iBear 10/23/20 18:31
Mona di Orio Passed Away Today
We are sad to inform you of the untimely death of perfumer Mona di Orio.
The report from her team on the company's Facebook page: "Today, completely unexpected and leaving us in great sorrow, our great inspirer, friend, colleague and name giver to her great loves, her beautiful parfum creations, MONA DI ORIO has passed away."
Mona di Orio was born and raised in France to an Italian father and a Spanish mother. She had a lifelong fascination with fragrances. She would go on to graduate with an art degree, but a fateful encounter with famed perfumer Edmond Roudnitska led her on a new adventure. She was his pupil for 15 years, and for six years worked alongside him in his laboratory in Cabris, a small village near Grasse.
Mona di Orio Parfums was founded in 2004, with partner Jeroen Oude Sogtoen. Her fragrances were crafted with respect for the traditions of the past, with a modern touch and an eye towards the future, or as the company describes them, "unconventional perfume traditions." Quality and craftsmanship were emphasized above all, and the fragrances captured the attention of fragrance fans with their unique scents and distinctive champagne muselet closures.
Mona di Orio introduced Les Nombres d'Or collection beginning in 2010. Inpired by the concept of the Golden Ratio in mathematics and art, the fragrances strive for the perfect proportion of fine raw materials that would produce a melodious harmony. Les Nombres d'Or editions focusing on classic fragrance accords such as Vanilla, Vetiver, Tuberose, Amber, Leather and Musc were introduced beginning in 2010. A special luxury edition of the collection, Les Nombres D'or Oud, was issued in 2011.
The passing of Mona di Orio is a loss for the perfume world. The world is always a bit dimmer with the loss of an artist's bright spark. We leave you with a quote from Mona di Orio describing her philosophy and aesthetic as a perfumer: "I want to create fragrances that make people feel, dream, travel, remember and surprise."
The Fragrantica team expresses deepest condolences to Mona's family and loved ones. Rest in Peace, dear Mona.
Jodi Battershell Editor & Writer
Jodi Battershell (NebraskaLovesScent or "NLS") is a recent transplant to Philadelphia but remains a Nebraskan at heart. An appreciator of fine fragrances since childhood, she self-studied natural perfumery and created fragrance blends and handmade toiletries for a number of years, before hanging up her lab coat and approaching the fragrance industry from a different angle. She loves oakmoss, jasmine, cats, "Mr. NLS" and the color purple.
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