VIP Club - Black Leather 2014

VIP Club - Black Leather by Mercedes-Benz
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VIP Club - Black Leather is a perfume by Mercedes-Benz for men and was released in 2014. The scent is sweet-leathery. It was last marketed by INCC Parfums. Pronunciation
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Perfumer

Honorine Blanc

Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesBergamotBergamot IrisIris
Heart Notes Heart NotesPatchouliPatchouli SageSage FrankincenseFrankincense
Base Notes Base NotesAmberAmber LabdanumLabdanum LeatherLeather

Ratings

Scent

7.448 Ratings

Longevity

6.841 Ratings

Sillage

6.343 Ratings

Bottle

6.847 Ratings
Submitted by Grazia, last update on 16.02.2022.
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7.5
Scent
6
Longevity
7
Sillage
7
Bottle
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A safe leather clubber
Mercedes-Benz does not only make good cars. As a car perfume brand they also know how to create appealing fragrances, such as Black Leather. With Honorine Blanc, the Stuttgart company has also hired a well-known perfumer. Sometimes, Mercedes-Benz Black Leather is a successful in-house creation.

The perfume actually reminds me a bit of a car, which is delivered fresh from the factory and has a pleasant new leather smell inside. A sweet, powdery and slightly fruity combination with subtle leather accords was created. In fact, this sweetness didn't remind me so much of Iris in the beginning (as Iris does in Prada L'Homme or Montale Intense). Although it is typically iris-powdery, it contains a component of a red fruit that reminds me a little of raspberry. But to make sure this raspberry doesn't look too dominant or feminine, the fragrance has been given an oriental kick with incense. The leather, on the other hand, does not appear dry and obtrusive, unlike classic leather scents, but is always nice and discreetly felt as a base. The powdery-sweet components literally soften the dryness of the leather.

Over the entire fragrance process (approx. 6h) the scent does not really change. It remains relatively constant. Especially because it has no typical leather character, it is suitable for the masses, especially for those who might find leather repulsive. The sweetness with slightly dark chords makes it an absolutely suitable club scent. If the Sillage were any stronger, it wouldn't even be better for club visits.

Personally, however, I would have liked this fragrance to have a bit more depth in the base, be it stronger patchouli or spicy woods, to give the perfume more sexiness. This could perhaps make the fragrance look a bit more mature and adult.

Thus Mercedes-Benz Black Leather is a fragrance that could definitely appeal more to a young audience. Best worn casually in spring or autumn as a day or night scent, Black Leather should therefore be a pleasant crowdpleaser
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Longevity
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Sillage
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Bottle
Carlitos01

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The Gentleman Leather
After my recent experience with Azzaro Naughty Leather, I decided to try another designer with a leather scent offering. I choose Black Leather from the Mercedes VIP Club Series because it has been designed by one of my preferred perfumists, Honorine Blanc. Honorine designed Tom Ford Noir Anthracite for men and some feminine gems like La Nuit Trésor à la Folie, Viva La Juicy Gold as well the original, and several Opium flankers. There is some traditional sweetness associated to her works and, in my opinion, excessively sweet notes don't get along well with leathery scents. Another Honorine work signature is the way she deals with amber and incense and that is a must in any leathery fragrance as far as I am concerned.
The fragrance opens mildly sweet, very floral with a strong Iris note, although not lipsticky. The heart grants us a very nice frankincense blended with earthy patchouli. Actually I look (sniff?) at it with impatience for what's to come.
In the base we scent the leather coming to life, very well supported by a strong leather/amber note (must be the labdanum on top of the leather and the amber) and another kind of sweet amber together with the remaining incense.
The scent is never pungent positioning this perfume in a very western position and making it very easy to wear. That is a plus when you compare Black Leather with several other mainstream leather fragrances, including Naughty Leather. It's also miles away from more strong and oriental hyped leather perfumes like Tuscan Leather, Leather Oudh and La Yuqawam.
Performance sucks, so be ready to respray.

How do I rate VIP Club - Black Leather?
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Scent Opening............7.5 (initial alchool burst)
Scent Dry Down.........8.5 (very pleasant)
Longevity (h) ..............6.5 (Up to 5~6 hours with 2 sprays)
Sillage (ft)....................6.0 (under average with up to 3~4 ft sillage and 1.5 h projection with 2 sprays)
Versatility....................8.5 (above average but not really for very hot Summer days or very cold Winter nights)
Usability......................8.5 (Everywhere where a very wearable perfume is desired, like group dinners, evenings with friends, office and normal daily wearing)
Compliments..............7.0 (better than just Ok! Nevertheless it seems to be a nice choice for intimacy and kissing)
Uniqueness.................8.0 (I could name a couple of similar fragrances, but I will mention only a sweater D&G The One EDT. The similarity is mainly due to the ambery notes)
Quality.........................8.0 (above average)
Presentation...............8.5 (similar to the other VIP Club flasks)
Price.............................7.5 (€29.00 for a 100ml tester + taxes)
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- Average:.........7.68/10.0
between 7 and 8 => above average;
between 8 and 9 => recommended;
equal or bigger than 9 => don't miss it;

Opinion about VIP Club - Black Leather:
There is some resemblance with The One EDT even if the later has tobacco instead of leather and a faint recall of Dark Rebel by John Varvatos without the rum note. That's a very nice place to be in!
It's a very polite leather scent that you can use even if you are socializing with leather scent haters. It may be a very good choice if you want to be into leather scents but you also want to buy a "pleases everybody" fragrance. There are no similarities with Azzaro Naughty Leather.
Recommended? No because it's pleasant but not different enough from other mainstream leather/tobacco fragrances. In my opinion try it first if you have the chance.
Blind buy worthy? No.

Music: Tim McGraw - "Humble And Kind"

Statements

Carlitos01Carlitos01 4 years ago
8
Scent
7
Longevity
6
Sillage
7
Bottle
It's a very polite leather fragrance that you can use even when socializing with leather scent haters. Soft, clean, ambery, well behaved!

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