Royal Leather 2012

Royal Leather by Charriol
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Royal Leather is a popular perfume by Charriol for men and was released in 2012. The scent is leathery-spicy. The longevity is above-average. It was last marketed by Cofinluxe / Cofci.
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Perfumer

Raphaël Haury

Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesGinger, Pink pepper, Saffron
Heart Notes Heart NotesIris, Leather, Dried fruits
Base Notes Base NotesAmber, Sandalwood, Cedarwood

Ratings

Scent

8.0 | 92 Ratings

Longevity

8.1 | 69 Ratings

Sillage

7.1 | 71 Ratings

Bottle

7.6 | 74 Ratings
Submitted by Kankuro, last update on 23.01.2021.
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LadyLuxifer
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Top Review    12  
Invisible harmony
Raphaël Haury was born and raised in Grasse, the son of a perfumer. He studied at the Ecole de Parfumerie de Charabot in Grasse.

It is less known that he founded the niche perfume brand "06130" together with Jacques Chabert (known among other things for the creations for the houses Tom Daxon, Atelier Flou and Zéro Six Cent-Trente) in 2003. After all, Raphaël comes from this city, the capital of perfumery, and therefore inherited a sense of beauty, refinement and a special sensitivity for aromas.

In 2007, Raphaël founded his own company "Perfum.com".

Raphaël Haury not only worked on perfumes for 06130, but also created fragrances for other major brands, predominantly for the Cofinluxe/Cofci company brands.

Cofinluxe - originally Cofci - was founded in 1976 by Jean-Pierre Grivory and is a French family and independent company based in Paris, whose brands have been represented in more than 100 countries for 40 years. Cofinluxe now distributes perfumes from brands such as Charriol, Barthet, Love Love, Parfums Café and Dali Haute Parfumerie. Raphaël Haury was responsible for three creations from Dali Haute Parfumerie's Fabulous Collection in 2017, namely "Fabulous Bukhara", "Fabulous Korynthia" and "Fabulous Srinagar", with Srinagar being the best of the trio in my opinion.

The creations of the handsome, smart Raphaël didn't really reach me though, it wasn't the great love, more like a fleeting acquaintance between the two of us.

But it became love!

Raphaël enchanted me with a leather creation, his "Royal Leather", composed for the Charriol company. I was blown away.

Perhaps it's not unimportant to point out that for me, Ernest Beaux's "Cuir de Russie" from the house of Chanel, Tom Ford's Tuscan Leather, and Roja's Great Britain are "the big three," a trinity of sorts, leather chords dominating like no other of the many leathery fragrance creations out there. Of course, there are countless leather scents, but the three mentioned above deeply trigger me.

The Trio Infernale, the three daredevils are well known, everyone knows them, the sly boys just...one more fatal than the other. Raphaël was like the reserved but charismatic boy next door, who hid much more beauty and character in himself than his shy exterior and defensive nature wanted to reveal a priori. Ah, this Raphaël, he was so sensual and warm, I couldn't resist him. He conquered me quietly, very subtly...until one day I realized I couldn't be without him.

The fragrance notes listed are not exhaustive, that's for sure. I firmly believe that both birch and davana were used in this composition. The fragrance literally lives on these components.

Royal Leather starts pleasantly restrained, harmoniously spicy-leathery. If you compare Royal Leather start with the "Big Three", Tuscan Leather is very modern, berry and initially least a leather fragrance. Roja's Great Britain is the bridge between the XXth and XXIth centuries, neatly spicy, dominantly leathery-woody. The Cuir de Russie Vintage version is a real leather scent, super potent from the start, with the charisma of the undead Vlad III Draculea, a prince in fact.

Raphaël doesn't need to show off. Somehow, he's still the little big boy who doesn't take life too seriously. It's a dominance of playful tenderness. Royal Leather reminds me of the hypnotic voice of Peter Murphy. The fragrance starts with a subtle combination of delicate floral tones, very delicately paired with the scent of various dried fruits. The listed spices are more in the background. Everything is like wrapped in the finest posh leather that feels like second skin and shimmers brown, like the color of mother earth. This deep color helps ground me, connects me to nature, helps me in some inexplicable way experience support and security, healing and care. Already here I perceive something warm and sweetly exotic. Raphaël Haury has succeeded in creating a grandly beautiful leather scent with Royal Leather. His composition is not overloaded with sweetness, over-spiced or omnipotent. What is striking, Raphaël plays with opposites and subtly embraces the wearer with these contrasting olfactory experience to connect his creation with the wearer thereby ultimately to a harmonious unity.

The fragrance loses this tension at no time or even becomes dissonant. The fragrance development takes place almost in bent, like an invisible harmony. I feel like I'm being haunted by a good spirit. Royal Leather is a leather fragrance like no other. With this creation, Raphaël Haury has succeeded in a very big hit.

However, we know that truly great love stories don't have happy endings. They never end. The enchanting fragrance was discontinued in 2019.

HICC, is known among perfume lovers as Lyral; it has a soft floral scent (reminiscent of lily of the valley, cyclamen, and a bit of lilac) with subtle aldehydic and woody nuances. Officially, it was said that as of August 23, 2019, cosmetics containing Lyral will no longer be allowed on the market. They decided against reformulating RL at Cofinluxe and put the creation "Fabulous Mandawa" in the race in place of Royal Leather. I was very surprised that it was Michel Almairac who was responsible for the umpteenth Tuscan Leather clone, which has become so inconsequential that it was not worth it to me to test said fragrance a second time.

Now I'm on the hunt for the last few copies of Royal Leather. The search is turning out to be much more difficult than I thought. There are only a few left, so it's a real rarity. Dear Aquamonza was kind enough to sell me a 10 ml bottling. I appreciate that very much. Here again a thousand thanks for that.

What makes Royal Leather so special is its microtonal aura and well-tempered composition. The fragrance is neither intrusive nor boring. This leather fragrance simply fits like a second skin.

I will not give up the search. You're out there somewhere, I just haven't found you yet. Not yet.
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Chizza
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Top Review    9  
It doesn't always have to be the whole raspberry field
The day came to an end and my last big leather case was already a few weeks ago. Then this royal contemporary entered my office. She looked around furtively, then she scurried in. I raised my eyebrow and looked at her irritated. I almost knocked over my coffee mug with the six-pack of donuts.

"What can I do for you, my lady?!" I exclaimed. She came straight to the point: "I hear you're the best?"
"It's possible." "Find an optician that's even less expensive than..." - "I'm sorry to interrupt you, I'm what's known as a leather-scented detective. The best. And only one."
"Oh, well, while I'm here...I've gotten to know this smell the other day and it's driving me crazy! Could you find out what it does and how it goes so I know if I should buy it?"
"Feasible. What kind of material can I work with?" "I have a bottling plant here." "Mm-hmm, mm-hmm, but, mm-hm... when do you need results?" "Tomorrow, I was going to post a commentary on Parfumo, does that work?"
Since I had little to do, I accepted and started straight away. So I thought: "Charriol, French brand, what do you know! Royal Leather, aha. Off to research! Scented twins TL, LY.....to say the least, nonsense, as I realized after the first test....Nobil Homo Sultan Leather? No, he has too much spice and not enough punch. I think I'll have to roll it out myself....."

Royal Leather is not royal, but clear in its nature. The first time it is a wonderful saffron scent, not too obtrusive, mixed just right and underlined with a pinch of pepper. At first I was confused, but others always rub their whole spice cabinet on leather but not here and that's good. Less is more. The leather comes through well, looks tart and masculine through the saffron and doesn't want to please directly. Royal Leather wants attention, you could say.
A lot of time passes until the dried fruits are noticeable. Honestly, of course, this is meaningless, because what kind of fruits should they be in detail? It can hardly be smelled out. But their presence explains the at some point increasingly fruity-sweet note. This one rests gently in the fragrance melange, holding back nobly. Here, the saffron gradually withdraws, but remains present. The fruit level of an LY or Ombre Leather is not really given in terms of strength and fruitiness, but - yes, I must say it now - it actually reaches the level of dried fruit, which, even in relation, no longer offers this fruitiness and sweetness, but can even possess a bitter sweetness. That is the case here.

If I were to claim that the fragrance makes big jumps afterwards, I would be lying. So it stays on the skin for many hours. Dazzling and intimidating sillage? No, not that. In so far as royal, though, as the fragrance has style. Not too many ingredients, straight up scent, nobody gets slain. Surprising how fine leather plus saffron smells without myriads of other additions. Unfortunately, it is no longer produced and has to be purchased from abroad at higher prices.
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A different sort of beast.
Very different from the usual suspects... designers

I find a little dificult trying to explain what I think about Charriol Royal Leather, and Charriol Royal Platinum, for that matter. But one thing I am sure of it is not the Chanel/Hermes/Dior/Yves Saint Laurent/etc... we all are acostumed to. No, there is something that says very clearly that this is something completely different. And I don't mean that it doesn't smell good, but the whole composition is of anther kind, the approach is not the same, and most of us are not prepared for it, perhaps? Is it nich it leans to? The scent itself is quite inspiring and reminds me of strange foreing places when you first arrive and it smells different from where you come from. It does smell exotic and the saffron note is almost food-like as in a Paella,there is some sweetness from fruit notes, iris and sandalwood/amber,and, of course, the Leather: it is like a piece of leather forniture that has been kept well treated for ages and you feel like loose yourself on it, on its softnes, on its luxurious feel. And when you do that you feel good, you feel richness around you, you feel comfortable. If it smells like TF TL... I cannot tell for I don't know the TF scent, but although it strangeness at first it does smell good, and yes, the bottle is like a $$$ goods. But, for an EDP, it seems to be very weak, is that a trait of nich fragrances, as my Musc Nomade by AG? Although I can smell it hours later it nedds more than few sprays to take off so close to the skin it stays. I paid about US$ 70 for it, and in Brazil, where a bottle of Bleu de Chanel costs US$ 210, it was a good buy. I hope more people take the leap and share their thoughts with us.

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Carlitos01Carlitos01 1 year ago
9
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8
Longevity
7
Sillage
10
Bottle
A very good leather fragrance although a bit faint for an EdP. It has saffron instead of raspberry but I like it this way. Hard to find.
HermeshHermesh 6 years ago
8
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7.5
Longevity
5
Sillage
7.5
Bottle
Delicate leather with dried, slightly smoky plum. Fine saffron note is skillfully softened by iris.

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