Let me start off this post by saying that it’s not my intent to offend. So please forgive me if I do! OK, given that…
WHAT I SMELL: Back in the mid-to-late 90s a group of my friends would head down to New Orleans during the Labor Day holiday season. At that time of year, the heat and humidity are oppressive. Combine that with small bars that are packed to the rafters mixed with sweat and alcohol, our group line was that “New Orleans smells like ass!” Hard Leather “smells like ass.” Yes, the opening is about as fecal as I have ever smelled. It smells like the back of a dirty bar where the mix of leather, urine and all other kinds of debauched happenings are going on. Does that mean that Hard Leather is horrific? No, it’s just real. After around 20 minutes a light honey comes out which helps to break the “hard” from the hard leather. But don’t get me wrong, this is all leather, it’s just not quite as dirty as it was. After that, Hard Leather get’s just a tad sweeter with the inclusion of some vanilla. But just when I thought the progression was over, Hard Leather becomes dryer, rather smoky and it loses any hint of sweet, but it still remains all leather, there is no doubt!
From the LM Parfums website:
This fragrance opens with a masculine soaring of rum associated with leather tonalities. The heart reveals the elegance of iris supported by the intoxicating honey.
The rich and spicy base notes of sandalwood, cedarwood, oud, frankincense, styrax and vanilla exude strength and Styrax,Vanilla depth .
Top Notes: Rum, Leather
Heart Notes: Iris, Honey
Base Notes: Sandalwood, Cedarwood, Oud, Frankincense, Styrax,Vanilla
WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME: A hot sweaty dance floor.
THREE ADJECTIVES THAT DESCRIBE HARD LEATHER: semi-tough, strapping, potent
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT HARD LEATHER: Kafkaesque
BOTTOM LINE: This is a Saturday night guys night out on the town kind of fragrance. I’m not sure where else I would wear this unless I added a layer of my favorite feminine floral fragrance on top to make it my own personal “angel with a dirty face” scent!
- Bone Rating: 3.5 out of 5 possible bones
- Scent: Leather
- Classification: Masculine
- Expense: 295 Euros or approximately $400 for 100ml Parfum Extrait
Thanks to Kafkaesque and LM Parfums for the 10ml bottle I received via a Kafkaesque sample draw.