Oudh Osmanthus (Oud) by Mona di Orio 2011


Post by Portia


Hey there Fragrant Family,

I can’t remember exactly but I think it may have been 2013 and Jin, my BFF Kath and I were in Melbourne for the weekend and we dropped by Peony Melbourne for a sniff and a chat with proprietor Jill. The shop is lovely, loads of choice and there were so many fun things to sniff. We went to the Mona di Orio section because Violette Fumee had just been released and I was dying to get my sniff on it. It was right then that Jin started to get excited, he’d just spritzed Oud (now called Oudh Osmanthus). By far the most expensive in the Mona di Orio stable at that time and way out of his budget, but he was smitten. I heard about Oud quite a bit over the next couple of months.

Oudh Osmanthus (Oud) by Mona di Orio 2011

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Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Pettigrain, green mandarin, elemi
Heart: Nagarmotha, patchouli, osmanthus
Base: Oud, Atlas cedar, musk, ambergris

So what I did was buy Jin a 10ml decant in a split well in advance of our anniversary thinking it would be an excellent amount to test with, which hadn’t arrived a week out. PANIC! So I ordered him a FB which arrived on the day. PHEW! When the split finally arrived I used it a couple of times and put it aside, where it has sat ever since. I recently found it while cleaning.

How does it smell? The softest, most sueded of ouds, a resinous opening both warm and herbally earthy. The barnyard is not in your face but beyond the line of some trees, they are flowering and have a fruity/white floral scent that could be jasmine and ylang or could be mango and banana. It’s heady and intoxicating stuff yet manages to retain a winsome primness, quite the dichotomy.

The oud smells expensive, and in a market saturated that is saying something. Mona di Orio’s Oud is a cool classiness, a restrained power, an elegant sufficiency but no more. Yet again Mona di Orio creates a fragrance that is less about its name than the notes combining to create a ring efftect. Imagine that you have a large perfect emerald cut cognac diamond and around it the jeweller has cleverly set a mass of tiny yellow topaz: the topaz serves to give the diamond depth and highlight its deep burnished lustre. The whole piece becomes even more beautiful.

Further reading: Olfactoria’s Travels and EauMG
Peony Melbourne has Oud $525/100ml with FREE Australian shipping
Parfum1 has Oudh Osmanthus $395/75ml (Currently $395 is AUD$548)
Surrender To Chance has Oudh Osmanthus samples starting at $6/.5ml

Want to try it? See below.
Portia xx

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Mona di Orio Oud Giveaway


This week we will have 3 winners who will receive:
1 x 2ml Oud by Mona di Orio sample
P&H Anywhere in the world


Open to everyone worldwide who follows AustralianPerfumeJunkies via eMail, WordPress, Bloglovin or RSS. Please leave how you follow in the comments to be eligible. I must be able to check that you follow so if you have an email address on your gravatar that’s different to your follow address then please email me (portia underscore turbo @ yahoo dot com dot au) so I know. Yes, you can start following to enter, in fact it’s encouraged.

You must tell me how you follow APJ


Please tell us a Mona di Orio you’d like to try, or one you own and why you love it

Extra Chance?
Tweet: Oud by Mona di Orio GIVEAWAY http://wp.me/p3PURw-4n1  


Entries Close Sunday 11th October 2015 10pm Australian EST and winners will be announced in a separate post.
Winner will be chosen by random.org
The winner will have till Thursday 15th October 2015 to get in touch (portia underscore turbo at yahoo dot com dot au) with their address or the prize will go to someone else.
No responsibility taken for lost or damaged goods in transit.

32 thoughts on “Oudh Osmanthus (Oud) by Mona di Orio 2011

  1. Those bottles look amazing, I bet they feel lovely to hold! I have always wanted to try Cuir…but Oud Osmanthe sounds intriguing too. I follow by email.


  2. I follow by e mail and these fragrances are not available in my country ,so it would be great to sample any of them.I hear and read only great things about Mona di Orio fragrances.


  3. Hi,

    I follow APJ via email.

    I love MdO vanille… Very complex, mature vanilla fragrance. Full bottle worthy.

    I’ve been wanting to try their Oud for a long long time.

    Thanks a lot for the chance 🙂


  4. Hi! I follow APJ through email. I would love to try Eau Absolue because it is in the citrus family and sounds very lovely. I read all of the descriptions and would love to be able to sniff each and every one.


  5. I own MdO Vanille. I love the odd, greenish note in the top that’s not quite like any other vanilla I’ve run across.
    I follow via email.


  6. I own a number of the Mona fragrances, including the old Amytis which is a great mossy forest floor scent. I find her fragrances challenging, but worth the effort.

    I follow by email.


  7. Mona di Orio Vanille is my favorite! Very complex, mature spicy smoky woody boozy vanilla. Full bottle worthy. I’d love to try more of her compositions!
    Oudh Osmanthus sounds amazing, thanks for the draw
    I follow on e-mail


  8. Gladly following by email.

    Haven’t sampled any Mona di Orio, but would most like to try Violette Fumee.

    So sad that such a wonderful talent died so young. Even though I wasn’t yet far into the rabbit hole, I literally felt I’d been punched in the stomach when I read of her untimely death.

    Thanks for the draw offer.


  9. I loved the review, especially the comparison with the emerald cut cognac diamond.

    I always wanted to try Vanille by Mona di Orio and many of the other creations I read about. Judging by the notes Vanille could be a favorite.

    I follow via e-mail and I also tweeted!

    Thank you very much! Wish you all the best!


  10. Thanks for the review. I follow via e-mail. I would love to try osmanthus. I own nuit noire of MdO. IMO this is one of the sexiest fragrances ever made. It’s animalic sparkling deeply dark musky leather. MdO is a really high quality house with great scents.


  11. Hey gorgeous Portia, I’ve got about 5 ml of this and I love it (so please don’t enter me). Though I disagree with you about where the barnyard is. For me it’s not beyond the trees, I’m definitely standing in it for the first hour. Not office friendly at that stage, so you could walk to work or terrorise people on public transport on the way to work and arrive in time for no-one to suspect anything except that you’re wearing something lovely.

    Of all the MdOs I’ve tried, I’d suggest ‘complex’ is the best description. I also think there are similarities in feel between this line and Neela Vermeire.

    Jin has fabulous taste ?


  12. I haven’t had the chance to try any from this line so I appreciate the opportunity! The one that most intrigues me would be Nuit Noir. Maybe someday 🙂 They are a little pricey for me. I follow via email.


  13. Follow you guys via email!
    I have Mona di orio Vanille decant and it’s a fascinating scent. I’d like to try the Cuir one too. Other than that I’m not so sure about Mona. Super limited distribution and high prices :/


  14. i follow by email.i remember really wanting to try violette fumee when it was released.i havn’t sniffed anything from this line.this oud sounds delish.thanks for the comp!! : )


  15. My no-new-samples period is officially over; I need distraction. The only MdO I’ve tried is Vanille, which surprised me. I need to dig out my sample to re-try. Oud Osmanthus and Nuit Noire are the two others I’d most like to try. I follow with Bloglovin, when it’s behaving.

    Jin is a lucky man. xxx


  16. Predictable as ever, I’d love to try Violette Fumee, lovely as all the Mona di Orio frags sound. Will I ever tire of violets? Never!! 🙂
    I follow by email.
    Thanks Portia.


  17. wow, this has really gotten me intrigued in Oud..i was really expecting it to be quite skanky since i have the Cuir from the line and it is extremely ashy….thanks for the draw. I follow APJ through email and i am in the US


  18. Jin has great taste (obviously).

    I have a sample of Mona di Orio Vetyver. I love it, but only have a tiny bit, so I wear it very rarely. I’d love to go FB on that one.

    I follow via email.


  19. Dear Portia and other members at Australianperfumejunkies,

    I have… 9 Mona di Orio perfumes : Lux, Nuit Noire, Amyitis, Oiro, Vanille, Vétyver, Ambre, Musc, Eau Absolue (for the moment…)

    I LOVE all of them, but my 6 “more beloved” ones are (in this order) : Oiro, Vanille, Nuit Noire, Vétyver, Amyitis, Ambre

    Please note that I quite dislike the new packagings, too much “bling-bling” and not very practical too ; moreover, when you order online, they arrive in 2 pieces because the cap doesn’t stay on the bottle, and it arrives with lots of scratches above the cap grrrrrrrrrrr !!

    Following by email,



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