The Scented Hound

Perfume blog with abbreviated perfume reviews & fragrance reviews.

Mona di Orio Nuit Noire


MdO Nuit NoireWHAT I SMELL:  Nuit Noire opens with a plasticined orange, it’s slightly bitter and sour and rather animalic (to be honest, there’s a skankiness that is quite unexpected).  Given the opening, I would think that the perfume would be heavy and thick.  Instead, the perfume feels light and airy, albeit it incredibly potent.  Now don’t get me wrong, I like it when a perfume has a bit of a funky edge as long as it doesn’t dominate.  And after around 10 minutes or so, the funk, although still present, makes way for a warmed mix of spice and a light creaminess.  The projection is low which makes the perfume feel mysterious and rather forbidden.  The transition of the soured orange to more of a flattened musk brings a more evened edge to the perfume and after around 30 minutes the tuberose melds with the orange blossom which helps to soften the perfume even further. In the end, Nuit Noire is a sultry and sexy exotic creamy floral with just the right amount of naughty edginess.

From the Mona di Orio website:

Nuit Noire elicits the steaming sensuality of a dark, sultry night in North Africa, exotic, spicy, and animalic. A strikingly carnal affair, the raw energy and heat at the start rises from floral notes colliding with woods, spices and leather, but as it is with lovers, this sophisticated floriental dries down richly intimate into a velvety seduction of spices.

The honeyed floral sweetness of orange blossom, intense tuberose, and robust, spicy cardamom seduce each other and tease for dominance. The indolic quality of the orange blossom and tuberose pulses with a ripe lushness. Brighter notes of ginger and oranges arrive on the hot wind of this vibrant souk and bring with it an intense accord of incense, spices and woods from frankincense, cinnamon, cloves and cedar and sandalwood.

Notes of animalistic musk, comforting leather, vanilla-sweet tonka and warm resinous amber develop into a creamy, velvet intoxication. This primal nocturnal journey becomes darker and spicier.

Notes:  Orange flower, cardamom, ginger, orange, frankincense, cinnamon, tuberose, sandalwood, clove, cedarwood, amber, leather, musk, tonka.

jean_shrimptonWHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME:  A 1960s supermodel Jean Shrimpton.


WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT NUIT NOIRE: CaFleureBon, The Sounds of Scent, The Black Narcissus

BOTTOM LINE:  There’s something about orange blossom that has a 1960s connection to me.  As modern Nuit Noire is, to me, there’s a bit of vintage vibe to the perfume.  Modern or vintage, Nuit Noire’s perfumed ride goes from the wild to the absolute sublime.

  • Bone Rating:  3.5 out of possible 5 bones
  • Scent:  Oriental Floral
  • Nose: Mona di Orio
  • Classification: Unisex
  • Expense: $195 for 75 ml Eau de Parfum

Sample courtesy of Twisted Lily Fragrance Boutique and Apothecary.

Author: The Scented Hound

Just a normal guy with the nose of a beagle!

12 thoughts on “Mona di Orio Nuit Noire

  1. When I tired Nuit Noir for the first time, I wanted to like it but I couldn’t… The orange bothered me. Your review made me feel like giving it another try though. I still have a sample left somewhere. 🙂


    • I will admit that orange blossom can be difficult for me and I did wonder if I was going to like this at all at first, but the drydown hooked me in. If it wasn’t for the funky opening (which was interesting), I probably would have moved this more to a 4 bone rating. The end result is really lovely though!

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  2. Even though hajusuuri means Big Stink, I don’t think I can do funky opening that lasts for 30 minutes.

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  3. Thank you for the link 🙂 Funny that the two perfumes you’ve last blogged about both have those BIG openings. I doesn’t seem to bother you too much though? I’m not easily overwhelmed, but Nuit Noir is just too much for me to wear it, even if I can appreciate it.


    • If I think about it, when I’m testing a perfume, I’m usually in a controlled setting, sitting at my desk, writing notes, etc. So in the real world, those big openings probably are either going to go one way….as I’m getting ready for work I just don’t have time to notice. Or, I’m getting ready to go out and the big opening makes me feel special. Your thoughts on Nuit Noire seem to be pretty normal from the responses that I’m hearing on here and on FB.

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  4. It, not I of course, silly iPad… 😉


  5. You smelled Jean Shrimpton in 60s? 🙂

    I like their new bottles but perfumes do not really work for me so I’m not looking for this tuberose.


  6. Nuit Noire is on my list of FB buys, softly skanky. Big but in a dramatic more than nasal-assault sense for me. The MdO line seems cut to fit my chemistry, the only one I don’t adore is Ambre and that because it sinks into my skin without a trace after 15 minutes.
    Portia xx

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  7. Thank you for sharing the article. I’d like to try it. Hope to hear more from you.


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