I Scream for LEATHER!


Post by Ainslie Walker


I scream for LEATHER! (Probably part 1)

Call me slow off the mark, but in the past few weeks I have been OBSESSED with scents containing leather. I’ve always “liked” them but suddenly I cannot get enough of them! I am wearing them daily, sometimes 2 per day. It may have all started when I purchased some new leather boots and enjoyed the smell wafting from the box in the car and upon opening. Also it’s winter and leather containing scents seem to warm me and as they warm on my skin I enjoy smelling the deep layers. Maybe it could just be my nose is maturing and like a beagle catching a scent trail, I AM OFFICIALLY OBSESSED.

Here’s two I have recently discovered and been wearing in my travels over the past few weeks.

Divin`Enfant Etat Libre d`Orange FragranticaPhoto Stolen Fragrantica

Divin`Enfant  by Etat Libre D’Orange

Fragrantica gives these featured accords in one line:
Orange blossom, marshmallow, rose, mocha, coffee, leather, amber, musk, tobacco

I LOVE orange blossom at the best of times but, as the blurb says, this fragrance is the “Orange Blossom Renegade.” Leather, tobacco, amber, musk, rose, coffee and MARSHMALLOW all dance along to the beat of orange blossom’s drum. Highly addictive is it’s sweet-rose and gooey marshmallow core, innocent, until tobacco and leather punch through like (young) James Dean just rocked up on his bike. Unlit hand rolled cigarette in mouth and leather jacket on, complete with minor coffee spill down his sexy front. The orange blossom glows from amongst these ingredients and gives a touch of soft “baby bottom” smell mothers talk about. It takes me out of this world to a new and whimsical place, which so many from this brand do. It’s a beauty and available at Sephora in Sydney or Peony Melbourne (who will post it out in Oz)

Cuir Sacré Atelier des Ors FragranticaPhoto Stolen Fragrantica

Cuir Sacré by Ateliers Des Ors 2015

Parfumo gives these featured accords:
Top: Juniper berry, Cardamom, Cypress
Heart: Frankincense, Saffron, Cedar leaf
Base: Vetiver, Cypriol oil, Leather

Atelier Des Ors launched earlier in 2015, with five sumptuous fragrances in the sparkling, gold-filled collection. Peony in Melbourne is the exclusive stockest in Australia. Whilst there I sprayed Cuir Sacré and looked closely at my skin. REAL gold flakes have somehow escaped from the bottle! I massage them in with my fingertip and marvel at my skins new luxe luminance! The dominant leathery aura above instantaneously hisses of strong and lustful sophistication as it hits my olfactory receptors. It’s not just good it’s a KNOCKOUT! Every time I’ve worn it since, I feel a million dollars. Compliments are endless and two of my friends now are buying their own. What is this magical potion? Why does it hypnotise us so? I pinpoint the decadence in it’s dry down and liken it to the smell of the most luxurious new leather handbag, mixed with an elegant note of luminous saffron and shivering vetiver grass, lifted with cardamon. Also listed is Juniper berries, cypress, incense, cedarwood leaf and cypriol. I am surprised not to see rose absolute or something deeply earthy yet floral in there, as on me I can smell something so so pretty. Perhaps it’s just everything working synergistically? This leather is gold. Pleasure seeking individuals must try!

Both these lovelies are available at Peony Melbourne and First In Fragrance who also have samples

What leather containing fragrances do you scream for?

(BTW you can follow my scented adventures via my Instagram: ainslie_walker)
Ainslie Walker x

16 thoughts on “I Scream for LEATHER!

  1. Hi Ainslie.
    That’s an easy question!

    Tabac Blond by Caron for obvious reasons. I got my hands on a 15ml vial of vintage parfum. Your eyes WILL roll to the back of your head. It is unbeatable.

    Chanel’s Cuir de Russie is a royal leather scent – it is fit for rich Kings and Queens … However the vintage stuff is far better.

    Finally, MdO’s Cuir (I’ve reviewed it on Olfactics; a glowing review for sure) is an almost perfect modern leather with a medicinal quinine note I adore.

    Will look at that sparkly brand. Generally sparkles and ‘gold leaf’ turn me off, but I’ll give it a go.


    • Hi Tara, I’ve not tried the Lancôme one. Will do though. Gosh AdO must be in London somewhere by now…Blooms/Liberty/Selfridges…oh I’ll bet the new fragrance place in Harrods would?!?


  2. Hey Ainslie,
    I too am a leather fan. Cuir Velours, Cuir ottoman, Bottega Venetta, Cuir d’Ange, Knize Ten, Aoud Cuir d’Arabie, Mon Cuir, Lonestar memories. OMG! I love so many leathers.
    There are so many more..
    Portia xx


  3. What Liam and Tara say – minus the di Orio. Way to hard leather for me.
    I have the ELDO at home. Must go retry.
    Cuir Sacre is new to me. Will hunt down.
    Vero’s new work in progress is a tobacco and leather – fab.


  4. My oh my. These both sound lovely in their own ways. I too became obsessed with leather and I tried Cuir Russie, Cuir d’Ange, Cuir Beluga, Gold Leather, Midnight Leather, Daim Blond… unfortunately (aside from Gold Leather which I looooove), it appears that leather does not like me, generally turning quite bandaid-ish and ugly. But… I am not broken, and I shall continue to try new leathers as I come across them – hopefully I will be able to try these! 🙂 Thanks for the great reviews!


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