Peace And Serenity – Review: Maison Mona di Orio Eau Absolue

Hey there Olfactoria’s Travelers,

Portia in the OT house from Australian Perfume Junkies and Perfume Posse.

Do you ever wear fragrance for your own mad selfish pleasure, do any of your frags give you a smile of joy every time throughout the day when you get a sneaky huff of yourself? I really love the Mond di Orio line and today’s fragrance especially, it fits me like a really comfortable wool/cashmere sweater.

Eau Absolue was created by Mona di Orio and released in 2013.

Eau Absolue Mona di Orio FragranticaPhoto Stolen Fragrantica

Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Bergamot, clementine, petitgrain
Heart: Geranium, Java vetiver oil, bay leaf, pink pepper
Base: Cedar, musk, labdanum

I have written about Eau Absolue before. It is a stellar fragrance on my skin and it has serious longevity.

The opening is balmy and there is something in it that reminds me of the smell of indoor swimming pools and also our childhood sun-protection cream for the outdoors. No, I can’t tell you what it is about Eau Absolue that makes me return again and again. I bought 10ml in a split last year but there is so little left that I am pretty sure it’s going FB this year.

Eau Absolue Mona di Orio Pringle_of_Scotland Cashmere WikipediaPhoto Stolen Wikipedia

I have an admission to make, Eau Absolue is so perfectly blended and is such a magnificent scent that I really don’t want to parse it for you. What I will say is that if you spend a morning swimming, reading and sunbaking at the beach and are walking towards your transport to go get some lunch. Eau Absolue has the same sense of dreamy, languid anticipation. It is the perfect, slow, happy morning and the hope of something delicious and filling (back in the day it would have been a family corner store Cheeseburger with beetroot and carrot each and a shared chips for the whole crew).

I find myself lately upon wearing Eau Absolue to become peaceful and serene.

Val, portia, Michael Austria 2014

Where can you wear Eau Absolue? ANYWHERE!! I purposely put my decant away so I would have some left for myself because it was getting a LOT of wear. Last year I took it on my holiday with Michael through Europe and wore it more than half the journey, above is a photo with Michael and Val the Cookie Queen in the mountains near Salzburg, Austria.

When I have a bottle I am also worried that Eau Absolue could eclipse many of my other faves in my rush to wear it. Let’s see how long the couple of ml I have left lasts…

Further reading: The Non-Blonde and Australian Perfume Junkies
LuckyScent has $230/100ml
Peony Melbourne has $230/100ml with FREE DELIVERY in Australia
Surrender To Chance samples start at $7/ml

Have you tried Eau Absolue? Is there a Mona di Orio that tweaks your fancy?

Portia xxx

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11 Responses to Peace And Serenity – Review: Maison Mona di Orio Eau Absolue

  1. I am really keen to try Oud Osmanthus. Osmanthus keeps cropping up in much of my fragrant reading as of late. Now I am intrigued to explore variations of it.

  2. Sandra says:

    Hi Portia! Lovely review. I have to try Eau Absolue in the summer. I love several MdOs- namely, Tubereuse, Musc and Vanille. Hope you are well. Xo

  3. Olfactoria says:

    Hi P,
    Eau Absolue was the one MdO I didn’t really get on with, but there needs to be an exception to every rule, the rule for me is still: MdO is a fabulous line.
    Great review and love the pic!!! 🙂

  4. cookie queen says:

    I have used up a 5ml mini of this but still can’t decide. Don’t you get the honey in it? I find it really prominent – and quite lovely. Bussi. xxx

    • Heya Val,
      The honey is part of the sweet balminess that I get. I didn’t want to parse the scent in this review but just let you all come along for a ride of memories and associations. That way when others smell it they’ll be like, yeah that kind of resonates.
      I bet you smelled beautiful in Eau Absolue.
      Portia xx

  5. Sun Mi says:

    Portia, I love your enthusiasm for fragrance. You can make everything sound amazingly wonderful, even when your descriptions don’t sound like things I think I’d like. 🙂

    • Sun Mi,
      You are very sweet. I think it might be a problem actually, I love so much about fragrance that it’s hard for me to think something is really, truly dreadful. It’s funny when I get together with people who have really excellent noses and great memories for notes, they are like “OMG, this is SO like (insert generic mall frag name here)” Then I am like, “Is it? OK but it smells beautiful and I love how it does this and this” and then they look down their noses at me or condescend as if I’m a child or an illiterate. HA! They don’t know my joys.
      Portia xx

  6. florence raab says:

    Portia, I am late to answer here, but I’ve ordered a bottle, just because of a memory of this scent on a paper a few months ago!!! so I am quiet reading your article and I am quite sure I love it (not as much as my Vanille but I can’t wait to have it for the wave of heat which is about to hit France.

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