Thread: Royal English Leather Review
this is NOT a leather scent....it's just an amber scent...and it's crap! Shame on you C***d....again.
15 January 2009
Does anyone else see REL in this light? Amber? Just curious.
I didn't get much leather out of Royal English Leather - mostly light, perfumey, slightly petrolium-like amber. I guess some leather products are (were?) scented this way... If a scent can be kitsch, this is it imo. Like a fragrance version of a male corset.
It really depends on what you expect leather accords to smell like. Take Ambre Russe. Others smell amber, I smell leather. *shrug*
rel is a nice fragrance not my favorite creed but it is nice. i smell a sweet polished clean Englishman's leather. like a polished leather couch. tuscan leather by tom ford is a dirty leather which is totally different.
Try Bel Ami. Fantastic stuff!
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No as well.
Is the juice worth the squeeze?
I get a nice rich leather note. But there is also a kind of sweet-ish vibe that I've always thought was the ambergris.
Someone looking for pure leather scent may be put off by that.
Last edited by StylinLA; 18th July 2010 at 07:39 PM.
REL smell's like ladies hand cream to me and is extremely pungent and has no place in this century. I read somewhere that it was created for Royalty about 150 years ago. The King/Prince wanted a fragrance to drown out the smell of the common peasants who did not take a bath in those days and to drown out the smell of the stables when he went hunting. Well his Royal highness succeeded in his wish with REL.lol
Love the stuff. Love that it smells like what it smells like. Don't care if the title is a true or a false ingredient list.
That girl, that bottle, that mattress and me.
You can do a search on Basenotes for this - we have discussed this before.
REL uses a high dose of styrax (Liquidambar Styraciflua) for a 'leather' note. Styrax is responsible for that floral-animalic note in REL.
Fragrances such as Knize Ten, Chanel Cuir de Russie, Tabac Blond and many others utilize the iso-butyl-quinoline aromachemical to impart that (imo, harsh) 'leather note'. I find in particular Knize Ten's use of iso-butyl very aggressive and harsh.
The other material used to impart a leather note is silver birch/birch tar. Creeds Cuir de Russie makes heavy use of great quality silver birch.
Last edited by zztopp; 19th July 2010 at 03:24 AM.
REL is a bit of an acquired taste for sure. But for those of us who like it, none of the stories surrounding the scent really matter. It's a unique, lush, rich leather for men.
Everso, God rest his driven soul, was a Knize in shining armour crusading against believers in the false Creed. He didn't mince words and didn't mind facts much either, as fundamentalists go.
Let's keep in mind that leather, in perfumery, is not a palpable object, but rather a flexible concept and can go anywhere from lush soft and sweet (Lutens Daim Blond) to Texas birchtar massacre (Tauer Lonestar memories). I happen to love both the aristocratically lush REL with its natural balsamic "Indian" vibe (I smell castoreum in there beside the styrax) - the cream-leather interior of the Maharaja's Rolls Royce and the modernist gasoline-tar plus oriental amber complexity of Knize Ten: a Bugatti Brescia Type 23 roaring through a Harem scene by Ingrès.
I love Royal English Leather for its sweet leather and cannot stand Knize because it is gasoline! Each to their own .
Petty small minded people have no place in my life.
REL is within the spectrum of leather scents.
Yes, I do think it is leathery - but not in a tangible way that makes me envision leather. Tuscan Leather is the only leather scent that has that effect on me. REL reminds me more of leather curing plant...full of leather chemicals Not a fan.
Come to think of it, very few leather scents remind of anything that has to do with leather. It just recognize the note as "that which has been defined as leather by the perfumery powers that be."
"It's not what you look like when you're doing what you're doing; it's what you're doing when you're doing what you look like you're doing."
Personally speaking, I think that this fragrance genre is the most difficult and most challenging.
There are many interpretation of 'leather' and I can honestly say, I have smelt many in this category - and many I did not like :
Tuscan Leather for example to me smelt very synthetic, Bel Ami was very strong and old worldly, Chanel Cuir De Russie was very nice but I found it very feminine most likely due to the florals - but Royal English Leather was exactly the interpretation I had in mind that fits my style.
It does not smell dated to me, the tangerine opening is a fantastic introduction to a smooth, buttery/waxy leather that remains throughout the remainder of the scent.
Class all the way, and highly masculine.
Agreeing about the waxy note and thus, by extension, the possibility of a waxy and/or rich honeyed leather on this one, although filtered by hints of tangerine/other citrus and possibly hints of fresh, earthy lavender as well.
By personally thinking more and more about, increasingly dwelling on the nuances this fragrance, starting to gradually understand even better why this one is a favorite Creed and a personal favorite in general - the more it is given time and attention, the more challenging and interesting it can become.
Last edited by Ken_Russell; 20th January 2017 at 04:51 PM.