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Monogram Collection : Myrrh Casati (2014)
by Mona di Orio


Monogram Collection : Myrrh Casati information

Year of Launch2014
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 11 votes)

People and companies

HouseMona di Orio
PerfumerMelanie Leroux

About Monogram Collection : Myrrh Casati

The company say:

Inspired by Marchesa Casati, the legendary patron of the arts and muse of eccentricity, known for her extravagant dark fashion and lavish fetes replete with exotic animals, gilded servants, and an infectious waft of incense and mystery that surrounded her.

Reviews of Monogram Collection : Myrrh Casati

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The opening mixes the eponymous myrrhe with a mandarin and a floral lotus impression - and it does that very well. A rich myrrh, it is nicely balanced by its citrus sidekick, very nicely indeed.

Later on he amber arises - not very dark an amber it is - and light brushings of a sweetish raisinous undertone also present. Bitter almond is also features here, with a pleasantly smoky undertone. The base adds gentle spices, just a dash of white pepper added to this olfactory menu. Hints of white musks come and go throughout the latter stages.

I get strong sillage, excellent projection and a brilliant longevity - fourteen hours on my skin.

One of the convincing myrrhe creations, more concentrated than, for instance, Annick Goutal's Myrrhe Ardente, this is a spring creation made of high-quality ingredients and very well blended whilst being a performance powerhouse on me. Maybe a bit lacking in complexity towards the end, it is otherwise a convincing testimony to the quality of this house, whose founder died so tragically. 3.75/5
01st December, 2016
Myrrh Casati is somewhat of a disappointment. Mona’s style was always rich, thick, dirty, lush, and as dense as a brick wall – it’s what her fans loved about her. I don’t see her style in this perfume. Myrrh Casati is the first Mona di Orio fragrance to be composed by someone other than Mona herself, following her tragic death in 2011. And you can tell.

Myrrh Casati, while very nice and wearable, does not have any of the special Mona di Orio signatures that could be traced from one perfume to another like a vein on a lover’s arm.

It lacks the almost overbearingly rich, dirty, creamy woodiness of Vanille and Oud, the dry-ice, almond-like musks from Ambre, Violette Fumee, and Musc, and the harsh animalism of Nuit Noire and Cuir. Without these little olfactory clues that she tucked so deftly into the sleeves of her work, I am lost. Myrrh Casati could be the work of anyone.

If her other perfumes are rich tapestries, then Myrrh Casati is a silk gauze. It is beautiful but simple to the point of being spare. The opening is particularly striking. A dark, dry spice note fuses with a warm, cinnamon-tinted Siam benzoin and sharp black pepper to form a gorgeous aroma of tarry coca-cola. There is also an arresting black rubber feel to the opening, arising from the use of saffron, or perhaps plain old saffraleine, and it is a smooth complement to the licorice.

But any opening richness or darkness quickly attenuates. Within minutes, I am left with a rather bare bones resin scent with a faint but noticeable minty smoke note from either the myrrh or the licorice. I’m a myrrh lover and a big Mona di Orio fan, but this one leaves me wanting more.
19th February, 2016
Nice myrrh and wood notes. The licorice note is blended very well with this one. A lot of the notes listed with Myrrh Casati can actually be smelled in this one. Very Unique fragrance. 7.5/10
17th November, 2015
Pleasant smoky opening, a compelling bouquet of velvety dark flowers which smell really intense and refined, on a really sophisticated, discreet yet thick base of labdanum, resins, vetiver. All smells warm, sensual, slightly medicinal, a little boozy too, with quite some connections to many classic floral chypres, mostly for the gloomy benzoin note with a colder salty-metallic shade. Basically a resinous smoky chypre with a contemporary texture (polished and “colder”). Intriguing and well made for sure, albeit a bit boring after a while, mostly because of its monolithic linearity. Nothing groundbreaking but a really pleasant homage to many feminine classic scents – with something creative and modern enough to avoid the “derivative ripoff” effect. Overpriced (you don’t say...).

13th March, 2015
Myrrh can either go very, very right for me or very, very wrong. For some reason, this one doesn’t settle in either camp as it doesn’t come across as overly myrrh-driven at all. In fact, it’s more of a medicinal benzoin, but "Benzoin Casati" doesn’t have quite the same ring to it. There’s vanilla, saffron, anise, myrrh (obv), and other resins, and they’re linked in a way that leans a tad pot pourri. However, myrrh tends to suggest something liturgical / spiritual, yet this is really more of a sweet, demure kind of thing. Picture a more refined, classic version of Armani’s Myrrh Imperiale with the volume reduced by about 75%, and you’ll be in the right territory. Pleasant, balanced, but a bit dull compared to the scents that Mona herself was producing.
05th March, 2015

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