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.