For me, settles into a woodsy, more than mild leather (the pine was there towards the end of the starting phase)...Wonderful fragrance from a wonderful house - try to get the vintage if u can. I own the newer version, still very good...
I happened to wear it as my SotD yesterday, and I live it. The opening blast is herbal and chilly to me (I haven´t wore Yatagan much but PdH is similar to my memory of Yatagan). This part can be a little overpowering but soon it settles down to a rather warm and soft fragrance. To me it is neither particularly leathery or woodsy, rather it is an abstract refined herbal fragrance. Wonderful stuff!
This one opens up with a strong blackberry note mixed with greens followed by a dirty earthy patchouli accord. After a while a very strong incense/pine note seems to dominate the heart of the composition. When this starts to fade I can smell a subdued leather note. In the basenotes the woods start to make their presence known more.
I do not like the incense/pine note as it is really overwhelming for the first forty or so minutes. But after that it becomes more tolerable for my taste.
Bought Parfum d'Habit semi-blind recently. I had smelled it, but years ago.
It does have a weird and strong set of opening notes - clashing of sun-warmed blackberries and cold pine needles. Then it all settles and is incredibly civilized. It's not the heaviest of leather scents, and that would not be its charm anyway. However, the leather note is very genuine and not sweet or dumbed down, not mixed with osmanthus or vanilla, etc. I don't find the patchouli/vetiver accord to be overly dominant either. This frag is really all about masterful blending and development.
Parfum d'Habit is just what I need when I want a dry, woody leather.
Elegant and refined.
I would not say leather is "dumbed down" by other ingredients, as Jardanel states, as we all have different tastes.
Sometimes I want leathers with vanilla and also florals. I adore Cuir Ottoman (iris), Cuir de LancĂ´me and SL Sarrasins (jasmine), and Guerlain Dandy Arsene Lupin, Armani Prive Cuir Amethyste and Prada Amber Pour Homme Intense (violet). Each scent for each taste and preference.
I agree that the leather is genuine.
The older version in the 90 ml seems to be the best, IMO.
I'm having a hard time warming up to this one. I read here on BN that it's a old-school super masculine powerhouse (it is quite powerful yes) but all I get is a weird crushed green flower leaves together with a lot of chalky powder.
Not at all what I was expecting as a lover of macho old school fragrances, quite unisex to my nose and very linear too. Not fresh, not cloying but just leaves a weird "blob" on the skin.
Someone else feel this way about current formula PdH?