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Launched in 2012, Mon Cuir is one of 14 fragrances in the Ramón Monegal line and my current fave.
Ramón Monegal was born into a family of the most important perfumers in Barcelona and Spain the house Myrurgia, which founded in 1916 by Esteban Monegal Prat. Over time it became the leading perfumery company in Spain.
Ramón Monegal started working for the family business in 1972 and then trained in perfumery Geneva under Artur Jordi, in Grasse under Marcel Carles and in Paris with Pierre Bourdon.
In 2009 Myrugia was bought out by Puig and this freed Ramón Monegal from the family business and allowed him to start his own epononymous line.
I have tried all of the frags in the line and I have to say that it’s hard to find one I don’t like, but Mon Cuir was the first to win mon coeur.
It opens with a floral burst of orange flower, sweet and a bit prim, followed by resinous, camphourous birch tar – the smell of leather. As it blooms, the leather note deepens and the orange flower goes from being prim to indolic – I smell gardenia. Smoky, animalic, leathery labdanum comes forward, sweetened by the florals. It is this interplay between florals and leather I fell in love with and it’s what makes Mon Cuir so exciting and unique. Birch tar has an aspect of mint that shows up here too, just long enough to catch you by surprise and make you smile. Nutmeg adds a warm spiciness. Patchouli at the base adds an earthiness while musk keeps the animalic vibe going and sandalwood gives it a smoothness without softening it.
Mon Cuir does not rest – the leather doesn’t lighten or weaken yet it isn’t harsh or loud - it just gets more nuanced and more interesting as it evolves on your skin.
Don’t wait to try it – why defer pleasure?
Notes: orange flower, leather, labdanum, nutmeg, patchouli, musk, Australian sandalwood.
Type: EdP
Parfumeur: Ramón Monegal

Price: $6.00