Les Nombres d'Or - Eau Absolue 2013

Les Nombres d'Or - Eau Absolue by Maison Mona di Orio
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Les Nombres d'Or - Eau Absolue is a popular perfume by Maison Mona di Orio for women and men and was released in 2013. The scent is citrusy-spicy. It is still in production.
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Perfumer

Mona di Orio

Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesBergamot, Clementine, Petitgrain
Heart Notes Heart NotesJava vetiver, Bay rum, Pink pepper
Base Notes Base NotesCedarwood, Musk, Labdanum

Ratings

Scent

7.7 (110 Ratings)

Longevity

7.7 (86 Ratings)

Sillage

6.4 (87 Ratings)

Bottle

8.5 (87 Ratings)
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Reviews

5
Scent
7.5
Longevity
7.5
Sillage
10
Bottle
Drseid

745 Reviews
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Is This Posthumous Release From Mona di Orio Worthy Of Her Legacy?...
Eau Absolue opens with just the faintest traces of bergamot citrus before a huge honeyed rose-like green geranium floral and petitgrain tandem takes the fore with the geranium the dominant note early. As the progression leads to the early heart the honeyed floral geranium remains the star with underlying dull orange, just detectable woody cedar and relatively transparent vetiver support. During the late dry-down the composition turns much more fresh and light with an almost weightless clean musk dominating the final stage of development as the geranium finally dissipates. Projection is slightly above average and longevity is very good at 10-11 hours on skin.

When I first heard of this release I was of two minds... On the one hand besides the list of official notes being absolutely right up my alley, I am one of the late, great Mona di Orio's biggest fans and many of her releases are among my all-time favorites. On the other, the last posthumous release from the house was an enormous disappointment and made me wonder if this one would follow suit... Unfortunately, I regret to report that it is the latter. Eau Absolue sounds like it should be a fresh, clean but relatively distinctive woody-citrus composition but instead it is a cloyingly sweet near indolic geranium floral one. The cedar I looked forward to that Mona so deftly utilized in her brilliant masterpiece Vetyver is all but absent here. Quite frankly, even the orange that I expected to play the starring role is used much differently than I anticipated with it coming off as dull and lifeless, relegated to supporting the overly potent geranium. I certainly can't fault the composition for being different, but it fails the more important test of smelling good and at $230 a 100ml EdP bottle I expect much more (indeed I would expect more at a quarter the price). The bottom line is while I remain a big fan of Mona and hate to write a critical review of anything she composed, Eau Absolue while distinctive does not smell very good, earning a very average 2.5 star rating out of 5 and an avoid recommendation at its relatively lofty price point.
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