I like Cuir de Lancome, but don't find it very "leathery". Kind of like Tom of Finland - it is more of a suede.
for a budget leather, the only I can think of at the moment would be Dirty English, but even that isn't quite what I think of as a "leather" fragrance. The only other good leathers that come to mind are all > $70 / bottle.
1. Xerjoff - Nio
2. Creed - Aventus
3. Tom Ford - Grey Vetiver
4. The Different Company - De Bachmakov
5. Dior - Homme Sport 2008
6. Montale - Aoud Legacy
7. Creed - Virgin Island Water
8. by Kilian - Straight to Heaven
9. Creed - Original Cologne
10. Clive Christian - 1872 for Men
Kolnisch Juchten by Parfums Regence cost me $65 for 100ml.. Dark, birtchy, smoky meat like leather that is better than anything I have smelled in the leather range. Unfortunately only one store in the US carries it but even given that fact I have found it easier to get than Knize 10 which nobody has in stock and also which I have never even sampled. Wish I knew what it smelled like...
1. Amouage Epic man
2. Dior Leather Oud
3. Perris Monte Carlo Oud Imperial Black
4. Le Labo Patchouli 24
5. Amouage Opus VII
6. Byredo Bullion
7. Masque Milano Russian Tea
Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.
Looks like the OP should have specified exactly what he meant by budget. LOL. So, I will mentioned "cheapos:"
Everlast Original 1910
Bijan V.I.P. Men (suede)
Heir by Hilton (not suggesting it's a great scent)
Montana Parfum d'Homme (complex, so the leather note may not be strong enough for you there)
Vintage Cachet is also easy to get cheaply on ebay, sort of a light version of Aramis.
I had heard about Knize Ten on Basenotes since 2009.
I avoided it, thinking I don't like leather cologne, based on
pre-basenotes bias on leather based on English Leather.
Fast Forward to now...Got sample from Lucky Scent, ordered bottle next day.
Love it or Hate it...when you love it...you'll then consider Cuir de Russie (EXPENSIVE)
I did hear that Pinaud Clubman Special Reserve is damn good leather for VERY inexpensive.
When the time comes,
Knize Ten will spank you with it's Austrian Leather
...and you will like it.
Your nostrils, which will dilate immesurably in unspeakable contentment, in motionless ecstasy, will ask nothing better for space, for they will be full of fragrance, as if perfumes and incense; for they will be glutted with complete happiness, like angels who dwell in the peace and magnificence of pleasent heaven.
(From Maldoror by Comte de Lautreamont)
Currently on my Rotation:
1. Cartier D'un Soir
2. Loewe Essencia
3. Bergamotto Marino
4. Herb Alpert Listen
8. Pal Zileri No 18
0. Kenzo Homme
While seconding Caractere, Trumper Spanish Leather, Z14, Trussardi Uomo and English Leather, I'd also like to add Tabac Original and Avon Black Suede Touch (the latter including not just suede notes, but also leathery and gourmand ones).
Budget leathers are hard to find. Perhaps if you appreciate leathers from the late 60s ( Aramis), 70s ( drawng a blank !) and 80s ( Ferre Man, Caractere, Trussardi Uomo, Tenere, Or Black....etc) they are alot easier to come by. But finding a nice Spanish leather is really hard to come by at a cheap price ( under $50).
Most contemporary leathers are close to $100 ( if not more).
I also find the current Nicole Miller for Men to be lackluster in that it feels thin and not well lasting.
Seeking: Bottles/decants : of Alain Delon Iquitos, Feeling Man, Gucci pour Homme, Essence of John Galliano, Opium pour Homme, Oxford & Cambridge, Azzaro pour Homme (vintage), Concentré D'Orange Verte...etc.
Seeking decant/sample of Jil Sander Feeling Man, Comme des Garcons 2 Man, Giorgio VIP, ....etc. I have samples to swap.