Les Nombres d’Or Musc by Mona di Orio 2010

Hi There My Lovelies,

Mona di Orio has long been in my adore list, her strikingly stark and beautiful face, fragrances that can make me tear up because they are so beautiful and tragic death all mark her house with a patina of magic. Just recently my friend Birgit from Olfactoria’s Travels was having a bit of a clear-out and I snaffled this much coveted and super elegant bottle from her.

Les Nombres d’Or Musc by Mona di Orio 2010

Musc Mona di Orio FragranticaPhoto Stolen Fragrantica

Fragrantica gives these featured accords in one line:
Neroli, angelica, rose, heliotrope, tonka bean, musks

With the sad fact that I am repeating myself firmly in mind: These bottle are FREAKING gorgeous. They feel good in your hand and spritz a good amount of fragrance, the whole feeling is luxe and elegant, feels reminiscent of Hollywood glamour but looks bang up to date. Anyone who tells you packaging and presentation mean nothing has never held a Mona di Orio bottle, they exalt the experience.

One of the things I love about Musc is that some of the musks are completely beyond my ability to smell so there are times when I get musk and times when it is a soft floral. So powdery and ethereal one minute and then sheer but hefty and slightly worn the next. This is a friendly, fluffy and sweet biker. Maybe a prim but tough girl/woman, or maybe cuddly and playful but with teeth and claws that come out when needed (See below picture)

Musc Mona di Orio Fluffy Tough DeviantArtPhoto Stolen DeviantArt

Musc is all these things, and none of course, when I wear it I feel powerful, plush and pampered. Comfortable and wearable at any time, like a big wooly cashmere rug that is both warmth and solace.

The nearest feeling I can give you is when the crew go out for Chinese at our favourite restaurant, the time when we are sitting at the bar having a drink, enjoying the atmosphere and catching up while we wait for the stragglers to arrive. There is happiness and smiles, kisses and hugs, laughter and anticipation of a great meal. We know the food and service will be excellent and that someone (usually Jin lately) will tell a story that has us laughing till our sides hurt. My friends are all wonderful, generous, warm and fun business people who are clever and successful in their diverse fields, I am proud to be part of our gang and each one is very special to me. Sometimes in their work worlds they have to be tough to get the job done and none of us get a lot of down time. Musc is the warmth and linking of like minds having a good time, and the friendly, hopeful buzz of anticipation.

Musc has great longevity too, I’ll think it’s gone at about 5 hours but later I will get a sensual but clean-ish waft. If I wear Musc at night and put a couple of extra spritzes on then next morning it is beautiful and a little me-funky added in makes it sexy too.

fluffy cloud morningPhoto Stolen Thomas Leth-Olsen Flickr

Further reading: Olfactoria’s Travels and Candy Perfume Boy
Peony Melbourne has $230/100ml
LuckyScent has $230/100ml
First In Fragrance has €160/100ml
Surrender To Chance starts at $7/ml

Are you an MdO fan? are there any in the line that you have, or wish to have? Have you held one of the bottles? please, this is meant to be a conversation and I love to read your thoughts<
Till tomorrow,
Portia xx


22 thoughts on “Les Nombres d’Or Musc by Mona di Orio 2010

  1. Wearing her Oud today. Sometimes I love it and sometimes I cannot stand it. Same with the Vanille ……. bottles are fabulous. So I wear them sparingly and when in the mood. Will slowly work my way through the others. Damn pricey. xxx


    • Oh yes, I have the Vanille and Musc. I can’t tell you but there will be another joining our household tomorrow, Jin loves it and we hit 2 years on Monday. I think he’ll be pleased.
      Portia xx


  2. The only Mona that I have a full bottle of is the Vanille. I love the scent, love to fondle the bottle, love everything about it. Honestly, though, I don’t feel driven to have a full bottle of any of the others. The Mona Oud is extraordinary, a real work of art in my view, but it is so expensive that I only wear it when I’m more or less at leisure and can admire its development frequently. There are some complex and beautiful perfumes that fit well into my daily life; Trayee is a good example. But the Oud doesn’t seem to be like that. It takes effort and attention to wear it.


    • Heya FeralJasmine,
      Vanille is incredible too, yes I’m on board.
      I completely hear you and your problem with Oud, it is so elegant and intricate that you want to be fully present to see the story unfold on your skin. Jin couldn’t care less about the story and just thinks it smells good so he is THRILLED with his bottle. I will be stealing some for myself too.
      Portia xx


  3. I’m happy Musc found such a good home half a world away. I love it and only sold it because I get bad allergy flare-ups when I wear it. 😦
    Beautiful review, I love how you describe your circle of friends, it sounds like family.
    Mona’s bottles truly are among the best and I totally agree with you: a great bottle enhances the whole perfume experience a thousandfold.
    Many hugs and congratulations to you and Jin on the upcoming anniversary! xoxox
    P.S. email me with your Europe itinerary when you have it!


    • Hey there Birgit!!
      Musc is most happy here and I have been spritzing with abandon. I am so lucky that my friends really are my family, we share everything like a family: ups/downs/celebration/commiseration/life/space/lives. It is wonderful.
      Thanks for the congrats but it’s been so joyful and easy that I feel they are unearned. We are locking everything down for Europe right now, staying at the Royal again in Vienna and I can’t wait to see you. You will get to meet Michael from APJ too. Dates coming as available.
      Hugs back,
      Portia xx


  4. Hi Portia, great review! It’s so tragic that she died so young, her scents are so unusual, there’s always a surprise note or two you’re not expecting. I have a decant of Ambre which I absolutely love, and Violet is on the way, can’t wait to try that one! I found a shop in Leura a few months ago that had a great niche range, including a couple of the earlier Mona releases. Wish I’d paid more attention to them, I got a bit overwhelmed with everything else!


  5. This is such a pretty scent and you describe it beautifully. I ordered a discovery pack some time ago and the 3 I loved the most are Musc, Amber and Oud. I am not an Oud kind of girl and I think hers is spectacular … with a price to match, sadly. How lovingly you speak of your friends. I feel the same way about mine. We are blessed.
    Ok, must go and glam it up … my dear friends are taking me out for a birthday dinner and at my age it takes me a little while longer to “clean up nicely.” Tee hee! You’ve inspired me to wear the lovely MdO Oud tonight.
    And I wish you and Jin a very Happy Anniversary, dahhling …:-)


    • Thank you CC,
      It is an ongoing 4 days of celebration, though really we love any excuse to have a good feed and friends around. Jin has been wearing his Oud for the last day and a half after he opened his bottle so you two have been matching. Excellent!!
      With MdOs amber I felt that I already had too many great ambers in the collection so I couldn’t justify owning it.
      Portia xx


  6. Oh, what a lovely review…. 🙂 xx

    This seems to tick all the boxes, gorgeous bottle (love the champaign wire around the stopper), great scent, lovely imagery. And there is a violet, and an amber? OOooooooo! Further investigation required…

    xx Tina


  7. Beaut description of friendship Portia. Not sure about the twisted wine wire on the bottle but I have not seen it in real life. Many Happy Returns and lots of Soju for your looming anniversary. You two are almost Vintage!


    • You are so sweet Jordan, that YOU for being my friend. I learn so much from you and I think the wire cage on the MdO lid is part of its luxe-ness.
      Portia xx


  8. Did you buy the Violette? I just got my bottle, squee!!!! I smelled the Musc a few years ago but all I got was baby powder on me, same with the Amber. But I have and love Oud, Jabu, Oiro, Chamarré and Cuir. I am happy to hear they will be reintroducing the original line, I want Nuit Noire to add to the collection as well. Congrats in advance on your 2 year anniversary and have a fabulous trip to Europe!


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