Regular Posse know that this time of year is Not for Perfume. I’m in the garden, ripping out weeds, digging holes…and bees and wasps abound…so perfume is replaced by Avon Skin So Soft (still, in my opinion, the best flying insect repellent on the planet). Usually I don’t even open perfume packages this time of year.
But I got an unexpected box from Amouage. Who doesn’t open a box from Amouage, amirite? So …..in the box was a plain little bottle….and in that Plain Little Bottle is Opus IX.
Before I tell you about it, let me walk you back though my Opus history. I am an unabashed fan of Amouage, as you all know – but I have always found the Opus line to be a little challenging. So it was with a bit of trepidation that I took the top off that sprayer….whoa! Posse! The cap nearly blew me away – JUST THE CAP! It is that beautiful, I promise you! An elusive, chiaroscuro cloud of jasmine, floating through dappled woods….I was so gobsmacked that I immediately spritzed it on my wrists and went back in the garden. Amongst the late lilacs and early roses, the jasmine wove a beautiful, soft…well, we’re back to ‘cloud’…it really is cloudlike in its beauty. Jasmine is a toughie for me – I always want to love it but am not always successful. Surrender to Chance’s Coldwater Canyon helped turn me into a jasmine lover – and Opus IX takes that love to a whole other level.
Christopher Chong, an avowed Operaphile (is that a word? It is now) created this stunning perfume in homage to the vaunted 1958 Lisbon production of La Traviata, with the diva Maria Callas as Violetta. A quote from his notes ” To express the theme of love, death and redemption we play with textures of opulent floral spectrum combined with the carnal desire of the animalic and leather notes.” In homage to The Lady of Camellias (the basis for La Traviata) Amouage created a ‘camellia accord’ since camellias are without scent (but so gorgeous). Christopher’s creative interpretation of camellia fits perfectly with the Amouage oeuvre – whenever I wear Lyric, with that hypnotic ‘waxy’ note that haunts me so… I think of camellia.
This is shimmering, faceted beauty, much like Mme Callas’s gown in the opera. Without being ‘frothy’ it managed to convey a lighter-than-air quality, while still hinting at the darkness below. I wore Opus IX for nearly a week and was never bored by it. Notes:
Top: Camellia Accord, Black Pepper, Jasmine
Heart: Gaiac Wood, Beeswax, Leather
Base: Grey Amber, Vetiver, Civet
I could wax on but it would be just mindless babbling – this is a thing of beauty that requires that you experience it firsthand. So! I’m going to have Miss Chloe pull one of you for a leetle vial of this beauty. Tell me what’s going on in your world and you’ll be entered. Tell me a story – fun, sad, whatever. It’ll be worth it, to be entered into this draw – this is a stunning beauty you need to experience!