Mona Lisa

Smooth resins and incense we have been waiting for, and the chypres we adore.

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A highly woody scent with red cedar, luan, muhuhu, teak, and artemesia. Added to that are a very dry cocoa (powdery not sweet at all), and a combination of cardamom and coriander. This is an oriental perfume of the dry spice variety combined with wood and maturated to perfection. This fragrance breaks a lot of new ground for combinations of fragrances, and is a thoroughly modern scent in every way.

Wood, foody, resinous
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This one is really pretty! It's woody in a sort of feminine way, if that makes sense -- a lot of woody scents strike me as more masculine. I do find it a bit sweet. I thought there might have been copal or something in this til I looked at the notes again. It's got decent throw but doesn't last too long on me. That could just be me getting used to it though, like one does; I should try it in the scent locket. I'm having problems describing it. Suffice it to say I think it's gorgeous.
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This one's on my list. Thanks for the review!!!!
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Wearing this again today. I was eating clementines and a coworker came by and said it smelt like Christmas.
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Boudicca wrote:Wearing this again today. I was eating clementines and a coworker came by and said it smelt like Christmas.

You're making this one even more intriguing! I would love to smell like Christmas.
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How sweet is it?
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Mona LIsa has turned into a surprise love for me. When I first got it in the vial it smelled overly ambery to me and rather sweet and not the woody fragrance I had hoped. I've let it sit for 6 days before trying it today and am getting a different impression now that it's on my skin. In my vial, the fragrance has developed so that I can now smell the cardamom and coriander also, which gives it an almost gingery and slightly green tinge. The cardamom gives it some sweetness without it being overly sugary or gourmand. When it develops on my skin it may be the cardamom that is also producing a delicious spice note on my skin. The cardamom in Mona Lisa is more delicate than the way it comes across in Pavane, for instance. As it warms further I can detect for the first time a very subtle warm cocoa aspect. As it develops yet further I am smelling some wood notes, that to my nose appear almost like a dry sandalwood. I think I can pick up the cedar but I can't distinguish the other individual wood notes, and while they form the base, they are not the predominant note that I had expected. However, as this scent develops the woods become more prominent and combine with the dry cocoa to anchor the fragrance in its final stage while the spice note from the cardamom diminishes in intensity and becomes more subtle.

I would agree with Boudicca that this is gorgeous. On me also this does not stay strong for a long time, though it gives me several hours of wear while it goes through its whole cycle. This is a rich and more complex fragrance than I had expected when first smelling it in the vial and is excellent I think for Christmas and winter and cool Autumn evenings. Historically I would say its personality reminds me of the Renaissance.

Edit: I thought I had been through all its development, but after two hours it went through yet another stage on me. It became a bit stronger as the resinous aspect of it took over, and I detected a scent similar to cognac or even rum on my skin. At this point the spice note has died down and it's become very smooth.

One day later: If you can believe it, I still have a remnant on my wrist--even after my edit yesterday evening there was a bit more development. For a fragrance that is not overly strong it lasts and lasts on me. At the final (?) stage it went from the cognac-rum, smooth stage to a coconut type note on me---not a fresh, or baking or candy or even beachy coconut note, more of a resinous coconut or dry coconut note. Wow. I can't believe it's lasted this long and gone through so many phases. Other than not having mint, fir, or some of the gourmand notes, it pretty much went through aspects of all the Yules--resins, woods, cardamom, coriander, soft cacao, cognac-rum and then a bit of coconut! How do you like them apples?
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marisaviola wrote:Mona LIsa has turned into a surprise love for me. When I first got it in the vial it smelled overly ambery to me and rather sweet and not the woody fragrance I had hoped. I've let it sit for 6 days before trying it today and am getting a different impression now that it's on my skin. In my vial, the fragrance has developed so that I can now smell the cardamom and coriander also, which gives it an almost gingery and slightly green tinge. The cardamom gives it some sweetness without it being overly sugary or gourmand. When it develops on my skin it may be the cardamom that is also producing a delicious spice note on my skin. The cardamom in Mona Lisa is more delicate than the way it comes across in Pavane, for instance. As it warms further I can detect for the first time a very subtle warm cocoa aspect. As it develops yet further I am smelling some wood notes, that to my nose appear almost like a dry sandalwood. I think I can pick up the cedar but I can't distinguish the other individual wood notes, and while they form the base, they are not the predominant note that I had expected. However, as this scent develops the woods become more prominent and combine with the dry cocoa to anchor the fragrance in its final stage while the spice note from the cardamom diminishes in intensity and becomes more subtle.

I would agree with Boudicca that this is gorgeous. On me also this does not stay strong for a long time, though it gives me several hours of wear while it goes through its whole cycle. This is a rich and more complex fragrance than I had expected when first smelling it in the vial and is excellent I think for Christmas and winter and cool Autumn evenings. Historically I would say its personality reminds me of the Renaissance.

Edit: I thought I had been through all its development, but after two hours it went through yet another stage on me. It became a bit stronger as the resinous aspect of it took over, and I detected a scent similar to cognac or even rum on my skin. At this point the spice note has died down and it's become very smooth.

Again, fantastic review sweetie! WOW, another one I can't wait to get my sample of.
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Re: Mona Lisa

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Thank you for your kind words! :)

It will be interesting to see your experience. I don't find it sweet the way I think you were concerned about. This is one I think that ages really well and takes a while to develop after arriving.
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marisaviola wrote:Thank you for your kind words! :)

It will be interesting to see your experience. I don't find it sweet the way I think you were concerned about. This is one I think that ages really well and takes a while to develop after arriving.
Good to know! I'll try and temper my enthusiasm and give it time to rest after I get it!
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