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    Quote Originally Posted by aldo milani View Post
    Dear Alfarom,
    Where can we get in touch or buy the stuff. ??
    Have they any an email..???
    Do they sell samples./?
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    You can contact them via their website (http://www.ramonmonegal.com/) or get samples at firstinfragrance.

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    Before reading this impression, I thought Monegal may be somewhat similar to Heeley's approach to fragrances. Now I am definitely intrigued.
    I would mostly describe them as good designer stuff with a nice twist. Classic, sophisticated yet somewhat easily approachable/wearable an very likeable in their modernity.
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    I tried Impossible Iris today. What a surprise!

    I should start by saying that I looked at the notes and did not particularly expect to like this fragrance. I don't really like the powder smell. So many of my students douse themselves in sickly sweet raspberry vanilla sprays that I am no longer a raspberry fan. Ylang-ylang was the only note that I was looking forward to. And then I tried Impossible Iris. Wow!

    The powder + the cedar is a wonderful combination. When I am really paying attention, I can pick out both notes, but otherwise they combine to make an almost peppery smell. The iris was quite natural smelling and light. And the raspberry added sweetness and tartness. It went very well with the cedar. On my skin, the scent was a chameleon. Sometimes I would smell more iris or ylang-ylang, other times more wood or powder, but the scent kept shifting all day, and just when I thought a particular note was gone, I would smell it again. Here it is, a full 12 hours since I applied it, and a powdery pepper is tickling my nose, with iris singing in the background. I can't help but picture an old fashioned armoire with a sachet of iris tucked away in it, or an amazing handmade soap bar.

    Impossible Iris is going on my list next to L'Eau De Rose as Monegal I'm going to need a full bottle of.

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    ^Nice report! I can definitely see Impossible Iris as being one of the big winners out of this series.

    I tried Cuirelle last night on skin - and in about 1 minute, I was terribly bummed that it was totally ruined by my skin. Just destroyed all hint of suede or leather - it was horrifying. It was like a completely different scent! I would be forced to wear Cuirelle on clothing - which I do have to do with some scents. Anyway, the more I think about it, the more I'm in love with L'Eau de Rose, which did wonderfully on both skin and clothing for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Redneck Perfumisto View Post
    This is great. Thank You!

    windblownhair. I am delighted that someone else is enjoying the Iris as much as I am. I find it to be absolutely gorgeous, and it wears beautifully. I bought a full bottle. But you know it must be a shapeshifter indeed, because I don't find it at all powdery. (But that could be because I have other Iris fragrances which are more powdery? Maybe?) I find it to be a "sparkling" Iris, which delights me no end! I am now thinking that as well as the Iris, Raspberry, and Wood, it may have rose and peony notes as well? I don't know. It is so unusual for an Iris.

    It would have been nice if Mr Monegal had said something about it in the interview, mind you he did comment on the Iris on Cedar material.

    I agree with Red. I think that this is going to be the real star of this collection. But we will see......
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    After reading Windblownhair's great review of Impossible Iris I just had to give it a go even though I can't stand iris based scents as a general rule... Here are my thoughts on this one...

    Impossible Iris opens with a considerable amount of ylang-ylang before almost immediately transitioning to its iris heart. The iris here is not as powdery or as waxy as one might expect, but instead you get the true nature of the iris in all its glory with just the right amount of slightly soapy powder. The iris is well-supported by prominent jasmine and just the slightest amounts of raspberry and mimose balancing the composition with an almost hidden cedar in the base. Projection is average and longevity is excellent.

    I am not a big fan of iris compositions in general, so I went into smelling Impossible Iris on skin with very low expectations... It would apparently be near-impossible for me to truly enjoy just about any iris composition, but I can definitely vouch for the scent's name being legit as I absolutely love Impossible Iris! Monegal achieves the unthinkable in letting the iris come through unobscured by the usual characters, while complimenting it rather brilliantly with just the right amount of jasmine and raspberry to let the iris shine while underpinning it with just the right support. The cedar in the scent is hidden so well that I really have to concentrate to smell it, and frequently just enjoy the iris without thinking about it being there at all. Finally an iris composition I really want to buy, earning an excellent 4 stars out of 5... An "Impossible Iris" indeed!
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    Nice review, drseid!
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    Hello, everyone!

    I have finally received my package (US postal service, BOO) from a very generous and wonderful Foustie. Being the Iris nut that I am, I predictably went straight to Impossible Iris.

    I am afraid I don’t have an experienced nose of Basenotes Maestros participating in this thread or the skill to write undulating heart tugging passages (very beautiful, drseid ), but I will try to give it my best... So here goes:

    In the opening it reminds me of Iris Pallida, then Iris Silver Mist; but as it progresses it is definitely a happier Iris closer to Iris Poudre. However, while Iris Poudre is a bit full of itself, Impossible Iris is less serious but no less sophisticated. It is very uplifting, but not in a cheesy rainbows and unicorns way. The surprising use of raspberry is very well done so it never tips it into Hello Kitty territory. I could smell ylang-ylang very prominently too, and I think it lends subtle sexiness, while iris adds maturity and class. I don’t get any powder either: on my skin it is very airy and very femme. As Foustie mentioned, the cedar is barely there, but adds to overall effect without weighing it down.

    In short, I think it is very well done; I am surprised to find an Iris fragrance that is so happy, yet elegant and sophisticated. I am usually drawn to gloominess in Iris fragrances, but Impossible Iris managed to steal my heart by making me happy - I will take it over Iris Poudre anytime of the day. I think the reason why irises in general are so interesting is that they have an ability to cut straight to the heart, but what is amazing about Impossible Iris is that it does that too, but instead of bringing you down, it lifts you up. Now I know why you like it so much, Foustie…Well done, Mr. Monegal!

    I haven’t tried the rest of Monegal line yet, but judging by Impossible Iris I don’t think it is as restrained and understated as Heeley.

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    Mr. W got home from work and his first reaction was "OH, WOW". I guess, it is decided - I need a bottle for myself as well.
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    Default Re: Ramon Monegal, Barcelona: A New Line

    I love that so many people are enjoying Impossible Iris, but its something a little bit different to everyone. That sort of thing makes me wonder if it has to do with skin chemistry, or temperature, or just individual noses. Or a combo of all 3.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Windblownhair View Post
    I love that so many people are enjoying Impossible Iris, but its something a little bit different to everyone. That sort of thing makes me wonder if it has to do with skin chemistry, or temperature, or just individual noses. Or a combo of all 3.
    I thought it was a fairly well-balanced thing. So many irises just blast you, or barely register. This one has a lot of instruments in the band, and they're all easy to hear. So I'm going with your last idea - all three. I think that any of a list of influences can push this into a different feel.
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    Great reports everyone. I'm planning an interview with Mr.Monegal...I'll keep you posted.


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    Quote Originally Posted by alfarom View Post
    Great reports everyone. I'm planning an interview with Mr.Monegal...I'll keep you posted.
    Wow! Nice one Alfarom!

    Can I make a special request? I really do think that Impossible Iris is fantastic. Incredible Iris, Irresistable Iris!! Very special Iris. Everyone who tries it seems to be enchanted by it. Will you specifically ask Mr Monegal about it please?

    I also think that the current collection is very variable, in my humble opinion. On the one hand, perhaps there is something to suit everyone, but on the other hand, personally, I think that there are absolute standouts, and there are less interesting ones, even accounting for personal taste.

    I am really, really looking forward to your interview. Most of all, enjoy it!!

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    It will be a pleasure to ask him, Foustie.


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    Foustie was so kind as to share her Cuirelle and Impossible Iris- o.k. if I contribute some ramblings?

    Been wearing both a lot- today is the truly Impossible Iris. Created for the perfumer's wife, you say Foustie? I think this was the impossible part- how to convey love and tenderness with a typically cold and aloof iris note. Somehow this perfumer found success; I think it's the warmest iris I've tried. Very elegant, full of emotion- a very poetic perfume.

    Have been reading all I can find on iris scents, I am a diehard iris lover and have tried many. I noticed a certain blogger who made the statement that iris perfumes can NEVER be floral, which is utter nonsense. Would love to have that blogger come sniff my actual iris blossoms, then give II a wear. Iris de Nuit could also prove that statement wrong. Impossible Iris for me is a perfect blend of the floral & rooty (not terribly earthy, though) aspects of iris. Real iris blossoms (the scented ones, not all are) have a grape-y vibe that I'm definitely picking up here. The raspberry must be helping to create that impression; what a genius use of a berry note! I love ylang ylang and iris together, very well done here. Jasmine is not dominant to my nose. Does come off a bit as an iris oriental. Nothing heavy, though- agree with Foustie's assessment of it as "airy". Not fleeting or insipid, either- this has real substance and tenacity. Makes a gorgeous, iris-y cloud around the wearer.

    Also agree with you, Foustie-gel that there is no powder here. None at all to my nose. A must try iris for those who hate the powder puffs. I think the closest relative to Impossible Iris is Iris Silver Mist. But I have no love for ISM, it just leaves me cold. Impossible Iris has far more heart and soul than ISM and none of the metallic notes (though I do like some metal in my perfumes). I'd take a bottle of Impossible Iris over many iris scents out there. When I finish my generous decant, this well may be added to my wishlist. Thank you Foustie!

    Will be back tomorrow or Saturday with thoughts on Cuirelle, which I'm also loving. Alfarom, can't wait for that interview!
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    Quote Originally Posted by PerfumedLady View Post
    Foustie was so kind as to share her Cuirelle and Impossible Iris- o.k. if I contribute some ramblings?

    Been wearing both a lot- today is the truly Impossible Iris. Created for the perfumer's wife, you say Foustie? I think this was the impossible part- how to convey love and tenderness with a typically cold and aloof iris note. Somehow this perfumer found success; I think it's the warmest iris I've tried. Very elegant, full of emotion- a very poetic perfume.

    Have been reading all I can find on iris scents, I am diehard iris lover and have tried many. I noticed a certain blogger who made the statement that iris perfumes can NEVER be floral, which is utter nonsense. Would love to have that blogger come sniff my actual iris blossoms, then give II wear. Iris de Nuit could also prove that statement wrong. Impossible Iris for me is a perfect blend of the floral & rooty (not terribly earthy, though) aspects of iris. Real iris blossoms (the scented ones, not all are) have a grape-y vibe that I'm definitely picking up here. The raspberry must be helping to create that impression; what a genius use of a berry note! I love ylang ylang and iris together, very well done here. Jasmine is not dominant to my nose. Does come off a bit as an iris oriental. Nothing heavy, though- agree with Foustie's assessment of it as "airy". Not fleeting or insipid, either- this has real substance and tenacity. Makes a gorgeous, iris-y cloud around the wearer.

    Also agree with you, Foustie-gel that there is no powder here. None at all to my nose. A must try iris for those who hate the powder puffs. I think the closest relative to Impossible Iris is Iris Silver Mist. But I have no love for ISM, it just leaves me cold. Impossible Iris has far more heart and soul than ISM and none of the metallic notes (though I do like some metal in my perfumes). I'd take a bottle of Impossible Iris over many iris scents out there. When I finish my generous decant, this well may be added to my wishlist. Thank you Foustie!

    Will be back tomorrow or Saturday with thoughts on Cuirelle, which I'm also loving. Alfarom, can't wait for that interview!
    It's a great review, and makes me truly curious to try Impossible Iris. It seems to be getting everyone's approval here.

    Regarding that point about iris not being floral, I believe that blogger's point was about iris (as commonly described as a note or ingredient) very more often than not refers to orris root, and not the flower per se. Very few fragrances purport to represent the floral note. When bloggers, BNers etc. talk about iris, they sometimes conflate or confuse the two, thereby confusing readers further. So, when someone talks about the iris note, is it the smell of the orris root made from the orris root, or is it the smell of the flower made from the orris root, or is it the smell of the flower made from other ingredients (since iris flowers do not produce commerically viable extracts)? That is the problem...

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    Quote Originally Posted by PerfumedLady View Post
    Impossible Iris has far more heart and soul than ISM and none of the metallic notes
    Absolutely agree with you, PerfumedLady. Impossible Iris is much more soulful than ISM and manages to be pretty and happy at the same time. Quite a feat!

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    Thank you, Maque! I hope you do get to try it soon. There really isn't an iris I know that conveys happiness the way this one does. As Whitefluffy said exactly- "Quite a feat" it is!

    RE: The confusion about iris- I think you are exactly right. The root and the flower are distinctly different scents. Both have been represented in perfumery quite well. The flower doesn't seem to be played up as a note often in advertising, though one fragrance that did just that not too long ago was Prada's Infusion d'Iris EDT. Was created specifically to be more a floral iris than is the EDP. You may well be right about that blogger's intent, too. I may have interpreted it as a sweeping generalization when it was not intended as such. At least, I hope that is the case!
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    The next one on my list is Umbra. I had to try it on Mr. W skin as I think it leans more masculine. Let me tell you, I was blown away by this one. What a unique composition. I am not a big fan of geranium as it tends to invoke grandma closet moth ball associations for me, but in Umbra geranium is dark, fresh, and dangerous. It grabs unsuspecting soul by the ankles and drags him through wet forest floor, after which it devours its victim under huge pepper tree. I had hard times detecting vetiver; it must be very well blended where it does not overpower the composition: there is just enough to give Umbra an earthy vibe. I do get the sweetness to which drseid referred to, but I didn’t find it excessive. I really liked cool camphor like feeling that was present throughout and must have been contributed by pepper, geranium, and fir.

    I think it is the best masculine I smelled in a long time and I put it up there with my favorite Rose 31. I would give Umbra 5 out of 5. I could see now how it’s been mentioned that Monegal line will appeal to those who like Creed, but I think Umbra has more to say that many Creeds out there in my humble opinion. I would really love to get this one for Mr. W.

    Mr. Alfarom, could you please ask Mr. Monegal about Umbra too if you get the chance? It is intriguing, what served as an inspiration for this scent?
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    Wow! Hi Perfumedlady. So nice to see my scent sister here. Hiya. I have been kinda holding my breath to see what you would say about the Iris. I was so sure that you would like it, but you never really know.......and you do. Hurrah! Hi windblownhair and whitefluffy!

    Well guys, see what happens whan the girls come over? More fun! I love the variety in the reviews.

    Aw Maque, I would really like to help, honestly, "the more the merrier", but I've drained more than half my bottle of Impossible Iris sharing it out to get this party going. That said, if you have trouble getting some and you are really interested, do say so. I'm sure that someone can pass some on. Meantime Aus Leibe Zum Duft does samples and someone said that they are coming to Lucky Scent. I don't know if that is any good for you in Singapore?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Whitefluffy View Post
    I haven’t tried the rest of Monegal line yet, but judging by Impossible Iris I don’t think it is as restrained and understated as Heeley.
    Thanks for a side mention of my curious comparison to Heeley's approach.

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    Up today is Mon Cuir... in short, this one disappointed, but in all fairness I like my leather more tame than the kind used here...

    Mon Cuir opens on skin with a nicely done orange blossom note, before slowly receding giving way to a very strong animallic, even semi-camphorous birch leather note that at first combines with the orange blossom in the early heart then outright overtakes it (and everything else) afterwards. The leather is supported by a barely detectable nutmeg and musk, but there is never any doubt as to who "the star" is in Mon Cuir. Projection is average and longevity is slightly above average.

    I am afraid Mon Cuir is really not to my personal taste. Its animallic leather nature is not the kind of leather I enjoy and I feel quite uncomfortable wearing it. I really did like the opening orange blossom and I think it could have been used more skillfully with a different kind of leather than the animallic stuff used here, but once the leather took the fore it was the beginning of the end for my enjoyment of Mon Cuir. It is interesting having previously sampled Monegal's Cuirelle, that I find the suede-like more soft and gentle approach used in that one as a much more appealing leather that I find far superior and much more accessible. That said, Mon Cuir is more of a "leather purist" kind of leather and may appeal to folks that like their leather more raw and wild than I. As for me, I'll stick to Cuirelle. "Mon Cuir" is not *my* leather and gets a below average to average 2 to 2.5 stars out of 5.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lsp_NY View Post
    Thanks for a side mention of my curious comparison to Heeley's approach.
    Yeah! No, it's not curious. It's a great question actually, but quite hard to answer. They could be seen to be somewhere in the same galaxy in my opinion, an uncluttered, restrained structure, and most have a transparency. But that is as close as it gets, different houses, different perfumer, you know what I mean.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Foustie View Post
    Aw Maque, I would really like to help, honestly, "the more the merrier", but I've drained more than half my bottle of Impossible Iris sharing it out to get this party going. That said, if you have trouble getting some and you are really interested, do say so. I'm sure that someone can pass some on. Meantime Aus Leibe Zum Duft does samples and someone said that they are coming to Lucky Scent. I don't know if that is any good for you in Singapore?
    Foustie, you are so kind! But no worries! I will find a way to get my hands on a bottle! Haha... I do love reading all these reviews to help me make more informed choices, even if I do not get to sample them and eventually blind-buy them. The kind of delivery costs and postage to Singapore is a little too high for me to sample a bit at a time... Or I can hope that Ramon Monegal somehow makes its way to a store in Singapore!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Foustie View Post
    Wow! Hi Perfumedlady. So nice to see my scent sister here. Hiya. I have been kinda holding my breath to see what you would say about the Iris. I was so sure that you would like it, but you never really know.......and you do. Hurrah! Hi windblownhair and whitefluffy!
    I know I took too long, so sorry my dear! I wanted to be sure I had gathered up all my thoughts on this one; it is a very special iris. I don't just like it, I love it! If money were no object ATM, it would be on its way to me already! It's right up there with my 4-5 or so favorite iris scents I've tried. Was thinking I could even forego a couple of the others I really like but don't own yet in favor of Impossible Iris. Can't believe you have shared so much of your bottle already (poor gel!) but am very grateful that you did!

    Maque, I have already used much of my Impossible Iris decant and have promised a dab to another iris lover. Am very likely to purchase this eventually, though- I won't forget you. In fact, may be my November birthday present to myself this year- maybe check with me around then!
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    Yeah! No, it's not curious. It's a great question actually, but quite hard to answer. They could be seen to be somewhere in the same galaxy in my opinion, an uncluttered, restrained structure, and most have a transparency. But that is as close as it gets, different houses, different perfumer, you know what I mean.
    I agree with you that they are in the same galaxy, great choice of words, but not that close. I think what particularly sets them apart is that some of the Monegal's tend to have sweetness to them, while I haven't smelled any Heeley with even a trace of sugar, so far.

    Up next Quirelle and I will compare it to Heeleys Cuir Pleine Fleur. To be honest, I wasn't awfully impressed by this one, although I was expecting quite a bit after reading beautiful review by drseid. I can't add much to everything said before - sheer, sweet, understated leather. It is well done, but rather falls short on the originality factor - after Umbra and Impossible Iris I was expecting more. Longevity on me is below average and it sits too close to the skin. Frankly, for the price point I much rather get Cuir by Lancome which is to me more interesting dry sweet leather.

    Now to compare the leathers between Monegal and Heeley - which convinced me that these two houses very little alike. Both leathers are understated and both bear a signature of their respective houses: Monegal - sweet, soft, chic. Heeley - reserved, intellectual, distinctive. While there are other leathers that Quirelle reminded me of, Cuir Pleine Fleur stands out on its own.

    Just in case you couldn't tell, yes I am very partial to Heeley.

    Foustie - It is so sad that you had to drain so much of your Iris to share with us. And so generous. Can I send you some Iris Pallida to make up a bit for that?
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    Default Re: Ramon Monegal, Barcelona: A New Line

    ...And finally we come to the last of my borrowed samples, Agar Musk, before I send the lot on to Hedonist for his thoughts... In short I find it good but not great and I highly question its name as I get plenty of Agar, but little or no musk...

    Agar Musk opens with a nice transparent vetiver that is slightly nutty before the agarwood emerges in the heart of the scent and takes center stage. At first the vetiver noticeably remains with subtle spice in the early heart, but shortly afterwards the agarwood completely dominates and retains its dominance for the duration. Despite the name "Agar Musk" I do not really detect much musk (if any) in the composition, with only the faintest hints of a belated leather influence tempering the extremely strong woody nature of the scent. Projection is above average and longevity is outstanding.

    I really enjoyed the nutty vetiver opening of Agar Musk and in the early heart notes I felt the wood and the vetiver really worked well together. Once the vetiver receded and the agar dominated I began to grow tired of the composition pretty quickly as I have smelled this many times before. I will give Monegal some credit in not making the scent as overbearing as some of its competition, but even the leather occurring later-on does not cut the dominant agar enough to really shine through. I also need to restate that I am somewhat puzzled as to the name "Agar Musk" used here. There is plenty of Agar, but no detectable musk of any consequence to my nose at least. Maybe Agar Vetiver would have been more apropos. Despite its shortcomings, I do mildly like Agar Musk and I recommend a trial, but I personally do not consider it worth a purchase. Agar Musk earns a "good" 3 out of 5 star rating, primarily for its opening and early heart notes.

    My final thoughts on the house from what I have tried is it is very "hit and miss." It is somewhat interesting that even though I usually am a sucker for woody compositions, in this case the scents I loved the most were the non-woody ones like Impossible Iris and Entre Naranjos. In any case, I thoroughly enjoyed my time sampling the line and I want to again thank Foustie for her enormous generosity in giving me and others the opportunity. Now off to Hedonist these go...
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    Default Re: Ramon Monegal, Barcelona: A New Line

    You're all doing such fantastic reviews! It's a little embarrassing to pop in with thoughts on Cuirelle- I'm afraid I can't add much.

    I love this one, too (Foustie, wth are you doing to me?!). Agree that this will not satisfy hardcore leather lovers- probably won't impress Bandit or Cabochard fans. But it is a perfect leather to me, I like leather for sissies. Can't do barn-yardy leathers very well. You guys have already nailed it; Cuirelle is a soft and slightly sweet suede. The impression of sweetness I get is more closely related to a fine pipe tobacco than to candies or cakes. Definitely not a confectionery sweet. This is so smooth and grows on me more with each wearing. Reminds me a bit of Piguet's Visa in style, though Visa is fruitier and its leather is a bit more in the background. But they wear very similar on me. Cuirelle is addictive to me, can't stop sniffing it. Foustie, you found yourself some real gems!
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    Next up Mon Patchouli – It opened up rather promisingly: light transparent amber/patchouli scent. I am leery of scents like that as they can be quite overpowering but Monegal impressed from the beginning with its sheerness. Unfortunately as it progressed on my skin a fresher note appeared which I would imagine is oakmoss/geranium combination, and it rather smelled synthetic to my nose. The drydown was reminiscent of Dior’s Dune which I can’t stand.

    I think Monegal made a valiant attempt at a fresh take on patchouli/amber fragrance, but failed as it smells more designer to me than niche. In addition, Angel, Visa, and Coromandel sprung to my mind; though much heavier than Monegal, each of them, I am sad to say, is far superior. Mon Patchouli is not a bad fragrance, just not that great. I would give it 3 out of 5.

    - - - Updated - - -

    Ambra di Luna – is the sheerest and tamest amber I have ever smelled which makes it much more wearable than powerhouses like Ambre Sultan and Ambre Russe. It is well blended and restrained, sandalwood does not overpower, and jasmine is not buried too deep. I can see Ambra di Luna appeal to the fans of Chanel N 5. I think it is a good fragrance except for the longevity issue on my skin. While its elegant, sheer, and chic is still wouldn’t hold my interest for too long; however, I can see some people liking it quite a bit.

    Entre Naranjos – I must say, I am not big fan of citrus fragrances at all, and was putting it off until last, but was pleasantly surprised by this one. I really liked the balance between patchouli, und full use of citrus plants: fruits, leaves, flowers. I think it gives Entre Naranjos more natural feel while patchouli grounds and adds earthy vibe to the overall impression of the citrus orchard. I think it is perfectly unisex and I actually wouldn’t mind a bottle of this for myself. 5 out of 5

    I think after experiencing six Ramon Monegal fragrances I can see the signature of the house: sweet, sheer, well balanced. In my humble opinion:

    5 out of 5 – Impossible Iris, Umbra, Entre Naranjos
    4 out of 5 - Ambra di Luna, Quirelle
    3 out of 5 – Mon Patchouli

    On Monday I will ship the package to Kalli. Thank you, Foustie, so much for this great opportunity, it was very fun!
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    Default Re: Ramon Monegal, Barcelona: A New Line

    Quote Originally Posted by drseid View Post
    ....... It is somewhat interesting that even though I usually am a sucker for woody compositions, in this case the scents I loved the most were the non-woody ones like Impossible Iris and Entre Naranjos.
    That's great!

    Oh wheesht! Wheesht! Would people please stop thanking me? Please! It's embarrassing. It is my privilege and my pleasure! Honest. I love these sample shares, or threads like the O'Drui where there quite an intense level of involvement and the discussion is focused. Love it! We should be thanking Mr A for hosting! There are some other sample shares just now. Our very own whitefluffy is doing a Rosine one (which I am thinking about gatecrashing ), Cacio has a fruit one, I think jujy has one too, and recently there was Hillaire's incredible chypre one.

    Whitefluffy you have been such fun! I have learned lots fom your appraisals.

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    Default Re: Ramon Monegal, Barcelona: A New Line

    Please everybody thank Foustie a little bit louder now ...I can't hear you...

    I honestly did nothing. Lately my schedule have been extremely hectic and I've been able to send a bunch of samples to a couple of members only...I hope to start reviewing fragrances again pretty soon...still have to go through the majority of this line's samples

    @Drseid: Dis you get any woody amber out of Agar Musk? There's a woody-cedar-resiny undertone during the drydown that made me suspect the presence of woody amber. Nothing that really affects the opinion I have about this fragrance (which I still quite like) but I was just wondering...
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