Unum - Opus 1144 2015

Unum - Opus 1144 by Filippo Sorcinelli
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Unum - Opus 1144 is a popular perfume by Filippo Sorcinelli for women and men and was released in 2015. The scent is powdery-spicy. The longevity is above-average. It is still in production.
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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesElemi resin, Jasmine, Bergamot, Mandarin orange
Heart Notes Heart NotesIris, Orchid, Cashmere wood
Base Notes Base NotesWhite musk, Ambergris, Vanilla, Leather, Indian sandalwood, Sumatra benzoin

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Scent

8.1 | 154 Ratings

Longevity

8.3 | 131 Ratings

Sillage

7.6 | 132 Ratings

Bottle

8.1 | 125 Ratings
Submitted by Mefunx, last update on 19.12.2020.
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DonJuanDeCat
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DonJuanDeCat
DonJuanDeCat
Helpful Review    6  
Cuddling prehistoric men
Hello sniffers, welcome to a new fragrance comment from me. I recently tasted Opus 1144 by Filippo Sorcinelli, a brand I've seen here once or twice, but never tried a fragrance of it before. However, considering that I still see a lot of brands in fragrance shops (perfumeries away from Douglas, i.e. everywhere where there are niche fragrances) that I haven't even tried yet, and I even feel slightly overwhelmed in these shops, it's no wonder that I still don't know a lot of fragrances and brands here, despite so many comments.

Which I will surely have a lot more to do here... I don't want to scare you away from the beginning and make you sigh, but it seems that I will be around here on Parfumo for quite some time... :D

According to the description of the fragrance, the scent reflects the end and a new beginning. There is talk of the end of the Gothic period, but it is supposed to be about end and new beginning in general, but with a kind of return to the roots, to the origin of humanity, which, to be honest, makes me think of primitive people who still roamed the steppes armed with spears and the only scent they knew was probably their own sweat, bahaa, igitt :D Much simpler for that back then. It was easy to choose a wife yourself, you just had to wait for your beloved, lie in wait for her, hit her on the head with a club and drag her into your own cave, and the marriage was complete, at least according to the film "A crazy story of the world" by Mel Brooks :D

Anyway, I'm gonna go test the scent. The scents like iris, resins, cashmere wood already sound very great and pleasant.

The smell:
The fragrance begins with a light bergamot and lots of iris, as the scent is very powdery and soft. There are also sweet notes of jasmine. Iris and jasmine combined smells great and reminds a little bit of make-up, so at least the beginning is not unisex, but quite feminine. However, the impression of make-up disappears quite quickly, even if the scent should be more powdery. It's just a beautiful iris that you can smell, and combined with vanilla, resins and woods it smells just wonderful, with a little pinch of fruitiness in the background. The sweetness of the fragrance now comes more from amber or ambergris than from jasmine.
For a while, the fragrance actually doesn't change anymore (and I don't think the base will be much different either). You still smell very good of iris and amber, but now the resins seem a bit weakened, but that's not too bad, as the scent is still extremely nice.
At the base, however, as probably expected, one also smells quite a lot of vanilla, which by the way, also as expected, lasts the most and is still smellable for hours later.

The Sillage and the durability:
The charisma is pretty good. Especially in the beginning it radiates very strong, but the strength decreases with time. Nevertheless, it remains quite strong for a quite long time, so that you can't smell the scent only from close to one or the other.
The shelf life is enormous, which is no wonder with a vanilla base. It may be that you can still smell the fragrance slightly on your skin the next morning, although it must be said that you can of course only smell the vanilla than the entire fragrance itself.

The bottle! The fragrance has been filled into a rectangular, black, non-transparent bottle. The real eye-catcher, however, is the cap, which is made of a piece of stone or rock and therefore looks a little individual with each fragrance. A beautiful idea and a beautiful bottle.

Conclusion:
Yeah! The smell is pretty great. Warm and cuddly, pleasant and soft and simply beautiful it is one of those fragrances that you want to use especially well in winter on extremely cold days. Preferably in a cozy corner with Christmas nibbles like cookies, gingerbread, speculoos, Santa Claus chocolate and so on. Add to that a nice series on Netflix, or a good book (or COMIC!!), the tomcat on your lap, and the world is healthy again despite the pandemic, at least for the moment. Then maybe some little things won't bother you anymore, like dripping water taps or fleas jumping joyfully out of the fur of the tomcat, which then settle down on the blanket (ohh, I'd rather burn the blanket afterwards... :DD).

Anyway, I'm sure you've already noticed that I really liked that scent. The only thing that makes me a bit insecure about these scents is the unisex statement, because these scents seem a bit more feminine to me.

So the scent is definitely recommended for a test, even if you should consider that at least half of the shelf life actually only smells of vanilla :)

And I think the primitive people would have liked it too and they could have cuddled even better than they already did, because with their thick fur (hairy hairy, both men and women too! Baahaaa.... :DD) they were surely softer to touch than we humans today with our smooth skin... urks, nee I prefer smooth skin!... :D

Well, have a nice evening and see you next time :)
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Not so dark after all...
A very comfortable perfume which reminds me of Kismet and Shalimar.
The difference being Kismet is more dense because of the opoponax and Shalimar has a prominent leather note, while the leather in Opus 1144 is buried far in the background .
I must have bought the reformulation, because it does not at all feel dark to me.
Luckily I do not mind, I love this perfume; it could be my go-to for every day, summer to winter and back to summer again.
It feels like an airy lighthearted oriental, caused by the prominent bergamot and the iris.

Highly recommended.
Tinctureall

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Tinctureall
Tinctureall
Helpful Review    4  
Coumarin and the tussling flowers
A swhirl of heliotropic, irissy, coumarinic fumes, almost like dry/sweet fruity violets with wood. Almost like a floral balsamic polish. A sappish green aspect of elemi playing with the the balsams and flowers, a sharper citric musk and fruits. Quite a jumble of tussling floral and balsam ingredients who feel like they are being ruled by a schoolma'am of coumarin. I am confused about the listed notes in this whole range because my nose hasn't picked up much of what they say and a lot of what they don't. Nearly to the point where I wonder if the same perfumes are on my skin. Coumarin is the ruler on my skin in this perfume and it's just not there. The sharper sides of sappy woods are peeking out from a fairly floral waxy feel after a while and settle into a more comfortable softer coumarinic woody creature upon drydown. An interesting journey.
ColinM

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ColinM
ColinM
Top Review    9  
True gem!
Probably my personal favourite among Unum line, despite the really bold opening which may be off-putting at first. Opus 1144 is inspired by Gothic architecture and art and shall be meant to be a tribute to its era; and believe me, if you try a non-prejudicial, “synesthetic” association with the idea of Gothic cathedrals and frescoes, it does trigger an association. Nothing to do with incense or other more “liturgic” aspects, here the reference is the material feel and smell of stones, marble, woods, flowers, candles, paper, which all together create the “meditative majesty” of that artistic style. The opening is triumphally bold and powerful: a thick, nearly overwhelming dusty-ambery blend (“ambery” à la Goutal’s Ambre Fetiche) with creamy candied-floral nuances (elemi and flowers) and a whole citric-astringent side of citrus and bergamot, perfectly opposing a warm and sweet vanillic base also comprising sandalwood (speaking decently-aged Shalimar here) ... in turn juxtaposed to dirtier, almost skankier notes of benzoin, jasmine, salty ambergris (forget ambroxan, I mean salty, slightly animalic-aqueous ambergris), and something that reminds me of tonka – a sort of sweet-exotic almond touch. Thick, radiant and deep, gourmand-ish on one side (this even comprising a weird sort of balsamic vinaigre feel), almost chypre-sque on the other; slightly waxy - meaning both powdery-iris and leathery as in Lutens’ Cuir Mauresque - monolithic but somehow almost “lascivious” thanks to its softer-darker sides, slightly reminding me of the (few) best aspects of Mona di Orio style – that sort of dusty, antique vibe, just less baroque and more austere (and, ok, uncomparably better executed here). The drydown is equally great, and for me is quite the key to get the whole beauty of this fragrance. After the citric-vanillic opening it enters a sweeter phase echoing tonka and resins (echoes of “guerlinades” again), then an un expected drift towards an incredibly beautiful powdery-dusty drydown with darker shades that is as much uplifting, peaceful and mesmerizing as looking at the dust floating in the light of a Middle-European cathedral. Complex but so fulfilling from the very first sniff to the very final drydown (Terenzi’s lab made this, and you can smell that). It’s quite hard for me to describe this fragrance, so I’ll just cut it here; as the other two of this line the composition is incredibly well enginereed and harmonic, really compact, it would be enough to say it smells stunning and perfectly connected to the concept behind Unum line, and that’s all.

8,5-9/10

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