The creamy gardenia, lily, vanilla and Nag Champa fragrance of Monyette Paris has become a favorite of both floral and non-floral lovers alike, making Style Magazines's illustrious 5 Great Cult Perfumes list and even winning the hearts of Hollywood stars from Oprah to Cameron Diaz and Gwen Stefani. It's the only gardenia scent I can bring myself to wear (besides Chanel Gardenia, which I maintain is a jasmine fragrance in disguise): normally I find white florals too sharp and angular on me, but Monyette is a pleasantly "round" floral, lush and creamy to the extreme.
Nonetheless, I rarely reach for Monyette, because not only is it a perfume oil roll-on (frankly, I find that spraying is an intrinsic, enjoyable part of the perfume experience and any bottle in my collection without an atomizer usually ends up collecting dust) but because the scent is so lush and rich that after a few hours of wear it starts to practically choke me with its creaminess. Monyette Cashmere Mist, the scent's dry-oil spray, is the perfect solution to my problems. It not only provides a sheer layer of moisture perfect for the bare arms and legs of summertime, but also works as the perfect perfume substitute when applied lightly along the arms, wrists and neck.
The fragrance is the same lush tropical gardenia of the oil, and it has the same intensity and strength for the first few hours as well. It does drift away after around three hours or so (a little sooner than the oil), but that is just long enough for me to be able to wear the scent without getting sick of it.
Monyette Paris Cashmere Body Mist is $28 for 120 ml. For buying information, see the listing for Monyette Paris under Perfume Houses.