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

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    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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    Perhaps also Black Suede Touch by Avon

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    Quorum (sprayed lightly)

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    Bvlgari Black.
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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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    Quote Originally Posted by JiveHippo View Post
    Bvlgari Black.
    Yes, this!!!!
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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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    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.
    In my swap list: Gucci Pour Homme (2003) BNIB.
    I'm looking for Reflection Man or Andy Warhol (silver bottle w/Andy's face)

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

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

    Another Bulgari black suggestion

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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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    +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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    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...

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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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    Honestly at that price point it will be hard , you will have to go niche.

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    Bvlgari Black, in my opinion, does not fall into the "non-offensive" category. That strong rubber note may be a bit much for some. Midnight in Paris, on the other hand, is much safer and still has that leather note (without the rubber). Some people describe it as unisex so keep that in mind.

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

    With "non-offensive" in view, i also highly recommend L'Essence de Cerruti .
    ointments and perfume delight the heart....

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    Nicole Miller for Men. Apples and leather Very inexpensive too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hednic View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeperez23 View Post
    What about Aramis?
    +1.

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    Cuir de Lancôme - Luxury that's always discounted online for less than $70.00

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    Thanks for the suggestions guys - I swear that this search would have been easier - but it won't.

    Grrr.

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    Varvatos is an excellent recommendation. I'd also suggest Burberry London (although I personally don't get a lot of leather, but it is there in the background). Another favorite leather of mine is Speakeasy by Frapin. It's above your $70 price limit, but I think it's worth getting a sample.

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    I have speakeasy, and I get about 0.05% leather from it..mostly lavender and woods / florals, but hardly any leather.
    I'd say go for pure leather or go for bently for men / bently for men intense...never blind buy (like me) and always sample first

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    Everlast Original 1910 is a great "economy" scent with a clear leather note. It also has fougere and oriental elements, so some might find it a bit "old," but the quality is up there with the "better" designer scents.

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