No 25: Birch Tar and Russian Leather 2020

No 25: Birch Tar and Russian Leather by Meleg Perfumes
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8.2 / 10 45 Ratings
No 25: Birch Tar and Russian Leather is a popular perfume by Meleg Perfumes for women and men and was released in 2020. The scent is smoky-resinous. It is still in production. Pronunciation
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Main accords

Smoky
Resinous
Leathery
Spicy
Animal

Fragrance Notes

CastoreumCastoreum BenzoinBenzoin BirchBirch Tobacco absoluteTobacco absolute Vanilla absoluteVanilla absolute Birch tarBirch tar Peru balsamPeru balsam CedarwoodCedarwood

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Scent
8.245 Ratings
Longevity
8.039 Ratings
Sillage
7.538 Ratings
Bottle
7.931 Ratings
Submitted by Anessa, last update on 13.08.2023.

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FrauHolle

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Top Review 22  
CAREFUL! ATTENTION! WARNING! WARNING! Wrong content in newer batches!
Yes, sorry, Mr Meleg, but people here MUST be warned about the (about you?) Quite similar Wrong-Inhalt-Gerücht holds itself namely bravely also to your cat perfume.

Just the facts: Old sample had, THX, Aquamonza (but please leave him alone now, he wants to and should keep his 20ml) Birch Tar ordered, Ori. in/from Vancouver, got some bullshit with sauce, something that smells REALLY ZERO (in numbers: 0) of tar, complained, SUPERCULANT and NET receive a new/new batch, which is COMPLETELY OTHERWISE RIGHT! WTF!?!?!?

MELEG, WHAT IS THERE LOS BY YOU! ?11! ?

1x the wrong sticker, by mistake, stick it on the bottle, this can happen to everyone.
But this here is a double faux pas, and cannot and must not be accepted as a single faux pas.
All of Europe is now warned with this comment. I will delete it as soon as you have found the right recipe, or the birch tar, or have found yourself again.

About the fragrance: So if you get the very first, real bottle, the whole thing smells really great; namely, as it says on it, birch tar, bissi leather, sweetly richly interpreted. (that can't be so difficult).

It's a pity. I would have loved to have had him and loved him so much.
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Chizza

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Top Review 19  
He just wants to play or: the calm after the storm
My wife is otherwise very tolerant about fragrances; until today she never said that one fragrance is too much. Sure, she doesn't appreciate every scent, my favourite selfish person doesn't find any appeal. But at least an Antaeus or an Interlude is not popular with everyone. Only once was it too much for her when the children decided to go for the Interlude just like me The present Meleg product was the first to attract their disfavour because it makes me smell like not one but many incense sticks. When the children were lying down - it was my turn today - she said: "The poor children." I rather didn't say that our son likes to go to the zoologist (playing dino has to be realistic) or to some Amouage in general (he likes smoke and pepper, he always thinks he smells like a well seasoned chicken).
This takes a potential purchase off the table but let's get down to the scent. Actually this one starts really smoky but not smoky like incense but it smells like the eponymous birch tar. It is a dirty smoke, a smoke that affects the lungs. Who also knows what kind of tobacco it is, which is mentioned; if necessary the rejects of the Russian answer to Roth-Händle.

Now this extreme yellowish smoke dominates until a fine tobacco note creeps in, not a Roth handle after all. Very bright and soft, one hardly notices that there is still a person in the dense smoke, who lights up a cigarette. Judging by the smell, it is also not the bearish woodcutter but rather a self-confident but elegant lady. The fine vanilla component may also play its part in this. One notices her very gently. As a comparison: take Memoirs of a Trespasser, smoke everything repeatedly, shorten the vanilla and that is the result.
Gradually the benzoin blossoms, so to speak, and it becomes intensely balsamic as far as the smoke is concerned and soon becomes sweet. Nevertheless, it is of course resinous, a cuddly scent, which is not the case here, especially since this brightening is accompanied by the strict birch tar, just like the big and coarse brother takes care of his tender and yet strong-willed sister while walking through the forest.

If I had to name a picture for the scent or the stage in which the scent is now, it would be a crackling campfire, which still smokes slightly. The sniffing of one's own clothes now corresponds to the scent, which one must like. But I also think of well-being, of campfire romance or at least relaxed get-together around the campfire. Because the lovely notes of the fragrance almost invite you to do so, the fragrance is now rather balsamic and calming. Birch Tar and Russian Leather sounds like the campfire when the last embers go out and the last smoke is blown away by the wind.
A truly great fragrance, seldom has a staging of vanilla plus smoke been so well olfactorily experienced. This is now my second encounter with Meleg and this time he has convinced me. Unfortunately, I'm out of it when I bought it, as can be deduced from my introductory words. If this were not the case, he would be on my list now.
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Floyd

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Top Review 27  
A hut on the Kamchatka
I meet Evgenji in front of his run-down hut on the Kamchatka in the extreme east of Russia. On the horizon behind the forests under violet shimmering clouds, snow-covered mountain massifs and monumental volcanoes tower into the sky. The air is crystal clear and bitterly cold. Evgenji wears a former white shirt shimmering bacon with dirt, old baggy trousers, muddy boots, a hunting rifle and an untreated bundle of bearskins.
He bursts into resounding laughter as I turn away just before the entrance to his wooden hut because of a faecal animal aroma. It serves a brown bear to rub his buttocks against it at least once a day, he says, and opens the door to his den, which is littered with shreds of fur. I quickly slip past him into the warm, cramped living room. Evgenji closes the shed so that the anal smell remains outside the hut. I guilelessly breathe the aroma of the dark, coarse leather that occupies the ceilings and walls of the room, shimmering black, harsh, wild and warm. Underneath, the soft scent of the ethereally fuming charcoal drifts in the fireplace, in which Evgenji pokes a birch stick, lets a few greenish glowing sparks fly into the dark smoky room, stroking a beaver with his left hand, staring into the embers with glowing eyes.
A few hours later Evgenji sits down next to me on the old leather sofa, drips some medically sweet benzoin resin into the cigar tobacco, which he then stuffs into his pipe before he holds a glowing piece of wood in his head. I hear it crackle softly and watch as the sweet swaths of warm vanilla in fine threads magically marble the embers of the fire, Peruvian embalmed in tiny cinnamon sugar crumbs. Above all this, the leather is now blazing more quietly.
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"Birch Tar and Russian Leather" is far more portable than the name and ingredients might suggest. The balance between the earthy leather notes, the birch tar wood smoke, the sweetish resins that are added later, and the medium-brown tobacco, apart from the fecal top note, which fortunately fades quickly, seems to be acceptable at all times. The shelf life is about eight hours, the sillage is at first arm-long, then moderate.
However, everyone should inform themselves and form their own opinion about Meleg's methods in the production of his perfumes (keyword: use of animal raw materials from ethically managed farms)!
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