My mind is an unruly accrual of odd information. The worst part of it is I don’t remember where my tidbits come from. There are times I feel like I am relating something I read in a novel instead of non-fiction. This applies to what I write next. I heard that early leather workers would use crushed flowers to soften their products. Is this true? I can’t find a confirming source on the internet. Is it in a piece of fiction? I am long past remembering that. It is a description which has stayed with me. It is also something I would think could be a great perfume. Eau d’Italie Jasmine Leather produces something like what I think it might smell like.
Husband and wife Sebastian Alvarez Murena and Marina Sersale were also thinking of the past when they began this. The press release mentions the habit of Renaissance women scenting their leather gloves with flowers. This is a fact confirmed by histories. Working with perfume Amandine Clerc-Marie that was what they wanted. I get the inspiration, but the leather here seems sturdier than glove leather. I couldn’t get out of my head that it was closer to boot or saddle leather. It is a subtle difference, but I think the resulting perfume is better for the added intensity of the leather.
Both named notes are apparent right from the start. For a short period of time the jasmine is on top. Elemi adds in its citrus-tinted complement. As the jasmine is rubbed into the leather accord it becomes the leader. Saffron adds a burnishing effect to the leather. This is what keeps the leather accord from becoming a more refined glove leather. It keeps it just a notch or two away from that. Mme Clerc-Marie further deepens the leather through patchouli until a clean cedar adds in the final piece.
Jasmine Leather has 10-12 hour longevity and average sillage.
This lived up to what I believe my imaginary floral rubbed leather might smell like. The reality of Jasmine Leather is I am happy to swing into a saddle scented with jasmine.
Disclosure: This review is based on a sample supplied by Eau D’Italie.