Serge Lutens La Vierge de Fer is proof that to know what something smells like, the perfume's name, description, and marketing materials often aren't enough. Serge Lutens's references to Les Demoiselles d'Avignon, medieval torture devices, and the "essential nature" of lilies probably won't...

Mona di Orio Eau Absolue will be available in 100 ml Eau de Parfum.

It's gentler and less insistent than Serge Lutens' take on a similar theme, Jeux de Peau, and I find it more of a true gourmand — they're equally sweet, but the Praliné is foodier — and by extension more of a comfort scent. It would be the perfect thing on a chilly fall evening. Parfumerie...

Tubéreuse ~ "This perfectly presented perfume from Mona di Orio, is more approachable than some of its femme fatale counterparts, but Tubereuse is wonderfully seductive nonetheless. Perfect for tuberose fans who want a lighter, friendlier, more verdant interpretation of the flower." With...

Holiday Display of the historic Fifth Avenue flagship boutique in New York City, created in the likeness of European theater boxes and inspired by Van Cleef & Arpels' newest High Jewelry Collection, Les Voyages Extraordinaires™. The statue conveys the idea of nature spirits, the ethereal and...

Mona di Orio Les Nombres d'Or Vanille for its ability to waken the nose to the green, woody aspects of the people's favorite, vanilla. Guerlain Arsène Lupin Dandy for a fragrance that, like Cary Grant, can go anywhere, anytime. Old loves rediscovered: Gosh, I love Rochas Femme. Sure, I can

@monadiorio 's Facebook page reports that Mona Dio Orio has passed away. No more details as yet. http://t.co/nzWCFMEg Luckyscent is getting Mary Greenwell Plum, yay! Hear it's great. (Thanks for the news, Kim) "A Canadian perfumer in Sweden" Ben Gorham of Byredo talks to the National Post...

As the fragrance wears, it warms and softens but still remains dense and almost telescoped, as many of Mona di Orio's fragrances do. A few times when I wore it, a buzz of something like jasmine floated above the fragrance's body, but not always. Violette Fumée lasts at least six hours on me...

Vivier's archives. The display evokes a 19th century museum, a 'cabinet de curiosités', that presents its 'exotic' artefacts within archetypal glass cases, giving the impression of walking down the alleys of the Louvre museum. Rather than being presented following a chronological...

For instance, last week's review of the new Mona di Orio Les Nombres d'Or was based on samples Robin diverted to me. (Now Smell This's sample policy is here.) Am I missing some good fragrances? Undoubtedly, but I don't know what else to do. I know there are some drugstore gems I've passed...

 

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