The Scented Hound

Perfume blog with abbreviated perfume reviews & fragrance reviews.

Atelier Cologne: Gold Leather & Silver Iris


goldsilverGOLD LEATHER                                          

WHAT I SMELL:  Gold Leather opens with a warm and boozy rum. It’s juicy and it heats the back of your throat when you drink in the fragrance.  The rum is tinged with sugar and cinnamon and its so good you want to eat it, like a decadent sugared rum frosting on the best cake you’ve ever tasted.    In a bit, the leather starts to make an appearance , but it’s nice and soft.  There’s nothing screaming with this leather, it’s like a purring pussycat. Gold Leather is big in that it’s beefy, not loud.  The fragrance feels substantial and somewhat gourmand and it’s a fragrance that when you wear it, it makes you feel bold.  The warm leather and boozy stage of the fragrance lasts for a long time.  Only after a few hours, does the fragrance become a bit more woody and dryer.  Gold Leather is destined to be one of my favorites for this fall and winter!

Notes from the Atelier Cologne website:

Top notes : bitter orange from Seville, Indian saffron, Jamaican rum

Heart notes : plum, davana from India, eucalyptus from California

Base notes : fraction of gaiac wood from India, fraction of cedarwood from Texas, leather & oud accord

matadorWHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME:  A matador in the center of a sun filled stadium.


WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT GOLD LEATHER: Chemist in a Bottle, Scents of Self, Men’s Journal

  • Bone Rating: 4 out of 5 possible bones
  • Scent:  Leather
  • Classification:  Unisex
  • Expense:  $175 for 100ml Cologne Absolue

SILVER IRIS                                               

WHAT I SMELL:  It’s funny, out of the bottle, Silver Iris smells ungodly sweet, like sugar that has been freeze-dried.  However, when it’s applied on my skin something completely different happens.  Silver Iris goes on with this flattened layer of woodiness…it’s almost devoid of any depth, but instead is this singular layer of muted musk.   After a bit, a slight leather appears, but again, it sits on this muted layer that I wonder is ever going to progress to anything else.  After about 5 minutes I note a bit of iris and violet.  But these florals are anchored in the ground, although they aren’t rooty, but are earthy in the sense that you see them as derived from a field rather than a gorgeous bouquet.  After some additional time, a bit of pepper makes an appearance and the fragrance begins to bloom.  The flattened opening starts to disappear like a bottle top has been opened and the genie has been let out of the bottle.  As Silver Iris starts to grow it becomes bigger, spicier and a bit sweeter.  There is an edge of sugar to the fragrance, but it’s more a sprinkle mixed with spice.   After around 40 minutes or so, the sweetness takes over, but the fragrance never throws off too much power that it overwhelms.  I wore this to the office the other day and it was the perfect scent for mild projection without objection.  Silver Iris to me is one of those fragrances that smells better from afar which means, it smells better when my wrist is not up to my nose for a close up sniff.

Notes from the Atelier Cologne website:

Top notes : tangerine from Italy, pink pepper from China, blackcurrant from Burgundy

Heart notes : violet leaves from Grasse, iris Pallida from Tuscany, mimosa from Grasse

Base notes : patchouli from Indonesia, white amber, tonka bean from Brazil

Iris CupcakesWHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME:  An iris cupcake.


WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT SILVER IRIS:  Perfume Posse, Bois de Jasmin, CaFleureBon

  • Bone Rating: 3.5 out of 5 possible bones
  • Scent:  Oriental Floral
  • Classification:  Unisex
  • Expense:  $175 for 100ml Cologne Absolue

BOTTOM LINE:   Both of these “Collection Metal” fragrances are winners and both in very different ways.  Recently released, both of these are suited well for the cooler weather and will no doubt be used heavily by me this fall and winter.

Author: The Scented Hound

Just a normal guy with the nose of a beagle!

21 thoughts on “Atelier Cologne: Gold Leather & Silver Iris

  1. Dearest Houndie!
    You know that Atelier Cologne is one of my favorite brands!
    That’s why I’m ultra happy that Silver Iris & Gold Leather are winners for you and that you enjoy them.
    At the moment I already own both of them. I also have a candle in Gold Leather which smells divine.

    BTW, do tell – the 1st picture – are these your new bottles?


    • Sigh – I wish I could say that I was that good of a photographer, but I’m not. No, those were pulled from the web. But I’m with you, these two are wonderful and will be in heavy rotation in the coming months!


  2. Egads. I have a 5 mL decant of Gold Leather which I got in a swap. I haven’t tried it yet but I am pretty darned sure I will love it. As for Silver Iris, I will get my hot little hands on a sample in the very near future. Great reviews!


    • Please let me know what you think of both Hajusuuri. They both are really nice…but for some reason I think that you may be more of a Silver Iris girl!


      • Say hello to the proud owner of a 100 mL and 30 mL flacon of Silver Iris. Sephora has its 20% off sale and they sweetened the pot with a complimentary 30 mL flacon of my choice. I probably could have gotten the 200 mL direct from the store but that would only make sense if I had pre-organized a split! It was technically an impulse buy as I only bought it on the spot on account of the freebie.


  3. I liked Silver Iris and wouldn’t mind adding a small bottle to my collection. I haven’t tried Gold Leather on skin because I didn’t like what I think was that “oud accord”. But I will try it when I get a chance – just because I like the brand and don’t want to dismiss any of their perfumes without giving them at least some skin time.


  4. Gold leather was great on you. I was really shocked to like the iris one. I usually don’t have luck with iris. I’m not sure if I like either enough to invest in a bottle but if I found one at the right price I’d consider it.


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