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    Default Bel Ami: How does it compare to classic leather fragrances?

    I don't believe I've ever smelled a true "leather" fragrance, and I'm curious (e.g., never tried Knize Ten, Cuir de Russie, Cuiron, etc..). I've read some posts where people have referred to Hermes' Bel Ami as a leather fragrance. Is this true? Bel Ami is one of my favorite fragrances, but I never thought of it as a leather fragrance. How does it compare to the hardcore leather frags?

    P.S. I'm talking about the most recent formulation of Bel Ami, not the vintage.
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    Default Re: Bel Ami: How does it compare to classic leather fragrances?

    I don''t get leather either, not out front. Cuiron is the only one I know well that really smells like leather. Haven't tried the Creed though. I still like Bel Ami...not a favorite, but kept it as I trimmed from 100 to 50 fragrances. I find it tricky. Just a bit too much and it seems sour and synthetic. Get it right and great florals rise from the leathery amber.

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    Default Re: Bel Ami: How does it compare to classic leather fragrances?

    Bel Ami has quite a bit more floral notes - and overall sweetness compared to other leather scents. Aigner in Leather for men is lees sweet and has a green melon note for the initial few minutes, which then changes to a slightly 'fresh' scent with a refined leather base. Creed Royal English Leather in contrast starts out with a blast of mandarin and then settles down into a smooth leather scent
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    Default Re: Bel Ami: How does it compare to classic leather fragrances?

    Two other fragrances that smell really leathery to me are Creed's Bois du Portugal and Mazzolari Lui. Are either of these considered "leather" fragrances?
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    Default Leather Fragrances - Recommendations?

    Can anyone recommend a good reasonably priced (less than $70) leather fragrance? I'm not talking about fragrances that have hints of leather, but ones where leather is the dominant note.

    I'm interested in really dark, smoky fragrances.

    P.S. I already know about Knize Ten
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    Default Re: Leather Fragrances - Recommendations?

    1776 Russian Leather by Elsha - http://www.elsha.com/
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    Default Re: Bel Ami: How does it compare to classic leather fragrances?

    Bel Ami is a Leather scent that I really like....I also like Cuir Amethyste from Armani's Prive Line.....it is a bit on the sweet side which I really like alot.....Gucci Pour Homme is also sweet to me and one that I like.
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    Default Re: Leather Fragrances - Recommendations?

    Tuscan Leather by Tom Ford is a really good one, but you can't get it for under $70, unless you buy an ounce in a bottle split. It's dark, smokey and leather dominant.

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    Default Re: Leather Fragrances - Recommendations?

    Quote Originally Posted by nsamadi View Post
    Tuscan Leather by Tom Ford is a really good one, but you can't get it for under $70, unless you buy an ounce in a bottle split. It's dark, smokey and leather dominant.
    I agree.....It is by far the best leather fragrance I have come across...very wearable

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    Default Re: Bel Ami: How does it compare to classic leather fragrances?

    Bel Ami is a very complex power scent with a touch of leather, but not a lot.
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    Haven't tried Tuscan Leather so the best I've tried is Montale's Cuir D'arabie. Simply the best and most realistic representation of leather unhampered by anything else in the mix. And it's completely wearable and inoffensive to those not into fragrance.

    It's $100 direct from Paris and completely worth it over anything for less.
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    Default Re: Leather Fragrances - Recommendations?

    The only things I can think of right now that are under $70 are Estee Lauder Azuree or Aramis. I wouldn't say they are smoky, though.

    If you can get a second-hand bottle of Parfum d'Empire Ambre Russe, that would probably be your best chance to meet your price. Or, perhaps a tiny bottle of Le Labo Patchouli 24.
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    Great Leathers under $70?

    Kolnisch Juchten by Rance is dark, but lightly sweet (read well worn and experienced) leather. Wonderful stuff. I think it costs around $65 but it may have gone up since its been discovered now. The only place I know to get it is from: Jacqueline Parfumery in San Francisco at 103 Geary Street- ph# 415-981-0858 - they ship anywhere.

    My second choice would be a great leather I just discovered a couple months ago called Rien by Etat Libre de Orange. I think Luckyscent carries this now - costs about $69. This is my favorite leather ELDO makes, although they have other varieties.

    English Leather by Dana can still be found in drug stores here and there. Its a fantastic dry spicey leather scent for around $20 - $30. I picked up a bottle at Walgreens.

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    Default Re: Bel Ami: How does it compare to classic leather fragrances?

    Quote Originally Posted by Joe_Frances View Post
    Bel Ami is a very complex power scent with a touch of leather, but not a lot.
    By the way, I see the use of the term "power scent" a lot on Basenotes. What exactly does that mean? That powerful guys wear it? That it's a loud fragrance? That it exudes power? Just curious!
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    Default Re: Bel Ami: How does it compare to classic leather fragrances?

    It has some leather in the base, I certainly wouldn't call it a leather fragrance. To me it's much more about the spices and woody notes.
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    In Leather by Aigner.

    Cool bottle too.

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    Sybaris/Puig
    Getting difficult to find, but Beauty Encounter does have it here:

    http://perfume.beautyencounter.com/s...1.x=6&go1.y=11

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    Default Re: Leather Fragrances - Recommendations?

    A classic - Aramis.
    Top notes: artemisia, bergamot, cinnamon, gardenia. Middle notes: jasmine, patchouli, vetiver, sandalwood. Base: leather, oakmoss, castoreum, amber.
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    Default Re: Leather Fragrances - Recommendations?

    Bandit. Make sure you get he most recent version, which is an attempt at accurately recreating the dark, smoky original.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Asha View Post
    The only things I can think of right now that are under $70 are Estee Lauder Azuree or Aramis. I wouldn't say they are smoky, though.

    If you can get a second-hand bottle of Parfum d'Empire Ambre Russe, that would probably be your best chance to meet your price. Or, perhaps a tiny bottle of Le Labo Patchouli 24.
    I would second the recommendation by Asha Parfum d'Empire: Ambre Russe is delightful but also give Cuir Ottoman a try from the same fragrance house. They are both potent but very good leathers in my opinion.
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    Default Re: Leather Fragrances - Recommendations?

    givenchy - gentleman

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    I would try John Varvatos. IMO it's a modern take on the leather scent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stevo30 View Post
    I would try John Varvatos. IMO it's a modern take on the leather scent.
    I was just about to post that.

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    Default Re: Leather Fragrances - Recommendations?

    Maybe the new Eau Sauvage Fraicheur Cuir, or something within the Marbert range- e.g. Marbert Man and Marbert Homme, if you happen to find Antaeus by Chanel discounted under 70$ you might want to go for it too or if you like extremely powerhouse leather, go for Trussardi Uomo
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    Default Re: Leather Fragrances - Recommendations?

    Quote Originally Posted by senZuality View Post
    A classic - Aramis.
    Top notes: artemisia, bergamot, cinnamon, gardenia. Middle notes: jasmine, patchouli, vetiver, sandalwood. Base: leather, oakmoss, castoreum, amber.
    I love Aramis and used to wear it for years, but I didn't know it was considered a "leather fragrance".
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    Default Re: Leather Fragrances - Recommendations?

    Quote Originally Posted by petruccijc View Post
    1776 Russian Leather by Elsha - http://www.elsha.com/
    Never heard of this one, but I checked out your link and I'm curious about it. Does it have a really dark, leathery smell? The price is cheap, but does it smell cheap? I ask this because many of the frags people recommend as leather fragrances don't smell leathery to me. Same goes for lots of "tobacco" frags people have recommended.
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    Quote Originally Posted by petruccijc View Post
    1776 Russian Leather by Elsha - http://www.elsha.com/
    Quote Originally Posted by shamu1 View Post
    Never heard of this one, but I checked out your link and I'm curious about it. Does it have a really dark, leathery smell? The price is cheap, but does it smell cheap? I ask this because many of the frags people recommend as leather fragrances don't smell leathery to me. Same goes for lots of "tobacco" frags people have recommended.
    I have a lot of leather fragrances. 1776 Russian Leather is one of my favorites and is in the top 10% of my collection. It is not a dark fragrance like Kolnisch Juchten but closer in character to Royal English Leather.

    And, yes. Aramis is considered to be a leather fragrance (and an excellent one at that!)
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    If you can find a pre-reformulated bottle of Hermes Bel Ami (in the cocktail-shaker style bottle) I'd say it's one of the better less expensive leathers around. The current version is ok, but a lot of the leather 'oomph' has been taken out of it.

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    Default Re: Leather Fragrances - Recommendations?

    http://store.perfumersapprentice.com/fr-62.html
    15 ml of concentrate costs $3.50 and can be diluted 10 to 1. I have it. It smells like leather. It doesn't smell like anything but leather.

    With your remaining $66.50 you can get small samples of other suggestions from The Perfumed Court.

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    Tom Ford's Tuscan Leather as already mentioned.

    It's quite probably the most perfect Leather fragrance ever.
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