WHAT I SMELL: Monserrat’s opening is delightful with its green hue and pink and juicy citrus. The perfume feels like it’s sparkling in the sun. It’s bright and vibrant, yet warm and deeply radiant. After a bit, a rooted note from the earth comes up from beneath and takes the bright to the realm of the plane. An osmanthus note begins to develop to create a rounded and dry light fruited note. The perfume is beyond cozy and it wraps around you like the airiness of a feather boa. It’s pretty, but not delicate, not feminine…but alluring and rather sexual, but not in an overt way. Instead, it’s sexuality is completely natural. After quite some time, a light jasmine and musk appear along with a dried layer of putty. The putty adds a different and unusual element to the aesthetic, making the perfume that more modern…but not any less attractive. In fact, if anything it helps to bring out the peach. In the end, the perfume takes on a cottony feel. It’s peach and jasmine wrapped around a spun musk. Monserrat is sublime.
From the Bruno Fazzolari website:
Inspired by the burnished colors of classic Italian fresco painting: juicy grapefruit and apricot laced through with green leaves and an unusual, fresh setting plaster note. Luscious and radiant.
Notes: pink grapefruit, green leaves, carrot seed, osmanthus, jasmine, white musk, setting plaster.
WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME: A peach colored boa.
THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE MONSERRAT: delicious, modish, distinctive
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT MONSERRAT: Colognoisseur, CaFleureBon, The Non-Blonde
BOTTOM LINE: Monserrat is wonderfully different and modern as well as pretty without being too feminine. In all, it’s a fabulously unique, but very wearable perfume.
- Bone Rating: 4 out of possible 5 bones
- Scent: Floral Woody Musk
- Nose: Bruno Fazzolari
- Classification: Unisex
- Expense: $110 for 30 ml eau de toilette.
Sample courtesy of Twisted Lily Fragrance Boutique and Apothecary.
October 21, 2019 at 4:28 pm
This one sounded good until you mentioned that plaster note. Hmmm. I don’t think that would work for me, but brilliant review as always. I totally love how you sum up the experience of a fragrance with such evocative words.
October 21, 2019 at 5:15 pm
Ricky – You are always so wonderfully sweet with your kind words. The plaster notes help to move this from the conventional to the more modern. It really isn’t all that intrusive, but adds this very interesting twist to the perfume.
October 23, 2019 at 9:44 am
I could be persuaded…