admiration for Leather Oud is all the more surprising, then, because it apparently contains a rather large dose of civet. Personally, I do not detect it at all, and this is a good thing

Pros: luxurious, earthy, unique
Cons: clearly not for everyone; an alpha male scent"

26th August, 2013
A hugely impressive dirt bomb from a line that could benefit from some dirtying up.

This is provocative in the best possible ways as the civet does indeed hit you strong, but it's well situated against the leather, cardamom, and the oud. Given those notes alone, you know this going to be a stinky scent—and definitely not one for the faint of heart.
Personally, I find that the civet attenuates quickly, and what remains is a rich, almost dusty animalic dirtiness that's carried beautifully by the supplementary leather. The whole composition is very dry, and the oud is your typical docile synthetic—which, in this case, works well in the scent in that it offers consistency. There's cardamom here that declares a slight suggestion of BO as well, which, again, works complimentarily. Given the difficulty of these ingredients, the scent is brilliantly rendered in that initiates a push-pull dynamic between beautiful and fetid.
The overall effect creates an engaging aesthetic headspace which, for my nose, recalls old hotel rooms, smoke-infused '70s furniture, and clothes that have been packed away in a dusty basement for years. Clearly, these are not spaces everyone would be drawn to—nor is Leather Oud going to win any fans who favor clean aquatics, or even the over-blown opulence of the rest of couture line. But the scent settles well on the skin, and the wood notes slide onto the scene carrying subtle hints of honey that don't detract from the overall dryness. Once the elements all settle, the result is jaw-dropping drydown of woody, rich musk.
Personally, I find Dior's couture blends to be very underwhelming, but this is the clear standout in relation to invention and ingenuity. If you like Muscs Koublai Khan, Absolue pour le Soir, or some of the more fecund scents out there, you'll appreciate how effectively this plays with ordinarily volatile notes, and does so masterfully. However, if you lean more toward "nice" scents that smell clean, fresh, or sweet, I'd keep your distance from this one. It's an extraordinarily well done, impressively assembled fragrance that will challenge the wearer beautifully.

Pros: Engenders an incredible aesthetic headspace that's as sinister as it is appealing.
Cons: Challenging, but in the best possible way.

23rd June, 2013
Not for everybody

I love love this. It is strong, deep dark and just preciously natural. I love the fact that all my fav notes are present (civet, leather, etc) and in doses I prefer: heavy. This is certainly not for everyone, especially if your nose has not developed.

Reminds me of the first time I smelled Kouros, I thought, what in the world? this stinks!!! Then I grew to love it. I get the same effect here: initial blast is like oh my God, then I could not stop sniffing. I would not wear this on a crowded bus or when you will be in close proximity to people who do not get fragrances in general. They might think you smell awful. That said, I would apply this to bare skin in moderation. Then let your body's natural chemistry do its thing.

Pros: True to its name
Cons: to me, none.

21st June, 2013
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This fragrance opens with a bang that a lot of people aren't going to like. I myself don't care highly for the opening. It's harsh, it's animalic, and it's got some STANK but me-oh-my does it mellow out. It starts off as basically straight up a mix of civet, leather and oud with the civet dominating. I usually hate civet but in this case I give it a pass as tolerable. The leather is a dirty leather and the oud plays third fiddle to the two aforementioned notes

The drydown, which comes a mear 2-5 minutes after application, has some of the stank lingering from the opening, but for the most part the civet fades into the background. It's still there but it's nowhere near as noticeable. The leather and oud dominate now and some of the sweet notes, particularly the honey come out. The civet is almost not noticeable at this point unless you stick your nose right up against the skin. Now it really is a mix of leather and oud with some sweet spices and some animalic stank in the background. It's hyper-masculine, a type of scent I'd imagine many women won't love. For me this is something I own for my own personal enjoyment and nobody else's. I've only worn it at home so far, but that may change when the climate cools off.

In any case, I'd recommend going easy on the trigger here. One spray under the clothes is all I'd ever consider if I was going out in public, it's quite pungent and the longevity is absurd. Overall it's an amazing scent that's a bit hard to find the time to wear. But if you love it like I do, wear it for yourself.

30th May, 2013
This one is a winner for me. I ordered a sample from the Perfumed Court and now I'm going back for more! The civat is quite pronounced on my skin and I'm fascinated by it. It's definitely not for the faint of heart. Excellent longevity as I can still pick it up the next day.
11th March, 2013
Cedarwood & Honey, Tobacco & Sandalwood, Musk & Civet, Leather & Oud... In that order... I bought this for the Oud, because I love Oud, and I am also rather fond of Leather, but I'm still very much satisfied... I repeat, although "Leather" and "Oud" are basically an afterthought, I am still satisfied... It starts out a bit sweet and generic for my taste, but it's VERY attractive... As the times progress, the fragrance continually develops, almost exponentially... The beeswax dissipates, the tobacco decreases, but the Civet & Musk constantly pop... Throughout, on my skin, the Cedar-wood and Sandalwood are ubiquitous... The whole process is gratefully complex and variegated and really satisfying.
30th January, 2013 (last edited: 22nd February, 2013)
Christian Dior Leather Oud
Is this a Leather scent or is it an Oud scent? It is definitely a bold masculine alpha male type fragrance that is very leathery. It opens with a hot spice peppery blend that leads into a cumin centered incense of considerable presence. The hot, bold and sweet spices immediately lead into a big leather chunk that pretty much overpowers any oud that might be here so I think it is mostly a leather fragrance - it is named well. Oud coupled with anything warm and spicey usually ends up smelling like leather and this fragrance is a very bold leather. It is slightly sweet which is a good thing because the boldness of the leather oud might explode without a little sweetness to calm things down a bit. Compared to many of the other bold leather /oud scents out there, this one is very well put together and very enjoyable to wear. rating 4.25 / 5.
05th December, 2012
This is a very well designed scent. I say that because I don't usually care for leather scents, and oud is an acquired taste which I still grapple with. But I like this, and here's why.
This starts with comforting, warm spices. The leather is attractive, and the oud is distinctive but not eccentric. The overall effect is very masculine, confident, and suave. The woods are very well done, realistically woody but not just a lumbershop, something more complex.
Everything is in perfect, complimentary proportion.
The early drydown is smoky, powdery and a bit sweet.
The later drydown gets more substantial and sweeter. Thus, I'd say go easy on it until you find the amount which suits you throughout the day.
Leather/oud fans need to check this out -- and even those on the fence should give it a try.
27th November, 2012
Another challenging aoudh-dominant fragrance for us. Dior Leather Oud is an incredibly sombre, complex and animalic "aoud/leather/patchouli accord" with a sort of comforting velvety/waxy (more than vaguely musky-lipstick in effects) agreeable background (kind of plummy/gassy in the effect because of the interaction between amber, spices, leather-suede and may be some secret fruity note), a touch of "animalic" and several resinous/aromatic notable traits. I agree with Alfarom, nothing about a medicinal/sulphureous or bitter/sweet brown sugar effect is exuded out by the oudwood in here, which is rather intensely leathery (a velvety/smoky leather), refined, clean, smooth and woody with aromatic traits and a final soothing bed of animalic and waxy notes (not without a touch of amber and honey). The darkness is extreme till the end (kaleidoscopic but never lamellar) on the side of the seasoned/smoky leather effect while the woodiness gradually fades along time as an ambery/honeyed cloud starts encompassing the wearer with its supreme roundedness. The interaction of aoud, leather, honey, labdanum and beeswax produces a sort of cushiony, waxy-smooth and polite vibe which also keeps a certain dose of masculine resinous woodsy (birch/labdanum) background and an inviting waxy/honeyed dissonance as aftertaste. Powerful and charismatic with a woodsy/animalic virile (vetiver) spark in the depth.
12th October, 2012 (last edited: 18th April, 2016)
Starts with a smokey leather. very complex. Unfortunately, this doesn't last long, the rest of the life of the fragrance is soapy leather, which does smell good also, I just wish the smokiness hung around longer. Good longevity and projection. a Manly scent.
10th September, 2012
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United States
This one is extremely interesting and intriguing. I do love it. I did however give it a 4 out of 5 stars, simply for the fact that I do feel the civet needs to be toned down. Other than that, the longevity is excellent and it's a beautiful fragrance.
16th July, 2012
This is a fantastic fragrance for a manly man who is sick of all the pretty flowery unisex

This opens with a smooth smoky saddle leather with tobacco. It reminds me of the scent from imperial leather soap but intensified and with a symphony of notes.

As time goes by the civet kicks in and gives the scent a dark muskyness within the smoky woody smooth saddle leather. This sweetens with honey to make the whole composition smell just great.

Now their are no jagged edges within this scent accord as everything is blended to perfection. The oud in this smells like smoky burning wood and the leather is more of a light supple saddle leather. Mixed together with the honey and civet gives you a smoky leathery dark sweet musky scent.

A great fragrance from Dior and one that has really impressed me. Wonderful!
07th June, 2012
surge Show all reviews
United States
Totally not what I was expecting from the name...but a treasure nonetheless!
The leather is subtle and smoky, not disgusting and pungent like Tuscan Leather.
The Oud leads you into a dark doorway of a castle.
This is a very smoky scent...I love it. Dark, complex, unique.
I would say that this is without a doubt the most "masculine" fragrance I have ever smelled.
AND -- like a quality leather based fragrance, this one will outlast a shower; sometimes even TWO showers.
Get it? Two showers and it's still there! Use sparingly...
So what so I get from it...
At first sniff it reminded me of this tobacconist shop here...they have a smoking area where people can sit back on their really nice antique leather couches and chairs and smoke cigars and watch tv, etc. I went in to buy a pack of Nat Sherman cigarettes one day and the smell of Leather Oud instantly took me back to that shop. So we've got mainly pipe tobacco, smoke, and leather in the top, and then the Oud \ Woody undertones come out and sneak up on you. The leather is very, very well done. I don't normally like leather based scents but I love this. Now...will the ladies like this one? Probably not...I would say that definitely do NOT blind buy this and if you like it, try wearing only one or two sprays and that's it.
07th April, 2012
I have tried my best to establish a relationship between myself and Leather Oud built on mutual respect , but I can see now that it is never going to happen. L.O. refuses to change to please me, and I am unwilling to accept it on it's own terms. I go through my samples always giving it one more chance. Am I ever NOT disappointed? No. Never.
How does something that smells this good at the start turn into such a stinker in such a short time? When first applied Leather Oud is as pretty as can be, a perfect balance of amber, leather, clove and oud and just a hint of smokiness. The animalic element is at bay. The oud is not a strong one. I feel like Dior was afraid of putting in too much, when putting in a bit more might have made it more interesting. Leather Oud strikes me as more of an ambery vetiver fragrance than of one built around oud. The beautiful phase of Leather Oud's life is depressingly short (like my own I might add). An hour in the civet begins to emerge from whatever shadow it was lurking in, driving out all that is good and decent and beautiful. By hour two it's over. The desolation of scorched earth. The reign of the dreaded Civet at hand.
Leather Oud disappoints so much because of what it very briefly once was and because of what it could have been. You could carry the Leather Oud bottle in you back pocket, I suppose. To freshen up as needed. That is a solution.
01st April, 2012 (last edited: 03rd June, 2012)
Bought this blind! And I love it. I get more leather out of this than any fragrance I have tried (there must be other leather scents with more, I have not tried many.) And the oud is apparent but not terribly strong here for me but well blended with the leather and other woody notes. This one lasts a very long time and it seems that the projection is very nice. There is a sweetness to this rich smelling scent but not too sweet, the leather and oud complement each other so well and tames down the sweetness that lies in the background. I tend to think I do smell a touch of civit in here, something animalic lies deep in this fragrance. Very well blended and warm, inviting and in my top five. Very different from anything in my collection and a worthwhile blind buy for me.

Interestingly, for a fragrance that is so "challenging", I always get complements when I wear this one.
31st March, 2012
Beautiful, classy warm scent. I think Dior pyramid is present somewhere because it does smell Diorish to me. I do think this should have been named Leather Oud Musk though, since the civet note is as dominate as the leather and oud notes, perhaps even more dominate than the oud. The civet in this case is a natural smelling civet and remains present throughout the life of the scent. If you like musky scents along the lines of Muscs Kublai Khan, be sure to check this out. Expensive but worth it, classy and well bred.
01st March, 2012 (last edited: 22nd May, 2014)
I love this! The masculine leather and animalic notes are tempered by the sweet honey, clove, and amber notes, with a delicate smokiness rounding it out. I think it's absolutely appropriate for both genders, as it almost becomes powdery. Dior has outdone itself with this. Brilliant!
09th February, 2012
Leather and Oud together! Two of the most potentially challenging notes in perfumery paired together with the addition of an HUGE amount of animalistic notes (mainly civet), beeswax, other woods and birch. Leather Oud is definitely impressive with its bold and intense aroma. As a friend explained me, the oud here is mainly oudwood which is extremely different from the oil because it lacks the usual burnt-sugar and medicinal vibe. It smells strongly woody, dark, incredibly deep and smoky. Absurd amounts of animalic leather and civet with the addiction of birch, provide extra power and a skanky feel that is surely not intended for anyone who's looking for an easy-wear. Honey/beeswax play as a substantial refinement expecially when smelling the fragrance form a distance.

While Leather Oud can surely be considered as a modern composition, at the same time it clearly shows many chrisms of classic french perfumery (its boldness, the strong animalic presence, and a certain "dirty" vibe that we very rarely find in todays masculines). Incredible projection and lasting power. Insanely powerful.

I've to be honest: I didn't expect such a challenging fragrance from Dior. Leather Oud is stunningly beautiful and a true candidate to become the most solid alternative to the laundered age.

Note: Thanks god this has nothing to share with the obnoxious concoction of pale chemicals that is Montale's Aoud Leather.
24th November, 2011
i got this last week and i'm finding it to be one of the most beguiling frags ever. used to killian incense oud and armani privé oud royal, this one almost completely lacks that cozy sweetness and replaces it with a compelling dryness. there is also a prevalent civet note which, although disconcertingly prevalent, is so well blended & balanced it only enhances the overall effect. and what an effect! on me is ever so slowly develops into the DEEPEST, purest DRY leather. For the second wearing, i softened this haunting starkness with a tiny layer of ambre russe, which perfectly complimented the construction. this take on oud & leather is hardcore but worth checking out just to acknowledge demachy's mastery. 9/10
while i still respect this, and absolutely swoon at the opening, within an hour it it really does go "barnyard" (as my wife puts it). as well as ambre russe, i've found that using the wife's IRIS SILVER MIST under LO really does the trick, creating a FABULOUS iris-leather of incredible depth & mystery, not mention chilling that manure-saddle civet nastiness quite effectively! i'm a chef and this new recipe has salvaged this great but challenging fragrance.
22nd October, 2011 (last edited: 30th June, 2012)
A dark, woody-earthy, tobacco affair scent offset with a welcome, scrumptious, honeyed, beeswax element that becomes more noticeable later on.

Long lasting, beautifully blended and very impressive.
05th June, 2011