Still waiting for my samples that should be here anytime now...any further experiences anyone?
I´m glad you like Cuirelle, Foustie. I have the misfortune of the Monegal´s patchouly gives me a headache (as Mon Pachouly do too) and that´s a note at least as present as leather on this fragrance. I still waiting your opinions about another Monegal´s fragrances when you try it.
Alfarom, what samples did you order?
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Thanks for the info and photo´s. Sounds very interesting. I will look out for these.
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Some comments about The Collection;
I am still getting to know my samples. (I'm not fast). But I think that I am getting some overall impressions of the collection. The words that keep popping into my head are, chic, and refined, but I wouldn't want you to think that this means that they are very "serious" or humourless. Quite the contrary in my view. I think that there is actually quite a bit of fun in this range too! Whether that was Mr Monegal's intention, or whether he would agree or disagree with that view I wouldn't know, but that is how I find them.
The range is diverse. But there is also a definate signature, a deftness of hand, an elegant restraint, in my humble opinion. There is also a really interesting aspect that I am discovering, and it will be great when you all have the chance to try them and hopefully we can chat about this; it is about the treatment of the basenotes. Lets say in the use of the patchouli, and the oud, which are usually very dense. Here they are not, so that, for example the Agar Musk has butch smoky, creosote notes but it wears with a sort of transparency.
See you later..
welcome back Foustie
I've rapidly tested Umbra on my skin today. First impression is that the fragrance is good. I don't get the comparison with Terre D'Hermes. To me Umbra is a dry, kinda sweet-balmy, woody-mossy vetiver. Closer in concept to Fat Electrician, Vetiver Oriental or even Vetiver Tonka but very different in the execution which result somewhat more "classic" (expecially during the drydown). Fans of old-school restrained mascluines should check this one out.
To be completely honest, it actually opens with a modern accord of green fresh vetiver and pepper to then quickly evolve into a sweeter woody-mossy balsamic drydown that's definitely more old-fashioned.
I am absolutley blown away by this one! Now I do like Iris anyway and I have a few, but this is incredible. Iris and Raspberry!! What do we think about that? Let me try to tell you about it.
To try to describe it for you, I compared it to several other Iris fragrances. So, the opening of Impossible Iris sits quite closely to Heeley's Iris De Nuit in terms of tonality. It is an airy Iris, not rooty. There the similarity ends as the Heeley quickly becomes violets and musk and the Monegal veers off in a different direction altogether. It develops a "fruity" quality. Now I don't mean generic fuity, not at all. When I was "playing" with Impossible Iris at first I kept thinking, "what is that" and all of a sudden I realised that it was raspberry! Looking at the published list of notes, there it is! Frambois. The raspberry note is a standout feature, a delightful surprise.
Impossible Iris is well named. It is Iris all right but it is never rooty or earthy. It continues to climb the scales in fact. The development holds interest. In the mid development the ylang perhaps contributes to the fruity facets of this fragrance. The Jasmine is not at all dominant, not obvious to me in fact, so it plays more of a supporting role. There is a richness in the mid development which perhaps edges Impossible Iris further away from the Heeley and a little closer to Malle's Iris Poudre (minus the poudre!). I must stress that Impossible Iris is not at all powdery but at that stage it is as rich, rounded, and interesting as Iris Poudre. There is cassie in Impossible Iris. Is this what coaxes the Iris into warmer, friendlier, more approachable territory? This Iris is not aloof. Beautiful yes, very, but not vain.
To me the fragrance continues to reach clearer, higher notes in development. Then we have a persistent drydown, cedar and is there some vetiver too? Actually, I pick up a dry, ghostly breeze of wood at various stages in the development of Impossible Iris.
Impossible Iris is full of wonderful contradictions. It is airy yet has body, it is juicy yet dry, clear yet rich, it is friendlier than many Iris fragrances, but still sophisticated. It has fun! It strikes me as the most beautifully composed fragrance, the whole, well....shines.
Today, for me, it is Iris, Raspberry, and wood. Fabulous.
Sillage is good. Longevity is excellent. I applied some at bed time last night and I woke up to it this morning.
The Iris is one of the standouts of this collection for me. It strikes me as a fresh and new interpretation. I am having this one!
CardaGiorgio. I think that you said that the Iris was one of your favourites. Are my impressions anything like yours? Or different. Please let us know.
Last edited by Foustie; 19th June 2012 at 08:45 PM.
Amazing review, Foustie. I must to confess that Imposible Iris is in my opinion one of the best smells from Monegal´s line because I only perceive the iris surrounded by another notes that I´ve not been able to describe. Now, after reading your review, I realized that maybe you´re right.
I can´t say that I perceive the same like you, because you´ve perceived more notes than me. Basically, our opinions are equal.
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My FB of Impossible Iris arrived from Aus Liebe Zum Duft yesterday! The Bakelite cannister is a great feature, and also very practical as it protects the fragrance from light. The "Inkwell" bottle is really impressive. A lovely thing to handle. Do you like it?
(Grrrr, still haven't worked out how to make pics bigger here, just click on them!!)
Last edited by Foustie; 22nd June 2012 at 11:48 AM.
How do youre getting samples? Im interested in their line.
Aus Liebe Zum Duft have them Daniel. Or you could e mail the Company. I have some which I can share. I am going to do a share thread this weekend if I have time.
Unfortunately, it does not appear they will ship to the US.
I was actually delivering some Xerjoff stock to Luckyscent two weeks ago and was speaking to franco. He had these there. I tested a few of them. Vey nice stuff. Looks like they are working on getting it into their store soon.
Foustie, great review of the Impossible Iris! You make me want to get a bottle immediately, it sounds beautiful and most appealing!
hello everyone, today I tried White Musk...a two liner review...
What starts with a blast of sharp gardenia and sweet vanilla, soon morphes into a very elegant yet understated clean musk with woody/resiny undertones. Definitely modern, easy to wear and smooth. Simple and light yet somewhat distinctive. If you like white musks, this is well worth checking out.
I can confirm that Luckyscent will have these in stock next month
Current Top Favorites:
1) Portrait of a Lady original formula (EdP Frédéric Malle)
2) Giorgio for Men vintage/V.I.P. for Men (Giorgio Beverly Hills)
3) Dia Man vintage edt (Amouage)
4) Anat Fritz Original Formula and Classical (Anat Fritz) - tie
4) Lalfeorosa (O'driù) - tie
6) Les Nombres d'Or Vetyver (Mona di Orio)
7) Captain vintage (Molyneux)
8) Tzora (Anat Fritz)
9) Javanese Patchouli (Zegna) - tie
9) Monsieur de Givenchy vintage (Givenchy) - tie
9) Coeur de Vetiver Sacré (L'Artisan) - tie
9) X for Men (Clive Christian) - tie
9) Patou pour Homme Privé (Jean Patou) - tie
9) Oud Shamash (The Different Company) - tie
Hello everyone. I have started a wee share thread over in the "Fragrance Industry and General" section. I hope that I haven't posted in the the wrong place or else I might get into trouble (again).
Join in and lets get the party started!! I am getting a bit bored with Alfarom! Ha Ha! You know I don't mean it amore!!
Nice bottles and interesting notes, but as someone said, 14 fragrances in first launch?