Amouage Library Series: Opus VII

amouageLooking through my sample collection I came across a spray sample of Amouage Opus VII that I’d been ignoring for a while. It’s not that I was afraid that I’d hate it; quite the opposite. I was afraid that I’d love it. Since it’s a Dom Perignon priced scent and I have more of a Diet Pepsi budget, it would have to be a love from afar..

Listed notes (From LuckyScent):

Galbanum, pink pepper, cardamom, nutmeg, fenugreek, agarwood smoke, patchouli, ambrox, leather, ambergris, costus root, muscone, sandalwood, olibanum and cypriol

A very green and woody scent that also has notes of an almost chewy resiny leather, it was instant love. Lasting power is phenomenal- I got 12 hours and still could smell it on my t-shirt when I woke up. It’s a very rich scant that smells expensive in the way that a really luxurious car does- like my friend’s SL 55 with it’s leather seats and matte wood interior says “this ain’t no Pinto, baby.” While it’s not the first thing I’d reach for to attend an IRS Audit, if I ever went anywhere where black tie was required, this would be the one. Oh, and it’s completely unisex.

Now the killer part. It’s $355 for 100 ML. Is it worth it? I think so. Will I buy it? Hell to the no. Little things like food and caar insurance and phone bills are in the way of that.

Image: LuckyScent

I believe my sample came from last years Posse meet up.

  • teri says:

    This had me ‘at hello’ as well. But with the price tag, a bottle would have to fall from the sky, because I just won’t pay that amount.

    That’s not to say I won’t pick up a sample from time to time. 🙂

  • Dina C. says:

    That list of notes reads like everything but the kitchen sink, but I’m super intrigued because it lists two of my very favorites: galbanum and sandalwood. Also love ambergris and cardamom. If I ever get the chance, I’ll be sure to sniff this one. It sounds great.

  • Melissa Pham says:

    I agree with you guys too. Thanks for sharing that.

  • Neva says:

    Oh, how I agree with you Tom! The Library Collection was my introduction into Amouage scents and I was overwhelmed some years ago. Opus VII I haven’t tried so far, but I’m sooooo afraid I’ll love it just like the rest of the bunch. You say “green and woody”, “resiny leather”…mmmmmhhh, I KNOW I’ll love it and it is worth every penny for sure. My favourite one is Opus I – the plum 🙂
    So far I only own samples, but I refuse to think that the price is out of my range, although it definitively is. I believe that if I wish for it hard enough it will materialize itself somehow someday on my shelf 😀