Hard Leather 2013

Hard Leather by LM Parfums
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Hard Leather is a perfume by LM Parfums for women and men and was released in 2013. The scent is leathery-animal. The longevity is above-average. It is still in production.
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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesRum, Leather
Heart Notes Heart NotesIris, Honey
Base Notes Base NotesOud, Styrax, Vanilla, Sandalwood, Cedarwood, Frankincense

Ratings

Scent

7.4 (68 Ratings)

Longevity

8.3 (56 Ratings)

Sillage

7.0 (58 Ratings)

Bottle

7.2 (51 Ratings)
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6
Scent
7
Longevity
6
Sillage
7
Bottle
Chizza
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Chizza
Top Review    11  
The old, worn pair of leather shoes
Uncommented scents, number... oh no, that wasn't me at all. ;)

Joking aside: If you've always wondered how someone smells like someone who, drunk as a pig, drools rum in threads onto his musty old leather jacket, which at some point was rubbed with beeswax to freshen it up, you've now reached your destination. Hard Leather from LM. Congratulations. If you like to read on, here you go:
Basically I am open-minded about leather scents, one or the other knows that. So the extensive testing of Hard Leather was only a matter of time and to be honest; it was okay that I didn't have it under my nose for a long time. Its prelude reminds me of civet because of the animalism that comes out of the bottle but also quickly dies away. The said civet is a bit musty and once you get deeper into it, the scent threads unravel and the civet was never there.
Leather up front? Check. Old, greasy and brittle leather, which has experienced a lot, we want to be exact. For a long time it hasn't been cared for and now the rum was also running on it. Annoying, because now the old musty note of the leather is more visible. That can be unpleasant in the bar of course. Depending on who you're with.
Hard Leather shows us very precisely what definitely does not help to enhance the fragrance at that point. Honey. Has a little bit of beeswax here for leather care. Leather should be cared for naturally, it should be supple and not brittle. Everybody who owned or owns leather coats or jackets knows the problem that leather loses its quality and scent. With the first leather jacket you don't think about care, I know. One or the other tries to save what can be saved, uses beeswax to free the leather from dryness. Unfortunately this moisture sometimes comes too late or has to be applied very often. That's what this perfume smells like.
It reminds me mercilessly of a pair of leather boots which I wore many years ago, it was rather rough leather, coarse. Or of my black leather jacket as an apprentice. Especially the shoes needed a lot of care. At that time I was inexperienced and unadvised in this respect and so I cared for the shoes more badly than right. The result was worn out, brittle and thus damaged leather shoes darkened by beeswax, but it was too late! Freshly after application it smelled like only leather mixed with beeswax can do. And after all the other things the leather shoes had got to know. A melange of dirt. Unfortunately for Hard Leather the perfume remains slightly musty and smells the same.
Here I suspect the incense, which does not add a fine nuance to the fragrance, but still fires the already rather sufficient work and catapults it onto this dirty leather level in a dirty and not wicked sense. I don't want to go into all the notes, because LM should be able to deliver much better scents. The result here is not catastrophically bad but not good either. It is only out of sympathy for leather that I forgive this high score.
In this sense, I would like to call LM: It doesn't always have to be leather.
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QuercusAlbus

72 Reviews
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Unabashèd Funk
This is a classic example for me of scathing reviews being strongly instrumental in my choosing a fume. The previous reviewer said everything I wanted to hear! There were certain comments that might be considered to be off-putting in an absolute sense, such as the one about misproportion; but I found those easy to accomodate by reason that, well, greyhounds are in a sense misproportioned, but one might very well require a dog with very long legs, and the dachshund is misproportioned, but one might well require a dog that is tube-shaped with disproportionately strong jaws; or - this being the figure for this 'fume - one might well require a Tibetan mastiff or Argentinian doga. Actually, those dogs are really very nicely proportioned actually, unless one consider their neck muscles & head to be out of proportion, which one might. Anyway, I'm not plying this figure anymore: I've well made the point, and I'm probably beginning to create the impression of trolling the previous reviewer! I'm not: I also appreciate proportion & balance; but sometimes I just want something outrageous & diabolickal & utterly thunderous & - well, indeed - unabashèdly funky & feral. And that was the impression I got - and fræ many other reviews also - and that is the fume I ^have^ now got; &, well, I am well chufft, I can tell uw!
jtd

484 Reviews
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Very helpful Review    4  
leather pose
The trend toward dense, smoky-woody perfumes is not particularly new. Nasomatto Black Afgano was an early example and many perfumes followed its blueprint closely. The trend has been given new life by the abundance of synth-oud accords. Hard Leather smells like a hopped-up version of the oud accords I’ve smelled many recent perfumes. Imbalance and the extrait concentration suggest that quantity was used to define quality. Early niche models of the smoky, tarry, vanillic perfumes such as Lonestar Memories or Patchouli 24 are as strong as Hard Leather but are rich and nuanced.

The durable, dry, woody aromachems that I assume form the shape of Hard Leather are forceful and need a judicious hand to prevent them from becoming the bull in the perfume shop. It’s fair to say that while Hard Leather is as potent as it claims, it is also unbalanced. Heavy synthetics overpower any other materials that don’t shout and the perfume’s chief characteristic is disproportion.

The name says it all. Not about the perfume but about the fantasy the LM Parfums wants you to buy into. Hard Leather strikes a butch pose similar to the spectacle of masculinity you’d see in professional wrestling. The difference is that professional wrestling has a campiness that allows it to be melodrama and comedy at the same time. Hard Leather has the gravity but lacks the irony.
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MRothMRoth 5 years ago
8
Scent
7.5
Longevity
2.5
Sillage
5
Bottle
New boot leather overwhelmed by dry, dirty oud with an amber/gourmand base. Could do without the silly price tag.
HermeshHermesh 5 years ago
7
Scent
7.5
Longevity
7.5
Sillage
5
Bottle
The ambery woodiness of Black OudBlack Oud sophisticated and decorated with some leathery notes. With the higher price as well.

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