AN EDGY LAYERING : : VINTAGE CABOCHARD EDT by GRÈS (1959) + BLACK LEATHER by J-SCENT (2018)

I am no leather queen. I hate harsh leather scents (on my own skin) – I can appreciate that nuance echoing off another person, particularly when worn with actual leather – I like the cool protection of it – but sometimes I do feel like a cuir moment on myself ;ideally a more unobvious one that doesn’t quite smell like a literal drying cow’s hide; dry, and distinctive; understated.

Sixty years apart, the quite reasonably priced Black Leather by J-Scent – a powdery, very musky, charcoal suede (like Bulgari Black without the rubber) makes a pleasing foil to the hyacinthine tang of the classic Cabochard; its pickled wince – sly, patchouli, aromatic leather that very clearly predecessed its younger male sibling, Aramis ( they were both created by perfumer Bernard Chant, the prime instigator of this genre) serving as a softer, interior undergarment to the sterner, more rigidly constructed outerwear : in tandem, in subtle dosage, they form an elegant, symbiotic togetherness.

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6 responses to “AN EDGY LAYERING : : VINTAGE CABOCHARD EDT by GRÈS (1959) + BLACK LEATHER by J-SCENT (2018)

  1. Tora

    Some mornings when I read your post, I absolutely must try what you are wearing and describing. I found a cute little vintage dabber of Cabochard on ebay and a sample of the J scent. I am not a huge leather wearer, but vintage Diaghilev is my favorite along with Bel Ami, Cuir Beluga, Cuir D’Orient, Azuree, and vintage Habanita. There is something brazen and empowering about wearing leather. I am steeped in Sortilege at this moment after weeks of narcissus and hyacinth perfumes to match my garden. Just thinking about leather perfumes takes me to a whole new space.

  2. Robin

    Did someone say, “Cabochard?”

    I feel the same about leathers. Something like TF Tuscan Leather makes me actually queasy. But a bit of the ol’ isobutyl quinoline in Cabochard or Jolie Madame hits just the right spot. That, or the modern calfskin suede glories of Cuir de La come et al.

    Combining both as you’ve done here is beautiful. I’ve done it myself with Cabochard; with Armani Prive Cuir Amethyste, with Botega Venetta. Best of both worlds, vintage and modern.

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