Mona di Orio Nuit Noire – part skank and part lady.
Who does it remind me of? A perky little cheerleader dressed in cashmere twinsets who keeps flipping up her skirt at the boys to get them to go behind the bleachers with her when she thinks the teachers and her parents aren’t paying attention, that’s Mona di Orio’s Nuit Noire. I knew that girl, and just about the time I thought I nailed it down that she was a slut and stealing boyfriends, she’d smooth her skirt down, smile pretty and take homemade chocolate chip cookies to the Long Term Care Unit before morning mass. Yeah, that’s right, that girl. As much as I wanted to dislike her, I just couldn’t — could only admire her panache in carrying off that duality. Nuit Noire doesn’t change as she sits on the skin, but she just has two faces — just when I think she’s a fairly innocent thing, she just gets nasssssty. Notes of orange flower, cardamom, ginger, orange guinee, olibian, cinnamon, tuberose, sandalwood, clove, cedarwood, amber, leather, musk and tonka bean… and the smut note is a bonus. Mona di Orio Nuit Noire has been discontinued and is no longer available.
Best Perfume for – Always a lady, soft and kind, reminds you of Miss Melanie from Gone With the Wind, but if you poke her a little, she turns around with her glowing red eyes, fangs bared and hisses at you… that’s JAR Jarling. Elegant, beautiful, slightly evil — I forgot just how much. This thing is so gorgeous, it needs its own planet to live on so the other fragrances don’t bother it. Now, I realize not everyone feels that way, but it’s probably the most comforting almond smell I’ve run across, but there is that slightly malevolent undercurrent that I find in most of the JARs, and I don’t mean that as a bad thing, that gives it more, um, spark! It doesn’t change as much as the other JARs do in the drydown. The reviews I ran across on MUA and POL called it all sorts of bad names, like baby lotion drydown and soap but most of the JARs react strongly to the person, so I think what I love, and so does Luca (throwing out his name so y’all don’t think I’m just completely balmy in my love for this), may turn into something disgustingly powdery on someone else. Now, powder is Kryptonite to me, so I’m totally not getting the powder — I get a lot more almond and something spicy, a little licoricey and then there’s some floral later on, some people have said Lilac, and that sounds about right, it does have a little bit of an En Passanty feel to it. Available from Bergdorf Goodman for an astronomical sum plus a dollar.
What is superfun is having these two on at the same time – Mona di Orio Nuit Noire and JAR Jarling. I don’t know whether to polish my halo or chug some Green Jesus Juice* and ditch my panties and dignity.
A very special giveaway this week — It’s Christmas! Whether you celebrate or not, please feel free to enter this drawing. There will be two winners, and you will get a sample pack of some very special things, very hard to get, plus you can pick one additional sample from my collection that you would like.
*Green Jesus Juice is a plastic trash can of full Lime Kool-Aid and Everclear. Don’t ask, I don’t remember.