The best leather perfume just sounds right as things start to cool. Really, all things leather do: the most evident example is a leather jacket — who hasn’t spent some time every year thinking of actually pulling the trigger on the ideal one when the weather drops below 65?
Leather notes are mostly an artificial experience, since it is not so common to extract natural leather oils for perfumery. Yet the lab-made leather essence still lingers long and loud. Similar notes are also used in woody and spicy colognes, the notes of leather add some weight to every fragrance. It may not be the sort of thing you want to make a year-round trademark, but they’re going to get a lot of mileage in the darker half of the year.
But if you don’t have a fall or winter cologne yet, or you need something exclusive to wear outside the workplace, check out our picks for the best leather cologne below. They’re our ideal way to grab some additional relief at the height of the cold — only second to the real leather jacket, of course.
Tom Ford “Ombré Leather”
In Tom Ford ‘s catalog of scents (which, let’s be honest, may be one of the finest in the industry), Ombré Leather is frequently overshadowed by the stunning Tuscan leather. We selected this one for our list, though, because the leather has less notes to deal with — so it really does climb unencumbered to the top of the senses.
All Saints “Leather Skies”
Leather, sandalwood, pepper and frankincense sculpt the divine medley of All Saints’ Leather Skies. They tie up the wearer much like one of the brand’s own cowhide coats, offering you an unseen cape of cool, seamless confidence.
Fahrenheit has been a regular of the Dior scent lineup for over 30 years. In it, leather is worn with vetiver, cedar, violet and nutmeg flowers, which make the leather-forward fragrance softer. It’s also best for seasonal wear, but it’s not as fragrant in the daytime as some on this list — meaning it fits well from workplace to happy hour.
Bvlgari “Man in Black”
A hybrid of spices, amber, rum, tonka beans, wood and leather, Man in Black is as smooth as the name indicates. In this case, leather is not the highest bill, but its impact is definitely felt — it plays evenly with some of the warmest notes in perfumery.
Roja Parfums “Fetish Pour Homme”
With the longest life of the bunch, Fetish Pour Homme is going to last deep into the after-party. It’s going to be the life of the after-party, with rousing tones of leather, resin, spice, cinnamon, amber, cardamom, and musk. Both of them are polished with the crispness of lime, bergamot and citrus. This is the concentration of perfume as concentrated as the colognes get, thus the high sillage and wear — and the steeper price.
Yves Saint Laurent “Beaute Nuit Cuir”
Nuit Cuir means “Night Leather,” which puts YSL potion rather clearly as an after-hour star. Considering that it also mixes leather with notes of rum and tobacco, you’ve got yourself a potent formula that might conjure up an unforgettable evening.
Valentino’s perfume is tailor-made for the fall and winter seasons. Supporting leather is a hint of hazelnut, coffee , cocoa and cedar. Together, they produce an enveloping scent that warms the senses like an aromatic thermal layer.