Opus IVby Amouage (2010)
76 of 100%, 85 Ratings
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|Top Notes||Grapefruit, Coriander, Mandarin, Lemon|
|Heart Notes||Elemi resin, Rose hip, Cardamom, Cumin, Rose, Violet leaf|
|Base Notes||Labdanum, Musk, Peru balsam, Frankincense|
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Helpful Review - 01/05/2013
This scent is like reading a beautiful, ancient novel that slowly unfolds & unfurls, page by page, on your skin - strange, compelling, addictive, exotic, timeless.
If you like resinous-incense scents, you will love Opus IV.
The opening is citrus & quite bright: green & luminous with a fresh sappy note. The overall colour-feel is a luminescent sunrise glow. It is deep & yet translucent, rich yet never sickly, incense-smokey without the fire.
The resin-sap note begins to glow in the intense dry heat of the incense. And the incense is the good kind... a little churchy, a little hippy, a little exotic. It is the same that I find in the Chai Chapel Earth incense that you burn on hot coals which gives a slight touch-of-the-sauna to the scent.
Underneath, I am aware of a sharp metallic note - never unpleasant, just intriguing. I burn frankincense & love this tangy aspect it imparts. This truly is an ode to this wonderful resin. I do not detect any sweaty notes AT ALL (& I often have trouble with cumin in perfume). The dryness is delightful - I love a parched scent! Sunbaked papyrus pages in a desert where gnarled trees ooze resinous sap & the ground smells of baked clay.
IMO, it is neither masculine nor feminine; not quite eastern, never western...this is one of those rare scents that will transport you away from the hububb of your life. I would enjoy this on any skin as it has an otherwordly quality & a story-telling ability that I admire in perfumery. The strength is good & longevity is exceptional.
Amouage perfumes can sometimes appear to try to hard & be just too, too much but this one is a real understated treat. The best of the bunch & close to my frankincense HG.
Simply put: WANT.
Yes, this composition is extraordinarily complex. I'm not sure what to think of it, to be honest. It's definitely not feminine. Is it masculine? No, I don't think so. It's more like the scent of things than people, it seems to me. OPUS IV is a foreign scent because it combines so many different kinds of things from very different places, that I feel as though I'm looking through a kaleidoscope.
I don't think that I would want a full bottle of OPUS IV, but it is certainly an interesting experience. In some ways, it reflects the complexity of a library, filled with thousands of books filled with millions of different ideas. It reminds me of the Borges character Funes el memorioso...
Helpful Review - 07/28/2012
The opening of Opus IV starts off with a cornucopia of vibrant juicy citruses. Your senses are bathed with the sharpness produced by this heavy handed serving of lemon, mandarin and grapefruit. The citrus notes are stippled with coriander, which gives it an interesting herbal quality that temper the citruses sweetness. This green herbal note walks a fine line between woody and minty. The refreshing opening of Opus IV progresses toward a warm heart engulfed in sassy spices, respectable florals and resinous undertones. Rose percolates through the fragrance and emanate through a thin layer of violet leaves. Both the rose and violet leaves are nestled by fragrant cumin and resinous elemi. While the opening and heart of Opus IV is warm and interesting, the incense laden base is the most long lasting and memorable part of this fragrance. It is a very dense combination of balsam, labdanum, frankincense and musk, giving it opulence and a respectable sophistication.
I have sampled all releases in Amouage's Library Collection to date and find Opus IV to be my favorite so far. This fragrance is classified in the unisex category but I think it leans a bit more masculine. You may find this fragrance more suitable for the cooler months because of its sweet, warm and spicy demeanor. I find it hard to classify Opus IV because it's not particularly casual nor is it extremely formal. Longevity was excellent and like a fine wine, Opus IV seems to get better with time. Opus IV is thoroughly enjoyable.
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