Leather perfumes are the biker jackets of my fragrance collection. Just like slipping into a well-worn leather jacket can instantly dial up your coolness and confidence, these fragrances have a similar effect, making me feel edgy and empowered. And like leather jackets, they’re perfect for layering.
You’ll find me concocting fragrant blends like a master perfumer that exude the warmness of a snug sweater and, at times, the boldness and defiance of a badass. That is, of course, when I’m not drenching myself in Byredo’s Mumbai Noise Eau de Parfum. It’s my go-to scent for every occasion.
There’s a bunch of leather perfumes out there, from the bold and rugged to the soft and supple. I’ve taken it upon myself to spritz and sniff dozens of options to bring you the crème de la crème. It was a tough job, but someone had to do it. Here, find my top picks for the fall and beyond.
Le Labo Santal 33
This addictive blend of leather, musk, amber, cardamom and sandalwood captures the essence of an open fire: It’s warm, sensual and makes you feel so cozy.
This fragrance is like fresh flowers, the desert and a pair of leather chaps all rolled into a unique warm and spicy scent. The blend of jasmine, leather, patchouli and vetiver notes, allows you experience the ambiance of the American Southwest without actually being there.
Enters your all-season ticket to smelling irresistible. This perfume has warm and woody notes you’d want to cozy up to during the cooler months, and sweet and fruity top notes that give it a spring and summer vibe.
If you enjoy fragrances that bring a sense of freshness, lightness, and tranquility to any moment like a glass of Vodka on the rocks, this sophisticated scent with a smooth leather undertone is perfect for you.