Id by Mendittorosa (Odori d’Anima) 2012


Post by Val the Cookie Queen


When my kids were very young they used to make “gift”. “Gift” is the German word for poison. They would use a glass jar and run around the house filling it with all kinds of things. Dishwashing liquid, soap powder, ketchup, flour, salt, pepper, honey, chocolate sauce, jam, and who knows what else. They would hide the jars somewhere on our balcony and wait a couple of days to see what would happen. As far as I remember they caught a few unlucky wasps, and the stuff bubbled up into a gooey mess, which I had to clean up. They have not gone on to create any fragrances.

Stefania Squeglia used to do something similar. Except we can call these olfactory experiments. Stefania would fill her glass jars with flower petals, water and women´s perfumes. She would hide the jars in the dark and wait a while to discover the fragrant results of her combinations, to see how the “odours” had changed.

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It was during a trip to Stromboli Island in 2011 that these memories were reawakened and served to inspire Stefania Squeglia to begin her creative career. “Mendittorosa Odori d’Anima” was born. The island is situated off the north coast of Sicily and has one of three active volcanoes in Italy, The Stromboli Volcano is the cornerstone of Stefania´s ideas, and influences her concepts and scents.

Menditorrosa is an Italian niche perfume house. There are five Mendittorosa perfumes, all extrait de parfum.

TRILOGY “For all things in life, there is a beginning and there is an end. But the end can also mark a new beginning.”

Alfa. Omega. Id. These three fragrances have been created to wear separately or combined.

NORTH AND SOUTH “Each north has it´s south, and each south, it´s north. Two opposites longing for completeness.”

North. South. These too can be worn alone or layered.

Id by Mendittorosa (Odori d’Anima) 2012

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Mendittorosa gives these featured accords:
Top: Ravensara
Heart: Jasmine, Iris
Base: Birch, Oud, Labdanum, Cinnamon

I would not be comfortable writing about each one of the fragrances as one needs a good length of time to feel what the perfumer intends.
I chose to spend a few days wearing “Id” as I felt an immediate attraction to the concept of this perfume. The locals of Stromboli Island refer to the volcano as “Iddu” from which Stefania named this perfume. This was the fragrance that first brought Mendittorosa to life. I lived on a volcanic island in the Atlantic for 2 years and love the idea of a perfume that has been inspired from volcanic surrounds. “Id” was launched in 2012.

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“Id” is an oriental. The notes include ravensara, jasmine, iris, birch, oud, labdanum and cinnamon. I had to look up ravensara and you can too. It is a plant that grows in Madagascar and I was not familiar with it. Don´t be put off by the oud (!) or any other note that you may think you don´t care for. This is so beautifully formulated that no one note is dominant. It is very warm and I found it to be energizing. It unfolds over several hours and ends up being quite musky. Good for guys and gals. And the bottles are stunning.

I wanted to check these out at the Esxence last month, but didn´t get the chance. I am extremely grateful to “Aus Liebe Zum Duft” (First in Fragrance) who rectified that and took the time to send me samples of the Mendittorosa collection.

Mendittorosa has a new perfume in the pipeline. “Le Mat”. One to look out for.

First in Fragrance has €185/100ml and samples
Surrender To Chance has samples starting at $4/.5ml

The Mendittorosa Collection is available in a number of countries in Europe, a couple of places in the US, Kuwait and Saudia Arabia.
They will soon be available from Mendittorosa.

Did you hear of these or try any in the line yet?

Have a good week.


22 comments on “Id by Mendittorosa (Odori d’Anima) 2012

  1. Val, we did that too! but didn’t hide them – our mother would totally freak out.
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    • cookie queen says:

      Well, I always shuddered when I saw them emptying out the fridge, cupboards, hazardous chemical cupboard etc ……. but we are all still here! <3

  2. Sabine says:

    I tried Omega and South last week at Jovoy in Paris. I liked them, but not more. Omega is very woody and South apparently contains a warm bread note which is lovely but ultimately one of those things I like, but don’t want to smell on my skin. I didn’t know that the scents are meant to be layered, would have loved to try that. Jovoy are doing their 5x5ml sample box again, with a much reduced number of frags, but the Mendittorosa’s are included. 6 Euros each. Shipping is expensive outside of France, but if you’re not able to get the scents anywhere it’s worth doing.
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    • Sabine says:

      And sorry for horrible apostrophe error. Painful, I know.
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      • cookie queen says:

        Hahahaha. I am not the Apostrophe Police, although it would be a very lucrative job, especially here in Austria. I can only agree wholeheartedly with you regarding Omega and South. The North was rather lovely though. But after
        Rozy …………… Nice to see you Sabine. Love Val xxx

  3. Azar says:

    Hi Cookie,
    I can never be put off by good oud. That bottle is so COOL too!
    Azar xx

  4. I haven’t tried it yet but, I love the bottle, that’s a good enough reason for me to put it on my try list! 🙂
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  5. Maya says:

    Hi Val. I hadn’t heard of this line at all. Sounds interesting. Loved your opening for this post. I was thinking “make ‘gift'”? – then saw German and went “oh, poison”. My mother was German.

    • cookie queen says:

      High Thinkingmagpie. Yeah – my kids have always mixed their languages. Shouldn´t, but it´s so hard not too. “We´re making gift – hurray!!” xxx

  6. Tara says:

    Thanks for the heads-up on this new to me brand, Val.

    I must remember not to accept a “gift” in German 🙂

    Bet your kids loved reading “George’s Marvellous Medicine”.

    Which volcanic island in the Atlantic? I know you did me a run down of location by date, but I’m afraid I don’t recall this one.

    • cookie queen says:

      Oh yes. George´s Marvellous Medicine. Indeed. Azores. Teceira. Not too many have visited that island!! Yep! New brand. Nudge nudge, wink wink, xxxxx

  7. poodle says:

    I used to try to make perfumes by mixing perfumes in a paper cup. It never turned out too well. I don’t recall making poison.

  8. Ines says:

    Yes, I’m going to have to google ravensara but otherwise, all the notes sound appealing to me.
    And I really like the concept.
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  9. Katrina says:

    We used to make poison too but it was with bits and pieces from the garden.

    • cookie queen says:

      Hi Katrina!! Yep – I guess it´s a fun ting to do. I don´t remember doing it. I don´t guess my mum would have allowed me to do what my kids did. I didn´t really care because it usually gave me at least an hour´s peace. Haha! <3 Hugs. xxx

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