Reviews of Parfum de Peau by Montana

The words "sexy" and "diaper" should never be together. Yet here we are, reconciling this cognitive dissonance. How do I unthink this? Anyhow, enough of that, lest I really alienate myself from all of humanity.

So, Parfum de Peau is so profoundly aldehydic, resinous, and meowly, growly, that I blush just wearing it. There is this orange, astringent marigold note that muscles its way through, with dirty pillows made of jasmine and narcissus. "Who's gonna ride your wild horses?" they sing. Well, keep that depravity to yourself, the narcissus is horsey enough. The dry down reveals more of the leather and incense that clings to the skin like a kitten's paw.

I can't help but to think of Brenda Dickson of 80s soap opera fame (if we can call it that) or better yet, comedienne Devin Green's parodies. Dickson wears these while pondering amorous congress sticks (that's carrots) and underlining her vageen with a stationary bike (please refer to Youtube and brace yourself).

What a thrill ride. I really think I should wear this to a (Unitarian) church as it is an olfactory sermon of impure thoughts.

And we didn't even get to the bottle. It's an effing genome. Sums it up. Brilliant.
9th March 2022
Perfumer Jean Guichard was surely on a roll in the mid-80's with big, bold, and brash feminine fragrances that often less-than-discretely blurred the gender lines in the perfume world. Composing the debut Montana Parfum de Peau (1986) fresh on the heels of both Paco Rabanne La Nuit (1985) and Poison Christian Dior (1985), Jean eased off on the throttle just a tad to make a rose chypre which had all the vigor of his past works but a more subtle animal attraction with the interplay of leather and musks in the base. The result of this approach is a perfume that feels every bit in line with the niche rose perfumes of the 21st century (particularly from the Middle East), but with a decidedly Western execution of balancing virility with approachability. This was just the kind of balance Claude Montana would need to get his perfume acclaimed and in stores at a time when everyone wanted to make a loud statement with their perfumes without necessarily knowing what they wanted to actually say with that statement, which would be Parfum de Peau's key for surviving the era; this glows and smoulders without scorching unlike its rivals of the day.

Like most huge red rose chypres from the 80's, Parfum de Peau barrels in with aldehydes and fruity notes swirled with sharp bergamot, plus a jammy Turkish rose. Peach lactone and bergamot are here alongside blackcurrant and plum, with a bit of ginger and pink pepper to spice up and dull the sweetness. The Turkish rose plays as expected with jasmine indole, tuberose, and carnation, making Parfum de Peau fleshy as the name suggests and full of lust. There's some ylang-ylang here too, but it is buried in the sex moans of the fruity rose indolic glow, allowing a leathery trifecta of isobutyl quinoline tannic notes, civet, and castoreum to stink up the base. Amber and patchouli keep the affair warm, a bit green, and soft-spoken as sillage begins to surprisingly recede after the loud top and middle. Olibanum, sandalwood, vetiver, and oakmoss provide the incense-like chypre base, but the animalics are what command this perfume. Wear time is immortal like most big perfumes from the 80's, but Montana's debut scent won't get you kicked out of any restaurants like the Dior. I'd save this for romantic fall or winter gatherings though, unless you fancy yourself a bizarrely hot mess if used any other time, and the stuff is simply divine when caught on skin from up close.

Parfum de Peau is luscious, heady, flirtatious, and not in the least bit casual, but unlike something such as Estée Lauder Knowing (1988), doesn't jump your bones immediately with a huge singular rose/patchouli sledgehammer. Instead, rose and patchouli are merely unwitting guests in a brothel of leather and slightly-sweaty bodies, hand clasped over mouth as they watch unspeakable things commence, rather than shouting to the world that they mean business like in something such as La Nuit. Chypre lovers looking for a chewy oakmoss base won't really find it with the blending of Parfum de Peau, but lovers of things like Aramis Perfume Calligraphy (2012) or Lady Vengeance by Juliette Has a Gun (2009) are in good hands if they don't mind a bit of sweltering leather stirred into their rose and patchouli soirée. I rather like Montana Parfum de Peau and Jean Guichard's efforts to add some surreptitious masculine stink to toy with what was otherwise a feminine power chord of a perfume, and it's the restrained but satisfying sillage that keeps this from becoming a joke. Just like Momma used to always say, it's the quiet ones you got to worry about, and nothing holds truer when it comes to Montana Parfum de Peau. Thumbs up!
25th June 2019

A great masculine women's scent when you want to feel super sexy.It never tame,full of shocking sensuality, this scent seriously drives a man wild with is not absolutely feminine and i found a masculine characteristic in it.strong,bold,deep, intriguing,alluring, leathery,complex, unisex,sultry and utterly passionate.

A secret and sexy elixir of sexy black currant,black berry, rose,jasmine and antique patchouli makes top and heart notes,while a warm and sensual base notes of amber,incense and especially leather speaks of a deep fragrance, matches afternoon and evening wear for women who are as assured in their sexuality as they are indifferent to passing trends.

PARFUM de PEAU is not for the faint -hearted!it is for Impertinent and rebellious woman and reminds me a femme fatale,a smoker woman who she wants to make a deep impression and a man go wild.It is definitely for cold weather.if you are looking for a sexy and heavy scent for saturday evening,i recommend this one.
29th May 2015
A vanillic red rose with animalic and jasmin undertones which is followed by an edgy upper accord of incense and cassis. Marigold and ginger give an unusual dry side note that contrasts finely with a musky narcissus hum. This opening blossoms into a fully rounded accord in the classical French manner of voluptuous and slightly disreputable rich florals.
By the first half hour a peppery, powdery and oily-rich red rose-jasmin bouquet establishes itself centre stage.

The body proper is slightly disappointing because the delicacy of the floral heart is soon clouded by a dark whiff of leathery amber and patchouli, but when the incense arrives like the glamorous star guest at a reception, Parfum de Peau sparkles with an exquisite richness and maturity.

Next on the scene is an underlay of chewy amber which develops a condensed milk feel.
Its lactonic quality blends with and accentuates an existing skanky nuance to give a somewhat lascivious feel, and meanwhile a leather note prowls around.

As the body declines around the rose-jasmin and over the amber to the base its character remains vibrant thanks to the longevity of the incisive top accord. After the incense-blackcurrant fades, however, what remains into the drydown is a very nice and persistent floral musky patchouli.

In essence the profile is a rose with sweet powdery and incense sides and various nuances in tow. The floral bouquet is very subtle. It can appear now like rose, and then like jasmin, but the neroli remains close to invisible at all times in my sample, perhaps due to age.

A difficult perfume to wear because of its uncompromising sharp overtone and a classical, somewhat haughty demeanour which makes it most definitely not a casual proposition, but it does have moments of sheer beauty and a comfortable drydown which on the right person would be stunning.
Created by Jean Guichard.
19th April 2015
Turin calls this a neon floral, gives it four stars, and goes on to say it is a fluorescent woody rose, reminiscent of Rabanne's La Nuit, "garish and excellent."

Barbara Herman calls it both a "hybrid floral oriental" and a "fruity chypre, loud and cacophonous."

I don't find it loud at all. I find it a perfectly balanced fruity/spicy chypre. The peach and plum are lusciously sweet, but kept in check by the drier cassis. The ginger, pepper and cardamom give it a caramel, burnt sugar sweetness, and the civet and castoreum in the base give it an old-fashioned flora/woody chypre quality - something from the 1940s.

Montana opened its house in 1979 and closed in 1997. Parfum de Peau was a re-working of their first scent, Montana. The title is odd in that it has no leather notes, nor does the scent of leather ever emerge. Go figure.

In any case, this is a delightful "original," both happy and grounded at the same time. A terrific scent for summer evening wear.

Top notes: Peach, Cassis, Plum, Pepper, Cardamom
Heart notes: Ginger, Rose, Tuberose, Jasmine, Ylang Ylang, Carnation
Base notes: Sandalwood, Patchouli, Vetiver, Civet, Castoreum, Amber, Musk, Olibanum
20th July 2014
Genre: Chypre

Parfum de Peau's assertive aldehydic rose top notes smell “perfumey,” but the rose is rounded enough that they fall a few yards short of crass. As the composition infolds, Parfum de Peau expands into a powerful, opulent rose chypre, a genre that also counts Beautiful, Knowing, and Paris among its members. Parfum de Peau shares with this clan its dense rose, patchouli, and mossy-woody base notes, but where the others cling tenaciously to their gargantuan rose accords, the Montana turns more resinous and animalic with wear. What begins as an aldehydic floral pupates as a rose chypre, to emerge in the end as an ambery leather chypre. The wearing experience that results is at once more stimulating and less potentially tiresome than its more steadfastly consitent sisters. It helps too that Parfum de Peau, while tenacious, is marginally less loud than many of the other grand 1980s rose scents. It's good and it's cheap. What more could you ask for?

19th June 2014
Parfum de Peau is an animalic rose chypre that wears its animal differently than other growly rose chypres. It's not so much a leather scent as a live skin scent. The scent of sweaty skin gives PdP a tannic quality. If you focus on just the rose, PdP is very similar to other big 80s monster roses and rose chypres. But the stinging slap of ripe skin is bolstered by the tart green feel of unripened fruit and together they create a deliberate imbalance. The acrid skin and the young fruit highlight the electric feel of the rose and PdP charges at you like it wants to eat you.
21st February 2012
90's edt version (I think- I don't have the original box but my bottle is old and labeled made in France.)
+1 for Tott's review, which is precise to my experience.

If you garden, you'll recognize the tagete variety as “Orange Gem”.

Warning: For serious chypre lovers only, Parfum de Peau is a jolie laide.
20th May 2011
I have a hard time reviewing a perfume I can't pronounce, but since my SO is one foot away I insisted he say this for me(he's French). The conversation went like this: (me) Pew? (him) Peau. (me) Pew. (him) Peau! (me) Peeuuuw (him) PEAU!

Whatever. Here is what I think of parfum de Pew. It opens harsh, so wait it out a bit. The top notes fade away after 20 minutes, and at this point the fragrance smells 'wet' to me. So, soggy, heavy florals with a hint of incense.

During the middle phase the incense becomes more prominent and the wetness fades away. I like this phase best; the florals and basenotes are really rich. It creates a wonderful halo that is perfect for a cold night. I can't comment on sillage because i can never guess that, but this seems average- not too strong, not too weak.

Despite the name I wouldn't call this a stinker. Like other reviewers, I wouldn't call this a leather either; to me it is more of a floral oriental. For it's price range it is certainly one of the better fragrances.
1st December 2010
Parfum de Peau is a perfume with plenty of personality, or maybe plenty of personalities; I've seen it classified as a leather, floriental or fruity chypre. In any case, it's filled to the brim with fruit, berries, spices, flowers, oakmoss, sandalwood and animalics and is a classic 80's powerhouse with plenty of sillage and longevity.It opens with black currant, plum and peach, spices like pepper and cardamom and some greenery, followed by the main floral impression which is that of tagetes. Tagetes is a flower with a distinctly sharp, fresh, slightly spicy and pungent smell that keeps everything in check so that it never gets sweet or cloying. The base contains generous amounts of animalics like castoreum, musk, civet and amber along with incense and patchouli.This is an unusual tangy leathery fragrance that has been referred to as an avant-garde chypre, and I can only agree. It's definitely not anonymous or boring. Parfum de Peau has been produced in three major formulations and packages that I know of. The original 80's formulation was packed in a blue box with the Montana name and text printed in a darker blue. This was reformulated with synthetic castoreum during the mid 90's and packed in a similar box with the printed name in black, edged in silver, and smaller text in silver. This was later discontinued. Parfume de Peau is now owned by an Italian company which has re-issued a weaker reformulated Italian version that is a shadow of its former self. This is packaged in a blue box with a depiction of the helix bottle in orange, and my simple advice is to avoid this version. Some online retailers pass this off as the discontinued French original, despite being aware of the fact that it is an Italian re-issue. Beware.In the hands of its new owners, Parfum de Peau has also spawned a few flankers such as Montana Mood Sensual, Montana Mood Sexy and Montana Mood Soft. They share the distinctive helix bottle and a "Parfum de Peau" print on the box. I assume that the Parfum de Peau designation is the only similarity to the original.
5th October 2010
Parfum de Peau, also known as Montana de Montana, is usually described as sexy, assertive, dirty, and sultry.what a great way to describe such a complex fragrance....I found it on my 1st trip to PARIS ..way back in his Boutique facing Galerie VivienneI bought Parfum de Peau ,The Savon de Bain,and mens leather gloves in his trademark Cobalt BLUE...All these years ...I never used the Savon the Bain ...I kept the Cobalt Blue Gloves wrapped gently around the soap box still in its original boutique bag.His Fragrance, as well as the Savon de bain is so amazinglywell constructed and expertly made ..... that the Cobalt Gloves are now infused with the fragrance...and I wear them with great pride of rare special occasions....I bought Parfum de Peau on Ebay a treat to myself for my Birthday .. andyes, it remains the same formulation ...and if your lucky you might get a great deal on it I just did ..
19th June 2010
I am also a product of the 80s and loved Claude Montana. I still have a few jackets and suits and will never stop wearing them or get rid of them. I met him at Bloomingdale's in Chicago when he came for the fragrance launch. His was the first fragrance marketed to women that I ever dared to wear. Man did I get compliments on it! Truly, it's worth buying even if you've never smelled it because the flacon is like a Lalique sculpture. It remains my favourite packaging of all time. BTW I think this would probably be considered a chypre fragrance by most people.
25th August 2009
Funnily enough like the previous reviewer of this fragrance I was an art student too in the mid eighties when I fell totally for Montana parfum de peau. I loved everything about it: fragrance, packaging, the advertising campaign and the fact that it was from the Montana design house. To me, then, this was the perfect scent - unique, sophisticated , not at all 'girly', a statement frag for sure which was at its best when worn with leather. I hadn't worn Montana for many years when I recently bought a new bottle to see if I still liked it. The current frag suffers from a distinct lack of the original fruity (most notably peach) and floral notes which lifted this perfume and made it so special. Now there is the barest trace of the original scent which I am pretty sure is down to the fact that some of the original ingredients are missing. Oh well, the bottle still looks wonderful!!! Thumbs up are for the original and the memories!!!
12th March 2006
Launched by the design house of Montana in 1986, MONTANA PERFUME is classified as a refreshing, woody, mossy fragrance. This feminine scent possesses a blend of spicy fruit with lower notes of flowers and base notes of woods. This is the description of the perfume given by retailers that are still selling the now discontinued scent. My first encounter with Montana happened in the mid-eighties. I had traveled to Paris with my high-school art class. I was at the department store Printemps when I came across a striking bottle displayed at a cosmetic counter. It was a frosted glass bottle stepped and twisted like a helix. The lady at the counter explained it was a new fragrance by the design house of Claude Montana. The Parisian designer was famous at the time for his architectural style. I recall after the first life changing spritz to the wrist the salesgirl asked "jolie, non? quelle sophisication!" I was a sixteen year old girl in Paris and there was nothing I wanted more than to bottle the time. I bought the perfume and was never the same.
3rd September 2005