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Perfumer & Flavorist magazine is saddened to report perfumer Mona di Orio has passed away. According to the Mona di Orio website and the brand’s Facebook page, the brand’s namesake perfumer Mona di Orio died on Dec. 9, 2011.
A post on the brand’s Facebook page read:
Today, completely unexpected and leaving us in great sorrow, our great inspirer, friend, colleague and name giver to her great loves, her beautifull parfum creations, MONA DI ORIO has passed away.
We are shocked and deeply saddened and speechless but will still help realize her dreams.
Team Mona di Orio Parfums
According to the brand’s website, di Orio was born and raised in France, and after studying fine arts and literature in school, she began studying with master perfumer Edmund Roudnitska to learn the art of perfumery. She spent multiple years training with Roudnitska, developing a fragrance aesthetic that often used natural ingredients and light as inspiration.
In 2004, she partnered with Jeroen Oude Sogtoen to found the Mona di Orio Parfums fragrance house. With a distinct focus on craft and quality, all the brand’s fragrances are manufactured in France, helping to give the brand and its products a unique identity and credibility in the fragrance marketplace.
Di Orio’s inspiration and contributions will be greatly missed within the industry.