WHAT I SMELL: Flamenco dances open with a cotton candy raspberry that’s quickly met with a sweet and candied violet. Very soon after, a soft orris makes a quick entrance making the super sweet opening something a bit more tame. But don’t get me wrong, the perfume still remains in the confectionary, but now it includes a lovely musky undertow. Soon the florals begin to break through with a rounded rose front and center. Here, Flamenco begins to quickly grow and rise as it seems to spin wildly off of the skin. It’s here that the perfume resides for some time; at times soft, at other times projecting greatly. But each time it moves, Flamenco becomes a bit warmer and more comforting. Flamenco doesn’t morph all that much after this point, and in the end the rose, mixed with the soured woods, wafts along as if they’re ready to once again start a fire on the dance floor.
From the Ramon Monegal website:
“I have submerged myself in an art known for its great emotional intensity and which comes from something rooted in my cultural origins, flamenco. Distinguished by its wild gestures, ferocious foot stamping, profound laments and guitar flourishes. Flamenco, my olfactory manifesto to the Andalusian character tattooed with fire on the soul of Spain. Flamenco is a profound and passionate art… it’s a unique state of mind. It’s my forbidden hypnotic fruit!” – Ramon Monegal
Top Notes: Raspberry, Violet, Orris
Heart Notes: Jasmin, Rosewood, Red Rose
Base Notes: Musk, Amberwood, Cedarwood
WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME: With the name Flamenco, can there be any other visual than a whirling Flamenco dancer?!
THREE ADJECTIVES THAT DESCRIBE FLAMENCO: sweet, smooth, swirling
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT FLAMENCO: Australian Perfume Junkies, CaFleureBon
BOTTOM LINE: Flamenco dances nicely for quite some time. The candied opening is appealing and the pulsing rose in the heart is lovely. Unfortunately for me, the soured wood is just a bit…too soured for too long for me. But I have the feeling Flamenco is either a “love the dance or hate the dance” kind of perfume.
- Bone Rating: 3 out of possible 5 bones
- Scent: Amber Floral
- Classification: Unisex
- Expense: $240 for 50 ml eau de parfum. Available at Twisted Lily Fragrance Boutique and Apothecary.
September 13, 2021 at 11:47 am
Even though I love flamenco music, flamenco dancing and the gitano culture surrounding it, I really hated this perfume. I have other Monegals that I love but this one just got me with the too sweet, too sour, too everything for me. You’re right. It’s a love it or hate it type of scent!
September 13, 2021 at 1:08 pm
Thanks for confirming my premise!!
September 18, 2021 at 3:43 am
This doesn’t sound like something I will like: I rarely like perfumes that are too sweet… unless it’s a type of sweetness that my nose doesn’t register 🙂
I will try it if I ever come across, but so far there were just a couple of RM’s perfumes that I really liked (and only one of them, Impossible Iris, has joined my collection).
September 18, 2021 at 7:44 am
Impossible Iris is a nice easy to wear Iris for sure. Being the iris girl that you are, I am not surprised it’s part of your collection 🙂 I’m still on my search for the perfect iris.
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