For years I have avoided sampling Mona di Orio Oud in fear that I’d fall in love with something that I would never buy. I have never bought a perfume $200+. Actually, I don’t think I’ve purchased anything $150+. When I witnessed something getting praised that retails for $500+, I knew to stay away. After two years of peer pressure, “Oh, Victoria, this perfume is so ‘you’, you’ve got to try it!“, I gave up. I’ve done more than try it, I fell in love with Mona di Orio Oud.
Mona di Orio Oud is a citrus cedar hugging an indolic floral, the seductress jasmine. The osmanthus, one of my olfactory weaknesses, is brilliant in this composition. MdO Oud softens with saffron-apricot and creamy, nutty sandalwood with oud. MdO Oud becomes a warm, musky, ambery woods fragrance with a “lived in” quality. It’s slightly smoldering woods with a balsamic vanilla (it sort of reminds me of Guerlain Shalimar vintage parfum at this stage). MdO Oud is incredibly smooth and soft. Yes, it’s a fragrance with some rather heavy notes and it does wear like velvet or fur; however, it’s seamless and you wear it (it doesn’t wear you).
Moral of the story – don’t try things that retail for more than you’ve ever paid unless you are willing to pay the price. I should be mad at my perfume pushers, but I’m not. I’ve enjoyed MdO Oud immensely. It has everything that I want in a perfume. Now I have to decide is it “worth” it to me. And honestly, I think my “cost per wear” would make it worth it (to me, can’t answer that for you). But, I don’t know. I’m torn.
Notes listed include elimi, green mandarin, petitgrain, patchouli, osmanthus, nagarmotha (cypriol), cedarwood, Laotian oud, musk, and ambergris. Launched 2011. PERFUMER – Mona di Orio
Give Oud a try if you like warm, Oriental fragrances. Or if you like perfumes like Memo Shams, Malle for Dries van Noten, By Kilian Pure Oud, Keiko Mecheri Bois de Santal, Caron Secret Oud and/or Juliette Has a Gun Midnight Oud. This fragrance is unisex.
I find that MdO Oud has above average longevity and projection. It’s actually one that I preferred dabbed vs. sprayed.
The 3.4 oz bottle retails for $525 at Parfumerie Nasreen. Samples are also available for purchase.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – A luxurious oud and osmanthus resting on a velvet chaise. I hate that I love it but I can’t help it. It’s one that when I’m not wearing it, I wish I were wearing it.
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