måndag 16 maj 2011

Mona di Orio - Jabu (english version)

Mona di Orios Jabu is dominated by orange blossom but also has deeper shades than many other fragrance in the orange blossom genre. Jabu means joy in Zulu and 10% of the proceeds from Jabu go to an aid project for HIV-infected mothers and children in Africa.

There are some perfume gurus who I think underevaluate Mona di Orio perfumes but I like most of them. I'm sometimes even appealed to wear  the hardcore, green fragrance Amyitis. Jabu is a much more easy fragrance to wear compared to Amyitis.

Notes: petitgrain, orange blossom, rose, coconut, benzoin, honey, plums, amyris (a lemon tree related shrub whose resin is strongly scented and sometimes is used as a watered-down substitute for sandalwood)
Rating: 5
Jabu is a warm and embracing fragrance. It has some similarities with Prada Infusion Fleur d'Oranger but the Prada which is an EDT is more transparent and very soapy (at least on my skin). Jabu feels more discreetly elegant, like a softer, denser and fatter scent of orange blossom. It also has small projection, perhaps due to higher concentration, it is an EDP and probably contains more elements of natural ingredients. IdFdO is much more noisy and feel more as a bathing product in character. Jabu has many other notes that interact with orange flower. After a while there is a tangible phase of myrrh in Jabu. The fresh mushroom-like note from Serge Lutens La Myrrhe could be imagined. 
In the same time the orange flower constantly appears in varying shades and there is also a note similar to bread. The base is a warm, soft blend of honey and (still) myrrh. In this stage Jabu reminds of a part of Annick Goutals Myrrhe Ardente. The longivity of Jabu is good, tracks with myrrh is still on my skin in the morning after the day I tested Jabu.Jabu is a fragrance that makes you happy and it provokes the feeling of really hot and sunny weather. I think that Jabu could be worn year around, like a heater in the winter for summer Jabu is a fragrance that could stand the pressure of heat without disappearing  after a few houers.Jabu is a true comfort scent that I would like to have more than a small sample of.

Rating: 5

Notes: Orangeblossom, Petitgrain, Tiare, Damask Rose, Ylang-Ylang, Sandalwood, Benzoin, Plum, Myrrh

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