As a note, musk is a bit of a chameleon. It can be clean as laundry, dirty as an animal, and anything in between. Mona di Orio's take on musk is a tender rose-heliotrope bouquet cushioned in fluffy-soft musks and nutty tonka, making it the perfect "in between." It smells of warm, lived-in skin that invites you to get closer—like the skin of someone who feels like home. Notes include neroli, rose, heliotrope, tonka bean absolute, precious musk.
Mona di Orio was born and raised in France, and she graduated from art school with a degree in fine arts and literature before a meeting with Master Perfumer Edmond Roudnitska changed her life. She studied at his side for a number of years before starting her own fragrance line with partner Jeroen Oude Sogtoen in 2005. "I have always been fascinated by fragrances, an inexhaustible source of surprise and emotion," di Orio once said. "As a child, I was so happy to discover new scents through the olfactory mazes of my childhood homes and gardens.” In December 2011, Mona di Orio passed away at the young age of 42 from complications after an operation, leaving behind a legacy of brilliant work, both launched and yet unlaunched. Read a Q&A with Mona's partner Jeroen Oude Sogtoen or learn more at www.monadiorio.com.