Opoponax by Santa Maria Novella
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Opoponax is a perfume by Santa Maria Novella for women and men. The release year is unknown. The scent is resinous-woody. It is still available to purchase. Pronunciation
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7.424 Ratings

Longevity

6.722 Ratings

Sillage

6.022 Ratings

Bottle

7.516 Ratings
Submitted by Florblanca, last update on 04.06.2021.
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5
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5
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5
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4
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Lenasch
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Lenasch
Lenasch
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Wrong idea
After reading the ingredients and good reviews about Opoponax, I had high hopes for the fragrance. Since I love Italy and especially Florence about everything and was in my studies a few years ago on an excursion there, I had to get me a fragrance from this house. Corona unfortunately can't go there at the moment so I ordered the scent blind. I was expecting something spicy woody but it smells citrusy, fresh and a bit mossy on me. So exactly what I actually do not like. The scent lasts on me for maybe 2-3 hours and the sillage is virtually non-existent. I wonder in the meantime also, whether in the bottle perhaps a wrong fragrance was filled. I keep it nevertheless first of all for the high summer and test whether he comes out there better. Nevertheless, I am now somewhat disappointed, since the price-performance ratio is very poor. I hope that the house has even better scents than this one, but next time I can hopefully test it on site
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8.5
Scent
5
Longevity
5
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7
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NuiWhakakore
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NuiWhakakore
Top Review    28  
In simplicity lies beauty (Plato)
The master sits in his workshop and stares at his work table. He is surrounded by the best woods and his tools. The air is filled with the scent of shavings and the work of all those years. He has created great things here, sculptures as tall as a man and figures as small as his thumb. Throughout the empire he is known for his works. When he sees a piece of wood, he recognizes the inner form of the figure hidden within and only has to uncover it. It has always been this way, a gift since childhood. He hasn't started a new work for months now, though. Better, he has already begun, only he will no longer complete it...

It was from months ago that he placed a cedar block on his work table and looked at it. He saw the shape before him, as he always had. So he took his steel and guided it to the first cut. But that's when the miracle or curse happened, depending on your point of view. Sweet resin dripped from the cut, filling the workshop with its scent. He had never smelled anything quite like it. So enthralled was he by the spicy scent that he didn't realize until many later that he could no longer make out the shapes in the woods. He had lost his gift. The wound in the cedar block, however, never closed; the resin always remained fresh.

So the master sits before his work table, contemplating the cedar block and breathing the spicy air. He has enjoyed the fruits of his gift for many a year and created great things. Now all he can do is enjoy the smell. He sighs lightly, picks up his needles and embroiders the next sock...

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With Opoponax, Santa Maria Novella has succeeded in creating a brilliantly simple fragrance. Lots of warm woods with cedar bringing in a fresh limey note. Then add Opoponax, balsamic, spicy, sweet (but not too sweet), done. Perfectly simple - simply perfect? Not quite, as the longevity is rather modest on me, 3-4 hours on skin, 4 to 5 hours on textile, so unfortunately far from a never-ending source. Nevertheless, great fragrance.

Platonic thanks to Toppine for the sample!
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7
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Pepdal

228 Reviews
Pepdal
Pepdal
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Classic Italy
This house has an amazing range with something for almost anyone's taste, but almost criminally under-discussed in fragrance circles. This one has also made me want to explore the note of oppoponax more in perfume. Hope you enjoy and thank you.


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7.5
Longevity
5
Sillage
7.5
Bottle
ChapeauClack

16 Reviews
ChapeauClack
ChapeauClack
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Strange Beautiful Music
Why music? Because it's the title of a favorite, intentionally eclectic album by guitariste extraordinaire Joe Satriani, and it fits.

Opoponax is Strange indeed. Sun-drenched, earthy, tobaccoey, leathery, hay-like, dusty, markedly medicinal and un-perfumey, rich, big and joyous yet somehow quiet and contemplative... Bitter-sweet. Therapeutic and mind-cleansing like incense in church.

Opoponax is Beautiful. Beautiful in a way a bigboned villager might be, healthy, fullblooded, with perfect, if a bit dry from all the sun, freckled skin and laugh lines in the corners of the eyes. Not a trace of makeup, anemia or pretence. It's straight talking, delivering down to earth, biblical wisdom, not pseudo esoteric Coelhian cliches.

As far as Music goes, Opoponax very evidently consists of one and only note, sang in a husky, smoked voice, and yet it couldn't be farther from monotonous or one-dimensional. It evolves constantly, sweeping through sun-beaten fields and shadowy olive groves, touching down in the stables and on the beach and finally landing in the soft, furry, Shalimar territory hours later. Simple and great.

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