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    Default Ok leather fans help me find a good floral leather appropriate for a guy

    After reading about Cuir Cordoba by Keiko Mecheri I am revisiting my search for a leather fragrance that is suitable for me. Specifically that means a nice floral/leather combination. I'm going to try a sample of Cuir Cordoba soon. The black violet note with leather intrigues me. Anything else I should be aware of? I liked Royal Delight by Creed for example (and while I'm no dandy I've never been self-conscious about giving things like this a go anyway) and that has leather too but I'm not sure that counts in my mind as a true leather scent. I'm thinking of something where the leather actually is defining of the entire composition but with strong complimentary floral notes. Knize ten was good but I'm already aware of that one (I'd like to have a good grasp of what exactly my options are in this genre). Anyway thanks everyone I'm sort of leather ignorant when it comes to colognes.
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    Based on your description I think you would like Chanel Cuir De Russie.

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    Derby is my favourite leather; the florals are not overdone and it is decidedly masculine. Whether it is floral enough for you I am not sure.

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    Default Re: Ok leather fans help me find a good floral leather appropriate for a guy

    Quote Originally Posted by Marais View Post
    Derby is my favourite leather; the florals are not overdone and it is decidedly masculine. Whether it is floral enough for you I am not sure.
    Do you mean the original or the reissue? And is the reissue still worth it?

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    I haven't tried the vintage, I only have the latest (well, the last of the bee bottle lot before the square bottles). However, most reviewers don't see a huge amount of difference. Mine is perfect for me, anyhow.

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    Cuir de Lancome -

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe C View Post
    Chanel Cuir De Russie.
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    Cuir Ottoman

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    Van cleef & Arpels pour homme.

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    Cerruti L'Essence

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    Default Re: Ok leather fans help me find a good floral leather appropriate for a guy

    Quote Originally Posted by Marais View Post
    Derby is my favourite leather; the florals are not overdone and it is decidedly masculine. Whether it is floral enough for you I am not sure.
    Spot ON! by the way my SOTD ;-)

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    I feel that Cuir de Russie may be the best floral leather in existence. Beware of the civet (not a great amount), if you don't like a certain dirtiness.

    Tabac Blond is a thick, dense leather with some tobacco, smoke - and a lot of iris and Egyptian rose. Truly excellent.

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    Default Re: Ok leather fans help me find a good floral leather appropriate for a guy

    Quote Originally Posted by Merely View Post
    I feel that Cuir de Russie may be the best floral leather in existence. Beware of the civet (not a great amount), if you don't like a certain dirtiness.
    Chanel Cuir de Russie is probably the best floral leather out there, however the current version has virtually no animalic notes. If it does have them, I can't detect them on skin or on a card. It's a great plush leather scent that awesome in the EdT or the parfum.

    Another good floral leather, as others have already stated, is Derby by Guerlain. It's like a green floral leather.
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    Cuir Pleine Fleur by Heeley

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    Quote Originally Posted by JiveHippo View Post
    Cuir Pleine Fleur by Heeley
    Yup.

    Arsene Lupin (Guerlain) might be worth a shot.

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    +1 Cuir Ottoman. My most recent purchase and THE best, sexiest leather/suede with powdery iris. Fantastic stuff.

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    Definitely Gomma + 1

    IMO, the best floral leather is Eau d'Hèrmes

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    +2 for Gomma (great scent)
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    cuir pleine fleur has quite a few raves from people I respect, but I can't smell it very much, so I won't pass judgement but advise trying it.

    cuir lancome vintage cabochard and bandit are great suggestions. I find knize ten floral as well.

    last but definitely not the least, is ocean rain by mario valentino. floral and leather in an incredible composition. great stuff, but far from being a crowd pleaser.

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    Repeating some suggestions. For a bold one, Bandit, very strong, green, in your face.
    For superplush smooth suede, Cuir de Russie (the edt is more floral, the parfum is smoother and more skin like).

    Derby is great too, though it is not primarily a leather to my nose, but a woody-citrus with leather. I don't smell big differences between vintage and current.

    The reference violet leather used to be Jolie Madame, but the current version is nowhere near as good as the vintage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marais View Post
    Derby is my favourite leather; the florals are not overdone and it is decidedly masculine. Whether it is floral enough for you I am not sure.
    My thought exactly

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    Default Re: Ok leather fans help me find a good floral leather appropriate for a guy

    Another for Derby

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    Yes, Heely for a nice floral leather. I would also recommend Cuir Ottoman Cuir De Russie for softer leathers. Noteworthy masculines are Gueralin Derby and Puredistance M.

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    Default Re: Ok leather fans help me find a good floral leather appropriate for a guy

    Some good suggestions there.

    If you like your leather with a little more floral, try Tubereuse Animale by Histoires de Parfums - a stylised tuberose with leathery undertones.

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    Cuir de Russie and vintage Cabochard

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    Cuir Ottoman is a perfect leather for a foral lover - smooth leather, overt iris, jasmine undertone.

    A recently discontinued gem is DS & Durga's $, a bold jasmine-leather with a musk drydown.

    Cuir Pleine Fleur is a pleasing mimosa-violet-birch but is more earthy than really leathery.

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    i would add Dzing! - leather, sawdust + iris and caramel\ Dzongkha - peony, leather, incense, vetiver

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    The Gap The Original - though it's more a fruity leather than a floral leather.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vulgarrhymester View Post
    ... I'm no dandy I've never been self-conscious ... a true leather scent. ... strong complimentary floral notes. Knize ten was good ...
    K10 is THE oriental flowers / leather. So the single one alternative is Piguet - Bandit. The leather is more chemical/bitter which may come closer to Your understanding of this particular 'note'. The flowers are more restrained, dry, tickling in contrast to K10s lush, fleshy execution. The contemporary formulation of Bandit is really good!

    Know what - perfume is dandy anyway. If You dare You could try Balmain - Jolie Madame. That one has a very dry rasping leather / violet aroma.

    If You tend to frippery despite being a non-dandy, what about S-Ex? I like it very much. It has a pee note that I would clearly would file under 'leather'. Leather once was made using - literally! - human feces. From that the famous saying comes: "Pecunia non olet." which exactly reflects the importance of pee for preparing leather - look it up, pal Today the relevant components are isolated or substituted. Hence my suggestion to go for chemical, incorporated by Bandit.

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    Default Re: Ok leather fans help me find a good floral leather appropriate for a guy

    Vintage YSL Jazz

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shaka View Post
    Vintage YSL Jazz
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    Quote Originally Posted by JiveHippo View Post
    Cuir Pleine Fleur by Heeley
    +1

    CO and CdR are great but they're more about iris leather than floral leather to me.

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    Knize Ten Golden Edition which is a step up from the original.

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    Spanish Leather by Geo F. Trumper

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    Cuir de Russie.

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    Aoud cuir d'arabie.

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    Lot's of great suggestions, will support the Chanel Cuir de Russie, Cuir de Lancome, Dzing!, Cuir Ottoman and Cuir Pleine Fleur suggestions, but must add

    Cuir d'Iris by Parfumerie Generale, one of my favorites, and also the new one from Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier, Cuir Fetiche. The latter one is like a blast from the past meets a moder leather. It's very nice!
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    Tabac Blonde
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    Default Re: Ok leather fans help me find a good floral leather appropriate for a guy

    Quote Originally Posted by cbstarker View Post
    Lot's of great suggestions, will support the Chanel Cuir de Russie, ... Cuir Ottoman and Cuir Pleine Fleur suggestions ...
    agree ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by JiveHippo View Post
    Cuir Pleine Fleur by Heeley
    ^^^ What that guy said!

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    Default Re: Ok leather fans help me find a good floral leather appropriate for a guy

    thanks guys for making the job so much easier. I knew i could count on you all! I've tried some of your suggestions and I haven't tried others. I'm going to get a bunch of samples from your suggestions tomorrow. Hopefully I come away with a leather fit for my tastes and fill a hole in my collection in the process. I'll let you know how Cuir Cordoba goes too. I really hope that one works, I like the note pyramid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by laph View Post
    +1

    CO and CdR are great but they're more about iris leather than floral leather to me.
    Iris is a flower lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by MrFragranceReview View Post
    Iris is a flower lol
    Not exactly. Iris is a root, is orris and it is said to resemble violet ...

    An other leather with an inherent flowery contrast:

    http://www.ausliebezumduft.de/comme-...m_store=german

    leather from saffraleine, quite chemical and soft, aldehydes give a nice counterpoint feeling natural (go figure!) and fresh. The dry down is a conventional high quality floral.

    An honest fragrance, to me by far more respectable than many 'natural' smelling concoctions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WildThingy View Post
    by far more respectable than many 'natural' smelling concoctions.
    that's for sure...


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    Quote Originally Posted by alfarom View Post
    that's for sure...
    lol - after having it tested on paperstrips for days I wear it now. It has something to it, which reminds me of unpacking new shoes, white silk paper, cardboard and suede. Awaiting the impregnating spray now ...

    But I'm pretty sure the public will go - and righteous so - for a more conventional fragrance. Despite the CdG (and Bandit too, to some degree) being spot on the original description, people tend to go 'classic' if money is involved. CdG doesn't radiate enough 'value'. (No offense here, just an observation!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by WildThingy View Post
    lol - after having it tested on paperstrips for days I wear it now. It has something to it, which reminds me of unpacking new shoes, white silk paper, cardboard and suede. Awaiting the impregnating spray now ...
    ...and last but not least, the brown packing tape is true to life...


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    Eau de Cuir de Russie (Le Jardin Retrouvé):
    http://shopjr.com/eauxang.html

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    LOVE Cuir Ottoman and Boxeuse on my DH, they don't work for me but make me crazy when he wears them

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    Don't think anyone has yet mentioned Serge Lutens Cuir Mauresque. The dominant floral note to my nose is orange blossom, which I associate with great masculines like PdN New York.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alfarom View Post
    ...and last but not least, the brown packing tape is true to life...
    I couldn't really identify such a thing. It's more that the fragrance becomes nondescript quite smooth without any off note. May depend on local variants of packaging tape, though.

    I think the CdG is a good continuation to Knitze10 and Bandit. The leather seems to be less worn and dirty. The flowers are cleaner, less sexy. All in all it seems to be more emblematic "what is the smell X like" than literally "making You smell as X" - whatever that means.

    I personally wouldn't like to smell as leather. In my olfactory universe leather is an off note. That for I like the tar-soap rendition of Safraleine in Tom Of Finland more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iggy View Post
    Eau de Cuir de Russie (Le Jardin Retrouvé):
    http://shopjr.com/eauxang.html
    That is great green flower leather, sirs! And not so expensive too!
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    Default Re: Ok leather fans help me find a good floral leather appropriate for a guy

    Quote Originally Posted by Strollyourlobster View Post
    Don't think anyone has yet mentioned Serge Lutens Cuir Mauresque. The dominant floral note to my nose is orange blossom, which I associate with great masculines like PdN New York.
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    Eau Sauvage Fraiche Cuir

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    Bel Ami.
    Transforms gently from leather into a beautiful floral over a 6 ~ 8 hour period. I don't know how it manages to do this. Most perfumes encorperate leather in the basenotes, but this one works the other way round. Really worth trying !
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    Default Re: Ok leather fans help me find a good floral leather appropriate for a guy

    I agree with David -

    Bel Ami...my oh my, what an incredible and deep fragrance. It never loses its rich and plush leather or wood, but it does get florals in the deep heart. There are layers here that are so unimaginable in today's creations.

    Another scent that I don't see much (or any?) mention of is the wonderful Vintage Azzaro Acteur! A fantastic composition with a slightly wilted, rich red/burgundy rose of amazing depth, a boozy vibe on top, rich oakmoss (Vintage!) and a plush leather note that is secondary only to the unique, not-so-fresh rose note.

    It is also amazingly inexpensive but Acteur gets a standing ovation for quality. Perhaps, the best ever fragrance from the house...yes, at times I feel it even surpasses Vintage Azzaro Pour Homme.

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    Quote Originally Posted by david View Post
    Bel Ami.
    Transforms gently from leather into a beautiful floral over a 6 ~ 8 hour period. I don't know how it manages to do this. Most perfumes encorperate leather in the basenotes, but this one works the other way round. Really worth trying !
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    Default Re: Ok leather fans help me find a good floral leather appropriate for a guy

    All of the best floral leathers have been mentioned -

    Chanel Cuir de Russie
    Cuir Mauresque
    Derby

    More modern:

    Cuir Ottoman
    Cuir Pleine Fleur
    Cuir de Lancome (most floral)

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