Amouage Opus VII

Opus VII Bottle  Stand v2 (2)Pepper is one of my favorite notes in cooking (and eating).  Applied with a judicious hand, pepper lends it fieriness to subtly enhance everything from savory to sweet..and even bitter (lemon pepper is a hit for very good reason).  And I’m a big ol’ Pepper Lover when it comes to perfume.  The Pink Peppercorn Overload of a few years ago nearly did me in, though.   When I first read ‘pink peppercorn’ in the list of notes for  Amouage Opus VII, my first thought was ‘oh, nooooooo!  Not the Dreaded Pink Peppercorn!”

 

Amouage Opus VII

oh, my!

I needn’t have worried.  In Christopher Chong’s deft hand, this peppercorn zings!!  The peppercorn blasts out of the gate with, well, a blast! LOL!  It’s an unabashedly zingy opening, which I love.  But it quickly settles down when the galbanum comes sliding in like a prom queen.  I get a hint of lemon but it’s not listed in the notes.  What I don’t get is the distinctive maple syrup smell that is often associated with fenugreek but maybe it’s that sweetness that keeps the galbanum/peppercorn mix from becoming bitter.  After that first blasty moment I get a very well-rounded composition, where the pepper is not fighting for center stage.   The leather never comes out full force, which is nice – yes, I know, I know.  For a leather lover like me, that’s akin to blasphemy, but hear me out:  the leather is there but it’s more of an underpinning than a full, in your face note.  This is one of those scents that conjures a vision of a wonderfully elegant, masculine man in a jacket and crisp white shirt, sitting in the leather driver’s seat of a Bentley Flying Spur.

 

Like a lot of assertively pepper-centric scents, this will read ‘masculine’ to a lot of noses but I think women can easily wear this  – and not in some Kate Hepburn way, either.  In fact, I think this would do beautifully juxtaposed against a flowery summer dress!   I was just in N-M and it looked as if Covent Garden exploded in there – all these gorgeous pastel summer frocks.  They’re lovely, to be sure, but they could use the edge of a slightly bracing perfume, especially in the heat of Spring, whenever that happens….this could be just the ticket.

Amouage Opus VII

photo stolen: etsy

 

 

On men?  It’s gonna be sexy as hell.  I might give Grima Wormtongue a quick looksee, were he to wear this.

 

Opus VII – Green, Woody, Leather

Top: Galbanum, Pink Pepper, Cardamom, Nutmeg, Fenugreek

Heart: Agarwood Smoke, Patchouli, Ambrox, Leather, Ambergris

Base: Costus Root, Muscone, Sandalwood, Olibanum, Cypriol

But don’t take my word for it.  Why not try it  yourself!?  “Well, Musette.  That’s fine .  Thanks.   But it’s not out yet.  Well, no, it’s not.  But I have a little scrab.  And I’d be happy to peel a scrablet off for a giveaway! Drop me a line, letting me know your favorite Amouage or the Amouage you most want to try.  I’ll have Carmine put on his leather Bentley driving gloves and hit random dot org for a winner.  I have the two most recent winners to announce (the Musette’s Musings and the Going Down, Coming UP giveaways – I’m all better, btw.  Thank you all so much for all your kind wishes).  I’ll announce those winners along with the Amouage Opus VII winner next week!

62 Comments
Undina April 5, 2013

Amouage is one of my favorite perfumes, I enjoy wearing many fragrances from the line but the only full bottle I have now is Ubar and I absolutely love it! Thank you for the draw!

Maureen April 4, 2013

The only Amourage I have tried is Interlude Man & Woman...won samples in a draw. I loved Interlude Man, was not sure about the Woman...seemed a little too much for me. I would love to try this. I'm so glad you are feeling better.

EileenS April 4, 2013

Opus VII sounds right up my alley! I've liked the masculines more than the feminines on me, a tendency that runs through many houses. Epic Man and Jubilation XXV have gotten the most wear, though my favorite has to be Homage Attar -- possibly because I have big ol' bottles of Epic and Jubilation and three tiny drops of the attar!

Sherri April 4, 2013

This sounds gorgeous! I love all Amouage, though Beloved is my favorite. So glad you're feeling better!!

susan April 3, 2013

The Amouage I most want to try is probably one of the Opuses... the mimosa one, is that IV? I can't remember. That's the one. The other I really want to try is Gold, since I lurve the aldehydes. I have tried very few Amouages, I did finally try Beloved, which I admire but isn't a holy grail scent for me ultimately.

Dina C. April 3, 2013

Thanks for a great review Miss Musette. I'm so glad you're feeling better this week. I also love some pepper in my scents. The one that comes to mind is Balenciaga Paris -- pepper with violets and white musk. I've only tried a handful of the Amouages, but I have enjoyed Dia Femme and Memoir Woman the best. This new one sounds like a good match for me. I love galbanum -- my favorite note -- and I'm a big fan of leather. I was just searching through some empty sample vials, and shook out the last couple drops of some vintage Cuir de Russie. Man, they don't make them like that any more! Or, not often! I would love to be entered in the drawing. Thanks!

Connie April 3, 2013

My favorite Amouage would have to be Gold Woman, but that is the only one I've tried, so it's also my least favorite. Thankfully, jdeangeo has agreed to swap with me for a few, so I am looking forward to having my horizons broadened in the near future. :)

Scott Lauze April 3, 2013

Wonderful post, I love the pepper fragrances! Hermes Poivre Samarcande, Marc Jacobs Bang!, and the gorgeous pepper-leather fougere Pascal Morabito Or Black. Wondering is the new Amouage is like Or Black? I would love to try a sample of Opus VII. My Favorite Amouages are Homage Attar and Jubilation XXV. Yours in fragrance, Scott

mim April 3, 2013

Thank you! Lovely review too. My favorite is Jubilation XXV, I like the masculine better so maybe I would like this one too. I really want to try all the Opuses and Interludes!

lucasai April 3, 2013

Great review! I'm really looking forward to give it a try. My favourite Amouage is Opus II from Library Collection, I also like Opus V and Lyric Man.

Elia April 3, 2013

My favourite Amouage so far is Reflection Man, I believe that I might really like Lyric Woman though and should get to trying it.

Jay Dabbs April 3, 2013

I have been wanting to try the unavailable Crystal Silver Men.

Dzing!y April 3, 2013

My fave amouages are Ubar, Epic Woman, Memoir Woman, Jubilation 25 and XXV. love this line.

Anne April 3, 2013

So far, I've tried Opus IV, V and VI in the LIbrary Collection - the last being the most symphonic for me. Heaven! Maybe the richly scented little Amouage fairies will bring me a bottle this year. As a writer, the idea of a "library" of scents is completely beguiling. Can't wait to try VII!

James Gatling April 3, 2013

One of favorites winter fragrances that I get many compliments on is Amouage Memoir Man. The green leather and woody top notes in this Opus VII has the opportunity to be my goto spring and summer scent.

Anita Misztalska April 3, 2013

Musette thank you for your review :) My first Amouage was Amouage Gold i bough it for years ago, then Interlude Man this is such a warm, inviting scent,then I fell In love with Opus VI this is wonderful, then bought Opus II hmmm its not really me , then got my Opus discovery set and found Opus I that is the perfect Library scent :) Im really really curious about Opus VII- I'd love to test it :)

eldarwen22 April 3, 2013

My first Amouage love was Lyric for women. I automatically fell in love with it. Ubar and Jubilation, I admire but don't care for. I haven't gotten around to trying the Opus or Library collection yet. I am looking at getting a decant of Beloved Woman.

sisterspecies April 3, 2013

I have yet to encounter an Amouage I don't love, but lately Opus VI has been hard to put down. I find them all to be quite addictive, the price certainly reinforces this feeling (can I afford another spritz- oh god, who cares, I NEED it!) Thanks for the draw!

Matthew Baker April 3, 2013

I'd very much like to try Jubilation XXV, myself. -Ekscentra, basenotes.net

Nancysg April 3, 2013

My first and still favorite Amouge is Opus VI. But Beloved Woman is a close second. I have been awaiting this new Opus with great curiosity.

motto1410 April 3, 2013

The absolute fav Amouage is Jubilation for Men. Sadly women version is not as impressive, even my gf uses "for Men" version of it.

d3m0lici0n April 3, 2013

My favorite Amouage is Tribute, I would love to try the new Opus. Thanks

Elena April 3, 2013

I have only tried Dia. I'm sort of afraid to fall in love with one!

Lia April 3, 2013

Epic Woman is my go-to perfume for date night and Gold Woman if I want to feel more like Grace Kelly. Would love to try this new Opus. Thanks!

Alexander April 3, 2013

Thank you for this review.I have been waiting for more info about Opus VII for months. My favourite Amouage would be Epic man or Badr al Badour.Most interesting Amouage is to try surely is Opus VII :)

Beth April 3, 2013

I'm glad you're feeling well! I'm not sure how I'd like this one. I'm still learning my likes and dislikes, even a couple years into this process. I love Lyric, but it's definitely pretty and I liken it to a night at the opera. I love Memoir, it's deeper on me, more incense. I'm not sure if it's Gold or Dia, I love spicy and peppery. Absolute por le soir, Parfum Sacre. I perceive these as spicy, but maybe I'm confused. I mean I think Absolute por le Soir and Traversee du Bosphere remind me of each other a lot. But their notes don't read that way. This perfume business is confusing! ;)

FeralJasmine April 3, 2013

My favorite Amouage so far is Lyric Woman. I'd love to try this one. Thanks for the giveaway!

Tora April 3, 2013

I too, am glad you are back in good form! What a lovely review! I love leather also, my most favorite being Cuir Mauresque. I have not tried too many of the Amouage scents, yet, but I do love JUbilation XXV. I would love to be part of the draw!

rosarita April 3, 2013

You can leave me out of this draw; just wanted to say how glad I am that you're back, and feeling better. You were missed, Ms A! <3

Goldencrab April 3, 2013

I've yet to try any of the Amouage fragrances but would love to start with Opus VII. So glad you're feeling better!

Insensé April 3, 2013

I'd love to try Opus VII. I had samples of Jubilation and Interlude, both for men, and was more impressed by the latter! Thank you for the draw!

Irina April 3, 2013

I really loved Beloved" would love to be able to try Opus VII thanks, Mussette

David Rhaybans April 3, 2013

So far Memoir Man is leading the way in my mind for Amouage. Thank you very much for the draw!

Ahmad Algadeeb April 3, 2013

I fall in love with Jubilation , interlood and Opous III. I think I also like honour man but I can't recall properly. Amouage as a house although pricy but I guess the worth the investment. they keep you entertained the whole day whilst giving u unmatched experience in being unusual perhaps for majority but as I'm from the Middle East it gives me a familier vibe which I can't pinpoint

solanace April 3, 2013

Wow, Thank's for the giveaway, Musette! My Amouage bffs are: Gold Woman, Dia man, Epic Woman and the Beloved ones, in no particular order. I love this line, it gives me hope in the future!

Jackie b April 3, 2013

Be still my beating heart, this sounds gorgeous! I love Epic Woman which is spicy peppery to me and is my ultimate winter scent. Have just ordered Interlude Man for my husband. Yes, I am an Amouage groupie!

Steve Tsotras April 3, 2013

I'm still waiting to try the Opus collection, but as an incense lover, Amouage is definitely one of my favorite houses.

Tara April 3, 2013

Sounds lovely! Wearing my beloved Epic woman today

T.Torres April 3, 2013

You got me worried Galbanum is not a note I get along with! As for my favorite Amouage, well its Homage attar.

handler0 April 3, 2013

Pepper? And leather? Sign me up! Just tried my first leather fragrance this week and fell in love. Opus VII would be amazing to smell.

Red April 3, 2013

I used to have two vials of Amouage Opus VI, my first niche experience ever and up to the last drop, it was love each sniff.. Would Opus VII surpassed the beauty of its predecessor? Hope to win this draw and sniff for myself.

Rina April 3, 2013

I just tried Lyric over the weekend, would love to sniff this one! I love peppercorns (and pepper trees). Thanks for the draw, glad you are over the ick!

Ginny M April 3, 2013

Since a Christmas visit to Harrods, I've been hemming and hawing over a F/B of Opus V. Now that warmer weather is around the corner, my lust has been back-burnered, but for right now, that's what's leading the pack among the esteemed Amouage offerings. That said, I'd really love to try Opus VII. I wonder if III is still Monsieur Chong's favorite...?

Cat Schultz April 3, 2013

Glad you're feeling better, Musette! I read your going down coming up post. Bless your heart! That's not a fun ordeal. Bleh... As far as an Amouage sample. I'm so about this one! I love leather and peppercorn.i would also like to try the Beloved and Beloved man as well. I've never been good at decisions.Variety is the spice of life!

Angelique April 3, 2013

Oh, this little offering would be perfectly fine to start off with in the Amouage line; I've mostly used black pepper essential oil, cut with a floral, and am not nearly familiar enough with pink peppercorn. (And glad you are feeling better. <3)