CUIR OTTOMAN / PARFUM D’EMPIRE
As sensual and smooth as brand new suede, this is a great leather. The beginning, freshly raw and animalic, might be offputting for some, like just-skinned hides being dried in the sun. But this uninhibited, free introduction is then tamed: with gentle woods, iris, and a proud, clean leather that dries down to a superb, suave, finish.
SPANISH LEATHER / GEO F TRUMPER
Antique teddy. Brideshead. Anthony Andrews.
Soft, soapy; gentle. Leather. Hints of sensuality. A touch half-hearted, perhaps, although my friend’s daughter proclaimed, upon smelling it in the shop, that ‘it does, really, smell exactly like Spain and the air there!’
ROYAL ENGLISH LEATHER/ CREED
Diffusive, warm and powdery; a heliotropic, gorgeous, air-filling suede caress. A scent that thoroughly envelops you in elegance yet is totally seductive.
If you like L’Heure Bleue but can’t quite take all the marzipan, Royal English Leather makes a beautiful, distinctive, alternative.