Sunday, January 20, 2013

Ramon Monegal and Penny Lane Perfumes

What a delightful give-away Penny Lane Perfumes had in the autumn!  All one needed to do is post on their Facebook page which Ramon Monegal samples you wanted, and voila, they arrived at your door!  How cool is that?  They were so sweet they sent me more than I asked for.

So here are my impressions of the samples I received:

Umbra:  With vetiver and tree moss, this for me is definitely a fresh masculine.  Check out The Scented Hound's review here.

Cherry Musk:  Musks and cherry and tree moss equals delicious and not too frilly girly at all. Gaia sums up exactly what I think of it.

Dry Wood:   I get lots of cedar, but instead of being put off, I'm intrigued.  Not sure this is something that I would wear often as it lean masculine (though it reminds me of Grey Flannel in the way that I believe more women should wear Grey Flannel and I think more women should also try this one), but I do think it's quite nice. On second thought, just buy Grey Flannel.  Here's a link to Parfumistan's thoughts.

Lovely Day: Don't be put off by the name -  this one is tugging at me. Jasmine, rose, licorice, iris, cedar, black currant.  A feminine fragrance that breaks my heart as it's not silly but just darned gorgeous with a bit of oomph.  EDIT:  I think this is a pretty, weird fragrance.  Pretty with a weird twist.  Ahhhhh.  Birgit has another take on it 

Cuirelle:  Not much to say about this one other then 'meh' - but Carrie loves it.

Mon Patchouly:  I love my patchouli deep and dark. And pretty much straight up. I actually get more booze and florals than patchouli in this.  Maybe my nose is broke.  You may want to read what Elena wrote about this one.

That was fun!  And although I did like a few of these, none are going on my 'to buy' list because frankly they're way too pricey, though I might try to find a 5 or 10 ml decant of Lovely Day.

Maybe now I'll sample more and post more - I have been so busy with home and community projects I have put perfume and blogging on the back burner.  Oops!  Oh and I'm not really happy with the way my blog is looking - I'm going to have to make more changes to it.



10 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing your take on these. You have renewed my hopes for Lovely Day, as I do like a licorice note but was worried when I read Birgit's review. :)

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    1. Oh I'm glad I could help, Natalie! I really like this one. A lot. The licorice isn't cloying (to my nose) and isn't too prominent. I hope you get to try it and blog about it!

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  2. I saw Ramon Monegal featured at Bergdorf Goodman. I haven't tried it yet, but I'm excited to. I don't think I would try Lovely Day either without your imput, lol.

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    1. Hello Joan! I'm so looking forward to hearing what you have to say about his perfume. Oh, and I was just about to post a reply to your Tosca post, but got dragged away from the computer earlier by my husband.

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  3. The folks at Penny Lane Perfumes are awesome and now they have a 25% discount on all perfumes if you use the code 2013. I am thinking Mon Patchouly might be in my future???!!!

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    1. They are! And thanks S for letting us know about the discount. Oh I hope you get the bottle you are yearning for!

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  4. I am intrigued by the sound of Lovely Day (as long as the licorice isn't too strong), and I love the bottle!

    That red of your background does at least look a bit "bloody" : - ), though maybe you could use some contrasting colours / patterns here and there?

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    1. Hey Bonks -Lovely Day is (what I should have written in my post initially) pretty, weird. Not pretty weird. But pretty in a weird way!

      I am trying to do some contrasts - we'll see what I can come up with. Yeah the red I thought was appropriate! ;)

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  5. Pretty and weird? It sounds like Lovely Day could be for me. You know how I like my "grotesques" (Iris ganache, Winter Star...).
    Love the bottle design!
    And Vanessa beat me too it: your red background does make me "see" your named differently!

    Wait a minute--I'm just repeating everything Vanessa said! I guess we're on the same wavelength today

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    1. Hey Cheryl!! The bottle is super cool. (You did double post but I just deleted the second one.) I think you'd like it!

      I think the blog is too dark and hard to read (at least for my old eyes) so I'll see what I can do.

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