: a lot of smell for a lot of money, but worth every Euro that will buy it for me! All perfumes with Spanish Leather
in their name intend to give you the mix of scent impressions from such leathers, which themselves were spiced and perfumed before they were brought to the markets. Arabs had developed the art of natural leather tanning, softening, and perfuming on their Spanish territory to a level far beyond processes known in Europe until the late Middle Ages. For centuries, top of the arts leather products originated from the area around the famous Moorish town of Cordova. Spanish leather, and Cordovan leather actually mean the same - quality leathers of extreme density, softness, and flexibility with a fine(r) smell of spices and herbs. The best parts of mainly sheep-, goat-, and horse-skin were processed that way, and luxury products were made of that.
I came across Peau D'Espagne
in Italy last year, but I do not remember SMN Spanish Leather.
Maybe their boutique didn't have it then, but actually I remember not much else I tried in that place. I was simply spelled by Pd'E ! It's just as rich as Tabac Blond and Knize Ten but replaces their floral exuberance with dark, almost medicinal spicyness.
I also like Aigner
leathers, Lutens Daim Blond, and Cuiron (!)
. These things are fine in the glove box of my automobile, but not sufficient for outdoor wear and activities. But don't listen to me who likes to sniff at a bottle of pure birch tar or turpentine, and believes that the English liquid disinfectant 'TCP
' has perfume quality. (must be banned in America, I am sure
I cannot comment on English leathers.To this day, British perfumery isn't well represented on 'the continent'. Anything beyond Yardley and Burberry isn't easily available here. Thank you for the picture, desmoface - delicious bottles!