In my opinion, this is a basic niche-by-numbers iso e super/woody/pepper scent. I generally like these and quite enjoyed the first couple of hours of Dry Woods, though it's impossible to ignore the basic fact that this is a crowded category (just about every niche house has to have one of these) and a few of them are masterpieces (CDG's incense series is the obvious reference point), so it's quite hard to join the pack at this point and expect to come out a winner. Dry Woods is perfectly competent but does little to stand out from the competition. Also, I just don't care for the base. Instead of creamy sandalwood or smoky incense, it opts for that designer "woody amber" smell, that weird rubbing alcohol odor that so many low quality aquatics die down to. It cleverly pairs this smell with a catchy burnt pine tar smell, but the end result is something that mostly smells like the fumes of a permanent ink marker. The topnotes deserve a thumbs up, uninspired or not, but the lame base bumps it down to a neutral.
Dry Wood by Ramon Monegal
Rated #7934 in Fragrances
This is a complex fragrance. The Norlimbanol lends a woody musk and the bay/pepper opening is sharp and almost astringent. I waffled between liking and disliking it for the first several hours, it is strong and musky. I found myself constantly sniffing my hand attracted to that musky cedar of the Norlimbanol. I still can't decide if I like it enough to buy it. There have been a few other fragrances which I couldn't decide if I liked them or not...A*Men was one of them. Depending on the day and my mood I either love or hate it. Same with this...
Smells like your typical designer masculine woods with sharply synthetic cedar and scratchy pepper, amplified to the n-th degree. No points for originality and even less for the heavy-handed, nails-across-chalkboard approach. I can't believe the same nose created the superbly modulated Agar Musk. "Hello, Mr George Bush? I think we found your missing WMD..."
With Norlimbanol proudly listed among the notes (the infamous aromachemical by those guys at Firmenich that is present in way too many masculine fragrances of the past 10 years including, Kokorico, Potion, Assolo, Opus V, Zadig & Voltaire Tomes series ecc. ecc.), all you can expect from the fragrance is sharp woods and the typical dry woody-ambery-incensey aroma of this ingredient. With this in mind, Dry Wood delivers exactly what he promises. A modern dry-woody citrus with peppery undertones and with an EXASPERATING lasting power. Norlimbanol smells great but it sadly tends to become extremely overpowering to the point to kill almost everything else in the composition. I'm personally not a fan of these type of fragrances, but if you like stuff a-la Mister Marvelous, go ahead...
Dry Wood opens on skin with a nose burning blast of citron before quickly calming down to allow the lemon-like citron to smooth out, joining with just a touch of black pepper to dirty it up a bit. The citron and pepper remain into the early heart notes, where a strong woody accord presents itself. This wood contains hints of cedar, but there is some other wood in there that I am having a hard time identifying. In the mid heart an extremely strong bay leaf note emerging from the base takes the fore and dominates everything else completely through the base notes. Projection and longevity are outstanding. This one is a scent on paper that I should love, but I confess I don't. The opening citron blast was quite the shocker that really could clear sinuses and I mean it. Things got off to a disappointing start but began to right themselves as the citron calmed down and allowed one to really appreciate it. It actually meshes with the woody accord quite well and I started to enjoy the scent... Then the bay leaf completely spoiled things in my mind as I kept likening it more than a bit to the dry-down of Havana by Aramis (a scent I love) but the bay leaf is much stronger here and less desirable smelling, IMO. On the whole I don't dislike Dry Wood and it has some nice strengths at times, but at the kind of prices RM charges, a scent has to really impress and I don't think Dry Wood lives up to the standard. I personally would stick to the much better Havana at a fraction of the price of this one. My rating is a very average 2.5 out of 5 stars.
Dry Wood by Ramon Monegal
By: Ramon Monegal
|Notes||Cedar Bark, Bay, Pepper, Green Moss, Savory, Cedar, Cashmere, Norlimbanol|
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