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Carnation (2006)
by Mona di Orio


Carnation information

Year of Launch2006
GenderShared / Unisex
Average Rating
(based on 41 votes)

People and companies

HouseMona di Orio
PerfumerMona di Orio
PackagingJeroen Oude Sogtoen

About Carnation

Carnation is a shared / unisex perfume by Mona di Orio. The scent was launched in 2006 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Mona di Orio. The bottle was designed by Jeroen Oude Sogtoen

Carnation fragrance notes

Reviews of Carnation

This is a lovely, discontinued fragrance. Boozy floral, with a touch of citrus on top. Woodsy flower accord in the middle. Slightly skanky base. A friend had given me a small sample of this; it was enough to declare this a masterpiece.
11th March, 2018
rbaker Show all reviews
United Kingdom
Yes, I get carnation in the somewhat aldehyde-laden opening blast, but it is a dirty one with ample of bergamot and a woodsy-earthy undertone, like smelling the stems and leaves of a bunch of flowers. Jasmine, and ylang ylang come forward in the drydown with the carnation and some earth-green components alternating, as if one is sniffing the flowers and the stems alternatingly.

There is a styrax component in the background throughout most of this scent. In the base a not too heavy musk is added, with glimpses of the carnation are still present at times.

The performance is excellent with moderate sillage, good projection and a stunning thirteen hours of longevity on my skin. Made of high-quality ingredients it is very nice on a cooler spring day. 3.5/5
17th February, 2015
Yes, it seems we are dealing with a classic translucent Caron a la Bellodgia, namely with such a classically aldehydic, radiant, vaguely lacteous, intensely floral (white honeyed floral patterns) and romantic potion with a sort of buttery lip stick undertone. There is something "cosmetical" in the Carnation's aroma such like a floral detergent foam really perfumey and milky. Extremely sophisticated and hyper elegant in perfect french olfactory "Grandeur" style. The carnation is neither heady (I detect more an ylang-ylang/sambac jasmine connection, may be furthermore rose, iris or narcissus more than properly dianthus) nor typically sharp or green/rooty "lymphatic" being indeed (as combined with further floral patterns of the bouquet and creamy-powdery "pollution") somewhat lacteous, full of nectar, soapy, balmy and extremely luxurious in to an ambery/floral/musky/vanillic way. The initial bergamot as combined with aldehydes provides an unmistakable luxurious classic aura while final powdery woods are perfectly accessorial to aldehydes, balsams, amber and white floral patterns in to a refined modernly chypre accord retracing a classical old floral way. I find Carnation absolutely enjoyable and classy.
P.S= after a while, along the evolution, I detect more and more a carnation presence waving in the air as sophisticated floral spark. Any rancid feel, any leathery final vibe , just a great modern floral/balmy chypre with classic structure (sheer complex structure) and sensual voluptuousness.
04th July, 2014 (last edited: 01st November, 2014)
Genre: Floral

Don't let the name fool you. If you're looking for a typical carnation scent, all spices, Dianthus, and eugenol (clove oil), you've come to the wrong place. Yes, there's Dianthus (giroflee) in this fragrance, but it performs behind a veil of powdery musk, aldehydes, sweet amber, and white flowers - especially a soft, yet sultry jasmine. A creamy sandalwood serves as backdrop for the floral bouquet.

The overal impression is rich and "perfumey" in the manner of the grand old Guerlain scents, which could well have been Carnation's inspiration. It's lush and decadent, but still very dignified and proper, with its powdery base and soft aldehydes. I can give Carnation no better compliment than to say it smells as if it had been made nearly a century ago. Women (or very adventurous men) who enjoy the classic Caron and Guerlain scents may take very happily to this recent fragrance.
12th June, 2014
The opening is good: a bold, balanced, rich chypre, with an intriguing base comprising a leather/smoky note (the styrax, I guess) and an almost rancid fruity-rose note. A gloomy chypre with a powdery-vanilla violet side which smells almost like iris, nothin new but still quite good and elegant. Then, well, in a matter of seconds it all goes completely wrong, like when you are on the highway driving peacefully in a mellow, fast traffic flow and a car suddendly loses control and goes zig-zagging before smashing a pole. It all crashes down in a sort of weird, aldehydated, warm (not in a good way) soup-gingerbread accord with a completely random smell of tennis shoes. You still feel something nice (some floral notes a and some vanillin) but it's like if you drop a cake on the floor, you can still save something, but obviously it's gone wrong. However if you keep re-applying it every 10 minutes you can still get the nice side.

27th April, 2014
An interesting scent and I am trying to marry the ad copy and name with the fragrance itself. I don't know how a maiden's blooming cheek smells abit skanky but I am allowing for 'artisitc licence' here ! .
The top notes are a little bit skanky - not off putting but interesting and then it becomes sweeter, smoother, just a little bit powdery but I never lose that slight citrussy feel . The musk comes around eventually and it becomes a warmer subtle scent- more delicate warmth and a skin scent.
Again , with this house, there is inspiration from Guerlain here- I am even reminded of Sous Le Vent in the dry down with this fragrance. I wish this perfumer would find her own style a little bit.
I remain on the fence, kicking my legs, about this one.
20th April, 2011

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