The first time I’ve read about a new niche perfume brand from Spain – Ramon Monegal Barcelona in 2012 I was a little bit cautious seeing the brand is starting with 15 fragrances, all launching at the same time. I had a thought in my head – is it possible to make a good perfume while working on so many of them? Few of these Ramon Monegals seemed like they might be good for me. Some time later I got the opportunity to try them all. I wasn’t disappointed. The number of fragrances launched didn’t influence their quality and charm. It definitely didn’t affect Ambra di Luna, my favourite one.
While having Ambra di Luna on my skin I get the immediate feeling of incredibly enveloping coziness. Castoreum is the first note that appears on my skin after application. It is beautifuly soft and tender on me. There’s a lot of warmth inside it and also some fluffiness that is absolutely mesmerizing. After a few minutes my nose starts to pick the slight animalic undertones of the castoreum. It never turns dirty, skanky or beasty on me. It is very gentle and somehow it brings a black fur coat to my mind. Mind someone who wears this coat is completely naked underneath it.
30 minutes into the development of this perfume developed by Ramon Monegal, allows the sensual and animalic feelings to get more substantial but it also reveals the sandalwood accord. Sandalwood in Ambra di Luna is bright and shiny, smooth and polished, like a beautifully stylized wooden bed frame. It has a really sexual context to me. Generally speaking the entire perfume has a lot of charming erotism inside it. With the pass of time the fragrance becomes softer and it gains a new, sweet quality, with every minute. Amber is slightly resinous here with a delicate smoky feeling but most of all it is sweet with vanilla.
This sweet note smells very edible to me but it doesn’t completely veer onto a gourmand area. It might smell a little bit of a pudding, or some cookies but I don’t perceive it as a negative thing here. Vanilla totally suits this fragrance with its sensual facets. Labdanum brings a balmy quality to Ambra di Luna. Used in a nicely measured dose it doesn’t dominate over other notes. Instead it blends with them so well that all the notes are possible to pick in the composition.
After a couple of hours the perfume still speaks to me with this enchanting, lowered voice of temptation. This moment it tries to envelope my body with a gentle smell of jasmine. Floral but not indolic, solid but not heady, perfect for me, who doesn’t mind some jasmine in a perfume, when it’s not overdone. Ambra di Luna has a lovely jasmine in the drydown.
Ramon Monegal Barcelona Ambra di Luna is a wonderful perfume. It has a lot of temptation, sexiness and erotism in it. If sexual excitement had a smell it would be this exact fragrance. To me this perfume might as well represent two warm bodies interacting with each other, or trying some “dirty” bed games for the first time. The perfume really has a lot to offer. It might seem to be a little bit linear sometimes but it really reveals those different facets, its just they evolve smoothly from one to another.
The perfume is available in 50 ml flacons. Ramon Monegal Barcelona describes them as ink-well bottles. They’re made of quite heavy and solid glass and the black lid opens just like the old-styled ink wells, revealing the atomizer. Ambra di Luna is an eau de parfum. It has a great longevity of more than 12 hours on my skin and it has a moderate sillage that turns more intimate after around 6 hours. This one is my number one from the house range.
[note] second picture was taken by me and presents my own bottle.