My take on pure leather with some background info. I like strong, loud, projecting scents (joop, 1 million, polo, xeyrus rouge, fahrenheit, etc). I also like gourmands (rohas, very irresistible to name a few) Even with all of that said, it was not until recently that I bought my first bottle of a men, I couldnt get past the loud, tar, punch you and everyone else in a quarter mile radius of you in your face nuclear blast. It was only when I truly wore it and got to the drydown that I fell in love with a men.
Fast forward to pure leather. I sprayed this on paper and it had a plastic scent, the smell reminded me of the halloween costumes in a box with the mask you got as a child, no kidding. It turned me off big time, but given that a mens opening did the same to me, I tried some on. I was back the next day to make my purchase. For those of you who find a men too loud but wish you could wear it, this is for you. For those of you who love a men but wouldnt dare wear this at work, or in the summer for fear of being brought up for hate crimes, this is for you. This is not a huge, bold leather fragrance, not at all. It is there, but it is subtle, there but in the background. What the leather does in my opinion, is absorb and soften the notes of the a men base, and add some richness and character. This smells more of caramel, vanilla, a touch of cinnamon, and patchoulli, but all very well blended and in chorus with one another. I do get coffee, but not overpowering or in the forefront as others have noted
The result is an a men flanker that can be worn everyday in any environment. I still dont know if Id wear this on a scorching summer day, but I can tell you I wore this to the office today and it wore just fine, close enough to the skin not to offend, but plenty of projection for you to enjoy smelling good throughout the day and for everyone else to know you smell good too. Now that I have just found out about the a men flankers, I have to try to sample pure havane and pure malt.
If A men is the guy with 5 gold chains, 2 gallons of cologne, slicked back hair, pure leather is the guy who is well dressed, confident, bold, but doesnt shove it in your face.