I much prefer Tuscan Leather.
I realize there is an oud element to the Montale, but the leather seems to me to be fairly similar, I think.
Not sure, but are they also priced sort of evenly?
What are your thoughts?
I much prefer Tuscan Leather.
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Our Cuir Arabie is the more interesting frag. Its not your typical Montale. Although I don't wear it, I can appreciate its raw, burnt, animalic leather-hide smell, which at the very least is very unique.
I've never smelled Tuscan Leather, though it sounds great. I did have a sample of Oud Cuir D'Arabie and found it disgusting. Maybe now, I could tolerate it a little more, but there were just some aspects of it that were incredibly gross to me. If Ron Jeremy wore a pair of leather pants for a week straight without bathing as he went on with his weekly travails, this is that it would smell like. Yuck.
I find them to be 2 different animals. TL has more of a sueded feel to me, while the Montale is more raw. I would have both in my wardrobe.
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Oud Cuir D'arabie is like a story of leather. Begins with the animal itself as it draws its last breath, swiftly moving to curing phase, and eventually becoming tame after a long while. It's probably an acquired taste. Not many people around me find it pleasing. I love it.
Tuscan Leather is quite a bit gentler and more easily appreciated, with a different type of leather which is new to me. Aoud Leather or Mark Birley Charles Street are probably more closely related with Tuscan Leather. I like what I smell in Tuscan Leather but it lacks intrigue in my opinion. I still would have it if it was substantially cheaper though.
IMO Charles Street is the easiest to appreciate and is a better composition than Tuscan Leather, even though it begs for generous application.
Oud Cuir D'Arabie is better IMO.
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I'd have to go with Tuscan Leather.
Oud Cuir D'Arabie
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Tuscan Leather ofcourse.
I like them both but Tuscan Leather is far more versatile and has better lóngevitiy on me.
Tuscan Leather for sure.
There is a lot of disagreement over this. Both are at least very good, but - for me - only one is great: Our Cuir D'Arabie. It needs to settle down for about 15-20 minutes, but once it does the leather smell is fantastic. Tuscan Leather smells good, but I find it to be uninspiring.
Both are good choices.
I agree that these are nowhere alike to each other. Both leathers, but they couldn't be more different. Forced to chose one, I would go for the Montale.
If I were you I would forget these two altogether and try Charles Street by Mark Birley (IMO a much more affordable option to Tuscan Leather) and Leather Oud by Christian Dior.
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wise words indeed but I feel oud cuir d'arabie still warrants at least a decant.
Out of these two I would say Tuscan Leather. However, I would also agree with mikeperez23 about Charles Street. I find it to be a much more pleasing scent at a fraction of the price of Tuscan Leather.
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Even if I liked Cuir d'Arabie I wouldn't be allowed to wear it (joking) the lady was not impressed, in fact she was quite disgusted.
Tuscan Leather is more wearable, as it is a quieter and more versatile interpretation of leather.
Cd'A is an absolute beast of a leather - nothing subtle about this stuff. The leather comes thick and fast with any more than one spray from this animalic powerhouse.
Where TL is a calm slap across the face with a well-oiled dress glove, Cd'A is a haymaker with an 18oz boxing glove.
Despite it being much less wearable, the sheer power of Cd'A wins it for me.