Few months ago perfumer Ramon Monegal, or should I rather say brand’s managing editor generously offered to send me samples of all fragrances from Ramon Monegal Barcelona. I was curious about few of them at least so I was happy they came to me with such a gift. After a week or two I got a parcel from Spain with all the samples. Some scents I tried immediately, some I left for other, better occasions. It took me longer than I though (sorry Ramon, sorry Francisco!) but now I’m ready to start talking about these perfumes. The impressive thing is that not a single creation left me indifferent. Each one leaves an impression! I’ll begin with these two…
Cherry Musk is a perfume I would describe as carefree and sassy. Musk comes to the front immediately after application. It smells warm, sensual and actually it smells like a coconut to me. Kind of milky, a little bit sticky (but not cloying). Then a really light but noticeable cherry aroma appears. It is fruity, tender and it stains the perfume with a light shade of red or pink. We’re speaking of cherries, so a sweet vibe is a must here. It’s very light and sugary. After a while a delicate rose joins the composition and this flower smells amazingly well combined with cherries. Their colors and smells are a nice match. After a few hours I could notice some blurry traces of an oakmoss. It surely wasn’t used in big amounts and Cherry Musk can’t be called a chypre by any means but the moss is a lovely addition to this composition. The drydown is tingled even more red since strawberries are what I smell here. Now that’s quite a cocktail! When I smell Cherry Musk I think of Rafaello praline because it smells like one. Coconut on the outside, delicate creamy aroma inside it. Just replace an almond in the center with a cherry and you get Ramon Monegal Barcelona Cherry Musk! It is lovely, easy-to-wear perfume of lower sillage and excellent lasting power. If you like musky scents with hints of fruity nuances – this one might be for you.
Cotton Musk is a beautiful perfume blend. It begins with sunny and delicate musk, that slowly transforms into something a little bit more oily. After first initial minutes it also gains more and more sweetness from vanilla. Fret not, it never gets to sweet which is a great thing. A little while longer this perfume turns a little bit more woody, though vanilla and musk are still around. When I first smelled this stage of Cotton Musk it made me think of a brand new, freshly washed and ironed T-shirt in a color of pale blue. This scent is so cosy, so familiar – exactly like your favourite piece of clothing that suits your body perfectly. At this point the fragrance is also really aromatic and effuses quite a lot of perfumed molecules. As the time flies the composition changes and more floral notes are easier to distinguish. Gardenia is well-rounded here. Not beefy at all but pleasant, even kind of fresh and “clean” but not soapy clean, rather fresh air clean, if you know what I mean. Hours later more balmy side of the scent is revealed, there’s some light incense that gives a little bit more masculine character to Ramon Monegal Barcelona Cotton Musk. The smell of this perfume makes me feel safe, warm – it feels like home. Longevity of it is outstanding while sillage is slightly stronger comparing to Cherry Musk. I liked this one more.
Both Cherry Musk and Cotton Musk are worth attention. They might be rather light fragrances but they last all day long and don’t need re-applying (at least in my case that was not necessary) They are quite elegant and sophisticated. In my opinion they would suit a date, a meeting with your friends but also business duties and office work. Any of these two got your interest?