Hey there dear APJ readers! How are you doing?
There comes a time in February when I can start to feel the seasonal changes that are about to come. Let me try to explain. Since November, we leave the house in the dark in the morning. It is still dark when we get to school and only after I leave the school do I see the sunrise. Well, this past week (first week of February) we saw the sun rise on the way to school.
The reason I get so excited now is that over the span of a couple of weeks, if we are lucky with the weather, we are greeted by the most spectacular display of the sunrise and the subsequent pink and orange skies. The glimmer of hope is slowly but surely becoming a reality. We will soon have full daylight in the early morning and late into the evening. Welcome to my favorite time of the year.
Summer days are whispering to me through the little buds growing on some of the bushes and trees, through the slightly greener grass and through the brighter chirping of the birds. This is when I start to dream about summer time, the seemingly endless days, the warmth of the sunshine on my face, the BBQs and lets not forget the flowers!
At this time of the year my perfume choices also tend to be brighter and the lush florals come forward while all the warm vanillas and ambers take a step back. I have been testing a few new florals and would like to tell you about a little gem called Monbloom from Ramon Monegal.
Monbloom by Ramon Monegal 2016
Ramon Monegal’s carded sample of Monbloom lists the perfume notes as follows:
Karnataka tuberose, Sevillan Neroli, Morocco jasmine, Chinese osmanthus, Comores ylang-ylang, Indian oud, Indonesian patchouly, Spanish cistus, American cedarwood
Monbloom opens up with a symphony of florals playing in tune together. The tuberose is, to my nose, not loud or screechy. This is as smooth and fresh as I can hope for with tuberose. It is one of my all time favorite flowers and notes but it has to be done right. It is a whisper of summer days – the buds on the stalk are not all open, in fact only a few of them are at the bottom. Their silky creamy petals enticing me to come in for a sniff. The jasmine and neroli are an added dimension taming the tuberose, not yet in full bloom.
About an hour into the development I can detect wisps of osmanthus bringing Monbloom to a slightly fruity stage.What I love about Monbloom so far is the kaleidoscope of colours that are called to mind. It starts out creamy almost white such as the opened tuberose flowers and blooming jasmine then it turns to the palest of yellow with a touch of pink like the unopened tuberose buds. Further along it blends together with hues of yellow, orange and red like the many different species of osmanthus. The dry down has woody components but I do not get any oud. The patchouly is a beautiful addition to this perfume.
Monbloom is the sky here in the north, giving me glimpses of hope for sunnier and longer days. I wonder how Monbloom would be sprayed? Would it be more of a powerhouse? Dabbed, this is my impression of this beautiful perfume.
Do you have a perfume that whispers a different season to you?
Lots of fragrant kisses,
(Ed: Sunset photos by Sandra. X)