Heya Posse, Umbra, my first thought was that it was an amber fragrance, yes I know now. Umbra = a shadow or shade that can also be attributed to a personality trait. Something that goes with a person everywhere. Then I also think of Umbria while wearing Umbra, Italy’s green heart with medieval hill towns, farming on rolling hills and dense forests. There is definitely an air of late spring and summer there contained within.
Umbra by Ramon Monegal 2010
Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Haitian vetiver, Serbian oakmoss, black pepper, bourbon geranium, Canadian fir, tonka bean
Umbra starts cool and green, the vetiver is dry and lacks the oily edge I often associate with it. Unmentioned and maybe imagined I also get a zesty citrus that sizzles nicely against the pepper. A minty/pine floats through and has the energy of a refreshing seaside breeze and then surprisingly the tonic flies in under the radar, gradually warming and sweetening the whole of Umbra like the sun coming out and warming your skin.
I find umbra to be almost cologne-esque in its fragrance. Very green and herbal with the furriness of oakmoss (or a synth that recreates it nicely) and the rich warm residue in dry down cut through all the way by a dry, softly smoky vetiver. It’s easy to imagine as a signature scent for someone who wants to smell really good, of quality ingredients and with an interesting but not out there fragrance. I would definitely want to go in for a second sniff.
From LuckyScent: Umbra … a bright zip of fresh vetiver announces effervescent black pepper, crisp white musk, and dew-covered geranium leaves. Umbra is … a blade of grass … the texture of lichen and spruce balsam, and a rising tonka sweetness that smooths out the entire composition… A perfect fragrance for aficionados of vetiver and tonka bean.
Have you tried much of the Ramon Monegal line? Been to Umbria? How did you like either?
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