Shall we start violets a week early with Mona di Orio Violette Fumee? Yes, let’s! I hadn’t planned on doing Violette Fumee separately, but Luckyscent tucked in a couple of samples with my last order at my request, and I dabbed some on, went crazy over it, then dumped both samples into a sprayer to get the full effect, and I’ve worn nothing else (minimal clothing during menopause hot flash time – this should save on my heating bill this winter) since.
Mona di Orio Violette Fumee was created for her partner, who still guides her company, Jeroen Oude Sogtoen, as his personal scent. Notes of Lavender, Bergamot, Oakmoss, Violet flowers and leaves, Turkish Rose, Vetiver, Clary Sage, Opoponax, Myrrh, Cashmeran go into Mona di Orio Violette Fumee, but it is so much more than its notes. It opens with a rush of violet flowers, bergamot, lavender and myrrh, which is just weirdly wonderful, if you know what I mean. There are moments early on that remind me very much of her original scents, like Nuit Noire, a slight dirty aspect, that makes me think of violet-scented-lightly-used-before-getting-ripped-off underthings. The Nuit Noire carnal shadow fades into the background and the smoky vetiver and weird clary sage rolls in maybe 30 minutes in.
All that weirdness is foreplay for The Big Show – smoke, violets, incense, and fulfilled violet dreams. The vetiver starts chuffing along with the incense, creating puffs of creamy smoke. Yeah, I know, that’s a weird way to think of it, but that’s how I smell it. Mona di Orio’s website mentions pipe tobacco, but it’s not listed as a note. Doesn’t matter, they’ve got some tobacco or tobacco-like smell stuffed up in this perfume’s little pedigree. While it is smoking violets, it is so delicate, like the most ethereal smoke is sitting under the little violets and blowing up, releasing the slightly sweet violet with the smoke.
Then we go into the last stage, the most addicting, as the cashmeran and incense turn this into a silky little violet that’s a little gourmand in feel, but not really sweet, just rich. While I love everything start to finish, it is the drydown that turns this into one of my favorite violet scents. For a violet perfume lover, that’s saying a lot. Musette and I were yakking about this on the phone – she has’n’t smelled it yet – and I told her that as a violet fan, I don’t want to smell another violet soliflore. They’re pretty, but there really isn’t anything new. But creating a smoky violet? I had no idea there should be one or how much I would fall in love with it once it existed. Very unisex, and the longevity is a good 8-12 hours.
Of course we will do a giveaway! I’ll do it a little differently this time with a bigger sample. I’ll give away 2 ml sprays to two lucky commenters drawn at random. So violet, yes or no? Old fashioned, old-lady perfume? Can an old flower learn new tricks? Favorite Mona? Heck, tell me if you’re dressing up for Halloween and as what if you have no thoughts on the other questions!