Smells extremely cheap and is, smells very offensive and is, Makes me a little sick when i smell it. I only notice the citrus on my skin. I later got the English Leather aftershave and it smells very different. This unforgettable cologne for men mixes citrus, woods, moss and leather scents for a rich and masculine blend that can last the entire day. What other fragrance smells like it? It smells like just pure manly, spicy leather out of the bottle.
I swear a splash of this is literally an environmental disaster. I won't bother listing all the various flavors English Leather came in, but there was over a half-dozen of them and they had the same effect of making English Leather seem like a brand unto itself rather than a standalone iconic fragrance, which I feel hurt it in the end. That's why we offer free shipping on all orders within the continental United States - no minimum purchase necesary! Shopping online in the U. No disrespect to the original formulation from the '40s, which I'm sure was just grand. That's right - if you're unhappy with your order, give us a call and we'll square out the details! Once the topnotes fade, the vintage Old Leather leaves you with a very rich sandalwood.
Anything after 2011 for this stuff is pure tragedy however, but more on that later. I'll probably always have it around. English Leather is a nice old, masculine, grandfathery cologne. My first impression was a spacious, musty 80s hotel lobby covered in carpet. The first impression I got was of alcohol and fake lemons. I would like nothing more than to be able to praise English Leather, but I just can't bring myself to do it.
It morphs into a slightly dirty scent on me if my skin isn't totally scrubbed clean before application. Fragrances such as Old Spice, Clubman and English Leather provide a sense memory, a memory of school plays, graduations, barbecues, baseball games and the smell of Dad. It comes in a 3. It can border on cloying for some because at its core it is very synthetic and Dana takes shortcuts in the ingredients that the original did not. Rosemary floats into the picture alongside some iris in the middle, but the base comes on pretty fast afterward. All I can say is, it's not expensive, so give it a go and see if you like it.
It isn't the best, but it's easy to see why it was popular. English Leather now smells like a more concentrated classic eau de cologne, with wood notes and leather acting as fixatives and adding color to what would have otherwise been a bland cologne. Suffice it to say older is better here, but as long as you don't buy stock any newer than early 2000's, you'll at least get to experience the true leather chypre it's supposed to be. I don't remember any citrus notes. What I get out of it that I never got before, is a very fresh opening; citrus and limes, the lime note is amazing, but doesn't last long, nor does the citrus top. Just a f---in' manly scent.
Not very 'leather' really, but immediately recognizable and true to my memories. Disclaimer We are not responsible for any inadvertent typographical errors or inaccuracies within in this website. My only regret is that the Shower Splash is no longer available. No geritol, cardigan wearing, velcro shoes and liniment, just a classic manly smell when done correctly. This last change majorly shifted the scent from chypre back into fougère territory by not only restoring the slightly darker, soapier edge of the original, but by making it dominate, having the base almost entirely musk and coumarin alongside the cedar and vetiver. Not good at all and if this is what people think leather smells like then they arent smelling a good quality leather scent such as fahrenheit or something like that. It comes on strong with the turpine, tar, and citrus notes on application.
For men of a certain era, whose fathers came of age in the 50s and 60s and wore this, a bottle of English Leather represents a certain masculine ideal. It's a classic, clean and masculine scent that exudes confidence and experience. I'd only suggest it if your body chemistry works with it. When I was in college, I shared a huge old house with a bunch of guys, mainly biology and chemistry majors. The smell wasn't bad, but I couldn't imagine it smelling attractive or sexy. Some reviewers say that if you like this cologne you don't know what leather smells like, but I grew up in the country around saddles and boots and fresh leather and that's what this is- fresh leather. I do get some citrus and then a pencil-cedary leather scent that can be tolerably pleasant.
In fact, it's one of the best sandalwood scents I've ever smelled. This English leather after shave lotion helps eliminate nicks and cuts while reducing the risk of irritation and razor burn. To avoid becoming a persona non grata, every young man just had to own this delicious cologne. I don't get an 'old person' vibe, but that all depends on your association and what older people wear in your region. On occasion, the designer may change the packaging but not the formulation of a product or fragrance.
Of all the Dana Classics readily available, this is by far the most accessible to all ages and tastes. My favorite aspect of English Leather is the classic smells-like-it-sounds name that is seldom if ever employed in the modern industry. There's plenty of vintage left to ensure a proper English Leather experience, but don't expect it to knock you socks off in any form, and being a fan of dry mid-century men's chypres is still a prerequisite to fully enjoying this. Still, an essential purchase with very decent longevity and projection compared to much more expensive and lower-performing frags on the market. There's no reason to douse myself in a liquid reminder of my inevitable death.
I suppose if you're an older gentlemen with lots of tweed suits, who lives in a dense haze of lovely-smelling pipe smoke from that lovely-smelling pipe stuck between your teeth, this could compliment your presence entirely. Seeing it in the plastic travel bottle is a real bonus for me,,,I've always preferred my English Leather out of the plastic bottle. The women I worked with always had comments about the nice aroma. Since I was awkward too, we both just waved goodbye, and that was the end of things. Any more than that and I'm asphyxiated by a huge hit of what I can only call petroleum.