Leather fragrances stem back to the 25th Century when animal hides were steeped in oils to prevent the actual smell of the animal! King George III enjoyed the smell of his leather gloves so much, he requested that the royal perfumer at the time, the house of Creed, to create a fragrance that smelt exactly like the leather.
Leather fragrances are hard to create as there is no natural scent of leather, so synthetic notes and natural notes are blended together to replicate the smell.
The typical notes of a leather fragrance are produced using castoreum, birch tar, cade oil, and labdanum. These notes produce a smokey, musky, and bold fragrance. To cut through this, citrus can be used which also prevents it smelling too ‘old‘.