I wore Ramon Monegal Umbra for a run (I love testing fragrances when I run -- they seem more heightened), and it's good. Though not for running. It's like running in an ascot.
|Dan prepares for his run.|
I like it because it barely smells like vetiver. It's more of a classy, discreet men's cologne. It smells old-fashioned, low-key, dry and just slightly sweet, paired with a straightforward vetiver. I can actually pick out a few of the listed notes: definitely the geranium, black pepper and tonka. And vetiver, of course. (If there's vetiver in a formula, you can bet the whole will smell of it.) But it's less pronounced than is typical of most vetiver fragrances.
|Ramon Monegal Umbra: classy and discreet.|
Still, I think it's neither a good buy for someone with lots of fragrances nor for someone with few, because it's not sufficiently interesting. And for someone who loves vetiver, I don't know that it's sufficiently vetiver. It's a pretty good masculine scent in a world where there are a hundred better choices. What's the musical equivalent of that? Suede?
It's less good than Suede, I think. Ride? Remember Ride? They were good, but I bet you barely remember them. That's Umbra.
P.S. The Nickelback comparison was unfair to Umbra and I now regret that. It's classier than Nickelback. And also not nearly as successful. Sometimes my analogies are a complete bust. (He says as Katie nods and rolls her eyes.)
Read Ramon Monegal Umbra (Part One) here.