Listing my top ten leather perfumes has been an exercise in severe restraint. I have many fragrances with a dominant leather note and I love all of them. There has to be a leather scent I don't like somewhere in the world, but I can't think of any, so having to pick and choose was exceptionally hard. Still, I managed to come up with something semi-coherent for your enjoyment, even if I ended up cheating a little with Serge Lutens perfumes. In absolutely no particular order:
- Robert Piguet- Bandit. The ultimate dominatrix.
- Tom Ford Private Blend- Tuscan Leather. It's so good they're bound to discontinue it at some point.
- Knize- Knize Ten. The classic standard for manly leather.
- Lancome- Cuir. A floral leather that wears better than the current formula of Cuir de Russie by Chanel.
- Parfum d'Empire- Cuir Ottoman. A lusty encounter with your leather sofa.
- L'Artisan- Dzing!. Leather, vanilla, roasted nuts, lions, tigers and the occasional bear.
- Serge Lutens- Cuir Mauresque, Boxeuses, Daim Blond. I'm cheating here, I know, but Uncle Serge teaches us a lesson in various facets of leather, from dark and steeped in dirty thoughts to the smoothest suede known to men.
- Tauer Perfumes- Lonestar Memories. A fantasy about a cowboy and his horse.
- MPG- Parfum d'Habit. An austere masculine that wears surprisingly romantic on my skin.
- DSH Perfumes- Cuir et Champignon. A true original, a lot more elegant than the name suggests.
Much-deserved honorable mention: the ultra animlaics (Ramon Monegal Mon Cuir and Mona di Orio Cuir), Bulgari Black (a rubberized cousin of Dzing!), Bottega Veneta (a very accessible high quality mainstream version of Daim Blond), the vintage wonders (Diorling, Cabochard, Jolie Madame, and the aforementioned Chanel Cuir de Russie), Cuir Beluga (leather the Guerlain way), Rien by Etat Libre d'Orange (Bandit's modern offspring), Esteban Cuir (nice and easy), and Aleksandr by Arquiste (snow, leather and a dead Russian poet).
Photo:model Constance Jablonki wearing a Christopher Kane embroidered leather jacket, photographed by Cedric Buchet for i-D, 2010.