Les Nombres d'Or - Vanille (2011)

Les Nombres d'Or - Vanille by Maison Mona di Orio
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Les Nombres d'Or - Vanille is a popular perfume by Maison Mona di Orio for women and men and was released in 2011. The scent is spicy-woody. The longevity is above-average. It is still in production.

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Mona di Orio

Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesBitter orange, Clove, Rum
Heart Notes Heart NotesGaiac wood, Petitgrain, Tolu balm, Vanilla, Ylang-ylang
Base Notes Base NotesAmbergris, Leather, Musk, Sandalwood, Tonka bean, Vetiver

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Scent

7.8 (211 Ratings)

Longevity

8.1 (147 Ratings)

Sillage

6.7 (151 Ratings)

Bottle

8.1 (141 Ratings)
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Muotarek

51 Reviews
Muotarek
Muotarek
2
Complex dense vanille
One of the best Vanille dominant scents, this is a real deal
Very long lasting on skin and clothes, it sticks man, very manly i guess. i cannot imagine a woman wearing this scent, it smells like a vanilla cake as well but in a unique way, i'm in love with the scent, it's very well blended & it's high quality indeed.

Scent: 9/10
Longevity: 10/10
Silage: 9/19
Bottle Design: 8/10
Packaging:10/10
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Amirdoust

8 Reviews
Amirdoust
Amirdoust
Very helpful Review    7
Vanilla peek-a-boo
This is in my opinion the best from the house of MdO. This fragrance starts off with a blast of spicy and woody notes paired with "burning" bitter oranges in which I detect a lot of petitgrain. At this point there isn't even the slightest hint of vanilla. As time paces the most authentic vanilla-pod note can be smelled. This isn't your typical vanilla ice-cream sweet vanilla note but rather a dusty boozy one. This fragrance is best for cool summer nights and the beginning of autumn. This is a masterfully balanced , complex , high quality scent.
Truly unique, get your nose on this ASAP :)

P.S. there is a backstory to this perfume:"an old ship from long ago, on its way to Madagascar or the Comoros Islands, carrying precious cargo: rum barrels, oranges, vanilla beans, ylang-ylang, cloves and sandalwood." (From luckyscent.com). My picture below tries to depresent this story by showing the bottle immersed in water
ColinM

516 Reviews
ColinM
ColinM
Helpful Review    4
Solid baroque vanilla
By far one of the nicest and most creative vanilla scents on the market. Vanille opens with an intriguing clash of notes, with vanilla standing just halfway a citrus top note, a boozy note and a base accord with both “creamy” sweet woods (sandalwood), spices and darker notes which to me smell like a sort of “roasted” leather/birch note, smoked and dry, with a hint of vetiver. Really subtle, yet providing and enjoyable, thin “black” base layer. That’s it initially, a martial and quite “angular” blend with a rather sharp and simple composition style, yet fascinating, ghastly in a way but also romantic: finally the Neoclassic inspiration behind many Mona di Orio scents finds a meaning here, and it’s well developed (instead of going completely wrong, like in several other scents by her). The mood and the atmosphere here are really charming and peculiar, a sort of decadent, odd, skeletal ambiance with dark, dry powdery notes, gloomy and smoky in a way, but also deceptively “white” and soapy. This dry note of vanilla smells like the smell of old books and papers – which is no news, as I recall having read somewhere a chemical similarity between “aged paper” and vanilla. If they had mummies during Renaissance, I guess this may have been their smell. Or, the smell of an antique closet stuffed with your great-grandma’s toiletries and books. In a way, and only for its first stages, it reminded me a bit of La troisième heure by Cartier (for its vanillic-dark structure, although here is all more dry, dusty, woody and less leathery), plus with a touch of clean, gray-ish musky-soapy-aldehydic notes. As minutes pass, say within the first hour, Vanille “warms” up becoming less dry and less smoked and letting resins and sandalwood emerge better, becoming overall softer, sweeter and more Oriental. Despite its name I wouldn’t really consider this a gourmand, but a solid, unisex, classy and really compelling creative take on vanilla, of which here Mona di Orio enhanced the dusty, dry and darker nuances. It’s still fun for me to realise how she was able to accomplish only either great scents or total disasters, but still, this one is really good.

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Mujo

48 Reviews
Mujo
Mujo
Very helpful Review    4
A journey
I can certainly see what MdO was aiming for in this scent. It's not just a plain vanille scent. It's so much more. It's rich, boozy, woody, and warm. And very complete.

It's my favorite MdO scent. Much more a journey than a scent. A very lovely and pleasant journey that is!
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BronxBeauty

58 Reviews
BronxBeauty
BronxBeauty
Greatly helpful Review    7
A vanilla that vanilla haters will love
Boy, a helpful Parfuman sent me vial of this fragrance on the stipulation that I review it, and I find that everyone has beaten me to every emotion I could conjure about it!

So let me be brief: I tend to dislike vanilla fumes. As a genre, they're trite, overdone, foody, sugar-overloads. Enter Mona di Orio's Vanille. Love.

This is a dry, bracing, complex fragrance that shows off every facet of the vanilla pod, starting with a rich bourbon note (sorry, I don't get rum) to an almost burnt note of bark. I put it on at night and still smelled a beautiful whisper of it in the morning.

You must try it.
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7.0/10
Coutureguru

223 Reviews
Coutureguru
Coutureguru
Greatly helpful Review    8
A woody surprise ...
With the weather turning colder down here on the Southern tip of Africa, I find myself reaching for cozy fragrances with lots of Vanilla and Amber. When I applied Les Nombres d'Or - Vanille this morning, however, I wasn't expecting the beautiful 'woodiness' it contains.

The Bitter Orange and Rum top notes are sleek and sophisticated ... not intrusive at all and pretty much over in a few minutes, paving the way for a simply gorgeous wood accord which I can only imagine is the Guiac/Petitgrain/Sandalwood/Vetiver tandem so obvious here. I can actually discern all of those notes individually and if, like moi, one enjoys woods then this fragrance is sheer heaven!
Now, I know that this fragrance is called Vanille and trust me when I say that it's definitely there ... but not in the 'pudding'-like way that this note sometimes manifests. It's much more raw! Les Nombres d'Or - Vanille is not overly sweet ... rather my nose detects much more of a very good Amber feeling, which is probably due to the lush woods. I know I'm banging on about the woods here but on my skin they are absolutely prevalent!
I'm not sure that one can classify this fragrance as being simply an Oriental, even though it leans very much in that direction. There is a lot happening here ... the slight booziness of the top appears again after a while, as does a certain animalic ripeness ... only to once again be suffused with raw Vanilla and a slight 'incensy' vibe ... and then it's back to those gorgeous woody notes.

Les Nombres d'Or - Vanille is quite a roller coaster ride. The more I sample the wares of House di Orio the more I like them! This one should be a 'must try' for those who enjoy wood in fragrances.
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Sherapop

1239 Reviews
Sherapop
Sherapop
Helpful Review    6
Extremely complex and dense oriental
With a name like VANILLE, this entry in the Mona di Orio Les Nombres d'Or series is bound to mislead, as it is about as far from a solinote fragrance as one can possibly imagine! Yes, there is a central core of vanilla to this composition, but there is every bit as much leather, and amber, and woods--among many other scents. VANILLE is not really a gourmand perfume at all, but a complex and extremely dense oriental best suited for cold winter nights.

The combination of the somewhat sweet (but not overly so) vanilla with the leather naturally reminds me of perfumes such as Van Cleef & Arpels MIDNIGHT IN PARIS and Lubin KORRIGAN. However, I feel that this elixir is quite a bit richer, and the quality of the ingredients surpasses that of at least the Van Cleef & Arpels variation on the same theme. Of course it should, since this is haute niche, not mainstream perfumery.

The veritable kaleidoscope of notes in this creation makes it difficult to say anything very meaningful that will not be falsified in the next five seconds, as the many different elements wax and wane and undulate in very unpredictable ways. To determine whether this sort of super-rich elixir will work and can be comfortably worn, one must apply this perfume directly to the skin and leave it there for the duration of its life, which is many hours. The sillage is also rather impressive. To me, the concentration of this eau de parfum seems closer to pure perfume or extrait.

Some may find this kind of composition stifling, but others will rejoice in the density of VANILLE. Because of the rum and the spices, I am occasionally reminded of L'Artisan Parfumeur VANILLE ABSOLUMENT (or Havana, as it was formerly called), but the animalic facets of Mona di Orio's VANILLE put this composition in its own league.

VANILLE is a fine perfume, which I recommend for testing by anyone who likes both vanilla and super-rich elixirs. This is not a cologne, to put it mildly, and I doubt that anyone would want to wear VANILLE in hot weather, but it's a great choice for wintertime.
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Drseid

671 Reviews
Drseid
Drseid
Greatly helpful Review    7
Reference Vanilla...
Vanille was definitely different from what I expected... The top notes were just a hair boozy, but then the scent quickly transitions to a very dry vanilla bean heart with a hint of clove to support it. This is quite different from just about any vanilla based gourmand I can remember. I tend to not like vanilla based scents, but this dry vanilla bean heart really is sublime and can appeal to gourmand fans and haters alike, a rare feat indeed. It takes a bit of time to get used to, as it is dissimilar to what one initially expects, but it captivates by its individuality and clarity. Sandalwood dominates the base with even a hint of cinnamon, adding a nice support to the dry vanilla bean. It looks like I have found my reference vanilla scent. Projection and sillage are both average, but longevity is excellent. Vanille is my second favorite offering in the extremely strong Les Nombres d’Or lineup. This 4.5 out of 5 star release is quite impressive, and easily worthy of full bottle purchase.
9.0/10
Dulcemio

34 Reviews
Dulcemio
Dulcemio
Very helpful Review    6
ashtrays and bonfires
My sample vial is almost empty. On each of my three wearings of this intriguing perfume, the opening for me has been the same: an unmistakable, unambiguous ashtray smell that lasts for a good 20 minutes and literally obscures every other note. It then becomes the smoke of a bonfire that burns intensely for a couple of hours then mellows into embers, allowing the vanilla et al to join in. A couple of hours after that, the vanilla becomes more dominant, and mixed with the flowers, fruit, spice, etc., it remains on my skin with subtle projection and softness, the smoke ultimately subdued, but not entirely vanquished, by the rest of the brew.

Edit Feb. 10, 2014: Re-reading my review, I am surprised that I found this fragrance to have "subtle projection and softness." I wonder if maybe I just sprayed too lightly because I didn't want to use up my sample too quickly. Because with 2-3 full sprays, this fragrance projects very well and lasts all day long and into the night.
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Flaconneur

49 Reviews
Flaconneur
Flaconneur
Greatly helpful Review    8
LES NOMBRES D'OR VANILLE by Mona di Orio
When asked about the inspiration for Les Nombres d'Or Vanille, Mona di Orio conjures up a romanticized setting involving old wooden ships set on a journey to Madagascar or the Comoros Islands. She imagines the ship's cargo being precious commodities such as rum, oranges, vanilla beans, ylang-ylang, cloves and sandalwood. Like most artists, the creative process is making what's imagined or felt real. Les Nombres d'Or Vanille was conceptualized by Mona di Orio with vanilla being the focal point in this fragrance. She wanted to capture the essence of vanilla and play on its worldwide popularity but in a different way. As always, Mona di Orio had interesting ideas when it comes to developing perfumes. Les Nombres d'Or Vanille is no exception.

Les Nombres d'Or Vanille opens with a boozy concoction of rum generously spritzed with fresh bitter orange. The notes are simple and short lived, but the opening bouquet is pure indulgence. Vanilla's popularity usually brings to mind elements of creamy sweetness, the likes of which you would find at any fragrance store. You will not find that quality of vanilla in Les Nombres d'Or Vanille. Mona di Orio searched for a vanilla that was unique to her nose. She was looking for vanilla with character and finally chose a vanilla absolute from Madagascar. This vanilla is smooth, dry and velvety without all the unnecessary dense sweetness. The vanilla's tendency to sweetness is further tamed with splashes of Bourbon vetiver. The use of vetiver keeps the sweetness in check and gives the fragrance an underlying green accord. At the heart's onset, there is an unexpected smokiness that appears, created by the use of gaiac wood. This smokiness produces a vanilla that is less pretty and more unassuming. Petitgrain, with its woody nature, further alludes to Mona di Orio's vision. Indonesian cloves adds a sharp peppery note to the smokiness giving it a resinous quality. The spicy, vanilla-like scent from tolu continues to keep Les Nombres d'Or Vanille highly focused. With all these elements working in harmony, it is fairly easy to visualize Mona di Orio's proposed journey of vanilla. Sandalwood adds depth and keeps the continuing theme of dry and woody. A gentle warmth is created with the addition of amber and tonka bean. The softly sweet ylang-ylang adds a floral facet, rounding out the fragrance's profile. Leather and musk remind us that this is a rustic journey and adds an animalistic and aged note, giving Les Nombres d'Or Vanille poise.

I enjoy the scent of vanilla, but most fragrances in this genre lean excessively to the sweet side. Les Nombres d'Or Vanille is a contradiction to everything I expect from a vanilla fragrance. The vanilla is placed in a situational journey, harmonized with elements that support the vanilla structure, a few unexpected surprise elements, and a conceptualization is realized. By today's standards, Les Nombres d'Or Vanille is by no means a hip young persons' vanilla. This fragrance is all about paying homage to the pure scent of the historical bean itself. Les Nombres d'Or Vanille is sophisticated, worldly, respectable and a true masterpiece.

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Hermesh 4 years ago
Dry vanilla, sweet, spicy, woody in background and, at first, somewhat rough. In the base balsamic and more resinous. Unusual and beautiful!+4
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