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.
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.
My current top ten:
1. Oud Wood
2. Spice and Wood
4. Pure Malt
5. Tonka Imperial
6. Dior Homme
7. Epic Man
8. L'air Du Desert Marocain
9. Noir de Noir
10. Terre D'Hermes
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.