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Russian Leather

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Launched in 2016 by Parisian niche fragrance house MEMO Russian Leather is part of their Cuirs Nomades series which ‘explores the leather note through six emblematic destinations, from Africa to Italy.’ For the Molloy’s, it’s all about the journey.
Russian Leather opens with a green, herbal, minty-tinged note of basil. It’s camphourous facet, makes my nostrils flare. This is followed by a beautiful fougere accord: lavender, medicinal and anisic, it echoes the basil, lichen smells piney and resinous and coumarin contributes its distinct hay-like smell. It ushers in more green notes: clary sage, fern and pine. Together, they give Russian Leather a green, slightly sweet-smelling start that is soothing and surprisingly sensuous. As it blooms, it gets woody from cedarwood, but what I really get is gust of cool bracing Arctic air blowing owing over it all. It comes from a note of refreshing, green mint. Rosemary, camphorous and herbal, stops the mint from wandering into mouthwash territory. It’s helped by a note of spicy-sweet nutmeg.
Then, comes the Russian leather. To me it’s the rich smell of supple, worn leather boots. Guaiac Wood, smoky and tar-like, provides a campfire. Sweet, dark, earthy patchouli is the perfect base for this EdP to rest on.

The dry-down is green, slightly sweet, woody and so sophisticated. It is green forward more than it is leather forward, but this is the exploration of a leather note from a journey after all.

This isn’t the sweaty smell of trekking all day in the winter forest. It’s a romantic idealization of it. Romantic, cozy, evocative and gorgeous, Russian Leather is perfect scent for winter.

Notes: Basil, fougere accord, cedarwood, pine, coriander, mint, rosemary, nutmeg, Guiac wood, patchouli, tonka bean, leather, clary sage, cypress absolute

Type: EdP

Parfumeur: Alienor Massenet


Price: $7.00