Ingredient Spotlight: Leather

The rich, smoky aroma of leather adds an intriguing depth to fragrances, often conjuring images of lux interiors. Grace de Monaco's Ombre Sereine Eau de Parfum elegantly incorporates a leather accord that evokes sophistication, warmth, and subtle sensuality. Blending with the fragrance's delicate florals and earthy undertones, it helps to create a timeless and contemporary scent. Here, we delve into the rich history of leather in perfumery, its unique characteristics, and its role in Ombre Sereine.   

What it is 

Leather has been a cherished and sought-after ingredient in perfumery for centuries. Its origins can be traced back to when Grasse was renowned for its high-quality leather tanning, which consequently produced unpleasant odors. When Catherine de Medici married King Henry II and moved to France, she captivated the French court with her perfumed leather gloves. This influenced Grasse to experiment with scented leather and contributed to the region being hailed today as the world’s perfume capital. 

Over time, smoky, woody scents evolved into luxurious leather notes, highly prized in modern perfumery. The use of leather in contemporary fragrances showcases its sensual, enigmatic qualities and is beloved for its versatility and depth. 

How it smells 

Leather brings a unique set of characteristics to a perfume formulation. Its rich, warm, and slightly smoky aroma adds depth and complexity to a fragrance’s composition. Leather can evoke a range of emotions and images, from a supple handbag to a car’s luxury interior.

Its role in a fragrance 

In perfume, the leather note is recreated without using actual leather. Instead, notes evocative of leather, such as styrax, cedar, cade, and amber, are skillfully combined to create a leather accord. Leather is predominantly used as a base note, contributing longevity and depth. Its robust and enduring nature makes it an ideal choice for this role, as it anchors the fragrance and supports the lighter, more volatile top and heart notes. Leather is most commonly associated with the chypre and amber fragrance families, known for their multifaceted and enduring olfactive profiles.  

How we’ve used it 

In Ombre Sereine, the leather note is seamlessly integrated into the perfume’s base, enhancing its luxurious character and adding a sophisticated, smoky accord.  Xavier Blaizot has skillfully harnessed the power of leather, creating a scent that is both modern and evocative of classic luxury. The fragrance opens with a delicate blend of top notes that give way to a heart of floral accords, enriched by the leather’s deep, velvety presence. As the fragrance settles, the leather, amber, and wood base notes linger, leaving a lasting and balanced impression.  

Its timeless appeal 

Leather's association with high-end fashion, classic automobiles, and bespoke craftsmanship makes it a symbol of luxury. In Ombre Sereine, the leather note is a key element that elevates the fragrance, adding a touch of timeless allure.  

Understanding the history and characteristics of leather notes makes it easy to appreciate the artistry and enduring appeal of leather in perfumery. Its presence in Ombre Sereine is a testament to its lasting significance in the realm of luxury fragrances.   

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