Mon Cuir by Ramon Monegal

Hi there Perfume Posse! Portia from AustralianPerfumeJunkies and I’m wondering if you like leather? No not the fabric, hide, the shoes, the handbags, belts or even couches. I think we all agree that leather the thing is rather special but I am talking now about the scent of leather, the smell of its curing, colouring, tanning, working to a usable piece from being the skin of an animal, do you like it? It’s a polarising scent and many cannot stand it in their fragrances. I am a fan, I love it and the many ways it can and has been used in fragrance over the years. Today we are looking at Mon Cuir, My Leather, by Spanish house and perfumer Ramon Monegal.

Mon Cuir by Ramon Monegal

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Fragrantica gives these featured accords in one line:
Russian leather, orange blossom, labdanum, musk, sandalwood, Indonesian patchouli leaf, nutmeg

Isn’t it interesting. You read the notes, in your minds nose you can put together an scent image of what may be coming, I sometimes think that I’m getting a handle on what fragrance is all about and then something like Ramon Monegal’s Mon Cuir comes along. The first time I spritzed Mon Cuir I was so surprised that I gave it a veto because I wasn’t smelling my expectations, it has since lured me in and made me want it bad.

Opening is warm, soft leather with a little booze and a soft bouquet of resins and blossom. Balmy is a word I could use, there is something smooth, supple and luxurious about Mon Cuir that is spare and sheer but still maintaining a lovely richness. For some reason I was expecting a Lonestar Memories experience but what we get is something more akin to the CHANEL Cuir de Russie or Hermes Cuir d’Ange but quite different to both, there is little sweetness in Mon Cuir yet the dryness is not raspy. Imagine your skin fresh from the bath and moisturised in cool but not cold weather, leave it about 15 minutes so there’s no residue left: that’s the kind of fleshy softness. A warm, new ultra luxe leather pair of gloves that fit perfectly and light as gossamer the very first moment in the store.

Mon Cuir by Ramon Monegal Glove Love BlogPhoto Stolen GloveLove (problem using image, get in touch please)

It only takes a very short time for Mon Cuir to soften off to a close and comfortable body fragrance. It still maintains a light sillage but it’s in close that you can smell its magical, sexy pulse. Great date with a view to sexual encounter fragrance, also I think it would be an excellent choice for office. If you need a scent that is not going to be in your face, something that you can enjoy selfishly or something that will make anyone really close to you take notice then I recommend Mon Cuir.

I had to write and ask Francesco at Ramon Monegal what Labdaceme is, his reply:
…As soon as I’ve pronounced the word “Labdaceme” Ramón has just smiled!, as it turns out it is a molecule exclusive from his palette. It is a derivative of Labdanum ciste but with ambered notes, and this is all I can tell you, my friend…..

Further reading: The Non Blonde and BL’eauOG
LuckyScent has $185/50ml and samples

Do you like the Ramon Monegal line? What about those bottles?
Portia xx


  • Andre Moreau says:

    Interesting review. Since I love leathery scent, I have to try this as soon as possible.

  • Bobbie says:

    Hi Portia, I enjoyed your review, as always. Ramon Monegal’s answer to your question about Labdaceme is quite funny. I haven’t explored his line but plan to when I have the chance. For today, I’ll dab on some Cuir de Russie!

    • Portia says:

      Hi Bobbie,
      That he even bothered to ask is pretty nice and then Ramon’s answer made me smile so I thought you all should be included. So glad you picked up on it because I was particularly proud that I could bring you an answer.
      Ahhhhh, Cuir de Russie. One of my all time faves.
      Portia x

  • Hi Portia! I’m so glad you highlighted this one today. I have been on the hunt for some more leathers (I’ve been seriously lusting after a sample of Cuir d’Ange), and I completely forgot that I got a sample of this for Christmas!! Today I’m in a cloud of Boxeuses, but I shall have to give this one a try later this evening or tomorrow! Thanks 🙂

    • Portia says:

      Hi Sun Mi,
      I totally get it, sometimes the postman comes and overwhelms me with samples and I can’t get to them all. So glad to remind you and I hope you enjoy the ride when you get to it.
      Cuir d’Ange is lovely too.
      Portia xx

  • Ann says:

    Howdy, Portia! As usual, a lovely review! I have tried most of the RM line but somehow missed this one, not sure how. If I like Cuir de Lancome and SL’s Daim Blond, might this be my cup of tea also? And those bottles, oh my! The whole line is nice, but my fave is Impossible Iris, although I just can’t seem to pull the trigger on a FB. Maybe one day.

    • Portia says:

      Hey there Ann,
      I think you’ll find Mon Cuir a little dryer but they are definitely in the same ballpark. If you have those two already you may think Mon Cuir tautology.
      Portia xx

  • Neva says:

    I was lucky to grab a sample of Mon Cuir at a presentation of Ramon Monegal’s perfume line. I paid not much attention to the composition of perfume before and recently I realized that I love scents with leather notes. In some leather scents I can hardly recognize any leather, but Mon Cuir has this “new riding boots leater” impression to me. But actually it’s very soft, smooth and sensual (you said “sexy” and I agree), probably because of the musk. I like it very much and got some compliments while wearing it during Christmas time. Another leather scent from Monegal’s line is Cuirelle, but that one’s so sweet because of the honey, that I didn’t get enough leather from it.
    Some other scents from Monegal’s line that I liked are: Ambra di Luna and Impossible Iris, which he created for his wife as a memory of their wedding day 🙂

    • Portia says:

      Hey Neva,
      I LOVE Ambra di Luna and never knew that tit bit about why he created Impossible Iris, what a beautiful story.
      Did you try Lovely Day?
      Portia xx

  • Tara says:

    I’ve been lemming this for a while Portia and your review has fanned the flames even higher. I reckon it could well be my kind of leather. Not sure if/where the brand is stocked in London though. Must look into that.

    I’ve recently written a review of Cuirelle which is a very mellow spiced honey. I think I’d like Mon Cuir better.

    • Portia says:

      Hey Tara,
      How lovely to see you here on Perfume Posse. I liked Cuirelle a lot but Mon Cuir is a suede, a soft, cuddly, deliciously luxe feeling scent that I can totally imagine you wearing the shit out of. We need to find you a UK distributor pronto.
      Portia xx

  • Jennie says:

    I’ve only just tried my first leather fragrance – a sample of Fendi Fan di Fendi Extreme. Extreme also features vanilla, which I really quite like, and which makes for an interesting perfume. I wonder how similar or different the Ramon Monegal line is?

    • Portia says:

      hi jennie,
      I have only ever spritzed Fan de Fendi in a Department Store and my body ate it almost immediately so I have no comparison, sorry. I think you will find Ramon Monegal’s line very interesting. Some you will adore and a couple you may hate but as a whole I find the line beautifully crafted, and the bottles are to die for.
      Portia xx

  • AllGirlMafia says:

    I’ve never tried the Ramon Monegal line but anything ‘Cuir’ makes me stand up and take notice ( sandalwood too! ) this one sounds beautiful.

  • Spiker says:

    Oooh! That sounds lovely! I adore a good leather scent. My current favorites are Cuir de Lancome and Amouage’s Memoir (although I quite like Lonestar Memories as well). This sounds so appealing I’ll have to see if I can get my hands on a sample.

    • Portia says:

      Hey Spiker,
      Cuir de Lancome is lovely, Lonestar Memories was one of my faves but one day it turned on me and I haven’t worn it since.
      This one is much nearer the CdL end of the spectrum.
      Portia xx