Spanish Leather is one of those purchases I regret having made. I remember sampling it a couple of years ago, thinking it was pretty good, and ended up buying a full bottle. It also gets rave reviews on both Basenotes and Fragrantica.
I don't understand what everyone thinks is so great about this
fragrance. I find it just so-so on its
best day, and most of the time I consider it mediocre. First of all, after the
first fifteen minutes of top notes, I smell no leather at all in this. This is more the smell of saddle soap, which
is used to clean leather goods, than the smell of leather. I do smell a light, sweet oily scent when I
first splash it on, which is enjoyable.
That must be the leather note.
However, it's gone within minutes, and then Spanish Leather becomes
This is a very light, thin,
boring soap scent, nothing more and nothing less. It doesn't smell terrible, but it smells like
a generic, all purpose liquid soap smell.
Imagine English Leather (the current version by Dana), but with all of
the leather and wood notes removed from it - in other words, with its balls removed
- and you've basically got Spanish Leather.
Spanish Leather only wishes it
could be even half as good as Dana's English Leather, a fragrance that costs
about one-tenth of the price of this Trumper frag. It's also a total weakling: sillage is almost
non-existent, and even worse, the scent disappears completely from my skin
after an hour and a half.
I generally like Geo. F.
Trumper's fragrances; I own both Eucris and Wild Fern and love them both. However, this one's a dog. Granted, $70 for a 100 ml. bottle doesn't
seem bad for a niche fragrance, but considering how un-leathery and flat this
smells, its woeful longevity, and how you can buy a big bottle of the far
superior English Leather today for $7, I have no hesitation in saying that
Spanish Leather sucks.
MY RATING: 5/10
Fragrance House: Geo. F. Trumper