Hiya Posse Perfumistas! We don’t hear much about Mona di Orio’s brand anymore. Even though it’s still going strong. They release a new fragrance fairly regularly. The bottle has had a redesign which I don’t love but apparently most buyers do. Today I thought we could look at the very first full bottle of hers that I bought, Vanille. You’ll see by the pic (taken last year so more gone now) it has had some wear over the last six or more years. Maybe 2/5 left, if I’m lucky. It’s hard to be really sure but I feel 1/3 is probably nearer the mark.
Vanille by Mona di Orio 2011
Parfumo gives these featured accords:
Top: Bitter orange, Clove, Rum
Heart: Gaiac wood, Petitgrain, Tolu balm, Vanilla, Ylang-ylang
Base: Ambergris, Leather, Musk, Sandalwood, Tonka bean, Vetiver
Vanilla is a note that people either adore or abhor. Interestingly, though this is called Vanille and it is the central note, I find what surrounds it and how MdO placed it to be so beautiful, unusual and intricate that vanilla ends up seeming like part of an ensemble rather than a star. So if you and vanilla aren’t close buddies then this could be a gateway fragrance for you. Vanilla light, as it were.
The opening is like an orange and rum based island paradise cocktail, the clove giving it an extra zing. We are talking tall glass and easy to drink.
The heart dries out somewhat and woody resinousness cuts through the vanilla/ylang sweet cream thing making it less Samsara (though you can definitely get glimpses later with the added sandalwood) and a bit more Arabie. Though to say they are the same is not my intent. More like a similarity of personality.
The dry down maintains a clove hint, has softly animalic overtones that are all so well blended I don’t pick up the soloists ambergris, leather or musk per se. What I do get is a resin/vanilla sweet cloud. Not bakery. More like the smell of a beautiful old wood table that has been lovingly waxed and polished every month. Though no honey is mentioned in the notes i really smell it melding with the vanilla, woods and other players. Vanille is so much more than the sum of its parts.
Longevity is excellent and diffusion moderate, 100% unisex and beautiful. Definitely worth a sniff if you’ve not, or a resniff if you have. Also, Vanille is the perfect summer weight warm fragrance.
You might like to read my other Mona di Orio Perfume Posse post on Myrhh Casati.
Have you tried Vanille? Or do you have a favourite MdO?