Never, never ever discount a note. Experience, trial and error have shown me time and again that there is an interpretation you are going to like, of every note imaginable.
Don’t like Tuberose? Take a look at By Kilian Beyond Love and take a long hard look at this Mona di Orio creation.
You might be swayed. I know I was.
Created in 2011 by Mona di Orio, Tubéreuse includes notes of pink pepper, bergamot from Calabria, green leaves, Indian tuberose absolute, Siamese benzoin, heliotrope, amber, coconut milk and musk.
Before we dive into the review of the scent, here is a little bit about the creator – Mona di Orio. Mona was a pupil of the great Edmond Roudnitska (whose ode to his wife Le Parfum de Thèrése is very dear to my heart). She studied with him for years and ran his laboratory after his death.
She started out on her own and created several perfumes under her name. Her new line is called Les Ombres d’Or, the golden Numbers, referring to the golden ratio, a mathematical set of proportions often used in the arts, especially in the renaissance. She tries to find the perfect proportion of ingredients in her perfumes, each centered around a single note.
On to the tuberose then:
Mona di Orio’s interpretation does away with the heavy, intoxicating headiness of this night-blooming flower and gives us a greener, fresher, but still very much sensual and seductive version of tuberose.
Tubéreuse opens fresh – bergamot and pink pepper give a spicy start to a floral note that is soft and green. The tuberose as we know it, is there, but muted, veiled, softened accented by green and sweet notes of benzoin and amber, an almond-y facet from heliotrope aided by coconut, give a faint tropical cast to this perfume without ever getting close to cocktail territory.
The freshness of the first half hour slowly fades and leaves us with a soft, warm and sweet floral fragrance that is understated and extremely wearable. I have no problem whatsoever, wearing this during the day.
Ines of All I Am – A Redhead is fully accountable for making me try the Mona di Orio line, her seductive reviews wouldn’t let go of me and I am very grateful for that. She was the one who swayed me…
And you know what? There is another note I really dislike, turns out that is because I (and chances are you as well, dear reader) never smelled the real thing – oud. Don’t like oud? Why don’t you try Mona di Orio Oud? But that is a story for another day…