Les Nombre’s D’Or: Vanille by Mona Di Orio 2011

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Les Nombres d`Or: Vanille by Mona di Orio 2011

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Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Petitgrain, clove, rum, bitter orange
Heart: Vetiver, sandalwood, guaiac wood, ylang-ylang
Base: Amber, tonka bean, vanille, tolu balsam, leather, musk

The box and bottle are the first things you notice about Vanille. They are both so beautiful, sturdy, hefty and both also have a feeling that the creator is fueled by an ascetic of simple, elegant, design and longevity, this lovely glass brick and lid is completed by the useless but interesting, and intrinsic to its look of utter completeness, wire cage and ring pull. I find myself reaching for the joy of the box and bottle as much as I do for the juice inside, which is no less lovely, complete, designed and created.

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Before doing this review I had not looked at a note list except in passing in preparation for my purchase after going through a decant at light speed. When I saw a nearly full bottle being sold very reasonably on facebook I jumped on it. Since its arrival it has had the second most skin time of any fragrance in my wardrobe and I reach for it even more often without spritzing, just to enjoy its whole beauty. So it was quite a surprise to come back now and find that loads of people are talking about the amazing top note of bitter orange, which I now completely get. Ha ha ha the joke is on me, I had NO IDEA. My nose gave me only the spicy, fizzy, citrus like clove and some booze on a sweet vanilla and amber. I knew there was much more and the smokiness, earth and woods were more like the dying embers of a BarBQ for me than specifics. I felt the darkness, soared with the sensual ylang and dug down into the grounding vetiver without knowing what or why, Vanille is beyond lovely. It’s interesting, full of twists and turns that unexpectedly jump somewhere new but through it all I find it wearable, unchallenging, accessible and comfortable.

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Surprisingly Vanille is becoming my comfortable jeans and favourite hoody. I have sometimes said a fragrance feels like a hug, this is a bear hug under a blanket with the one you love on a rainy day where you have cancelled all plans and have oodles of yummy leftovers and an endless supply of delicious teas, coffee and hot chocolate, and LOADS of Ferrero Rocher. I can wear it to slum, dine, relax, go out and stay home sniffing the story. I urge you to try Vanille and then come tell me if you enjoyed it. It’s pretty enough to gift a non perfumista and intriguing enough to keep a hard core perfumista entertained for hours.

EXTRA: I did a side by side throw down of Vanille MdO and Vanille Absolument L’Artisan the other day. The MdO is more interesting and has a better journey but the L’Artisan is warm amber, vanilla and booze all the way through, it’s richer, grander and sticks like glue in a very linear progression. Of the two I still find MdO a more relaxed and comfortable fit but L’Artisan has done an excellent job if you are thinking about grabbing it before it disappears forever.

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Further reading: Olfactoria’s Travels takes us beautifully through the scent and Scents Of Self talks of Mona di Orio.
Parfum1 has $230/100ml (and I tell you to join their mailing list for the 20% Discount coupons that come every so often)
Surrender To Chance starts at $7/ml

Have you tried the Mona di Orio scents? Which did you like? Do you have a favourite vanilla other than this? I love them and want to know more.

See you tomorrow,
Portia xx

28 thoughts on “Les Nombre’s D’Or: Vanille by Mona Di Orio 2011

  1. I’m entranced with this scent. Every time I go back to it I find some new turn. Ginza over at Theblacknarcissus.com just did a review of it too, and his take was very different but equally interesting. I can imagine people disliking this perfume, but it is hard for me to imagine anyone not admiring its artistry. To me it is contemplative, almost mystical, a jewel among my comfort vanillas and sexy vanillas.


  2. I love MdO Vanille as well as several others from the Nombres d’Or series. I don’t buy many perfumes (yeah, right, you say, but I mean in a format other than a 1 ml sample), but I bought the whole boxed mini series of the Nombres d’Or. Vanille and Oud are my favorites. Neither one is what the name would imply, but both are unique and inspiring.


  3. I simply adore this fragrance. Of all of the vanilla’s I’ve sampled, this stands out as one of my top favorites. It’s gently spicy and the deep vanilla is so well done. It is warm and cozy, actually becoming the most sensual skin scent very early on. I am saving up so that I can purchase a bottle of this lovely elixir.


  4. This is my favorite from MdO.
    I totally get her picture about the sailing ship filled with vanilla and spices, and sailors drinking rum.
    It always makes me think of Treasure Island!


  5. I love MdO Vanilla. I love lots of vanillas, but my other vanilla favourites would have to be SL Un Bois Vanille and SDV. And oh, also Fragonard Fleur Vanille.

    Vanilla Absolument doesn’t smell anywhere as good as MdO V on me. To me it smells kind of musty and off somehow, but as always I need to give it a few more goes before I can say I definitely don’t like it.


    • SDV, gah!, so luscious. I very much like SL Un Bois Vanille. I also like Vanilla Absolument, but the mustiness you describe does not come out when I wear it. It takes a while to develop on my skin and reminds me of a lightened up, slightly more floral version of TF Tobacco Vanille. I don’t know, that’s just what went through my mind when I wore it. I have tried so many vanilla’s and it’s sort of hard for me to pick a favorite, but another one I really like is ALOF’s What We Do In Paris is Secret – it has that tobaccoey undertone in it as well and the dry down is gorgeous.


  6. I love the whole line and would be happy with an fb of almost everything . . . maybe not Rose Étoile de Hollande. It’s not that I didn’t like it, I just didn’t really find it as memorable. Hands down though it’s Mona’s Oud for me!


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