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Iron Duke (2017)
by Beaufort London


Iron Duke information

Year of Launch2017
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 13 votes)

People and companies

HouseBeaufort London
PerfumerJulie Dunkley
Creative DirectorLeo Crabtree

About Iron Duke

The company say:

Iron Duke is a tribute to Arthur Wellesley, Duke Of Wellington (1769 – 1852). Here, perfumer Julie Dunkley has created a strikingly powerful fragrance with animalic depths – an apparition of the celebrated horseman, warrior politician and sartorial pioneer.

Iron Duke fragrance notes

Reviews of Iron Duke

There is one review of Iron Duke.
The worn in seat of a saddle just after the well-groomed rider has dismounted the steed.

Iron Duke opens as promises with a sharp metallic clang although it's more polished, like stainless steel rather than iron. Beneath that lies a tough leather thatís slightly worn in and sweaty, a little animalic even, but never overtly feral or unwashed. Although I do have a very high tolerance for skank.

Roughly an hour and a half into its development, a sweet accord, accompanied by a soapiness, becomes more harsh as the metallic note fades. The sweetness remains quite unpleasant and strident for at least an hour before beginning to fade. After a few hours, when the fragrance has died down to a skin scent and its harsh sweetness has disappeared, it smells fantastic bringing my nose right up to my skin: leather with a suggestion of realistic animal warmth and a touch of smoke.

I donít agree with posts Iíve read stating Iron Duke is a commercial scent. It seems that Beaufort is first criticized for not producing something easily wearable but when it tones things down, it is then deemed uncreative. Iron Duke may not be as extreme as the other Beauforts I've tried but I think the combination of metal and hide is too odd to be a crowd pleaser. For me, my main criticism is that while the Beaufort fragrances are interesting, Iíve yet to come across one that is not markedly unbalanced at some point in its development.
26th June, 2018

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