Well it’s not a secret that I am a fan of Mona di Orio’s scents. Imagine my surprise when a sample of this showed up unannounced in my doorstep. According to the copy that came with it, it was a scent that the lady was working on for her partner at the time of her death, and he is kindly sharing it with the rest of us. Nice man; I’d have kept it selfishly guarded..
It starts off chilly with lavender and citrus, a joyous burst of coldness that I can just imagine would be heaven on a hot day. Like the first sip of an icy gin and tonic in the heat. As it wears it also warms, with roses, suede notes and sage coming in. Then we get the violets of the title, and were they ever worth the wait. I don’t know about you but a lot of the time I don’t care for violets in perfumes. They seem to come off to me as rather plasticky. Not here.
The final stage gets into musk (yay!) and resins but never really loses the smoky flower notes. I love this one and would wear the hell out of it. At $330 for 3.4 ounces (and worth it) I’m afraid that I’ll be paying car insurance first, however, Christmas is coming up..
Notes (from luckyscent): Lavender, Bergamot, Oakmoss, Violet flowers and leaves, Turkish Rose, Vetiver, Clary Sage, Opoponax, Myrrh, Cashmeran
$330 for 3.4 ounces, at luckyscent, Penny Lane and other boutiques. My sample came from the US distributor. Image from luckyscent.com