Mariposa – ‘butterfly’ en Espanol – is one of the most beautiful harbingers of Spring. Which, until about 5 hours ago, I thought was here to stay in the Midwest. Oh, silly girl. It went from 58F to 12F in less time than it took me to write that sentence. A sheet of ice and a 25mph wind. No butterflies here! Except in the lovely packaging for the newest Ramon Monegal Perfumes scent, Pure Mariposa, exclusive to Neiman Marcus.
The gorgeous screw-top canister, awash in whimsical butterflies, holds their signature faceted inkwell flacon; this time, with a gleaming white, hinged bakelite top (I think the gorgeous canister is bakelite, too. I don’t know my polymers like I should, so I can’t say for certain – but it’s got that smooth bakelite feel). I didn’t think I would like the hinged top – I thought it would be bulky and unwieldy – but I find it to be perfectly engineered (hey, you can perfectly engineer something and still be laydlike!). It’s very fresh, very springlike, very feminine. And so is the scent.
A brief on the notes describes the perfume as a floral nectar accord, which is an excellent description – I get a lot of orange and orange blossom at the open, with tuberose coming on strong about halfway through. The whole upfront composition is dominated by the first, initial blast of calone (and the ozone/marine note) but that only lasts for awhile. Those are not my favorite notes in fragrance but for those who like melon and ozonics, that first blast is going to thrill you! Once the bulk of it burns off (like ozone over the ocean) the jasmine and rose come out to play. The peach in the base is a warmer version of the calone opening and it rounds out with a nice amber finish. Because I am a nosy, questing soul, I am curious whether Sr. Monegal created this with Neiman-Marcus’s longtime image in mind – bear with me here….I spend a LOT of time at N-M on Michigan Ave (more than I should given my simolean-challenged circumstances) and it’s interesting…but over the past few years I realized something interesting about N-M: in general, sloppy people do not go in that store. It’s still very much Ladies Who Lunch (which I, personally, delight in). It’s not a flip-flop/tube top kind of place. Nobody in a thong ogling the Nancy Gonzalez exotics. Perhaps because it’s a standalone, destination store? Who knows. I just know that I love being in that elegant store. The presentation and scent of Pure Mariposa perfectly reflects that sensibility, in a young, fresh way. When I smell this perfume I see women in pretty, summer dresses, having lunch in the Zodiac dining room on the 3rd floor (which I love). I love ladylike. I wish somebody would come rescue me from my unladylike life and let me go to lunch at The Zodiac Room all the time. In the Spring. When the butterflies are out!
Official notes, per Ramon MonegalPerfumes
Fresh festive colorful: Orange, Grapefruit, Bergamot.
Fruity vital and cheerful: Yuzu, Black currant, Plum.
Ozonic pure and graceful: Helional, Melonal, Calone, Ultrazur. (molecules)
Green natural: Oakmoss, Grass acord, Fig.
Floral rich and elegant: Osmanthus, Jasmin, Lily of the valley, Rose wardia, Tuberose.
Woody powerful and harmonious: Sandalwood, Cashmeran (m), Iris, Anchouli (m).
Silky sophisticated and majestic: Peach, Tonka, Amber.
This will debut shortly and is exclusive to Neiman-Marcus. I don’t have a price but all other Ramon Monegal perfumes are $185/50ml. Mine came from Ramon Monegal Perfumes.