I am very much prejudiced in favor of anything with a strong opoponax note: opoponax is one of the few notes that can pretty much stand alone to make a complete fragrance IMHO. Ava Luxe's Opoponax Intense is not pure opoponax, but it feels like it could be. It is combined with myrrh and frankincense, which gives the opoponax a richly resinous feel. And there is amber and benzoin and balsam to sweeten the mixture. The result is a rich, sensuous, resinous opoponax that is contemplative, sophisticated, comforting, and just plain delicious. It is linear; which is great as far as I'm concerned. It's sillage begins moderate and soon becomes a skin scent; and it lasts forever. This is truly one of my top three versions of opoponax that I have experienced: It’s a bit more wearable than Diptyque’s Eau Lente; a lot more casual than Les Nereides Imperial Opoponax. And deserves its place in the same fragrance library as those other two excellent fragrances.
14th March, 2008 (last edited: 18th April, 2008)