Just beneath the surface, leather growls: if leather’s hot skinned instinct is the musculature of Russian Leather, fougere furs are this scent’s external energy.
Inspired by the Russian wolf, and its heightened sense of smell (stronger and more powerful than that of man), Russian Leather is a subtle yet wild landscape, governed by an ancient spirit. Still, the wolf is invisible when it needs to be, and this scent operates accordingly, containing a magical, barely detectable animalism that drives it through the most vast, precipitous territories.
Spicy basil leavens a classically elegant fougere accord that is further complicated by the smoldering sweetness of cedar. Siberian pine needle pricks like the cold of the bleak Russian steppes, while oil of coriander mimics the frozen, almost scentless, sparkling clean of the icy plains.
Rich lavandin, frosted over with shimmering mint, illustrates the cool blue dim of the forest’s interior, where rosemary, wildly floral yet smartly aromatic grows against the woodsy lukewarm heat of nutmeg. The canopy above our heads is leaf-less but as we gaze up, we imagine great five pointed stars of verdancy that grow in the summer, as sweet and sun-smoked as patchouli.
Tonka bean absolute is the sugared effect of frost on tree bark, while guaiac wood hints at a solid, still warm core, encircled in endless rings of age. Beneath all this lies leather, as buried as the black earth, kissed in complement by a snowfall as fresh as cypress and downy as the fuzzed leaves of clary sage.
The wolves are the perfumer’s accomplice, along with reindeer, bear, and muskox. They are the secret masters of these unforgiving lands. Envisage Russian Leather as the free roaming, ritual movements of these majestic beasts. A balance of force and finesse, Russian Leather is a magic harmony, an aura of resilience.
(oil of basil, fougère accord, oil of cedar leaf, oil of Siberian pine needle, oil of coriander seed, heart of lavandin, mint, oil of rosemary, oil of nutmeg, oil of guaiac, oil of patchouli, tonka bean absolute, leather accord, oil of clary sage, cypress absolute)
MPN: 29-195 MMEDP075RL
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Clara and John Molloy, the founders of Memo Paris, met on a chair lift, between sky and earth, between two worlds, in that weightless space that brings out one’s daring side and broadens horizons. It wasn’t long before they decided to set off together on a long-distance journey. Memo, which they launched in 2007, was part of the adventure: a collection of scents from afar that take a destination and make it the point of departure for a sense-awakening epic. Each captivating fragrance serves as a threshold between the known and the unknown, an exciting invitation to openness and discovery that will surely take you on your own aromatic odyssey.