Category Archives: Leather

MEMO Cuirs Nomades Collection

Hey guys, I’ve been backed up for a long time. I have a ton of perfume samples waiting for review. I’m sorry if I haven’t gotten to yours. I’ll do the best I can. I have a lot of samples … Continue reading

Posted in Amber, Benzoin, Birch, Blackcurrant, Cedarwood, Clary Sage, Flouve, Galbanum, Iris, Juniper Berry, Leather, Mate, Musk, Myrrh, Opoponax, Petitgrain, Pink Pepper, Rockrose, Rose, Rosewater, Sage, Sandalwood, Suede, Tolu, Tomato Leaf, Tonka Bean, Vanilla | Tagged , , , , | 2 Comments

Miss Balmain

(Vintage ad from australianperfumejunkies) Miss Balmain comes in a pink package with old-fashioned typeface, in a tall bottle with reddish-brown juice. It looks designed to sit on a 1950s vanity. Miss Balmain seems like a staple perfume: the kind of … Continue reading

Posted in Aldehydic, Amber, Carnation, Chypre, Coconut, Coriander, Coumarin, Gardenia, Green, Jasmine, Leather, Muguet, Oakmoss, Orris Root, Patchouli, Powdery, Rose, Tonka Bean, Vetiver | Tagged , | 6 Comments

Sarrasins by Serge Lutens

(Fragrantica) Sarrasins is a wine colored perfume that smells like jasmine, leather, and white flowers. Not necessarily in that order. It’s one of Serge Lutens’ classics. I’ve wanted to try it since I read the review in The Book (Perfume … Continue reading

Posted in Fruity, Herbal, Leather, Uncategorized, White Flowers | Tagged , , | 5 Comments

Chypre Palatin by Parfums MDCI

I’m going to start by saying I really like Parfums MDCI. It’s a quality house designed to bring back old-fashioned perfumery. Most of the fragrances are pretty good, and have a 40’s or 50’s feel to them. MDCI expounds upon … Continue reading

Posted in Aldehydic, Castoreum, Cistus, Clementine, Galbanum, Gardenia, Hyacinth, Iris, Jasmine, Lavender, Leather, Oakmoss, Prune, Rose, Styrax, Thyme, Tolu, Uncategorized, Vanilla | Tagged , , | 4 Comments

PHI- Une Rose de Kandahar by Andy Tauer

Picture from Tauer Perfumes If any of you haven’t heard of Andy Tauer, you should learn about him. He’s famous in the perfume world for being completely self-taught and for having a really candid blog, which shows how his business … Continue reading

Posted in Almond, Ambergris, Animalic, Apricot, Bergamot, Cinnamon, Coumarin, Geranium, Leather, Musk, Patchouli, Rose, Tobacco, Uncategorized, Vanilla, Vetiver, Woody | Tagged , , | 2 Comments

Sous le toit de Paris by Atelier Cologne

(from Atelier Cologne) Atelier Cologne is a unique house. They play with structure (Rose Anonyme, a glassy clear rose), and mood (Orange Sanguine, a sloppy, delightful orange cream soda), with a traditional enough concept to keep them mainstream. It seems … Continue reading

Posted in Bigarade, Geranium, Leather, Vetiver, Violet | Tagged , , | 2 Comments

Oud Cuir D’Arabie by Montale

No beating around the bush this time: Oud Cuir D’Arabie is a 50/50 blend of oud and leather, combined in such a way that it smells as complex as a fragrance with a hundred notes. I’ve tried samples of agarwood … Continue reading

Posted in Animalic, Leather, Oud, Smoky, Tobacco | Tagged , , | 2 Comments

Molinard’s Habanita in Images

So this is going to be nothing like my Chamade images. Habanita is dark, addicted, and used. There is longing in it, and dreaming too, but no joy. Here’s who it reminds me of: (Photo from I recently saw … Continue reading

Posted in Bitter, Galbanum, Green, Leather, Old Classic, Powdery, Rose, Tobacco, Vanilla, Woody | Tagged , , | 8 Comments

Royal Vintage by M. Micallef

M. Micallef’s new men’s fragrance, Royal Vintage, is coming out this month. Micallef’s American distributor, Hypoluxe, was kind enough to send a sample for my review. Royal Vintage is a little on the old-fashioned side in tone, judging by the … Continue reading

Posted in Bergamot, Cedarwood, Leather, Menthol, Musk, Patchouli, Pink Pepper | Tagged , , | 2 Comments

Rien by Etat Libre d’Orange

Perfume, in most people’s minds, is synonymous with softness and/or sexiness. Softness is big, plush aldehydes, juicy fruits, and gentle blossoms. Sexiness is throaty roses, sultry leathers, sweaty animalics, and raspy-voiced tobaccos. Perfumes seem to have veered more towards softness … Continue reading

Posted in Animalic, Bitter, Civet, Leather, Musk, Oil, Skin, Tea, Tobacco | Tagged , , | 2 Comments