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    Default A "mainstream" and "non-offensive" leather based fragrance?

    My friend says he likes "leather-y" and "woods-y" colognes.

    So I'm looking for an easily accesible and inexpensive (sub $70) cologne.

    Dior Fahrenheit is out of the question.

    Any suggestions?

    Thanks!

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    Default Re: A "mainstream" and "non-offensive" leather based fragrance?

    Armani Code is both mainstream and non-offensive. It has that leather note you're looking for and is balanced with fresh and spicy notes of citrus, olive blossom, anise and tonka. Very popular and very versatile.

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    Default Re: A "mainstream" and "non-offensive" leather based fragrance?

    Seek out a vintage bottle of Léonard pour Homme on eBay. It is a gorgeous easy to wear and appreciate leather that is within your price range.
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    Default Re: A "mainstream" and "non-offensive" leather based fragrance?

    How about John Varvatos (Original)?

    Fahrenheit is one of my all time favorites, but it'd be the furthest thing from my mind if I was looking for something leathery.

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    Default Re: A "mainstream" and "non-offensive" leather based fragrance?

    Quote Originally Posted by caferacer View Post
    How about John Varvatos (Original)?.
    Exactly what I was going to say.

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    Default Re: A "mainstream" and "non-offensive" leather based fragrance?

    Fan di Fendi pour Homme

    An easy to wear safe leather scent. Also gathers compliments!!

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    CH Men

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    Default Re: A "mainstream" and "non-offensive" leather based fragrance?

    Pour Lui by Oscar de la Renta

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    Default Re: A "mainstream" and "non-offensive" leather based fragrance?

    Perhaps also Black Suede Touch by Avon

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    Quorum (sprayed lightly)

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    Default Re: A "mainstream" and "non-offensive" leather based fragrance?

    Bvlgari Black.
    Last edited by JiveHippo; 24th December 2013 at 08:29 PM.

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    Default Re: A "mainstream" and "non-offensive" leather based fragrance?

    Pure Leather by Mugler is getting cheaper by the day

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    Default Re: A "mainstream" and "non-offensive" leather based fragrance?

    Quote Originally Posted by JiveHippo View Post
    Bvlgari Black.
    Yes, this!!!!
    "Thank GOD for the nose, for without it we would not be enjoying these beautiful created Scents" also Remember "Balance is everything and the key to appreciating "

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    Default Re: A "mainstream" and "non-offensive" leather based fragrance?

    L' Essence de Cerruti is what you seek!(also original Varvatos is a GREAT one as well!)

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    Thanks guys!

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    Default Re: A "mainstream" and "non-offensive" leather based fragrance?

    Quote Originally Posted by caferacer View Post
    How about John Varvatos (Original)?
    What a great suggestion! Varvatos original (it's actually just named "John Varvatos" if I'm not mistaken) is such an underrated fragrance.
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    Default Re: A "mainstream" and "non-offensive" leather based fragrance?

    Check out
    Essence di Cerruti
    The Gap: The Original
    Joop Homme Sexy in Pink (ridiculous name, but it is the leathery version of Joop)

    Renato

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    Default Re: A "mainstream" and "non-offensive" leather based fragrance?

    Bvlgari Black or Fan di Fendi.
    If you had more money I'd say go to Tuscan Leather from Tom Ford, one of the best leathers ever -- but on that budger, stick with bvlgari black or fan di fendi

    Varvatos and the flankers etc. are also great suggestions.
    I would stay away from anything Joop...

    AH! Tony T hit the nail on the head, Pure Leather...that's another GREAT one.

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    I'd go for the Fan di Fendi, John Varvatos, A*Men Pure Leather, or Bvlgari Black suggestions as well.

    I'll also throw in 1 Million if he tends to like a sweeter scent - there's leather in there, too.
    It's really quite pleasant, except for the smell (...)
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    Default Re: A "mainstream" and "non-offensive" leather based fragrance?

    Another Bulgari black suggestion
    Currently wearing: Bat by Zoologist Perfumes

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    Cerruti L'Essence fits the description perfectly. Also other options:
    Herrera Ch Men
    Varvatos original

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    Default Re: A "mainstream" and "non-offensive" leather based fragrance?

    Not a fan of Fan di Fendi pour Homme, sorry. Other than the original John Varvatos, you should try Aigner Black. Or better yet, Elsha 1776. 4 oz bottle still available for $30 or less on eBay.
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    Thanks guys... So I'm doing research of Fan Di Fendi, Cerruti L'Essence, and Blvgari Black.

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    Default Re: A "mainstream" and "non-offensive" leather based fragrance?

    What about Aramis?
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    I was also thinking of Aramis. A very dry, resinous leather chypre that can still be gotten very cheaply. Go a little easy on the trigger and you'll be in heaven.
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    Default Re: A "mainstream" and "non-offensive" leather based fragrance?

    +1 for Pure Leather.

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    Another vote for JV. Not based on the leather notes, strictly on the quality of the scent.

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    So it's between Fan di Fendi and L'essence.

    My issue is that the reviews from Fragrantica state that the Leather is a light background to non-existent... on BOTH fragrances.

    Out of the two, I'm inclined to L'essence cuz it resembles "Vince Camuto" which my friend just ran out of.

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    Default Re: A "mainstream" and "non-offensive" leather based fragrance?

    Vintage Bel Ami is awesome...but way over your spending limit...

    May I suggest Cuir Ottoman ? AMAZING LEATHER TO ME...(like new car seat leather) with excellent longevity and sillage...
    Currently wearing: L'Homme Idéal by Guerlain

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    Default Re: A "mainstream" and "non-offensive" leather based fragrance?

    Habanita EdP can be had for under 50 bucks, and it is a classic.

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