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    Default Smooth, supple, sophisticated nighttime leather

    Good day fellow Basenoters!

    I have been on a tremendous leather kick lately. Soft leathers, scratchy leathers, bold leathers, subtle leathers—I can't get enough. And the more I wear them, the more I start to zero in on something I'd love to have but that my wardrobe currently lacks.

    I am looking for a leather-centric perfume that has the smooth, supple, sophisticated leather of Chanel's Cuir de Russie edp (the only concentration I know), but with the vibe/mood of the scent being darker, more brooding, naughtier. In my mind, CdR is the perfect daytime leather scent. Now I'm looking for its nighttime counterpart. The scent must be relatively complex, have a beginning, middle, and end; something like Gucci Guilty Absolute Pour Homme, for instance, while nice, is far too simple and linear (to the point of being static) for the purpose of this post.

    Cuir d'Ange by Hermes is another good example of the type of leather I'm looking for: subtle, refined, delicate. A bit salty/tangy, but smooooth, baby. I've only worn this perfume a handful of times and am not sure how I feel about it in totality, though it does not strike me as a nighttime leather.

    Guerlain's Songe d'un Bois d'Été has exactly the right vibe I'm going for: gorgeous, mysterious, suggestive, sophisticated, but the leather in that one is scratchier/grassier than what I'm trying to get at in this post. It's a great scent, possibly my favorite leather, but not quite what I'm looking for here.

    Essentially, I'm looking for the leather of CdR set into the after-dark Songe d'un Bois d'Été. Does such a perfume exist?

    Thank you for your suggestions!
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    Default Re: Smooth, supple, sophisticated nighttime leather

    Puredistance M or Fetish by roja dove?
    Try Hyde by hiram green.

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    Default Re: Smooth, supple, sophisticated nighttime leather

    Among the more inexpensively priced choices, perhaps also:

    Avon Black Suede Touch and/or Black Suede Leather, Yves Rocher Cuir Vetiver, Daniel Hechter Cuir Sensuel, Pierre Cardin Cuir Intense, Zara Vibrant Leather, Fahrenheit Parfum
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    Default Re: Smooth, supple, sophisticated nighttime leather

    Cuir by L. T. Piver perhaps.
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    Cuir Beluga by Guerlain.
    MV Augusta by Xerjoff

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    Puredistance M
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    Thanks for these recs, all! Looking forward to trying these out.

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    Default Re: Smooth, supple, sophisticated nighttime leather

    Coach Leatherware are No.2

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    +1 for Puredistance M. Super smooth and just drips with elegance.
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    Default Re: Smooth, supple, sophisticated nighttime leather

    When you find this amazing nighttime leather scent, let me know!
    Currently wearing: Sous Le Vent by Guerlain

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    Default Re: Smooth, supple, sophisticated nighttime leather

    Quote Originally Posted by Starblind View Post
    When you find this amazing nighttime leather scent, let me know!
    Ditto.

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    Parfumerie Generale Cuir d'Iris could fit this description.
    Currently wearing: Chergui by Serge Lutens

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    Quote Originally Posted by cello View Post
    Parfumerie Generale Cuir d'Iris could fit this description.
    I used to love this one, but now it has vanished into the ether. :-(
    Currently wearing: Sous Le Vent by Guerlain

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    Default Re: Smooth, supple, sophisticated nighttime leather

    Agree with the suggestions for Puredistance M.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PrinceRF View Post
    Agree with the suggestions for Puredistance M.
    Absolutely yes!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Starblind View Post
    I used to love this one, but now it has vanished into the ether. :-(
    Oh, wow, I did not realize it was discontinued. I've seen some of the private collection scents for sale, so I assumed most of them were still around.
    Currently wearing: Chergui by Serge Lutens

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    Quote Originally Posted by cello View Post
    Oh, wow, I did not realize it was discontinued. I've seen some of the private collection scents for sale, so I assumed most of them were still around.
    I've been searching for it high and low. :-(
    Currently wearing: Sous Le Vent by Guerlain

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    You must try Hermes Agar Ébène!

    Leather isn't listed as a note, but to me it has a very smooth soft luxurious leather smell. A very warm sensual scent without being heavy, it wears light but lasts longer and feels more substantial than other Hermessence.

    It doesn't really have any naughtiness though, but does have a darker feel than Cuir de Russie.

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    Cuir Cannage by Dior. Sophisticated, Elegant, Supple, Sexy Lipstick,a night-time scent Just don't think it's produced anymore.

    Cuir Pleine Fleur by Heeley. Sophisticated, Elegant , Supple Suede, Sexy Soapy Clean. a daytime scent. Available only by Request at Eye Popping Bespoke Price.

    Peau d'Espagne by Santa Maria Novella. Brutal start, however dries down to a Sophisticated, Elegant, Surprisingly Supple Uber Masculine. Daytime, Nighttime, Who cares.

    Elsha 1776 American smoothness. Lovely stuff!

    I'm wearing Feu Secret by Fazzolari tonite. Orris leathery delight.

    Deep Vintage Bel Ami. Nuf sed.
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    Not quite the traditional leather approach but Cuir Beluga could work. It's a soft leather oriental scent.
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    So many intriguing suggestions here! I've had my eye on Cuir Cannage for a little while, especially since I obtained a sample of Leather Oud and found it not sufficiently leathery for my tastes. And Puredistance M —I've resisted going down the Roja Dove rabbit hole for quite some time now simply due to pricing, but curiosity may get the better of me. I was also thinking about Feu Secret recently because of the turmeric note. Lots of good stuff here.

    What I have in mind is so specific but not necessarily obscure, and there are thousands and thousands of perfumes out there! If I have a breakthrough I will report back with my findings.

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    Default Re: Smooth, supple, sophisticated nighttime leather

    I'd add Cuir by Mona di Orio and Fumoir by Arte Profumi.

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    Le Lion by Chanel might be worth a try - in the opening/mid it could be described as a “darker” or “night time” take on Cuir de Russie, although it becomes more of a smoky amber and loses the leatheriness in the drydown. I find it overall fairly “clean”/“safe” in terms of animalics, and certainly less funky than Cuir de Russie, so that may be a downside. However, the resins give it depth to compensate for the lack of an animal “edge”.

    Possibly 1740 by HdP, but I think that is probably sweeter than what you are looking for. It has a gutsy leather with a syrupy immortelle. As with Le Lion, it becomes more of an ambery oriental than a leather in the drydown

    Dior Homme Parfum is also in this ballpark - smooth leather and Iris with a touch of rose and something else giving it some “growl” (some say Oud, but I’m not sure). I find it can be cloying and monotone, but many love it.

    Tom Ford Ombré Leather - I guess you must have considered this and/or Tuscan Leather, but worth a mention if not. I think OL fits what you are looking for a little better than TL as it is the “smoother” of the two. Again not a personal favourite, but many love it.

    Cuir Ottoman by Parfums d’Empire is a nice smooth leather/iris, but may lack the “edge” you are also looking for.

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    I second Cuir Ottoman so smooth and perfect for the night time hours. Puredistance M would be another perfect smooth leather scent as noted by many above.
    Currently wearing: Borneo Zen by Ensar Oud

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrnibbles View Post
    And Puredistance M —I've resisted going down the Roja Dove rabbit hole for quite some time now simply due to pricing, but curiosity may get the better of me. I was also thinking about Feu Secret recently because of the turmeric note. Lots of good stuff here.
    Puredistance M shares its basic foundation with Hermes Bel Ami, as recommended by purecaramel. M is little heavier and sweeter, but Bel Ami very clearly inspired it. So before you dive down the Roja rabbithole, you might investigate that first.

    In any case, Bel Ami was my recommendation either way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sjg3839 View Post
    Coach Leatherware are No.2

    Coach Leatherware (plus most variations on masculine Coach scents) do generally provide both readily available and mostly inexpensive/averagely priced smooth, trendy and versatile contemporary masculine leather scents.

    Thus fully seconding this very good recommendation
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    Cuir fetiche

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    Quote Originally Posted by satyen View Post
    Cuir fetiche

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    I like the name of this one.

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    Ill throw in Cuir Eternel by Parfums Jardin de France

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    I'll echo the comments above for Puredistance M.




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