Where I think English Leather gets it right is in the sparkle in the citric notes which manage to linger through the drydown, and the saddle soap is a little bit dirtier compared to REL. I find it almost magical.
The mandarin in Royal English Leather is muted, relative to the zest in the English Leather.
However, that doesn't mean I don't like REL. In fact, I prefer wearing REL. For as much as I like English Leather, it can be a tempermental beast to wear. Just a little too much on and yerch! It can be overpowering. Both have comparable duration on me, but I might give the edge to REL. On some people it lasts forever. REL is mild mannered on me and I could probably wear this one any time any place ... whether anyone else but me can smell it, well that's a different matter. I think the English Leather would win the siliage battle.
Anyhow I have a similar reaction to Brut vs. Rive Gauche PH. They are similar in a number of respects, but I adore the Brut. Still, Brut is tempermental and Rive Gauche is much more mild mannered (along with better duration).
I have a severe problem with the stick English Leather deodorant. The fragrance in that is way too strong. (I have the round alcohol based deo, I understand there is a non-alcohol based one... I think it might also not have any aluminium for health nuts out there.) Fortunately I shaved my pits (I'm sure everyone really wanted to know that) and now I only need to apply a little deodorant so the EL stick problem is amerliorated somewhat. I like to use the EL deodorant (extremely lightly) with REL as well.
I was not impressed at all with English Leather Lime. I have English Leather Musk but I don't recall my position on that.
Please note that in the past I used to compare Knize Ten to REL, however that was primarily because of the mandarin top notes with they share in common. All I used to get were the mandarin notes in REL when I tested it at Saks and from when a fellow BNer generously sent itSince getting my tester of REL, I've been able to actually wear the frag and I think it might be better to compare REL with English Leather and to a lesser extent, Equipage which also tries to emulate bridal leather.
Knize Ten is a more modern frag with a developed top - middle - base which I have always thought of as a tobacco frag (from when I tested it in a mystery scent challenge) than a leather frag, but it might just be me! I haven't worn that in a little bit. It might be time for me to actually have a mandarin battle to see how REL, Knize 10, Royall Mandarin & Pierre Cardin Centaur Cuir Fougere stack up (maybe I'll throw Happy for Men in to see how it stacks up too.)
Last edited by MisterK; 28th March 2007 at 06:50 AM.
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