You get some floral hints and some soapiness (my guess the aldehydes) and it gets more leathery by the minute with some smokiness peaking through. The best word for me is still strange. I’m not sure if I like it or not, I can certainly say at this moment I find it strange but I’m still not sure this strangeness is going to be something I’ll like or not.
With time, it gets more floraly sweet and the leather feel subsides, until the perfume reveals its happy side and leaves you wondering if what you smelled in the beginning was real or not. That also seems to be a recurring theme for me with Mona di Orio’s perfumes.
In the end, I’m left with the most things I can identify, the drydown smells of rose, musk, amber, something green as well and I’m completely at ease. And then I can’t help myself and I start all over to check if the beginning was really as strange as I remember it. And yes, it was. 🙂
Notes: orange flower, cardamom, ginger, orange guinee, Olibanum, cinnamon, tuberose, sandalwood, clove, cedarwood, Amber, leather, musk, tonka
Luckyscent describes it as dirty, dark and delicious and I can’t help but wonder if we are smelling the same thing. I can agree with delicious part after a while but dark and dirty escape me. Which also makes me wonder if I’m way down on the dirty road…
I find the opening strange again. And when I say strange, I actually mean strange enough that I cannot say exactly what I’m smelling – a leathery variant of some white flower? I’m not really sure, there are some similiraties with Chamarre but only so far as I think I smell leather. And then, there are some almondy aspects to it, which could be wrong, but was the best I could come up with. After a while it gets more florally sweet but I still cannot tease out cinnamon. And I usually get cinnamon as I love it very much and have no problem smelling it.
But in these two perfumes, the notes are so well blended that I would be lying when I said I smell this and that. The best I can do is say that after the initial strangeness, I get some piquancy (which I’m guessing is cardamom) and then it takes the road toward more of the white flowers and starts getting lusher (in a tropical way) and that is pretty much it for me.
With both of these, I’m not really sure in the beginning where the road will take me, but boy, do I get a reward for being bold and patient!
Notes and pic by: http://www.luckyscent.com/