Tubéreuse by Mona di Orio 2011


Post by TinaG


Whilst first wearing Mona di Orio’s Tubéreuse I must admit I was confused. It really wasn’t the “tuberose” fragrance that I had expected to find….

Tubéreuse by Mona di Orio 2011

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Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Pink pepper, green notes, bergamot
Heart: Tuberose, benzoin, heliotrope
Base: Musk, amber, coconut, milk, cashmeran

Tubéreuse opens with a flash of floral milkiness. This quickly changes to an enticing sweet pink pepper with a shadowy smoky bergamot lifting and supporting it. The scent shifts and changes rapidly in the first 10 minutes, slowly settling into a light fresh green accord. I can smell a warm and slightly waxy scent, like coconut water, translucent and milky. The greenness draws a linear thread through the life of the scent as a supporting anchor point. There is a gentle powder which joins the flow at about 1 hour and it stays this way during the dry down. So fresh, peppery, floral, clean, milky, waxy – I realised this fragrance is a study of the tuberose flower itself.

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I found my thoughts being drawn back to evenings where I’ve had bunches of tuberose in the house. Tuberose is “night-blooming”, in that the bloom’s fragrance intensifies during the early evening to night. The time of transition to twilight is a treasure. If I can resist switching a light on, instead maybe lighting a candle, with some quiet background tunes, and may or may not have a glass of chilled white wine – it’s lovely to sit for a while letting my thoughts ramble in whatever direction they take me.

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The scent of real tuberose at this time of day is quite simply stunning. Its fragrance edges into the consciousness, bringing thoughts back to the present and reminding that it is this moment, this time, which is precious. It reminds me of the novel “Island” by Aldous Huxley – in a fictitious country where the inhabitants recognise the importance of the ‘conscious self’, taking a step back from your thoughts to be able to see more clearly. The islanders had trained mynah birds to call out “Attention”, and “Here and Now” at random intervals as a reminder to bring one’s self back to the moment. The growing intensity of tuberose scent at twilight has this same effect – the headiness is all encompassing and so beautiful, why wouldn’t you just want to breathe deeply, silently watching as the day fades to calmness, and colours start to drain away into grey-blues and blacks.

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It was at this point whilst wearing Tubéreuse that I realised I was experiencing the work of a master artist. Mona di Orio has captured the impression of night-blooming tuberose with a deeply profound and exquisite skill. There is an expression, that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Trying to dissect and analyse Tubéreuse you could definitely identify the parts, but that’s not the story, not the whole picture, and certainly not the limit of its boundaries. The fragrance has a three-tiered connection with me now – the practical identification of notes, a reminiscence of the quiet times, and the deeper meditative space that the ‘present’ can provide. I’m grateful for that journey.

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How many of you have tried the MdO Tubéreuse? Or any of her scents? Did you love them or not?

Tina G

22 thoughts on “Tubéreuse by Mona di Orio 2011

  1. I love MdO’s Tubereuse. It may be my favourite. We had a mynah bird when I was a kid. It lived in the petrol station my parents had. It could say a lot of things, but the best was its copy of air breaks – the exact same sound the lorrries made when they pulled up to the pump. A random childhood story …..
    Great review. All the MdO’s are worth investing time in. Hugs xxx


    • Hi Val, Tubereuse is my favourite for sure, although I also have full & partial bottles of Cuir, Nuit Noire and Lux now too. I’m grateful for the discovery set, great way of getting to know the line.

      Love the mynah story. Air brakes, hey? Cheeky little thing! Not the same bird but I once stayed in a B&B that had a parrot that mimicked their land line telephone perfectly. If an animal can look smug, this one did when people raced in to the room to pick up the phone …

      Hope you’re keeping well. x Tina


  2. I haven’t tried any of the Mona do Orio scents, but from what I’ve read many seem quite divine. I’m interested in this tuberose – I love the milky accord which is also quite prevalent in Do Son, which I adore. I didn’t get it as much in Nuit de Tubereuse and that one wasn’t as pleasant for me. These are my only real experiences with tuberose. Based on your review though, this could be a lovely winner too!


    • Hi Sun Mi Fontaine, I just read your article on Do Son, sounded like you really loved that fab milky accord! You’ll probably find that the milkiness takes is more in the background for Tubéreuse but if you enjoy the fresh tuberose scents this ones is a must-try. Enjoy!

      Tina x


  3. I recently ordered a bunch of samples for Luckyscent. The main one I wanted to try was Mona di Orio Violette Fumee. I was amazed at how much I liked four of the samples and will try them further. Violette Fumeee however turned into rubber tires on my skin within about 20 seconds and stayed that way for hours. I will probably try Mona di Orio again to see if this was a fluke but with so many perfumes to try, she’s now waaaaay down on my list.


  4. Hi Maya, I was really keen to try Violette Fumee aswell, and so far it hasn’t really worked for me and I haven’t gone back to it to work out exactly why… I adore violet in fragrances generally so it’s a shame. I totally hear you re: fragrance priority testing! A constant ‘struggle’ – fun though! Maybe they’ll work their way back up to the top of the list sometime & you’ll find something you love.

    x Tina


    • I also love violet fragrances. Sorry Violette Fumee didn’t work for you either. Totally agree that finding those you love makes it all worth while as do those perfumes you really really like. It’s kinda like lovers and good friends. 😉


      • I’m thinking that I should give Violette Fumee another chance because I can’t really remember what didn’t work… Maybe I just rushed her a bit? Didn’t listen properly to what the fragrance was telling me? Humm…

        I thoroughly enjoy the extra dimensions that fragrance brings in to my life – and finding those special ones that really resonate are so precious. 🙂 T x


      • After smelling the Diptyque Violette candle recently I’ve been very interested in finding a violet scent (if the candle really smells like violet, that is – if not, any scent that smells like that candle!). The only I’ve tried so far (so very new to this perfume world) was Histoires de Parfum Blanc Violette which I didnt care for at all. Do either of you have some good violet recommendations for me??


      • Sun Mi, That’s actually a difficult question because what I’d recommend as my fave violet may not be easily accessible. For example, I’ve recently fallen for Guerlain’s Apres L’Ondee, the vintage 60’s version, which has a wonderful photorealistic violet and I’ve been told that violet note isn’t quite the same in later versions.

        So, for a really basic starter – If you have access to a department store, try Guerlain Insolence. If you have access to a chemist, try Yardley’s April Violets (can be hit or miss depending on how it’s been stored). Or there are a few online stores which do violet themed sample packs which are a good way of trying a number of frags all at once.

        Also do a web search on other violet reviews – there have been some amazing (and award winning) summaries undertaken which can be a great guide.

        Hope that helps. Have fun!! 🙂

        T x


    • Hi Sandra, I’ve really enjoyed investigating this line – and you’re right, so many beauties! Sydney is warming up nicely now – I suspect Tubereuse will be featuring strongly in my summer this year.

      Tina x


    • Hi Ellen, when I’ve been speaking to people about MdO I’ve been trying to encourage a wide range of testing – I find them beautiful and interesting. Tubereuse is gorgeous, definitely a stand out.

      Mind you… I tend to take this approach to testing with most lines! 😉

      Tina x


  5. I have tried Mona’s Tubereuse thanks to a sample from your good self, Tina! Thank you for that. I am huffing it now. It’s so darn pretty… I could definitely find a spot in my collection for a full bottle of this someday! I’ve smelled a few different tuberose-centric fragrances, and this is different again – certainly not the same kind of rubbery tuberose as found in Fracas, or the mentholated tuberose of TubCrim. I look forward to one day catching a whiff or two of some real tuberose flowers so I have a proper benchmark 🙂


  6. Hi Christine! Oh I was wondering who managed to pick that one up at the meet up – glad you’ve had a chance to try it. 🙂

    I am wearing Carnal Flower today – I don’t mind the funkier tuberoses either. Hum. “Don’t mind” is an understatement, “thoroughly enjoy” would be more accurate.

    Tuberose flowers are very seasonal, keep an eye out for them in late Feb/early March in Aus. Well worth the indulgence and enjoying them around the house. Delicious scent for warm evenings.

    Tina x


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