Mona di Orio: Jabu and Amyitis

I still can’t believe how quickly I dismissed Mona di Orio perfumes when I first tried them some year and a half ago. Although honestly, at that point, I don’t think my nose was able to appreciate them.  I certainly notice changes in what I like in perfume and the fact that I smell more just makes me want to write about it less because it doesn’t feel like I can give them the words they deserve. Which is stupid because writing about them actually helps me form more coherent thoughts on them and remeber them more vividly (those I write about).

Anyway, I’m taking my time this time around and I’m taking a leisurely walk through Mona di Orio samples. There and back again (I sound like I came from the Lord of the Rings). 🙂

First off, I have to say I smelled these without the notes and wrote down my thoughts. Then I went to check the notes and got completely discouraged by the list. 


Notes: Brazilian orange flower, South African petitgrain, Manoi oil, Rose damascena, Comores ylang-ylang, Santal amyris, Siamese Benzoin, plum, myrrh

The name is totally apt (basically meaning happy). If there is one thing this perfume manages to convey, it’s definitely happiness.
For me it starts sweet and neroli/jasmine-like smelling. As you can see, I’m close. 🙂 It’s like you took L’Artisan’s Vanilia and put some white flowers over it. Absolutely wonderful and slightly intoxicating in a way that makes you feel happy and smiling. I kept thinking that the sweet vanilla aspects smelled like they were mixed with some coconut, but then I saw manoi oil and benzoin, and there was my answer.
I don’t really think you can describe this in words well enough to transfer the warm scent wafting from my wrist. It’s warm flowers, warmed by the sun, amid coconut trees. God, I really need a bottle of this. It’s instant smile on your face with a bit more serious drydown. It gets you from feeling happy and smiling, into more mature happiness, where you know you are not always going to feel like this but that’s fine, otherwise you wouldn’t be able to appreaciate the real deal when it happened.


Notes:caraway, savory, capsicum, green leaves, iris, violet, gaiac wood, cedar of Virginia, saffron, opoponax, moss, amber

That caraway thing keeps cropping up and I still have no idea what it smells like. Well, actually I think I do now that I smelled it in several places and couldn’t place it.  If it doesn’t work any other way, then the method of elimination is what I’m left with. The thing is it gets translated into Croatian as cumin which isn’t it (and some googling ensured me it doesn’t smell the same either).
Now that I got that cleared in my mind, Amyitis starts for me as smelling like leathery roots. Well, more like suede roots. You know, that iris-earthy combo that spells smelling of roots. And violet sometimes evokes suede for me (probably in combination with something else but I haven’t taken it so far yet).

I read the Luckyscent description and got discouraged again. Cucumber and mint? Can’t say I got that impression. Although I can smell some sweetness I associate with mint notes but very faintly. 

Honestly, I have no idea why I like this one so much. If I were to guess by the notes, I’d be very iffy regarding the possibility of me liking this. It’s a bit strange, hard to pin down and describe, but so very intriguing. It has that green, rooty thing going on that I pretty much always like but it’s not obvious and it’s just one of the things going on, most easy for me to get so that’s why I’m highlighting it.
So, now I have both good and bad news. Good news is that Mona di Orio perfumes are available in Zagreb. The bad news is, they are not very economically approachable – especially if you realize you like more than one. 😉
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6 thoughts on “Mona di Orio: Jabu and Amyitis

  1. Bloody Frida December 8, 2010 at 04:16 Reply

    Amytis sounds wonderful!


  2. Angela Cox December 8, 2010 at 09:26 Reply

    I love Amytis too but all I can say being no great nose is that it is earthy and green and very unusual.


  3. Ines December 8, 2010 at 12:54 Reply

    BF, it seems Amyitis is the one getting more attention. And I absolutely adore Jabu. Amyitis doesn't seem to evoke such instant love, more like a desire to get to know it more and find out its mysteries. Which is a pretty good way to make you want it. 🙂


  4. Ines December 8, 2010 at 12:56 Reply

    Angely, unusual is a very true description. :)I still lack the right words to describe it.


  5. Nina Z December 10, 2010 at 01:51 Reply

    Caraway is that tiny black seed that is in seeded rye bread, which should be available in your part of the world. Once you smell it in the bread, you won't forget it!


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