POSSE! Portia from AustralianPerfumeJunkies with a fragrance that I have overlooked again and again.When Michael Edwards cleared out his collection this gem, Opus 1870, was one of the ones he gave me. I think he or Clayton of What Men Should Smell Like put it into my hand to make sure I didn’t miss it. Well, it’s been a while since then and though I’ve often looked at the bottle my hand always went to something else around it, quite often Ameranthine. Until the other night….
Opus 1870 by Penhaligon`s 2005
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Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Coriander, yuzu, pepper
Heart: Cinnamon, incense, (English Clove) rose
Base: Musk, (Australian) sandalwood, Virginia cedar
Last year I learned that coriander is one of my favourite notes in perfumery. It has a crisp green freshness but also has a lovely sweet, almond milk feeling to it (to my nose anyway) and here paired with citrus and cracked pepper/bell pepper (the open is both wet and dry smelling) I find the whole entrance beguiling. Not particularly ground breaking but the blending is so lovely and seamless that only by looking at a note list can I pick the individual pieces apart, the whole fragrance taken as an entity is really lovely and so wearable. Without the note list I was only able to think green/fresh/citrus/almond/herbs.
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Through the heart I get a soft bouquet of spices and flowers but how it makes me feel is casually elegant. Penhaligon’s sells Opus 1870 as a winter scent but I think it could be worn year round by someone, a very easy scent that would make a great signature. Very springlike with its green open, spicy heart and woodsy dry down. Letting my imagination wander as I sit bathed in Opus 1870, my mind is seeing couples on casual afternoon dates, business people who want to stand a little apart from the crowd but not be smelled as aliens, well heeled soccer mums and dads and in dry down a sensual scent for wooing and screwing.
Opus 1870 is dapper, unisex and will fit your life as a go to scent. I can’t believe I walked by it so may times. How did the boys know my taste so well? Kismet
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In the usual Penhaligon’s way Opus 1870 is not challenging, you could easily gift Opus 1870. Unusually for a Penhaligon’s though is that it lasts really well. Fully fragrant for about 3 hours but after that dry down seems to buzz along on my skin for ages. Even this morning after wearing Opus 1870 to bed last night I have a very soft wash of scent covering my old man morning smell.
From Penhaligon’s site: …Opus 1870 is a complex and elegant woody chypre…. wonderfully warm and comforting, a fragrance to wrap yourself in on cold winter nights.
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If you’ve tried Opus 1870, what did you think? If not, are there reasons? I would love to read both sides of the coin.