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Oudh Osmanthus Mona di Orio for women and men

Oudh Osmanthus Mona di Orio for women and men
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Oudh Osmanthus (formerly known simply as Oud) by Mona di Orio is a Oriental fragrance for women and men. Oudh Osmanthus was launched in 2011. The nose behind this fragrance is Mona di Orio.

New Packaging, New Name, Original Formula. The enigmatic and much-prized essential oil of real oudh from Laos radiates from the centre of Mona di Orio’s “Oudh Osmanthus” casting a mystical spell on the other notes and highlighting their beauty. Since the dawn of time, due to its scarcity and cost, the precious oudh is a resin traditionally reserved for Gods and Majesties. It is a mystery, a myth that goes well beyond a fragrance that is revealed suavely and enchantingly, enrobing us in its luxurious aura, confined in a thousand and one nights.

This fragrance opens with notes of citrus and precious spices of elemi, petitgrain and green mandarin, amongst others mingled in a seductive encounter. A love potion with a radiant sensuality, Oudh Osmanthus reveals one by one its troubling facets, alternating between animal, leathery, woody and balsamic tones. They embrace in a passionate vibrancy with shadowy patchouli, a mysterious nagarmotha, cedar from Atlas and grey amber, a spellbinding formula that is rich and heady. Absolute osmanthus, the carnal flower with its charmingly warm and mesmerizing hints of jasmine, honey and apricot tempers the forceful power of oudh by its exquisite nectar.

Perfume rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 220 votes.

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Petitgrain elemi Green Mandarin

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Osmanthus Patchouli Cypriol Oil or Nagarmotha

Base Notes
Agarwood (Oud) Musk Atlas Cedar Ambergris

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Oudh Osmanthus Fragrance Reviews

gelo999
gelo999

Spicy opening with elemi that seems almost a chord pepper, citrus nothing but detect the acidity caused by a medical line that rises from the middle notes by the warm wood of Oud, a result bit terse, incomprehensible. The Osmantus that has a heavenly scent makes wooden choir without understanding that it does in the mix as the cocktail does not fit the whole doing that just sits.

Drying, more musky, with patchouli and ambergris sweetens, subtraction acidity and balance makes it more and improve the final result.

I must admit that the essences used are spectacular, the oud is real Laos and is not an artificial chord as in most such fragrances, hence the high cost of this fragrance.

I do not understand this ugly mixture of Mona, with this very good quality of materials used could have done something better than this and especially having made fragrances so recognized as Cuir, Vetiver and Vanille.

Rating: 5

Jun
01
2016
Q80
Q80

Now Oud Osmanthus was out on 2010 and under the name of oud and it was written in Arabic "عــــود" and it was before the hype of Oud which took place in 2013. According to Jeroen, he said that it wasn't a take to kiss middle easterns ass and to have them buy his fragrance for the name rather than a take of inspiration that took place before the ridiculous hype of 2013 till today of the commercial ouds. He also said that he changed it to "Oud Osmanthus" cause osmanthus was the only floral that comes from east that could calm the sharpness and the toughness of the oud note and to give it a roundly softness with oriental touch.
I really respected his approach and this fragrance became something different after his explanations, as i remember i didn't quite liked it back then as i do like it now with maybe the osmanthus addition!

Edit (23rd April 2016) After using the sample generously, i realized that i still dislike the top note that kept me away from it 3 years back! but as it calms down the sweetness of a calming vanilla shows up widely and conquer the whole scene in away that made me confused wither if i used Oud osmanthus or something else! it's really luring and captivating after that experience, and i'm thinking seriously to get one.

Apr
20
2016
K1
K1

I'm a constant admirer of Mona di Orio, cause many criteria I look for frequently to engage with a perfume for my own collection, are found in her creations. You should try Oud Osmanthus to figure out how multidimensional a perfume can be. By the title you expect a grassy lactonic osmanthus and animalic oud but the reality is something else.

Oud Osmanthus is a complex resinade oriental that smells resinous deeply, shows soft lactonic vibes, very very soft oud, patchouli, and surprisingly, smells plasticy floral reminiscent of tuberose in garden. All these are decreased by mandarin and petitgrain to desirably wearable format.

By the growth of musk and ambergris, the resinous vibe also grows and that luxurious vulgarity of Mona di Orio works comes up. Oud Osmanthus is perhaps one of the most interesting "oud" fragrances out there. Highly recommend.
★★★★

Mar
21
2016
Das Huffer
Das Huffer

An oud unlike any other!
This is such a far cry from the medicinal or brash ouds that are so often lamented on this site. Ms di Orio left the Arabian preconceptions of oud behind, and changed gears on us entirely.
What we do end up with is a concoction that borderlines on slightly narcotic. I dare you to try it on, and then see if you can resist pressing your nose to your skin to take in the soft pulse of this beauty.
I've long been in love with the construction here. The overlap of the components is so beautifully welded that at times it's difficult to find where one ends and the other begins. The fact that the namesake wood itself is so radically different lends to this amazingly. We're stripped of our ideas of what an oud should be, and forced to reevaluate a brave new world.
This is warm, intimate, and addictive.
The price tag on it... yes... it makes it a bit exclusive, but considering how completely alone in its field Oudh Osmanthus stands I feel it's worth it.

Feb
20
2016
t4x3
t4x3

Very complex blend that I'm sure pleases many, but it was ultimately disappointing as I was hoping for more osmanthus. Despite this, I can't deny the beauty of the oud and the pure, true osmanthus, a smell I am extremely familiar with in nature.

Aug
22
2015
s.alswayeq
s.alswayeq

ياشيخ محمد
(NEW FRIEND)
الحقيقه جربت العطر ولا اعلم لماذا لم اجربه بل لماذا لم اقتني العطر من فترة العطر فيه بعضا من روح ودفئ عطر الفانيلا من نفس الماركة توليفة جميله فخمه واجدها توليفة مريحة ايضا يستحق الاقتناء وباذن الله سيكون احد العطر التي ساقتصنها.
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سبحان الله وبحمده سبحان الله العظيم والصلاة على اشرف الانبياء.

Jun
22
2015
new friend
new friend

عطر العود من مونا دي أوريو
Mona di Orio - Les Nombres d'Or 'Oud - Parfum Intense
عطر العود من دار مونا دي أوريو
عطر يرتكز على العود اللاوسي الذي يمتاز بقوته وثباته وطول فتره بقاءه
مع شيء من اللذوعة أو الحموضة عند بداية فوحانه
العطر عود بشكل صريح
أعتقد أن مونا أحبت أن يخرج العطر في قالب طبيعي
فعلى سبيل المثال
سنجد أن اليوسفي الأخضر بحموضته الخاصة يقترب من حموضة أو لذوعة العود اللاوسي
والياسمين أيضا بدفئه سيكون ملائما لدفء أدهان العود بشكل عام
وهكذا ستكون بقية المكونات الداعمة المقوية للشعور بنقاء وطبيعية دهن العود اللاوسي
واحتراما لرغبة مونا فلن أسهب في ذكر مكونات العطر ونوتاته
وسأكتفي بعبارة واحدة
إذا كنت محبا حقيقيا لدهن العود وخاصة اللاوسي
فسيكون هذا حتما من قائمة عطورك المفضلة
الثبات والفوحان رهيبان

May
01
2015
Kain
Kain

There are different type of oud from different countries that they do have completely different smells. I don't know what kind of oud is this, but it's the softest and the most wearable oud that I've tested by far.
For you guys out there that you don't have any experience with out and you're about to walk into the world of oud based fragrances this is a great start! something inoffensive and very pleasant and without rose and saffron! NICE!

The opening of this fragrance is very complex. at the beginning I can smell a resinous and kind of an oily smell plus some oud, some fresh notes, some green notes, noticeable amount of spice, some floral notes and creamy amber in the background.
The freshness of the scent by citruses is very mellow and it will disappears after a few minutes.
The oud note here is very soft and slightly bitter. just like a normal woody scent something like sandalwood for example but a little bit darker plus some oily quality.
The floral note is very smooth and charming with slightly powdery feeling but not powdery something like iris. not at all.
There are some green notes and some sweetness beside these notes too that they help smoothing the overall feeling of the scent.

The quality of the notes is superb and these notes meshed together in a very lovely and and pleasant way.
In the mid there is no change. almost the same smell only a little bit sweeter.

In the base I'm getting more cedar instead of oud. the smell is pretty the same as mid but now there is a sharp and kind of peppery smell of wood and I believe it's cedar. the sweetness (creamy type) and floral notes amp up in this part but they are still very mellow.

All and all it's a very nice and pleasing scent but paying almost $400 for this .... I don't know. I wouldn't do that! it just smells like a high quality ordinary fragrance. it doesn't smell cheap. no, not at all but at the same time it's not something unique, different and daring that shock you from the first sniff or even later on.
Projection is above average at the start and average in the mid and base and longevity is around 5-6 hours on my skin.

رایحه چوب عود بر اساس کشور، نوع جوب، قدمت جوب و یه سری موارد دیگه متفاوته. تو این عطر نمیدونم چه نوع عودی استفاده شده ولی به طور حتم ملایمترین و عامه پسندترین نوع رایحه عودی هست که من تاحالا تو عطرها تست کردم. دوستانی که ممکنه تجربه ای از عطرهای بر پایه رایحه عود نداشته باشن و میخوان عطری برای اولین بار تست کنن یا بخرن که عود داخلش داشته باشه این عطر گزینه خوبیه چون بوی عود اینجا ملایم و دوست داشتنی هست و خوشبختانه از بوی رز و زعفران که جدیدا همه برندها با عود ترکیب میکنن خبری نیست

رایحه ابتدایی این عطر بسیار کمپلکس هست و دارای لایه های مختلف. در ابتدا رایحه صمغی و کمی تلخ میشه حس کرد که یه حس روغنی هم داره و در کنارش عود، کمی رایحه مرکبات، کمی رایحه های سبز و گیاهی، مقدار مشخصی رایحه ادویه جات، کمی رایحه های گلها و یه بوی نیمه شیرین و خامه ای قرار دارن
رایحه مرکبات یه حس نیمه شاداب به عطر میدن اما خیلی سریع در عرض چند دقیقه محو میشن
رایحه عود همونطور که گفتم ملایم و خیلی دلپذیرهو یه بوی چوبی مشخص و آروم چیزی شبیه به چوب صندل به عنوان مثال اما کی تلخ تر و همراه با کمی حس روغنی
رایحه گلها خیلی دوست داشتنی و آروم هست و یه ته بوی پودری هم داره. وقتی میگم پودری یه چیزی مثل زنبق مد نظرم نیست ها. خیلی حس پودریش کمتره
در کنار این رایحه ها یه حس سبز و گیاهی و رایحه نیمه شیرین و خامه ای هم حس میشه که در مجموع لطافت و جذابیت های عطر رو افزایش میدن

تو رایحه میانی بوی عطر تغییر چندانی نمیکنه و فقط کمی شیرینتر میشه اما تو رایحه پایه بوی چوبی عطر کمی تلخ تر میشه منتها به نظر من تو این مرحله بوی چوبی تلختر و کمی تند و تیز به خاطر رایحه چوب درخت سدر هست نه عود. چوب سدر اینجا به عود غلبه میکنه و بیشتر خودنمایی میکنه تو بوی عطر. الیته در کنارش بوی شیرین عطر و رایحه گلها هم کمی قویتر میشن منتها بازم همون حالت آروم خودشونو حفظ میکنن و خیلی قوی نمیشن

در مجموع عطر خوب و خوشبویی هست و کیفیت رایحه ها واقعا بالاست اما حدود 400 دلار برای همچین عطری به نظر شخصی من ارزش نداره. یه جورایی انگار یه عطر خوب و عامه پسندی هست که کیفیت ساخت بالایی داره. اصلا بوی اون خاص، منحصربفرد و متفاوت نیست که شما رو از همون استشمام اول جذب یا شوکه کنه. فقط در حدی که از بوش لذت ببرین و از بوی خوب و کیفیت بالاش لذت ببرین
پخش بوش اولیلش نسبتا خوبه و متوسط به بالاست اما به مرور زمان افت میکنه و متوسط میشه. ماندگاریشم در حد 5-6 ساعت روی پوست من هست که بدک نیست

Feb
21
2015
houstcs
houstcs

smells like many other oud perfumes to me, cherry cola, very rich cherry cola, however this one adds some dimensions with a little bit of staying out swinging all night with multiple partners. Really starting to wonder if oud is not my thing since they all smell like cherry coke on me. I really love this though, much more than the rest I have tried.

Jan
20
2015
chayaruchama
chayaruchama

I fell in love the first time I experienced this from a tiny sample.
It was a real game-changer for me.
I realize and know what 'real ouds' smell like. Not every oud perfume has to smell like every other: if that were so, what would be the point of creating so many?
As a perfume in its own right, this speaks to all parts of me: femme fleur, wild animal, etc.
The price alone is a hard one to ignore. So very costly.

Dec
08
2014
Nick1992
Nick1992

MdO’s OUD is stunning, complex and utterly mesmerising! Majestic in a single word.

OUD opens with mandarin, petitgrain and elemi; quite cleansing. Almost immediately these top notes yield to osmanthus and patchouli, here also appears the oud. Initially the oud performs in partnership with the osmanthus and patchouli to create a remarkably woody-fresh vibe but gradual dry down sees OUD evolve and darken on the skin with the oud melding to musk and ambergris; in doing so the osmanthus softens and OUD becomes deeper and bolder.

By pairing oud (genuine oud from Laos, nothing synthetic here!) with osmanthus rather than the usual rose, MdO has created something completely unique in OUD. This is regal and exotic with a smouldering smoky feel.

OUD is a parfum of tremendous quality. It is thick but utterly wearable thanks to its smooth velvetiness. Sillage is moderate and longevity huge; I get 16+ hours.

I’ve worn OUD since 2011 and have almost emptied a 100ml bottle in that time. I will certainly be purchasing a replacement bottle in the immediate future despite the A$500+ cost.

9.5/10

Nov
02
2014
Shibor
Shibor

An interesting interpretation of an oud theme.
The scent starts light citric freshness (rather a smoky orange than a lemon) with some woody notes. After a while it becomes sweeter. One can clearly distinguish a patchouli and ambergis sweetness which remains tender in the composition. The scent of osmanthus is present as well while the (eponymous) oud note is only vaguely perceptible. Besides, there are some other jasmin-like floral notes. The whole appears very harmonic and is very well and balanced composed.
Mona di Orio is succeeded to interpret the oriental oud theme in such a way that it became pleasant and comfortable for western “noses”.

Many fans of oriental scents will thus love this tender floral woody fragrance.

Oct
29
2014
Twilight99
Twilight99

This is now in a new bottle, and changed its name to Oudh Osmanthus. A more fitting name perhaps, and the new bottle is stunning. I agree with others here that this is a versatile and well blended perfume, but the Oud is nowhere to be found. It's a shame, because a little more Oud would have done wonders for this perfume.

Sep
26
2014
armchair sailor
armchair sailor

There's hardly any oud in this perfume. It's tamed, nice and unoffensive, which is so not-oud. It also projects minimally and lasts no more than a couple of hours, all traits that say "not really oud". They must have taken a drop of oud and tried to make it wearable by anyone. It's the classic case of something that aims to be for everybody and ends being without personality. If they had brought this concept a little bit further, they'd have put water in the bottle.
I remember reading interviews by Mona about sensing the oud as a physical presence in her house, once she had left a bottle of the real thing open in her room at night. She said that she wanted everyone to experience that feeling. Well, there's nothing of it in here, really. Try Perris' Imperial Oud instead, or even L'Artisan's Al Oudh, and many others, to have a glimpse of what oud is like. At that price, this fragrance is outrageous.

Sep
18
2014
scentymama
scentymama

I really don't like this one. Smells grassy/spicy on the dry down. I don't get any oud at all.

Aug
04
2014
almondbreakfast
almondbreakfast

MDO LNdOO = Chanel No. 18 + Oud + Charriol Royal Platinum

Les Nombres d'Or Oud is a soft oud fragrance, medicinal, powdery. It's one of the very few oud frags that's versatile enough to be worn at any occasion.

However, considering its sky high price, I actually expected something more from Mona Di Orio. I think it's too safe and ordinary, almost nothing special. The drydown reminds me of Charriol Royal Platinum, with sweet oud infusion; which is maybe why I didn't feel it's special enough. Had I not known Royal Platinum and Chanel No. 18, I think I would have rated this much higher.

Nevertheless, MDO LNdOO is a very well blended and refined fragrance.

Scent: 7/10
Longevity: 7/10
Projection: 7/10
Versatility: 9/10

AlmondBreakfast

Jul
07
2014
Eneli
Eneli

At first I tought - here we go again, another oud perfume! But after just 5 minutes I was completelly in love with it. Not that much oud on me, but lots of smokiness, like in Shalimar.

May
23
2014
Ziggy2012
Ziggy2012

I generally like MdO fragrances and greatly admire her work. This is a pleasant fragrance, but for me it might be better to have named it "Les Nobres D'or Osmanthus".

Perhaps others will have a different experience, but on my skin, osmanthus is the prominent note and the oud is only subtly there. It is about osmanthus superimposed on a gentle accord created with some citrus/amber/patch/cedar and oud in there somewhere qualifying the base notes.

It seems unisex and has good longevity and modest projection.

I like it, but it did not live up to quite what I expected from the name, as a predominantly Oud fragrance, and for me there are others in the Les Nombres D'Or line which are preferable

I would suggest it's a try before you buy.

Jan
18
2014
lollotyp
lollotyp

This was a flop, with a strong chemical oud by firmenich.
Expensive without reasons.
Sad end of her carreer.
RIP Mona.

Jan
02
2014
majestic mammy
majestic mammy

This is nice...Nice. It is surely not a Oud Perfume only with Oud as a note. Grade of Oud in the Beautiful perfume is not superior.
Even though its Light it ranks on top with Other lovelys:
Malouk: Arabian Oud ( PURE OPULANCE AND CLEAN Superior Very very attractive. Fit for Royality. Price OUD)
Tom Ford: Café Rose ( A Favorite) TF'is wonderful one of the best TF Releases.
Mon Di Orio Oud: A MUST TRY

The price tag is not justified by the light sillage and lesser longevity.
Looking at this from another stand point: This Fragrance Can never be over bearing or offensive by any means. It is very attractive & lures one in. A VERY UNIQUE COMPOSITION. Well Formulate. It is a masterpiece when Original fragrances are created. That is Exactly what Mona Di Orio Oud is, Wonderful, Original, Suitable. Elegant, Attractive, Gentle and mysterious. Lovely.
I doubt anyone would ever tire from this skillfully created formulation. Its Unisexy.

This is a beautiful perfume only in comparison and with respect to the cost I have used this comparison.
Mona Di Orio Oud perfume is elegant no question.
Rating: 8/10
sillage: Light
Longivity: light.
Attractive Fragrance: ABSOLUTLY.
Edit: JUST SAW THE PRICE. 1st what justifies the price is surely not the composition of this fragrance. Oud is used in the most minute amount and not of substantial quality.
2nd: The fragrance sillage is very weak as is the longevity.
Overpriced with out merit to the contents? Absolutly. I would not pay for this just by the Label. It is beautiful but not logical.

Dec
16
2013
michael.j
michael.j

I think I'm definitely in the minority here, but this was a disappointment for me. The oud is much quieter than I would have wanted and the amber is dialed up to heroic levels. If you like a very amber-heavy oud, then definitely give this a try. The opening is a sizzling, spicy citric that settles to a deep, complex, glowing amber, but it is just too amber-y for me. I can appreciate the artistry and the quality of the ingredients, though. They're both unrivaled.

Nov
18
2013
mrs2241
mrs2241

در صورت تمایل به خرید پیغام بگذارید...
تعداد چهار شیشه موجود میباشد

Nov
15
2013
ericgoesta
ericgoesta

A really deep and sharp oud-scent, introduced with a citrus-note that grows thin within 30 minutes. After that oud takes over underlined by the voluptuous amber.

It's not one of those oud perfumes that some people will love and some people will hate, it's smoother and easier than that, but never boring or uninteresting.

I wouldn't mind a little more sillage though. Other than that it's a fantastic scent.

Oct
21
2013
Marli1973
Marli1973

Another Mona di Orio fragrance that has captivated me so much.
It is just bewitching, magical…
For some reason it reminds me of Bridge to Terabithia woodland!
(After trying few others oud fragrances this is the only one I Like.)

Aug
08
2013
ThatMakesScents
ThatMakesScents

Nice smooth oud. Nothing rough about this one at all. Very easy to wear.

It has a classic old school vibe to it. This is a good thing.

This would definitely be something I'd like to try for a few days. Although for $500 and change I would need at least 200ml of juice to even consider it.




I only smelled it on a strip so I can't tell you much more

Aug
03
2013
mrs2241
mrs2241

عمرا این بوش شبیه "کنزو جانگل" باشه...اونوقتا یه عطری بود بنام "ایو" که جعبه اش یه کتاب بود،بوش شباهت زیادی به بوی ایو داره
IF For Men by Sorelle Fontana

Apr
26
2013
Carestinus
Carestinus

It is extremely expensive, true. Too expensive I guess. Now: this is VERY good. I received a tiny sample and at first I found it a bit too strong, animalic and a tad feminine. Too much, as in "everyone will notice you sprayed the whole bottle of a rare perfume on you even if you only sprayed once".

I really don't know what I was thinking about that day since the next times I was totally mesmerised and now I think it is simply gorgeous. I disagree with the longevity issues. It is true that the huge blast of oud, osmanthus and amber softens a lot after the first hour, but it stays for aaaaages after that, 24h or more. It doesn't become a skin scent by no means but instead lingers pretty noticeable and truthful with its first charms. Not something common in most perfumes. It is a thick perfume that smells regal yet wearable.

This is so expensive it is hard to think how would one justify its purchase... but I think we all have a few scents getting bored in our drawer and this would make up for them. This is magical, I'd wear it to special occasions in winter and I think that 100ml would last a decade, so perhaps buying one and splitting amongst friends would be a good choice. It might be true there are other scents alike for half the price... I haven't yet met any unfortunately.

It is somehow in the same line of Jubilation XXV and Marquis de Sade 1740 for opulence but despite the fact I respect those two, I thank Mona for managing the sweetness better, never reaching cloyingland.

Apr
10
2013
Roflecones
Roflecones

This is not a simple thing to describe, but previous commentors have done a fantastic job and I totally agree with their sentiments. It's beautiful and complex. The box says it contains real oud, the fragrance is called oud, but I don't want to start comparing this to real oud oils or bakhoors since that's not really the point of this fragrance (or perfumery in general). When a perfumer names their fragrances, nothing is more devisive than the word oud and its variants. With a name like "oud" people will have an expectation of what it should smell like, and if it's nothing like they expect they would immediately cast it off as a failure. For all I care this could have been called bathbubbles and it would still be the masterpiece that it is.

I agree that the oud is not as prominent as Montales or even Amouage, but the true inspiration is the osmanthus-oud combo. It combines so beautifuly and eminates from the center of this and brings out the best of all the other notes. I get so much enjoyment whenever I wear it. In a market full of typical rose-oud combinations, this osmanthus-oud fragrance is pure genius.

Mar
16
2013
marios4
marios4

Pheraps the most soft, refined, soft oud fragrances never smelled.....i never smelled the oud of Amouage, but this for me is great......

Mar
02
2013
chweintr
chweintr

Reminds me of old books in a wooden trunk in the cellar... and an extremely dry martini.

Notes I get that aren't really there - parsley, caraway... um ...deer? (some kind of authentic-smelling musk or nitro-type musk)

And, don't hit me - I also get naphthalene (moth balls)

Feb
10
2013
mrs2241
mrs2241

بوی عود رو چنان ماهرانه ترکیب مرکباتی کردن که شما اون حس عربی بودن "مثل بلک ..افگانو" رو نداشته باشید،یه بوی شیک و اروپایی که البته هر کسی میپسند
بوش انگار "تام فورد نوا" با "اتکینسون کینگ "بزنی روش و بزاری دو ساعتی بمونه
البته تام فورد بیشتر باشه

Dec
16
2012
endymion87
endymion87

Ok, so, i've try this one this morning. I was so looking forward for a new oud parfum and i always wanted to have a mona di orio fragrance as well, so i was super excited about this one.
Too bad it smells exactly like bois des iles by Chanel, exactly the same with a zest note which i detect when i get super close to my skin, must be the super small amount of oud there's inside.
I'm so disappointed not because of the fragrance itself, which is very pleasant anyway, but because it smells like chanel, and guess what, chanel compared to this one, since usually they came in 100 ml or more, is cheaper!!!
I guess i'd better go for chanel then :(

ps.: besides, lasting power is much weaker compared to chanel, such a disappointment :(

Jun
01
2012
guido2663
guido2663

Mona di Orio has been the greatest artist of this generetion and one of the best of the last 50 years.

Mar
27
2012
daniela3
daniela3

What a great pleasure! A newly received e-mail which states that Basenotes has recognized Mona di Orio as the winner perfumer of the year whereas the same brand, owning her name, is the best fragrance house, moreover ' Oud' (the most complex oud I've ever smelled!, even though my opinion is really irrelevant being myself not so experienced about it) is the best fragrance!
It is a pity she will never know it!
A postumus award .......after all.

Mar
26
2012
muscus
muscus

Well, I was intrigued by all previews and wanted to experience it. I got my tiny capsule from LackyScents. Have to agree, it is a quite complex (I would add “and balanced”) composition.

First note – a sharp green and citrus burst – was so quick that I don’t even consider it anymore. On dry down I imagine myself quietly standing in a deep-deep forest after rain in a late warm spring. So dusty, woodsy and mossy. As it continues to open, it gets richer with oud, amber, with a touch of musky sweetness. I felt in love with those notes. Simply couldn’t get enough of it.

BUT I found myself applying the fragrance every 3 hours to enjoy that bouquet because it cannot stay on my skin any longer. After 4 hours it was completely gone! So disappointing!!! For the price ($500+ for 100 ml) of this piece of art, the harder work should’ve been done on its lasting power.

Feb
22
2012
INJEN
INJEN

Dos anyone knows where I can find this in Toronto ? if yes please don't be afraid to shoot me a line thanks.

Feb
20
2012
Adrien02
Adrien02

Men ... you may definitely want to give this a try.
Chickenpotpie - I LOVE your review. You may consider yourself (as you said "...a real perfume noob..." but you speak eloquently, as from the heart.
alfarom - I am always interested in your reviews. You can be a harsh critic. I liken you to 'a Fragrantican Simon Cowl"; you are a hard judge of fragrances but when you do give a fragrance an 8/10 or higher I tend to take notice. BTW oud is oud is oud. It comes from many places, and while the oud used in this composition may not necessarily be to your liking or akin to what you are used to it is still oud.
That being said upon my first whiff I am immediately reminded of cigarette ashes in a glass ashtray. A blast from days gone by. It is so overwhelming I can't detect anything else for awhile then I smell petrol/fuel with a dry dirt undertone which is frantically trying to clean itself up by running through dried leaves, rolling in them, if you will, but that dry leafy,dirty smell remains and the ashtray smell lingers in the wings ready for whatever.
I am by now desperately wishing for some of the other notes listed to make an appearance, to relieve this dry, arid playground I have found myself within and voila! After about 15 minutes I am given a hint of a dusky, musky sweetness, relieving my nose. I can almost believe it is the patchouli or the orange but never the juice. It is more rind than the juice.
I'm of the mind that this scent doesn't want to be figured out because just when you think you have it pegged something about it changes or tries to get you to change your perception. Does this fragrance evolve your senses or the other way around: Do your senses evolve as the fragrance develops? No matter, it is most intriguing. There is somewhat a moment of black tire tread and then it is gone and here again is the patchouli wrapped lovingly around the oud which is such a subtle player yet being such is liked all the more for not being so overwhelming.
The oud in this fragrance is not your "typical Arabian oud", which is so in your face sometimes it takes your breath away. No, this is a strong undercurrent oud, carrying the fragrance from top to drydown, as if it alone bears the responsibility of carrying this beautifully orchestrated fragrance from beginning to end. It is always there but I only realize that after many moments. If you are initially put off by the initial sniff taken, please do thyself a favor and wait for the drydown. For those wondering why Ms Mona finally selected this oud for her perfume I hazard a guess that she indeed found a jewel of an oud.
I usually don't rate by the numbers but for this one I will say 9/10.
Masterfully done

Nov
03
2011
Migotka
Migotka

In the interview, Mona said she did not initially wanted to make an Oud perfume since the ingredient is so popular and because she has not found an oud that inspired her. I think she did mention that she finally got a hold of this very rare oud that we can now admire in this composition, which convinced her to tackle an oud composition by herself.

I am not a massive oud fan, but this one is actually really good. Well, aside for the horrendous price (400+ GBP... can't see myself spending this much on a bottle of perfume). As for the notes, it is opened by a lot of patchouli and osmanthus. I think I also got the resins and amber accords, something smoky and incense-like (smells a bi like my yoga studio). The oud here is quite quiet, surprisingly quiet knowing is should be the centre of the composition. Despite the woody and smoke, it actually has got a green vibe to it. Interesting.

And probably would be worth buying... for half of the price.

Oct
08
2011
chickenpotpie
chickenpotpie

I got my sample of this scent from Luckyscent.com

I'm a real perfume noob so I'll do the best I can to describe this scent.

On application I get a sharp green and citrus burst. I quite like it, its really quite pretty.

After application I smell a very...dank musty smell. kinda like a dried mushroom or wet root type smell. I actually quite like that. In the middle of all that I get a very lovely tobacco smell.

As it continues to dry down I get some crazy scents. This one changes so much on me its unreal.

As I go through the day I smell black licorice, cigarettes, rubber, a bit of a motor oil smell, powder, and a really strange tangy fruity thing.

As it continues to dry down I get the cedar and amber scents a bit more. Maybe its my body chemistry or what I had for dinner last night, but the amber and cedar is accompanied by this very mild spice smell that hums around it. The smell reminds me of Turkey (the country not the food)

And crazy enough, its not unpleasant or even overwhelming. You can't just pour this stuff all over you though, no. pulse points only is all thats needed.

Sillage, yes, oh yes. but again, not in a bad way. Considering the price you wouldn't want to take a bath in it, and, a dab or 2 will do you.

For me the scents are distracting and thought provoking. Every note in this puts me in a place down memory lane.

I seriously feel like I'm in love. Its kind of like the first time you've laid eyes on the most spectacular person in the world and the full body awareness of when they make the slightest move just tingles through your body.

My heart thumped a bit faster wearing this scent. It was sexual, but not...if you can get my meaning. It speaks me to at the soul level. Thats never happened before.

Now even with ALL THAT, I wouldn't buy a full bottle of this stuff, Not because I hate it, but because of the reaction I had.

A scent, any scent is something that should make you feel good. Man this one does..a little too much so! But it also puts me in a place of melancholy which isn't bad, but isn't great either. While wearing this I don't feel in control, the scent is what is controlling me.

The scent dosen't make me feel on top of the world, it dosen't make me feel La Femme Nikta or anything like that. I feel, sort of inferior to wear such a great scent, but even so, I'm drawn to the allure of it.

This is not a scent for those who don't have an open mind. Thats really required to enjoy this scent to its fullest.

Anyway I won't wax poetic, not exactly my style but this scent will make you want to try!

Sep
30
2011
alfarom
alfarom

Mona Di Orio's Oud is quite a complex composition but if you approach it expecting the usual sweet-medicinal accord that's typical of many occidental ouds you'll be seriously disappointed.

Oud's opening seems relatively fresh/transparent with citruses and osmanthus surrounded by a remarkable woody vibe. The oud is there but is enhanced in its complex "woody-freshness". The fragrance gradually evolves and darkens towards the drydown that is when the oud starts to seriously bite merging perfectly with ambergis and musk. In the latest phases the fragrance get bolder, deeper and, somehow, closer to the pungent oud we westerners are used to but still nowhere similar to Montale's or whatever occidental oud I have experienced.

IMO this is a solid composition and, possibly, one of the most realistic "oriental ouds" around but it seems that for the same price you can buy some real oud oil, and we all know that nothing is like the real thing.

Extremely pricey.

Rating: 8/10

Sep
16
2011

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