Mon Cuir 2011

Mon Cuir by Ramón Monegal
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Mon Cuir is a perfume by Ramón Monegal for women and men and was released in 2011. The scent is leathery-floral. It is still available to purchase.
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Fragrance Notes

Australian sandalwoodAustralian sandalwood
Indonesian patchouliIndonesian patchouli
Labdaceme
MuskMusk
NutmegNutmeg
Orange blossomOrange blossom
Russian leatherRussian leather

Ratings

Scent

6.651 Ratings

Longevity

7.147 Ratings

Sillage

6.444 Ratings

Bottle

7.441 Ratings
Submitted by Florblanca, last update on 19.10.2021.
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4
Scent
5
Longevity
5
Sillage
5
Bottle
Drseid

808 Reviews
Drseid
Drseid
   2  
Not "Mon Cuir" At All...
Mon Cuir opens on skin with a nicely done orange blossom note, before slowly receding giving way to a very strong animalic, even semi-camphorous birch leather note that at first combines with the orange blossom in the early heart then outright overtakes it (and everything else) afterwards. The leather is supported by a barely detectable nutmeg and musk, but there is never any doubt as to who "the star" is in Mon Cuir. Projection is average and longevity is slightly above average.

I am afraid Mon Cuir is really not to my personal taste. Its animalic leather nature is not the kind of leather I enjoy and I feel quite uncomfortable wearing it. I really did like the opening orange blossom and I think it could have been used more skillfully with a different kind of leather than the animalic stuff used here, but once the leather took the fore it was the beginning of the end for my enjoyment of Mon Cuir. It is interesting having previously sampled Monegal's Cuirelle, that I find the suede-like more soft and gentle approach used in that one as a much more appealing leather that I find far superior and much more accessible. That said, Mon Cuir is more of a "leather purist" kind of leather and may appeal to folks that like their leather more raw and wild than I. As for me, I'll stick to Cuirelle. "Mon Cuir" is not *my* leather and gets a below average to average 2 to 2.5 stars out of 5.
8
Scent
5
Longevity
7.5
Sillage
5
Bottle
Apicius

220 Reviews
Apicius
Apicius
Helpful Review    2  
Flowers for Gentlemen?
Blossom scents are not every man’s cup of tea. Mon Cuir, on first sight, is a rather masculine oriental perfume, but it will play a dirty trick on you!

Inspite of its name I can hardly regard Mon Cuir as a leather fragrance. The backbone seems to be an oriental combination: I sense some tonka bean, something vanillic, very few patchouli and that dirty fuel-like note that I would recognize as benzoin. There is no straightforward, modern leather note, instead I would agree to a vague echo of birch tar which is actually behind the traditional Russian leather accord.

Mon Cuir is a fine fragrance, well done and not too far off the beaten track. It is a neighbor to such perfumes as Jaïpur Homme, Jicky or Givenchy Pi. The leathery, or better: birch tar appeal is only for refinement.

The florals are a borderline case. They are not just orange blossom - and definitely not natural orange blossom oil. They have too much longevity to be natural. Besides the orange blossom, there is also a twist towards tuberose and gardenia, and it is slightly candy-like. At least, this note prevents Mon Cuir from being a bore. Although there is only a small amount of florals, this specific accord is distinct enough to be well discernible, and the way that it shows up makes Mon Cuir an altogether problematic fragrance.

The floral note is much more present in the sillage of Mon Cuir than directly on skin – and it does have sillage! But directly on skin, everything is dominated by tonka and the supposed benzoin. This makes it really difficult to evaluate the fragrance, and I very much doubt that the majority of customers will be aware of that behavior when testing it at a shop. It makes me grin: some male customers may consider themselves quite macho wearing Mon Cuir while they send out ladylike wafts to their environment!

Mon Cuir is great for women who like that tonka and benzoin style, but as a gent’s fragrance, you should use it with consideration. Try to be aware of the flowers, and keep in mind – they are pretty much synthetic, so they will not wither! After two hours, the whole fragrance breaks down into a powdery muskiness, but the flowery sillage will still be there. I think, Mon Cuir might appeal to fans of Prada’s Amber pour Homme – the strength of Mon Cuir’s florals does not quite reach that of Prada’s violets.

For a test of Mon Cuir I should give the advice to withstand the lure of sniffing directly at the skin area where it was applied to. Be patient and wait until a natural draft gives Mon Cuir back to you the way everybody else around you will get it. Or maybe put a paper strip of it somewhere and come back later – the secret will become clear.

Statements

SergioTSergioT 2 years ago
8
Scent
8
Longevity
8
Sillage
9
Bottle
A pleasant russian leather, patch and flower combo, Not at all groudbreaking, but nonetheless, simple and powdery creation.

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