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Mona di Orio 1969-2011

It has been reported that perfumer Mona di Orio died from complications from surgery December 9, 2011. Mona was 42 years old, born July 19, 1969 in France to parents of Spanish and Italian descent. She was raised in Annecy , France and graduated from art school with a degree in Fine Arts and Literature.

Mona’s fascination with fragrances began as a very young girl. Her first perfume was L’Heure Bleue by Guerlain, after much time spent saving up for the purchase. Mona was inspired by the great perfumes of the 1920’s and 30’s, considered the golden age of perfume. She was also inspired by the concept that scent was an emotional force in people’s lives. Mona began correspondence with renowned master perfumer Edmond Roudnitska early on. She originally contacted him inquiring about some of his books and explained how she was having difficulty finding his publications. Roudnitska was very generous and sent Mona some of his publications. Her correspondence lasted for quite some time during her years as a student. Mona pursued her studies so that one day she might be a master perfumer herself. She was classically trained and pleased that after her traditional studies were finished, Roudnitska asked her to be his pupil.

Mona collaborated with Edmond Roudnitska in 1987, which resulted in a 15-year-long working relationship that ended upon his death in 1996. For 6 of those years, she worked side by side with Roudnitska in his laboratory in the village of Cabris near Grasse. After his death, Mona helped run the family business that Roudnitska started, ‘Art et Parfum.”

She has left a legacy of beautiful perfumes with many loyal followers. This creative energy will be missed.

Mona di Orio had a personal wish for her remains to be buried in Amsterdam at Zorgvlied Cemetery. She is being flown to Amsterdam Wednesday and burial will occur Friday, December 16th.


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