French niche line Serge Lutens will launch La Vierge de Fer (the iron maiden), a new addition to the exclusive line, in September. La Vierge de Fer was inspired by Picasso's picture Les Demoiselles d'Avignon (see above). The fragrance reportedly centers on lily; Lutens says it is "more...

How about with a perfumer? I asked Jeroen Oude Sogtoen, Mona di Orio's business partner, who continues to manage the perfume line. Of their business relationship, they referred to Mona as the business's "nose" and Jeroen Oude Sogtoen as the "eye" since he's responsible for the line's...

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.

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...

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

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...

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...

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...

@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...

 

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