Founded in 2004, Maison was created by the perfumer, Mona di Orio, and designer, Jeroen Oude Sogtoen, as a union of their mutual love of art and artisanal craftsmanship. Mona trained in classical perfumery for ten years alongside world-renowned perfumer Edmond Roudnitska, famous for his creations like Eau Sauvage, Diorissimo for Dior and Femme de Rochas, and many others...Read more
Maison Mona di Orio defines unconventional perfume traditions that align olfactory chiaroscuro with the richness of golden age perfumery Maison perfumes bloom on skin revealing a harmonious orchestration of light, art and nature.
Her characteristic style is a journey of light and dark elements with lively, sparkling notes that recall the joyous moment of opening a bottle of champagne, layered with dark, seductive nuances and mysterious pleasures. With a distinct focus on craft and quality, raw materials are carefully selected and controlled by Accords et Parfum in Cabris, the prestigious atelier founded by Mona’s master, Monsieur Roudnitska, and known for their standards of excellence.
With the highest quality ingredients, Mona achieved unique identity and credibility with her constructions that seem almost minimalist in formula, yet strikingly faceted in composition and a lasting sillage.
With a strong belief in, and passion for artisanal ways, Jeroen suggested Mona to create a perfume house with a focus on Mona, the artist and creator of the fragrances. Mona di Orio became the Nose; Jeroen Oude Sogtoen, the Eyes.Read more
“When I met Edmond Roudnitska for the first time in July 1987, it was far from my mind to imagine where this decisive encounter would lead me… Amazingly it was the beginning of a great adventure…
“One can see clearly only with the nose.”
“I thought and I still think so, but what seemed to be a game has evolved little by little into a true passion. I want to create fragrances that make people feel, dream, travel, remember and surprise.”
“Fragrances, colours and sounds answer to each other. I felt the colours, I sketched the melodies and I dreamed of composing perfumes, transported by a fascinating synesthesia. Then I had a shock, a revelation when I read 'L’Esthétique en question' written by Edmond Roudnitska, one of the greatest creators and aestheticians of perfumes of the last century. I was surprised and so pleased when he asked me to become his pupil. I accepted and was his pupil for 6 years on his side and for 15 years in his laboratory close to the little village of Cabris near Grasse.”
“Nature was my role model and my exercises were orchestrated by an exceptional master. So, natural ingredients and light are essential and unavoidable in my creations. Light figures prominently in my fragrances: I love playing with the olfactory chiaroscuro, I like the liveliness and sparkle of the shiny top notes, the sweetness and reflections of the sensual heart notes through to the dark pleasure of the mysterious base notes.”
In his search of a nose for ZENOLOGY, he met Mona di Orio at Accords et Parfums in Grasse. With a strong belief in, and passion for artisanal ways, Jeroen suggested Mona to create a perfume house with a focus on Mona, the artist and creator of the fragrances. Mona di Orio became the Nose; Jeroen Oude Sogtoen, the Eyes. It was a perfect match. In 2004, the company launched the first three fragrances, Lux, Carnation and Nuit Noire with many more following.
In December 2011, Mona passed away leaving behind a legacy of launched and un-launched fragrances. Jeroen Oude Sogtoen wanted to ensure that the story Mona and he created would be told and continued with more olfactive stories to tell and more memories to cherish. Stories that perfectly align credibility, elegance and uncompromising luxury to reveal unconventional parfum traditions.
It is the harmonious balance between light and dark notes, the olfactory chiaroscuro, that distinguishes each scent as Monaesque. The melody of the notes reveal an orchestrated arc of the claire obscure, unconventional, richly faceted and completely original.Read more
Maison MONA DI ORIO fragrances are recognizable for their distinctive sillage and characteristic style. Nature, light and art dictate each of the House’s creations.
The first mark is the abundant use of natural, often rare, raw ingredients sourced with the most exacting standards. Natural notes are enhanced with synthetic compounds creating combinations that yield explosive sillage and olfactive boldness. Known for her short formulas of precisely paired notes, Mona's structure is succinct yet complex, a difficult approach to composition which delivers striking results.
The House’s olfactory stamp is a composition of expertise, exceptional character and daring approach. This is why a Mona di Orio fragrance enchants, stirs and captivates the senses like none other.
It is the harmonious balance between light and dark notes, the olfactory chiaroscuro, that distinguishes each scent as Monaesque. The melody of the notes reveal an orchestrated arc of the claire obscure, unconventional, richly faceted and completely original.
There is simplicity in the smooth curving form, with its sensual, elongated oval line highlighted by the gilt of its reflective surface. Paired with distinct rectilinear lines, the radiant cap casts a subtle shadow on the bottle below, announcing Mona’s olfactory chiaroscuro style.Read more
Maison MONA DI ORIO created its signature flacon in synchronicity with the striking perfumes it would hold. Influenced by the splendor of Art Deco aesthetics and the era’s prominent sculptor Constantin Brancusi with his fascination for the oval shape, the bottle is a beautiful composition of art and light.
The form remains consistent, while the finish of the bottle indicates each collection: Signature Collection in translucent black glass, Les Nombres d’Or Collection in clear glass with a shiney cap, Monogram Collection in clear glass with a matt cap, and a special edition bronze bottle glorifies the splendor of Oudh Osmanthus.
Working closely with Jeroen Oude Sogtoen, the flacon was designed in union with the renown Ateliers Dinand in Paris.