In conjunction with the Virtual Book Tour for her latest release, The Book of Lost Fragrances, I'm pleased to welcome author M.J. Rose to Confessions of an Avid Reader for a guest post on a lost fragrance.
M.J. Rose: I've been fascinated with lost fragrances since long before I started writing The Book of Lost Fragrances... since I found a bottle of perfume on my great grandmother's dresser that had belonged to her mother in Russia. Here is one of those lost fragrances that stirs the senses and the imagination... (reasearched and described with the help of the perfume writer Dimitrios Dimitriadis)
MONA DI ORIO - NUIT NOIRE
Upon her tragic passing in 2011, French parfumeur Mona di Orio (who studied under master perfumer Edmond Roudnitska) left us with an incredible legacy… an enchanting portfolio of perfumes, some of which are now next to impossible to find. Nuit Noire is one such treasure - a luxurious scent with vintage nuances that one seldom sees today. Opening with a topnote of orange blossom, it is counterbalanced with a dark, animalic (almost civety) accord of dense cardamom. A complex heart of oliban, sandalwood, cinnamon, clove and narcotising tuberose evoke a feeling of vintage sumptuousness. A creamy/leathery trail of amber, leather, musk and tonka beguiles and bewitches with lip-smacking carnality. Perhaps the most polarising scent of Mona di Orio's work, Nuit Noire takes its place in the perfume hall of fame, alongside other retired creations.
Rose lives in CT with her husband the musician and composer, Doug Scofield, and their very spoiled and often photographed dog, Winka.
For more information on M.J. Rose and her novels, please visit her WEBSITE. You can also find her on Facebook.
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