Thursday, June 05, 2008

Creed Royal English Leather

Creed Royal English Leather (1780) is a classic leather scent for Men featuring leather notes and citrus (tangerine) top notes. According to Basenotes, this fragrance was enjoyed by the Kings of England, George III and George V. I love the opening the most, when it starts as a mild and sweet, soft, finely powdered leather, subtly spicy and not unlike my current favorite, Guerlain Cuir Beluga. However, Creed Royal English Leather dries down to a much more headshoppy, pungently musky sandalwood fragrance, bringing it closer to the Elsha 1776 realm but more refined. At this stage, I'm reminded of the woody, dry powderiness of Creed Jasmin Imperatrice Eugenie without the vanilla. It's one of the nicest leathers I've discovered in my rawhide-related journey in the past month. Smoky, yes, but this one doesn't remind me of beef jerky nor is it like rubber tires as many birth tar-dominated leathers tend to smell, and more of an upscale leather goods store where smooth, buttery leather is the order of the day...worn by a maharishi, which is utterly perturbing if you think about it too much.

This is (qualitywise) much better than that Yardley stuff (correction: I meant English Leather by Dana, a drugstore brand, the maker of Canoe and Tabu), but it is kind of a heavy scent like that (and actually, the Dana is lighter and maybe more wearable). I still can't help but wonder what the fascination was with leather perfumes among royalty. Was it some kind of inside joke, to smell like perfumed and powdered gloves? Did people just love that smell and request it to be made into perfume? As obnoxious as the smell of leather in and of itself was (which is why people perfumed leather), perhaps the scent of perfume and leather combined was strong enough to mask other, much harsher odors of the day. For starters, folks didn't bathe too often in those days in many parts of the world, did they?