Sicilian Leather by Memo Paris NEW! NEW! NEW!

Hey there Posse Peeps! Sicilian Leather is Memo Paris 2021 addition to their famous, and incredibly popular, leather range. In Australia their two top sellers come from the Cuirs Nomades range. No, I can’t remember sorry. Memo Paris are very good at creating lovely, wearable, interesting fragrances. Perfect for daily wear and can be worn as best dressed also. For 75ml they are upper mid price sitting €205/US$300/AUD$400. At the recent Libertine Parfumerie S/S21 release event they sent me a sample. Mixed in among all the other releases it got lost in the fray but I’ve worn it the last couple of days and am finding it incredibly more-ish.

Sicilian Leather Memo Paris 2021

We should talk about these bottles before we get started on how Sicilian Leather smells. I love the slim rectangular shape. It’s really easy for me to grab & spritz. The pictures on the front of each bottle are always a delight as I grab the bottles and the whole thing is very display worthy. I love how they look on my grab tray. Inlé, Shams Oud and Tiger’s Nest are the bottles in my collection so far. Memo Paris is the sort of house you could have exclusively in your collection and never get bored, the range is broad and deep.

Sicilian Leather Memo Paris 2021

Sicilian Leather Memo Paris

Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Leather, Lemon, Bitter Orange, Cedar
Heart: Lime, Bergamot, Violet Leaf, Coriander, Cardamom
Base: Akigalawood, Balsam Fir, Guaiac Wood, Patchouli

How does Sicilian Leather smell? The citrus/leather opening is really surprising. Unexpected to have them both right up top and ready. There must be some other good fragrances with this pairing but none come to mind for me. The citrus burns off a little but remains a player through the heart. I’m not sure if it’s the note list suggestion or really there but I smell the violet leaf. It’s beautiful against the now wood heavy leather with an earthy patchouli underneath. Surprisingly, birch isn’t noted. Maybe the other notes are conspiring? Definitely in the same vein.

After about 30 minutes the major events of Sicilian Leather are over. Dry down is a leathery wood, quite dark and very dry. I find this much more interesting than a lot of the generic wood basenotes. It’s probably one of those molecules but with a few bells and whistles that are tickling my fancy.

Sicilian Leather skews traditionally modern masculine but I definitely know some women who it would smell killer on. It’s opening is quite large but once that burns off projection and pillage are moderate, longevity of the softly pumping base is excellent.

Have you tried any of the Memo Cuirs Nomades range? Favourites?
Portia xx


  • Neva says:

    Nice description and it makes me want to smell it asap. I’ve tried a few leathers from Memo, but neither was so impressive that I felt I needed it in my collection. I liked French Leather, which is a lovely safe rose perfume and the fresh salty Ocean Leather. Italian Leather was too dry with its prominent tomato leaf.

  • AnnieA says:

    Memo sure has nice bottle designs. It’s one of those times that my normal stance of “bottles aren’t that important” is shown to be oh so wrong.

    • Portia says:

      HA! AnnieA, it’s an eternal perfumista conundrum. Fortunately there must be at least one fragrance in these beautiful bottles that will blow your skirt. Have you spent much time with the brand?
      Portia xx

      • AnnieaA says:

        I had sniffed several of their samples, and was trying to talk myself into Irish Leather, until I decided it was very close to Escentric Molecules 2, which was less than half the price. Ooh! Maybe buying the gel soap instead…?

  • cinnamon says:

    Haven’t tried any of these. That bottle graphic is wonderful though and I do like dry.

    • Portia says:

      They’re well worth a sniff even if you don’t love them. For me it’s a solid house.
      Oh yes, the bottles! So glam.
      Portia xx

  • Tara C says:

    I like leather scents, but haven’t found any of the Memo ones to my taste. I do love Shams Oud and Tiger’s Nest though. 🙂

  • Musette says:

    Holy cats & crackers – you know I love the living snot out of leather scents and this sounds absolutely scrumptious!! We’re heading into slightly cooler weather (I like wearing leather in extreme heat and 70F – extreme cold makes it congeal, for some reason) – I’ll get a sample of this and see how it flies!


  • March says:

    I would wear the hell out of this and I’m pretty girly … huh I can’t think of another citrus/leather off the top of my head either, and that’s funny, because it sounds like a fantastic combo. There’s not much mainstream/niche (niche-stream?) perfume stocked in this town, BUT. I think the fancy hotel downtown on the Plaza might stock Memo, I feel like I saw the bottles there a couple of years ago, I’ll go by for a browse and see if they have this!

    • Musette says:

      this does sound pretty, doesn’t it? Floyd knows I’ve got ‘girly’ on lock but the idea of a citrus leather….. oooh!


      • Portia says:

        I think this is at least as girly as Balmain’s Jolie Madame or Gres Cabochard. It’s much less serious than those two though.
        Portia xx

    • Portia says:

      Hey March,
      Yes, weird that we can’t think of another where the citrus is more than a bergamot thrill on open and nothing more.
      OOH! Yes, go spritz. tell me how it wears for you.
      Portia xx