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    Default ? Any interest in a Ramon Monegal sample pass (7 scents)

    CLOSED. We're ready to start our sample pass:

    Entre Naranjos
    Impossible Iris
    Lovely Day
    Cotton Musk
    Ambra di Luna
    L'Eau de Rose
    Mon Patchouly
    Kiss My Name
    Cherry Musk

    Sharing of impressions welcome but optional. Stay fragrant my friends, Lisa

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    1. Twolf
    2. cello
    3. kalli
    4. bogsc
    5. Veroniche
    6. cacio
    7. scentsucker (if cacio can mail to UK) last tester, keeps the samples, spot given by elizrj
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    Default Re: ? Any interest in a Ramon Monegal sample pass (7 scents)

    Please include me in the pass (I have tried their Lovely Day and just got a sample of Impossible Iris that I have not had a chance to test-wear yet). I do not mind being the first one, in the middle of the country.

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    I was JUST thinking that I had never tried this line and really wanted to. Especially after hearing quite a few raves on Impossible Iris, and reading a review on the Entre Naranjos. But I do take forever with a scent. I need to wear it a couple times to try and get it. So maybe the best idea for me is to pick up a Discovery pack of my own, then I can weigh in on the thread too but not hold anyone else up.

    What did you think of their line?

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    elizrj -- Please join the pass and save your $! You could be last in line and keep the samples for testing and retesting at your leisure.

    The interesting thing about this line for me is that the scents I wanted to try the most (Entre Naranjos, Cuirelle, Ambra di Luna) just didn't do it for me, BUT the ones I kind of feared (Cherry Musk, Agar Musk) were very pleasant surprises. And Kiss My Name proved to me that I am a sucker for Tuberose.

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    Oh, SaNielsen, I would LOVE to be in on this one. I have Impossible Iris sample (did not care for it like I thought I would), and also the two leathers, but I would love to try the others.

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    I'm always up for a pts, but I'm monopolizing them. So put me down only if you don't get enough people.

    cacio

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    I've tried half of these but interested in sniffing the half I haven't yet.
    Currently wearing: Sahara Noir by Tom Ford

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    Welcome cello, cacio, and kalli! And there for a while I thought no one would be interested

    There's maybe room for more folks, we'll see how it goes... Lisa

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    I'd love to be included if there is room! Let me know?

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    Welcome, Carolyn! Will be mailing to Twolf as soon as I get the address. Lisa

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    Can I be included, too? I am not from US, but I can send the samples back to America with no problem.

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    Hey there Lisa! Thanks for including me in the sample pass. I've been dying to try Monegal's leather scents and haven't gotten my hands on them yet so would love to hear what others think of them. Will be fun to explore other scents from this line while I continue trying to get my greedy little fingers on Cuirelle and Mon Cuir.

    Waves to Twolf and Cello, who I've joined in other sample passes, and big hug to new buddy Veroniche, who just helped me with spring cleaning by taking some samples off my hands recently. Carolyn

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    Would one of you participants be willing to send to Veroniche outside the US?

    Veroniche, where do you live?

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    I can send to veronika. I've done so successfully once. Carolyn

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    Thanks much, Carolyn! I've put Veroniche after you. We are closed to any more folks for now.

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    Thank you very much, ladies, and special thanks to Carolyn for introducing me to here and being so nice! Big hug to you, dear friend! :-)
    I live in Central Europe, Czech Republic (former Czechoslovakia). I just woke up to a new day and what a lovely start of the day to read this in the morning, thanks!
    I could sniff Ramon´s Ambra di Luna, and I loved it. Couldnt test it too properly though. I would absolutely love testing the others, RM seems to be very interesting house to me.
    Thanks a lot for this opportunity, SaNielsen.

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    Thank you so much Sia. I still am more than willing to pick up a sample pack, but I so appreciate you putting me last. I seem to take forever with a scent to get it. I'm not one of those people that can wear multiple scents in a day. Often I can still smell whatever I spritzed the next morning.

    I'm so excited to try this line. I have to admit, the little inkwell bottles call to me.

    thanks!

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    Samples mailed to Twolf today. -- may they find their way to you safely.

    elizrj-- I'm also attracted to those inkwell bottles, would like to test one out. Lisa

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    Thank you, will let everyone know if and when.

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    Veronika, Trying to reach you with an e-mail but getting an error message that your inbox is too full. Can you PM me? Have some info for you. Carolyn

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    Carolyn, PM sent :-)

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    They have arrived in today's mail. I will start tomorrow, first thing in the morning. Thank you again.

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    Could not wait until the morning, applied Impossible Iris and Entre Naranjos on both wrists after the evening bath.

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    Twolf, I can't wait to hear your impressions. Especially since I am so interested in the two scents you tried right off!

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    Any chance these could come to the UK ladies? I could certainly pass them on within the UK.

    I understand if the pass is completely full already!

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    Scentsucker -- maybe the last person on the list would be willing to send to the UK instead of keeping the samples. I find I can't lie to the postoffice...

    Yay, Twolf! I'm looking forward to your impressions of Impossible Naranjo!

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    By now I have tried all nine of them and was able to gather my wits. The whole lineup strikes me as a happy hour (well, happy several days! Paying to get in is not the same as being invited, remember?), where you are enjoying something quite a bit for some time but have to bid adieu eventually. The fragrances are well constructed and use high quality ingredients, without too many obvious repetitions and sharp edges. A time-tested, back-to-basics approach to creating perfumes filled with sensitivity and pleasure? (On a funny note, I was puzzled as every one of the carded samples said Ramon Monegal Barcelona -- all nine of the same fragrance? Smelling so differently even on the cardboard?)

    Impossible Iris -- yes, I still have my own sample and yet I tried this one with expectations (see my iris-related thoughts on a SotD thread last Saturday) with the only question in mind What makes this iris so impossible? By the end of the day -- and the fragrances lasted on me good 5-6 hours -- I think I know the answer. The scent is sweet, but not toothachingly so. The composition includes European yellow mimosa (yes, the tiny yellow fuzzy balls of acacia also found in L'Artisan Mimosa pour Moi and PdN Mimosaique and very much so in Bob Mackie Masquerade) that casts smooth green overtones and is very natural in its coolness, raspberry (I am so glad that perfumers experiment with this synthesized note more and more, and IMO it can either kill or make the whole composition, unfortunately it tends to simplify most of the exclusive bouquets in most cases but not here!) and violet (the note was quite pronounced on some reviewers). It dries down to the same muted florals with hints of dusty suede. Where is the iris? It simply is not there! I will be looking to buy a large decant of it simply because of the wonderful mimosa note. ++-

    Cotton Musk -- how does a Spaniard know the smell of the starched sheets brought home from freeze-drying on a line outside? Apparently, very well! It could be an excellent smell for the laundry detergent: the contrast between crisp and soft, warm (almond cookies?) and cool (a few gardenias swimming in a bowl), very nice musk (and I do not do most of the modern musks) and great longevity. One of the ugly girls who passes as pretty through effort and association. For the high price of, perhaps, $18? -+-

    Entre Naranjos -- the orange tree approached as a whole, with blossoms, fruit, leaves and bark. The concept is not new and, in general, I am a fan -- Garner James Jupiter to Juno occupied my skin (and mind!) the whole year of 2012. Here it is new delightful take on the existing notion, capturing every vicissitude of the entire orange tree with the precision of a brilliant documentary and the delicacy and strength of a poem. Remember the opening of the Eau de Rochas/Eau de Courreges/even O de Lancome? If you like the usual initial bite of neroli, Naranjos is YOURS! It also helps that it dries down to a very comfortable skin scent of blond woods, slightly on a masculine side. Minimalist composition but every component is well-placed. I will be buying a decant, instantly succumbed to its many charms. The name in Spanish is a plus for me too. ++-

    Ambre di Luna -- a no good bada** bourgeoise dropping to her spouse's office furnished in 18th century antiques. During the short break between his important megabuck-making meetings. Wearing nothing under her full-length mink coat. Amber with vanilla and sandalwood, with rockrose (labdanum) and castoreum, all on the bed of jasmine petals. Niiiiiiiice! But, for the same effect I would choose Anne Pliska. Or, much rather, scrumptious, stunning and lucid Lorenzo Villoresi Alamut (oh when am I gonna get me a bottle of this last one and why oh why have not I done it already?) ++-

    Lovely Day -- stylistically it reminds me of one of the weirder ELdO offerings, partly because of its blend of bravado and sincerity: young fresh dill, just clipped from the kitchen plot being chewed together with Tuttifrutti bubblegum. The green, almost pollen note lasts and lasts and its giddy generous energy hangs in the room. Not bad as a kitchen freshener. Less than boring is sometimes a good thing. ---

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    Twolf, I LOVE your reviews!!! Feel like I need to do a search of your user name and read through every review you've ever posted.

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    That's very kind of you. I like writing, although it takes me time. I have not posted too many reviews in the Directory because I am finicky and sometimes afraid of hurting other people's feelings.

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    L'Eau de Rose -- this a lemon rose cologne, quite pungent and with the roses I am not particularly fond of (white, angular, sharp). I also suspect there is an unhealthy doze of helional, the tinfoil aftertaste (LT calls it "silver spoon"), and a few ingredients from Cotton Musk used here. Done in a classic style that is neither dated, nor modern, free of popular faddism. Fragrances like this are important to understand our own preferences , to develop rhythm and rapport, and to create a background for other fragrances that appeal to me on many levels. Easier than fighting, vraiment? ---

    Kiss My Name
    -- a tuberose-based scent, not creamy and not very sweet either. Green, fragile and, like a good deal of great tuberoses, with so many secrets unspoken. Instant chic without a trace of pretentiousness. A must try for every tuberose lover, as it can be both delightful and exasperating. +--

    Cherry Musk
    -- another scent I was afraid to try because of the word "musk" and another one where musk is quite pleasant. An opposite of cheap and cheerful, a soft enveloping fragrance similar in feel to Hermessence Ambre Narguile, with vanilla, dry woods and hint of tobacco. There is also black cherry, quite realistic and done with the light hand. Smooth, charming, careful even. A little glad surprise, especially on a man I love. Will buy a larger decant, I think. Not for myself. LOL ++-

    Mon Patchouly -- another enveloping cozy scent, almost gourmand with boozey vanilla, dry oakmoss and fruity patchouli light years away from Coco Mademoiselle and plethora of others with fruity patch. This one is a cautionary tale (they say it also about the city of Naples): smell it once -- hate it, smell it twice -- like it, smell it for the third time -- love it forever! Languid, to use for self, whispering and alluring. Will not buy. +--
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    Wonderful, Twolf! I think ELdO should do a scent called "Less Than Boring".

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    Mrs. T, this is yet another example of why you have been, and always will be, my perfume mentor! While I sense things, you identify them head on

    Here is my Sample of the Day entry last month of Impossible Iris, and I treat Sample of the Day quite literally - first sniff, first impression:

    "The opening blast is very violet iris to me, sweet and sharp. It is headache inducing, like a shrill scream. There is little of the earthy or rooty aspect to be found here. It does subside a bit when the sweetness of the raspberry creeps in, but there is very little powder or softness during much of the duration of this scent. This perfume runs high on the treble, and grates on my nerves. Finally towards the end I sense a dose of powder or even some cooling vetiver maybe, and it calms.

    I have read comparisons to F. Malle Iris Poudre, which I adore and own. While they both capture the floral and slightly sweet aspects of iris, Iris Poudre integrates and balances all aspects of iris for a much more facinating ride. Impossible Iris seems to pick it's prettiness and stick with it. It is a somewhat linear perfume."

    Guess what the grating note most likely was? Mimosa! And to a lesser extent, violet. I did not identify or recognize it, but mimosa is a note I struggle with as shrill rather than your "cool and green". Ironically, your example of the PdN Mimosaique is the only fragrance of that note that I have liked, as I found it smoothed out and integrated. I sampled that one with the intention of coming to terms with the little mimosa that irritates me to no end So I look forward to sniffing Impossible Iris again with all this in mind.

    Lesson learned from a Basenote mentor! Great reviews. I look forward to my comparisons of the others.
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