Hiya Posse! OPUS XI from the Amouage Library Series is a bottle added to the collection late last year after testing it at the Aussie launch. I’ve been saving opening it till a rainy day. Well, if it isn’t raining now then it probably never will.
Before we start talking about how it smells I’d like to take a moment to notice the packaging. Royal blue with a fun, outer space style, old fashioned wallpaper effect wrapping heavy card. It pulls open drawer like to reveal a midnight blue bottle in a gold pedestal backdropped with midnight blue velvet. The whole effect is lavish but not ridiculous. It’s about as tasteful as OTT presentation gets. I’m a fan.
OPUS XI Amouage Library Collection
Parfumo gives these featured accords:
Base: Styrax, Woodleather®
Sharp, herbal greenery opens quickly and disappears. It’s quickly overtaken by the resinous, leathery oudh with slight medicinal/band aid references and a very little bit of sweet unrinous toilet block. It’s strong and punches hard for about five minutes. The opening seems disjointed until the green comes back and the two pieces seem to fit together perfectly. Green and dark oudhy leather in harmony. A light eucalyptus style mentholation softens the story and makes OPUS XI start to smell like fine fragrance rather than a combative,.challenging freak show.
About 30 minutes in and OPUS XI is a deep, animalic leather with hints of oudh. That’s how it stays on my skin for hours. Very well mannered, when I think about my fragrance I can smell it but otherwise it’s background noise. Sorry but I can’t tell you how people respond to it either because I’ve only worn it around the house in lockdown while Jin’s been working.
This bottle is newly opened in the last week so I’ve only work OPUS XI a couple of times before reviewing it today. I’m interested to see how it performs in warmer weather. My thought is that it will bloom in quite different ways.
Leans traditionally masculine but women, you should definitely give it a spin.
Do you have a favourite from the Amouage Library Collection?