It is always very sad to lose a loved one, no matter what their age. However, when somebody so young dies, there is an extra shadow that lingers. I was very shocked to hear of Mona di Orio’s passing. I had recently discovered her perfumes, having bought a small split of her Oud perfume made from real oud from Laos. It is a beautiful perfume, with the deep sonorous oud, calming incense and the fruity edible osmanthus that weaves in like a coquettish surprise but stays like a cuddly soft blanket. I wore this perfume yesterday as my small tribute to the talented perfumer that Mona Di Orio was. I feel a little sad that I didn’t write about Oud while she was alive, but to invoke a cliche- better late than never?
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