rogalal's Review of Leder 6 / Fetisch by J.F. Schwarzlose

Really good stuff!

Leder 6 kicks off with a cinnamon-dusted pipe tobacco smell that immediately calls to mind Tobacco Vanille, but with the cloves and vanilla largely replaced by leather and saffron. It's a great pairing - the ashy undertones of the tobacco melt deliciously into the leather, while the combination of sweet spices and leathery wood calls to mind the intoxicating clash of Fahrenheit. This is what I had hoped Tom Ford's Tobacco Oud would smell like.

Things get even better as the milk note comes forward. It sounds like it should be terrible, but it's clever and fantastic, the way it mixes with the suede and spices to create a leathery hazelnut and almond milk smell that's somehow a perfect match with (and also gives a honeyed depth to) the leathery pie spices. It calls to mind the formality of a classic cuir de russie, but is decidedly post-modern in the way it rather geniously incorporates and calls to mind different genres and touchstones, while expressing them in ways that aren't just cheap copies.

This is easily my favorite of the Schwarzlose relaunch and one of the most clever, unique leather perfumes I've smelled in ages. Highly recommended.

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    Basenotes Plus 51 From Berkeley, California
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