The Scented Hound

Perfume blog with abbreviated perfume reviews & fragrance reviews.

Hand in Hand by Ramon Monegal


Hand in HandWHAT I SMELL:  Hand in Hand opens with this warm mentholated spiced rose, that feels like the rose petals have been tinged in a fire with incense.  The oud is smoky and strong and minute by minute the smoke grows in intensity, as if the smoke is being pushed through a pumping bellow.  Thankfully, after around the 10 minute mark, the smoke and oud start retreating behind the rose, which now is much cleaner than in the opening.  The rose, sanitized by the musk begins to become powdery and very dry.  But as it becomes dry, the incense and oud spar with the rose for domination.  Eventually, they pair up to share the stage, but the rose, combined with the musk make for this lightly candied cotton candied concoction topped with smoke.  Unfortunately, after around an hour, you’re left with a light rose musk dryer sheet.

Notes:  Bulgarian rose, oud, spicy notes and musk

Casbah ClotheslineWHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME: Hanging laundry in the Casbah.  It’s the smell of clean sheets washed with rose water that is met by the smell of spice and incense from the city below.

THREE ADJECTIVES THAT DESCRIBE HAND IN HAND: conflicted, smoky, over-musked

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT HAND IN HAND: I couldn’t find any other reviews.

BOTTOM LINE: To me, this is one of those perfumes that I didn’t wear, but it wore me instead.  What started off as rather interesting (yet, kind of discordant), ended up being something that was rather bland and boring.  Hand in Hand feels like two hands that clearly missed the handshake.

  • Bone Rating: 2 out of possible 5 bones
  • Scent: Oriental Floral
  • Classification: Unisex
  • Expense: $200 for 50 ml Eau de Parfum

Author: The Scented Hound

Just a normal guy with the nose of a beagle!

11 thoughts on “Hand in Hand by Ramon Monegal

  1. I concur! I had high expectations for Ramon Monegal (fancy packaging, really nice bottles), but most of them were misses rather than hits. I wish they’d spent more money on the ingredients instead.


  2. Hmm, mentholated spiced rose and over musk doesn’t sound like my kind of thing. Thanks for saving me some time 🙂


  3. I haven’t had any hopes for this perfume since rose + agarwood usually do not work for me but after reading your review I’m even less interested in trying it. You know how it is: when others love something that doesn’t work for you, you’re trying to give it (and yourself) another chance. But if others aren’t that mad about it… Thank you for the public service! 🙂


    • I gave this several chances as I thought maybe it was just my mood or body chemistry that made me ambivalent about it. But after the 3rd try, I realized that my primary beef of the transition to all musk was really the kicker. Oh well, off to the next perfume.


  4. I am very sensitive to mentholated facets, so this one probably isn’t for me – anything you read as ‘conflicted’ and ‘discordant’ I feel sure I would do too. And ‘over-musked’ doesn’t fill be with confidence either, being sensitive to musk to boot! 😉 Ambra di Luna was the Ramon Monegal I hanker after still…


  5. Oh dear. 2 bones for that price. When I saw this on the web, I wasn’t particularly interested in trying but now even less. Over musk… Big no for me. Thanks for saving my money and time. 😉


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