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    Default Just smelled Mona di Orio's Vanille...

    I have not really explored Mona's line except for Cuir, so I decided to order a sample of Vanille since vanilla is one of my favorite notes.

    I have to say that she has created something really special! I was expecting to get a vanilla centered fragrance (hence the name), but instead I get a lot of creamy/boozy orange with a bit of rum, and as it dries down some nice spices. I really like this take on vanilla as it really isn't center stage, it's more of just present along with all the other notes making something really amazing.

    It is now my second favorite vanilla right behind Guerlain's SDV.

    What are your guys' thoughts on this scent?

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    Default Re: Just smelled Mona di Orio's Vanille...

    Love it, although I do think the vanilla is huge and right there center stage. But it's not cloying or syrupy. It's almost smoky and it has a sort of sandalwood aspect to it.
    Currently wearing: L'Autre Oud by Lancôme

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    Default Re: Just smelled Mona di Orio's Vanille...

    One of the better vanillas out there IMO. Not overly sweet for a vanilla prominent scent.
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    Default Re: Just smelled Mona di Orio's Vanille...

    Congrats on the find, it's a great fragrance!

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    I think it's a one of a kind fragrance. Still thinking if it's FBW.
    Currently wearing: The Aoud by Mancera

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    Love Mona's Vanille, gorgeous stuff.
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    One of my favourite from Mona
    smell vetiver and rum more than vanilla

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    Very nice and restrained scent.

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    Default Re: Just smelled Mona di Orio's Vanille...

    My reference vanilla.
    Current Top Favorites:
    1) Portrait of a Lady original formula (EdP Frédéric Malle)
    2) Giorgio for Men vintage/V.I.P. for Men (Giorgio Beverly Hills)
    3) Dia Man vintage edt (Amouage)
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    Anat Fritz Original Formula and Classical (Anat Fritz) - tie
    4) Lalfeorosa (O'driù) - tie

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    Les Nombres d'Or Vetyver (Mona di Orio)
    7) Captain vintage (Molyneux)
    8) Tzora (Anat Fritz)
    9) Javanese Patchouli (Zegna) - tie
    9) Monsieur de Givenchy vintage (Givenchy) - tie
    9) Coeur de Vetiver Sacré (L'Artisan) - tie
    9) Polo vintage (Ralph Lauren) - tie
    9) Patou pour Homme Privé (Jean Patou) - tie
    9) Oud Shamash (The Different Company) - tie

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    Default Re: Just smelled Mona di Orio's Vanille...

    Hmmm, just put it on my Try List. Sounds great!

    I also enjoy Vanille 44, because the sweet aspect of vanilla is restrained and balanced by other notes.
    Currently wearing: 1916 by Myrurgia

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    Default Re: Just smelled Mona di Orio's Vanille...

    I will keep my sample on hand but do think the entire line is overpriced..

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    Default Re: Just smelled Mona di Orio's Vanille...

    One of my favourite vanillas, very good though I wish I picked up more of the boozy orange aspect of it.

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    Default Re: Just smelled Mona di Orio's Vanille...

    I love it too, but for me it's more of a green boozy minty vanilla. Her oud is my favorite from the line though.

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    A wonderful vanilla, and I do find it very centered around vanilla, but just in a bean and dry aspect with other supporting creamy/boozy notes. Great fragrance, especially if you love vanilla.
    Currently wearing: Oro by Roberto Cavalli

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    Everyone loves it. That's great.

    But how does it differ from the other vanilla based perfumes out there?
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    Default Re: Just smelled Mona di Orio's Vanille...

    Before you purchase you need to sample the following:

    Chanel- Bois des Illes (EDT and Parfum)

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    Default Re: Just smelled Mona di Orio's Vanille...

    I had the concept that vanilla was a boring note prior to sampling Mona di Orio's Vanille. It blew me away with it's assertive, earthy interpretation of vanilla, not overly sweet, Vanille exudes enthusiasm. Texturally, it's rough, unrefined, rustic.

    Conversely, I find Mona di Orio's Oud to be tender, smooth, meditative and nearly spiritual. I love them both, and had just convinced myself that a full bottle might be worth it, when I fell in love with Oud, and was gobsmacked by the $500 plus price. sigh. t'is an endless chase indeed.

    I haven't tried anything from Mona that I haven't either thoroughly enjoyed and/or been fascinated by. Waiting for a small decant of Cuir to arrive as we speak.
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    What I am loving right now: Shalimar vintage extrait, Chanel Bois des Iles, Chanel no. 22, Le Labo Iris 39, Guerlain Iris Ganache

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    Default Re: Just smelled Mona di Orio's Vanille...

    just sampled this and liked it.
    i found the projection to be lacking ... how is the performance for you guys?
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    Default Re: Just smelled Mona di Orio's Vanille...

    Quote Originally Posted by joov84 View Post
    just sampled this and liked it.
    i found the projection to be lacking ... how is the performance for you guys?
    Projection is above average on my skin.

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    Default Re: Just smelled Mona di Orio's Vanille...

    Quote Originally Posted by joov84 View Post
    how is the performance for you guys?
    Very good on my skin.
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    Default Re: Just smelled Mona di Orio's Vanille...

    Quote Originally Posted by joov84 View Post
    just sampled this and liked it.
    i found the projection to be lacking ... how is the performance for you guys?
    I have a sample on my way. Shall update in a week!

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    Default Re: Just smelled Mona di Orio's Vanille...

    Quote Originally Posted by joov84 View Post
    just sampled this and liked it.
    i found the projection to be lacking ... how is the performance for you guys?
    Above average beautifully.

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    Default Re: Just smelled Mona di Orio's Vanille...

    so its above average for you guys. thats great. the one i sampled was the new design 75ml bottle.
    it just got lost and felt weak in comparison to the other fragrances i sampled at the same time. i hope it performs well cuz it smells really good.
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