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Mon Cuir – Move over boys, there’s a new leather in the niche - November 5, 2012 New Fragrance Listing

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I love leather notes in fragrances. All leather notes from the smell of worn leather in frags like L’Heure Fougueuse IV and Lonestar Memories to the whip-crack leather of Knize Ten or the leathery, earthy, dry woods finish of Cuoio. And what about that knock-out blend of leather and oud in Aoud Cuir D'Arabie? I wouldn’t want to have to live in a world without it.

So when I came across Mon Cuir by Ramón Monegal I was half way to buying it before I even sniffed it. But I’ve learned that Blind Buy Avenue can be a street of broken dreams, so I waited. I put Mon Cuir on my list of frags to try, got around to getting a decant at a store and you know what? I could have been wearing and enjoying my new fave leather weeks earlier if I had gone with my gut!

OK, I am being a bit hard on myself, after all Mon Cuir was only released in 2011. In fact, the Ramón Monegal line hasn’t been around all that long.

The Ramón Monegal website tells us that Ramón Monegal comes from a long and distinguished line of the most important perfumers in Barcelona and Spain. He represents the fourth generation of the founders of the house of Myrurgia, which was the official purveyor of the Spanish Royal Family, and the most important international perfumer in Spain. In fact, Myrurgia was 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 in 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 line. Currently, there are 14 fragrances in the Ramón Monegal line. I have tried all of fourteen of them 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.

This is a new kind of leather scent and I’ve been making up for time lost waiting to try it ever since I bought my bottle of Mon Cuir.

Don’t wait to try it – why defer pleasure?

Today, we’re adding Mon Cuir to our decant listing. Decants are $5.00.