"Redefining the High Life"
Niche Fragrance Review and Dedication
MONA DI ORIO PARFUMS
The Scent That Salutes a Genius
|July 19, 1969-September 12, 2011|
It was shocking news almost a year ago to hear the passing of a great perfumer who was a quiet whisper in the vast fragrance industry.
Mona di Orio voice was heard loud and clear with a vision in perfumery that led all admirers near and far to the one place she loved and that was creating landmark scents that represented the Golden Age and glamour of the 1920's and 30's was her moment at best.
Mona di Orio Parfums founded in 2004 with fashion designer, Jeroen Oude Sogtoen was not only about perfume but showing their appreciation for the arts and sharing that love with people who also liked the glamour era.
I wasn't born in that era, but I could see the lights shining, the shimmer of evening dresses and the glitter of big cars turning the corner with squeaky clean chrome wheels that hummed in the late night whenever I wore a fragrance by Mona di Orio Parfums.
Mona di Orio was a genius because each of her collections still captured the moment of the 1920's and 30's but it was done with simplicity and understated elegance that embellished a core of lavishness that ruled the world.
The house of Mona di Orio Parfums honors its founder, friend and legendary perfumer with a NEW fragrance that celebrates her life.
ETOILE DE HOLLANDE EAU DE PARFUM launched in June and according to the house of Mona di Orio, it is a
"study of special roses that climbed the walls of Maison Sainte Blanche in Cabris, France".The scent festers in the aroma of all royal roses known to humankind. It is the kind of dedication that echoes the best of everything, 'the cream of the crop".
It is the sweet occasion to having been privilege to know Mona or meet her for just one time and know that perfumery not only surrounds the one who creates it but it sweeps the hearts of all who possess...love.
ETOILE DE HOLLANDE gives its down to earth spice by being surrounded by its peach note and Madagascar Vanilla reaching from the continent of North Africa.
I cannot imagine any other fragrance created that could match the essences of Mona. It is indeed not only a collector's item but it reaches a movement far more than we can imagine.
Thank you Mona for sharing your time, talent and treasure of providing several samples to me personally.
Your time with us was far too short but I can guarantee that your memory will live on.
Notes: Bergamot from Calabria, White Peach, Heliotropine, Bulgarian, Turkish Rose, Geranium from Egypt, Clove, Patchouli, Cedar from Virginia & Atlas, Vanilla from Madagascar, Bezoin from Siam, Ambre, Baumede Perou.
Photo: Courtesy of www.monadiorio.com (perfume bottle); photo of Mona di Orio courtesy of www.basenotes.net; photo of lady and red rose courtesy of wwwsheinvogue.blogspot.com
Portrait: "The Red Rose" by Sir John Lavery, 1923