The Scented Hound

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Les Nombres d’Or Rose Etoile de Hollande by Mona Di Orio

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Rose EtoileWHAT I SMELL:  Rose Etoile de Hollande opens with a bright peach layered upon aldehydes, which is then quickly followed a disconcerting clove note.  What opens and pretty, soon becomes strange and sour and somewhat biting.  Thankfully the rose steps out a bit which helps to soften the clove, but there remains a sharpness that I am hoping will dissipate.  After around 15 minutes or so, the rose retreats and the peach once again makes it to front and center.   The peach is tangy and bright.  I wouldn’t say it’s juicy, but it does have a warmth about it which cuts the sharpness experienced from the first 15 minutes.  This is strange.  Where’s the rose?  All I get is peach and more peach.   More strange is that another 15 minutes it seems like I am back to the beginning with the sharpness that I experienced earlier and a bit more rose than all the peach.  After a lengthy dry down, Rose Etoile de Hollande becomes slightly woody and much softer with hints of heliotrope.  And after even a few more hours, you’ll notice a very light smoky incense leather added to the mix.  Rose Etoile de Hollande overall is rather pretty and comforting, but it’s all peach and little to no rose.   Surprisingly, for a Mona di Orio fragrance, Rose Etoile de Hollande sits close to the skin and is rather light in its projection.  Overall, it’s a beautiful fragrance in the end.   I just wish there was a little more rose and a little less peach.

Top notes are aldehydes, white peach and bergamot; middle notes are rose, cloves and geranium; base notes are leather, patchouli, cedar, heliotrope, vanilla, benzoin, amber and peru balsam.

peachWHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME:  peaches

THREE ADJECTIVES THAT DESCRIBE ROSE ETOILE DE HOLLANDE:  peachy, bright, semi-sharp

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT ROSE ETOILE DE HOLLANDE:  Perfume-Smellin Things, Olfactoria’s Travels, Cafleurebon

BOTTOM LINE:   Rose Etoile de Hollande is perplexing to me.  I really want to like it, but something is holding me back.  I think it’s the peach.  It’s just a bit too dominant for my tastes.  However, if you love a good peach note, I can see how this could be wonderful.  It’s no Mitsouko, but it is nice.

  • Bone Rating: 3.5 out of 5 possible bones
  • Scent:  Floral
  • Nose:   Mona di Orio
  • Classification:  Unisex, but leans feminine
  • Expense:  $230 for 100ml EdP

Author: The Scented Hound

Just a normal guy with the nose of a beagle!

7 thoughts on “Les Nombres d’Or Rose Etoile de Hollande by Mona Di Orio

  1. I didn’t get any peach from Rose étoile de Hollande, and it is kind of my least favorite of the line . . . maybe if I got peach, I would have been more enthusiastic . . .

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    • Daisy – I posted this on Facebook Fragrance Friends earlier and there were 2 camps. The group that didn’t smell peach and the group that did. I think the rose that i used is a type that smells of peaches. In any case. I didn’t like it at first, now I am growing to like it. The hubby hates it!!!

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  2. Unfortunately, I didn’t try this one. On what you have said, I think I wouldn’t like it. I don’t have any perfume that has fruity notes, I’m all about wood, resins, leather and some more wood 🙂
    Recently, I’ve tried from Mona di Orio their new perfume… if you have the opportunity! I recommend you to try it! Interesting dark floral…

    Juraj

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  3. Yehhhhhhhh Les Nombres d’Or kinda suck ey :/

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