Many years ago, I discovered Amouage. The House of Amouage fragrances were exceptional, and unique, featuring unusual and rare ingredients. The packaging was also very opulent, featuring graceful French lead crystal bottles embellished with 24 carat yellow, white or rose gold. The original Amouage fragrances, some of which the Advice Sisters review in our former What Works Beauty, Cosmetics & Fashion review columns, are signature scents. One can’t wear an Amouage fragrance without someone stopping to ask: “what is that amazing scent?”
It’s been a while since The Advice Sisters have reviewed anything from the House of Amouage, but I’m delighted to share with you a new fragrance in the Amouage Library Collection: Opus VI. This fragrance, is, obviously the 6th in a collection. According to the company: “Opus VI is an amber, leather and woody fragrance . Symbolizing the end of a love affair, eternity is represented as broken memories in the design of the box“
Opus VI was created by Amouage’s Creative Director, Christopher Chong. The inspiration was ” the power of erasing, destroying and re-inventing unwanted and painful memories. Traditionally used as a healing agent in folk medicine, Amber (in the base notes) supposedly helps with a broken heart. But while the inspiration seems sad, the scent, isn’t. The fragrance transported me back to a very happy time, and brought back a very specific, beloved memory to my senses. As a child, my father drove a black, Rover sportscar. It had bucket seats of rich, red leather and a dashboard of smooth, shiny teak. I thought it was the most elegant thing I’d ever seen. The entire front section of the car was strongly infused with the scent of my father’s pipe tobacco and the smoke it generated. That rich, deep, smoky, fruity tobacco permeated the leather and woods. Opus VI brought me right back to the memory of driving with my dad, being enveloped in one of the Rover’s bucket seats, and the joy of experiencing true luxury.
Amouage fragrances, tend to use unusual notes in unique combinations. Opus VI is classified as an oriental scent with the spice and incense created by amber, woods, and leather. The top notes are Sichuan Pepper, Frankincense, and St Thomas Bay, with a heart of Periploca, Cypriol, and Patchouli, but it’s the significant base that gets my attention, created of Ambranum, Z11, Sandalwood, and Cistus.
Opus VI will appeal to women, but it’s also a man’s fantasy. The scent is rich with intense, incense-y, sensual notes. The scent is so intoxicating, it feels like you’re drinking it into your nostrils. This is a pricey fragrance, and it’s not for everyone. However, for those who want something very special, Opus VI is available now. a 100 ml. bottle is 200 Euros (which if I did my currency translation correctly), is close to $263.00 plus an additional 17 Euros for shipping. This makes Opus VI more expensive than another famous luxury item named “Opus.” Opus One Wine, Vintage 2008 is $210 a bottle, and also a luxury collectible.
While I didn’t try the other fragrances in The Library Collection, they are all unisex, and by looking at the notes, probably just as spectacular as Opus VI. Opus VI will make a statement, reflecting not just the perfumer’s vision, but the personality of the wearer. Visit http://www.amouage.com/ to learn more about Amouage and the Library Collection and to purchase fragrance, online.