With all due respect I understand if you want to turn off your computer now. This is another city exclusive and it is available only at Bloomingdale’s in Dubai.
I hear you! I wanted to throw my arms up in the air as well. Then, the kind people of Ramon Monegal sent Birgit a sample of this exclusive perfume and I have had the joy of testing it for you.
I don’t know if you will be flying through Dubai any time soon or if you can find yourself a mule to schlep it back for you or if you can find someone with whom to split a bottle. If you can find a way to get your hands on some of this please do.
I will be perfectly honest with you – this perfume is too masculine for my tastes. Or so I thought. When I tried it the perfume started dry and continued to get drier. There was lots of wood, spices, oud and leather. Perhaps I will have better luck in the warm weather.
But then, a few days later, the Norwegian (Editor’s Note: The Norwegian is Sandra’s longsuffering husband) walked by my laptop and picked up the sample, asked what it was and sprayed some on. He is not adventurous at all when it comes to scenting himself. He plays it safe and clean. So, needless to say I was surprised when he offered himself up as a guinea pig.
Fragrantica describes Dubai Next to Me as follows:
“Dubai Next to Me by Ramon Monegal is an Oriental fragrance for women and men. This is a new fragrance, created exclusively for Bloomingdale’s Dubai and launched in March 2014. The nose behind this fragrance is Ramon Monegal. Dubai Next to Me begins with vital and courageous fruity notes, tempered by the wisdom and nobility of spices. The heart offers lovely and sensual florals, with resins adding a touch of solemnity and magic. The base of Dubai Next to Me rests on strong and serene woody notes, enhanced and perfected by the presence of Spanish leather.
Top Notes: Coconut, peach, melon, Spanish saffron, nutmeg and black pepper
Middle Notes: Jasmine, rose oil, rose absolute, frankincense and labdanum-cistus
Base Notes: Oud, sandalwood, Cashmeran, Spanish leather, tonka and ambraceme absolute.
Let me just tell you – this is an entirely different beast on the Norwegian than it was on me. It is simply stunning. I did not get any of the fruit in the opening. Upon spraying he smelled of peaches and melon tinged with a little bit of spices. He smiled and said “Oh this smells like those divine dates we bought in Doha once, remember?” I am baffled at this point wondering why he is getting all the fun out of this start and I didn’t.
The middle part of the development is so smooth on him it is mesmerizing to be honest with you. It is still fruity and spicy but now come the florals singing their tune. They make the sweetness of the fruit more tart. Then comes the frankincense which is the part I adore most. The frankincense has a cooling effect. Everything up to this point has been warm and juicy and then it starts preparing us for the finale.
The oud is not medicinal or sharp at all. In fact it is rounded and smooth. It blends beautifully with the sandalwood and yes, in the late drydown there is a slight leather vibe. It is not too strong but it is there and beautiful.
This is a gorgeous woody spicy leathery perfume that I wish I could get my hands on. If the Norwegian likes it and is more than willing to wear it then I need to find a way to Dubai or recruit a mule or go in on a split!
I look forward to the warmer weather so that I can steal some of the sample back. I can’t wait to see if I get the beautiful fruit and florals like the Norwegian does.