Monotheme Book of Citrus Boccioli di Limone: Get Thee to Marks and Sparks!


Marks and Spencer have really pulled it out of the bag as far as fragrance goes.  Not only is their own-brand fragrance good quality, nicely packaged and affordable, but they are stocking some truly fantastic stuff that you won’t get from the likes of The Perfume Shop.

Even the smaller branches, such as my local are now (finally!)  stocking a stunning selection from the Fragonard range, as well as Roger & Gallet and Monotheme.

It is a Monotheme scent that I will be reviewing today and I would like to thank, once again, friend of the blog and friend of little old me, Lisa Wordbird for the loan of the bottle.

I shall be returning the bottle with just a few squirts missing, but in fact this is so good I wanted to drench myself in it.  Yes, it’s November, and this is perfect for summer, but sometimes you want to keep a bit of summer back for nostalgia.

Monotheme Boccioli di Limone comes in a gorgeous and generous 100ml bottle and smells very sharply of lemons.  I could end it there, but there are lots of nuances between lemon scents that set the good apart from the bad, or the sheep from the goats as it were.

There is a knack to citrus scents and many fade once the drydown has kicked in and become vaguely fruity and sour, but this one hangs in there, being astringent and zingy.  However, what I noticed a couple of hours later is that the scent trail it leaves becomes a sort of light lemony floral that smells impossibly feminine and addictive.   Even though this is an eau de toilette, it is done in the cologne style, but the scent doesn’t burn off quickly and longevity is around five hours.

This is an all round, hard working, great quality lemon scent and at a mere 22.50 for a big 100ml bottle, it looks far more expensive than it is.  Thanks Lisa! The Marks and Spencer Fragrance department has just become my favourite perfume pitstop.

Dear Father Christmas…brace yourself, it’s a loooong list.

11 thoughts on “Monotheme Book of Citrus Boccioli di Limone: Get Thee to Marks and Sparks!”

  1. I’m really glad you like it as much as I do. Monotheme do a couple of different versions of citrus and I got a few funny looks lurking in the perfume department at Culverhouse Cross sniffing one hand and then another repeatedly. As you do.

    I had a struggle to choose between this one and another in their range, but it was the longevity that drew me to this one. It stays ‘lemony’ longer than any other citrus I have found, which is what I have been looking for for a long time. I suspect the slightly floral base is lemon flowers, which have to be similar to orange flowers, right? I have an orange plant and the flowers smell surprisingly rich and indolic.

    Have you smelled Monotheme’s Cuir?

    1. I can confirm that lemon blossoms do indeed smell gorgeous on the tree, though less sweet and indolic than orange blossoms. Less heady, I was going to say, but I’m comparing a single tree here and there (ours is a dwarf, in fact) to our neighbor’s cluster of four orange trees and my childhood memories of orange groves.

      A commenter at the Now Smell This blog recently described that characteristic lifting of arm to nose as the Perfumista Salute.

      1. Dear Laurels,

        It doesn’t surprise me in the least that you, in Southern California have smelled lemon blossom, and me, in rainy Wales, have not. The scent of it explains my floral interpretation perfectly, thank you. lemon blossom was the only other note listed.

        As for perfumista’s salute! brilliant. The commenter should have copyrighted that gem!

        best wishes

    2. Hang on, you have an orange plant? I take it it’s indoors? I must sniff it next time I’m at your house. ( I say that a lot!)

      Thanks for letting me know about the good stuff coming to our local branch. I was like Alice in Wonderland and came out smelling of…well about five different things, breaking all my rules. The quality and range is outstanding and I want to go next door into The Perfume Shop and shout ” come away from that! the good stuff is in here, follow me!”

      And in answer to your question, no I haven’t yet, I was too gaga over the Fragonard shelf. Next time though…

  2. Just love reading your thoughts on fragrance. Once again I’m wishing I were on the other side of the Atlantic so that I could shop for your recommendations. I love citrus fragrances. This one sounds wonderful. Thank you for sharing!

    1. Hi Tiffanie and thank you so much for taking the time to drop by and comment. I’m glad you like citruses like me. If you have trouble getting this one you might like Eau de Sisley No 1, Jo Malone (try Nordstrom or or the fabulous Guerlain Herba Fresca. I do hope you enjoy the blog. I can only express my regret that my forthcoming giveaway is UK only. But only because of posting regs, and not because I don’t appreciate you all!

      best wishes

  3. I’ll have to hunt for Monotheme online. I know some Fragonard and R&G scents are available here, although I’ve never come across them in stores. Fingers crossed!

      1. You’re welcome! and thanks for the tip off for USA readers. I do try and include you when possible! I am jolly fond of my USA/Canada readers. x

    1. Keep hunting Laurels! In the meantime, I am very jealous that you get Bath and Bodyworks and Sephora over there and we don’t over here. 🙁

  4. I love this perfume too! It smells of golden, Italian sunshine and freshness and definetely lingers, especially in clothes. It is the most zingy and long-lasting of this citrus range. The Orange perfume is a nice warm smell and I had considered Bergamot, but went for this one as the scent stood out – I did not regret my decision.
    And yes, I too bought from M & S! For me, it was a debate as to whether to go for Crabtree & Evelyn’s Florentine Freesia or Old World Jasmine perfumes, or this. In the end, I decided on this one as I had had my eye on it for a long time and wanted to try something different – I was not disappointed.

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