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How many men’s fragrances from the 1920’s are still around today, and still smell good? Not many.

Knize Ten is a leather fragrance, THE reference leather – and is definitely not suitable for younger men. It might not be suitable for the majority of grown men either, but on the right man - watch out!

Knize Ten was created in 1924 for Knize, a Viennese tailor and clothing company, by Francois Coty and Vincent Roubert, two masters of modern perfumery. Knize used images of polo players in its advertising, and “ten” is the highest handicap in polo, hence the odd name. (Hmmm - I think I’ve seen similar images with a modern brand called... Polo??)

The original notes listed include bergamot, orange, geranium, rose, cedar, orris, carnation, cinnamon, sandalwood, leather, musk, moss, patchouli, ambergris, castoreum and vanilla! OK, that’s a long list – but how does it smell?

The top notes start out in high gear – a blast of citrus, rose and spice, almost fruity with a hint of camphor? rubber? car oil? , the same undertone that I love so much in Bulgari Black. 
And then, gearing down, the heart notes takes a hard right into leather country - at first deep, dirty and deliciously animalic, then whip-crackingingly sharp and bitter, and then smooth, and very classy.
And when the fragrance settles down into cruising speed, when the amber and other basenotes kick in, Knize Ten becomes this stupendously wonderful leather scent, smoky, warm and aaromatic like the leather seats in an old Austin-Healey sportscar.
Knize Ten’s aroma stays on the skin for hours and hours -  it has incredible staying power! I discovered that it was James Dean's favourite scent - maybe it was his sex appeal?
Notes: lemon, bergamot, orange, petitgrain, rosemary,  geranium, rose, cedar, orris, carnation, cinnamon, orange blossom, sandalwood, leather, musk, moss, patchouli, ambergris, castoreum and vanilla
Type: EdT
Parfumeurs: François Coty, Vincent Roubert


Price: $5.00