Mona di Orio Vanille


7 reviews

71% would repurchase

Package Quality: 4.6

Price: $$$$

Package Quality: 4.6

Price: $$$$


on 1/21/2014 3:56:00 PM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Red, Other, Other

Eyes: Hazel

The goddess of vanilla loves me nowadays and she is granting me interesting vanilla fragrances I could wear to the chicest places and feel like a million dollars. The latest of these is Vanille, which is a dark, smoky, woody and sometimes balsamic fragrance on me. It is not very sweet but it is not very bitter either. Also, despite the complexity and abundance of notes that could turn its balance upside down on my skin, it is truly seamless with beautiful transitions between the top notes, the heart and the drydown. Sometimes people call fragrances symphonic. I think this may be one of them.

Vanille has a strong opening with rum prickled with petitgrain, which adds a creative detail to the boozy opening. The fragrance then moves on to a vanilla stage accompanied with bold but demure notes. The most prominent of these is vetyver on my skin. Vetyver is not a favourite note of mine but it definitely adds a velvety feel to this vanilla. I also get both the gaiac wood and tolu, albeit to a lesser degree. This is a smoky but velvety phase, truly pleasant. If I squint, I sense that some impressions of citrus from top notes and the balsam combine nicely to create an ever so slightly candied feel but this does not turn Vanille into a sugar jar. The drydown is earthy and reminds me of Estee Lauder's Azuree. Vanilla is not a note that comes and goes here. It is rather like a base or framework keeping things together in its acceptable warmth.

The wealth of notes, their complexity and interaction keep me busy and interested.

Despite this, I do not think I would ever invest in a full bottle of vanille because both the sillage and lasting power are weak on my skin. This is weird because the fragrance is so full of strong notes and feels rich. However, it moves from one stage to another very quickly, settling into a clean smoke wearing rather close to my skin. I can see myself going through this very very quickly, making it more dear than it already is. Hence four lippies.

I would try to own a bottle if it lasted a bit longer on my skin. I recommend it though.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

on 1/16/2014 4:17:00 PM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Dry, Fair, Cool

Hair: Blond, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Grey

To my nose, Mona di Orio's Vanille is three things: Dark, spicy and smokey. This is not a gourmand vanilla at all, it is confident, strong and warm, but not the least bit sweet. The woody and spicy notes are as prominent as the vanilla. Lasting power of Vanille is very good and so is its silage, to me this is a cold weather scent first and foremost. The smokey character reminds me a bit of L'Artisan's (discontinued) Vanilia. Price is quite steep at $230 (EURO160) per 3.4oz/100ml spray. Not my absolute favorite vanilla scent, which is still SDV, but an interesting take on vanilla which I like keeping around for occasional wear, and would likely (eventually) repurchase.

on 12/23/2012 4:09:00 AM

Age: 44-55

Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium, Warm

Hair: Brown, Other, Medium

Eyes: Blue

I found this to be very strong, almost overpowering, and not in a desirable way, like when you're on a hot and heavy date--more like when you're feeling unwell and you're on a crowded bus, stuck sitting next to someone wearing a heavy perfume. I, too, got a tobacco blast from this--maybe I'm misinterpreting the spice--followed by boozy/woody and a meh vanilla. I thought I'd love this because I love all the notes, but I have to say I'm unimpressed. I'm disappointed because I've been wanting to try it for a long time, but I'm glad I dislike it given the price. I will not purchase a full bottle.

on 2/8/2012 7:07:00 PM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Green

I love this exotic, spiced, woody vanilla. A modern answer to Shalimar. This is a very sexy perfume, full-bodied but not overpowering. I *need* a full bottle soon.

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

on 11/12/2011 12:31:00 AM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Cool

Hair: Blond, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Blue

I llike this very much, and if I had $200 to blow on perfume at any given time, I would. But here's the thing - I pinch pennies (literally) in a piggy bank until I save up enough for what I would really love - and while this is beautiful, and rich vanilla that's not overtly sweet and almost has a leathery undertone to me, I cannot justify the price tag to smell like something that after an hour I'm wishing I'd layered something over top to amp the complexity. If you love drier, less sweet vanilla (It really has the essence of vanilla bean to me - not vanilla cake, or cream) than this might be the holy grail for you. For me, it is a beautiful one week dalliance that I'll remember fondly (thank you Luckyscent for samplers!)

5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

on 11/9/2011 12:26:00 AM

Age: 44-55

Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Warm

Hair: Blond, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Blue

Vanille includes notes of Brazilian orange, Indonesian cloves, petitgrain, rum extract, Bourbon vetiver, ylang-ylang, Indian sandalwood, gaiac wood, Vanilla absolute from Madagascar, amber and tonka.

I very much like vanilla that is not teeth-rotting sweet and light. I like unusual, dark vanilla fragrances like Guerlain Spiritueuse Double Vanille, Shalimar Ode a la Vanille, Annick Goutal Vanille Exquise or Atelier Cologne Vanille Insensée.

SDV is more boozy and sweeter, Shalimar OV is not really comparable in the first place, it is Shalimar – so that’s a different story after all, Goutal VE is smokier, rougher and on the whole more transparent, as is the Atelier Cologne.

Vanille starts with a fresh orange accord and a blast of incense/smoke before the heavier spices, woods and the dry vanilla kick in. A bit of rum makes it boozy, the smooth sandalwood and the cool vetiver lend a dry, entirely unsweetened base, upon which dark vanilla and sweet ylang-ylang can do their languid dance.An amazing combination of dry and boozy vanilla and spices

Sillage is average but longevity is excellent .I think it's the most sexy unisex vanilla on the market.

6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

on 7/27/2011 6:36:00 PM

Age: 44-55

Skin: Dry, Other, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

I smell a blast of tobacco when this first opens. Strange, considering it's not in the listed notes, given how strong it was. It lasted for a while, to the point that I was wondering if the fragrance was a bust. I like Fumerie Turque-like tobacco, but not the plant itself or cigarettes. Thankfully, it morphed into a very luscious vanilla. I put a very small spritz of this on, and I have been getting wonderful wafts over several hours. This is a vanilla for adults. I can't notice any clove, orange or rum. However, the amber, guaiac and sandalwood are beautifully blended with the vanilla at this point. Not sure whether I'm in the heart or basenotes at this point. Notes: petitgrain, clove, orange, rum, vetiver, sandalwood, guaiac wood, amber, tonka, and vanilla.

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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