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Amyitis by Mona di Orio is different from the four opulent fleshy Signature Collection scents which preceded it, all of which seem to possess a startling shock-value at some point in their dry-down, which can be difficult for some noses. Amyitis is green, aromatic and light, and according to the website was…  “Inspired by the Hanging Gardens of Babylon built by Nebuchadnezzar II for his Queen Amyitis, homesick for the greener and more fruitful Medea…the feeling of being in balance with yourself and nature, unburdened and peaceful…, inspired Mona to create this fresh green fragrance."
So Amyitis opens fresh and green, with a quiet spicy undertone – the spice in sweet caraway and distinctive pimento with dried herbs mix with sweet-sappy, milky-vegetal grass notes.  The accord takes on an almost watery limpid quality, unusual and exotic, but at the same time soft and inviting. Earthy iris and green violet add to the green natural-garden effect, but as the spice notes deepen into the heart, the feeling begins to shift to a darker weightier landscape. In the base, resinous cedar and sweet amber add balsamic richness, oakmoss adds heft, and when saffron joins the mix, the idyllic green wafty scent transforms into rooty fertile perfume, with powdery opoponax adding warm curves to its slender bones.
The overall effect of Amyitis is one of understatement, with a nuanced complexity that plays for hours on the skin. The sappy green grass note comes back smelling slightly fermented, boozy and reckless in the dry-down; the earthy iris and violet florals unite with saffron and amber for an almost animalic splurge from time to time, woods and moss in the base create a definite vetiver accord, revealing a more austere facet of the green core in Amyitis. At the end of the day, I can still detect the mossy green scent on my wrists, and I can imagine how wonderfully cool it will smell on the hot steamy days that July will bring.
Notes: caraway, savory, capsicum (pimento), green leaves, iris, violet, gaiac wood and cedar, saffron, opoponax, oakmoss, and amber.
Type: EdP
Parfumeur: Mona di Orio

Price: $7.00