A charming skin scent, soft and comforting.
As promised, there are no plasticy musks here. Two other potentially heavy-hitters--bergamot and sandalwood--stay on best behavior from first spritz to drydown. For the first ten minutes the vanilla stands out, but never in a high-pitched, gourmand way.
Smooth, silky , balanced, lovely, long-lasting. And what makes Opal the Holy Grail of soft, slightly feminine musks is that it never goes powdery.
An example of how harmony and restraint can enhance the beauty of a fragrance.
10th March, 2010 (last edited: 25th July, 2011)
I never understood the attraction of musk-centric fragrances until I tried OPAL. Softly feminine, elegantly constructed and natural smelling with hints of creamy vanilla and sandalwood. Very wearable indeed.
sandalwood, vanilla, musk, bergamot, ambrette.
This is an immediate comfort scent - soft, warm, fragile and extremely soothing. Beautiful combination of ingredients, as Jemimagold listed in her review. Sometimes you don't need a shouting symphony to please the senses! Nothing fancy, but very well put together for the price. A lifetime keeper!
Opal is an honest, gentle little musky/floral perfume. Within 5 minutes of spritzing, it comfortably melted into my skin and felt like it belonged there. A bit further into testing, I got faint coconut and vanilla notes which were delightful. At this low price level, I'm astonished at how delicate and well made Opal is. A decant of this will definitely be part of my perfume collection for years to come.
Per the Sonoma Scent Studio's website, here are the notes of Opal: sandalwood, vanilla, musk, bergamot, and ambrette.