Opus II (2010)
    by Amouage




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    Opus II is a unisex fragrance by Amouage. The scent was launched in 2010

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    $355.00
    100ml EdP
    $249.00
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    Way Off Scenter's avatar

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    Genre: Woody Oriental

    Pink peppercorn and tart citrus notes dominate Opus II’s opening, soon underpinned by jasmine, cinnamon, lavender, and a very well-balanced amber. The signature Amouage frankincense note is also on conspicuous display – far more so than in companion scent Opus I. The result is a well-crafted but conventional spiced woody oriental motif, safely within the bounds of Amouage’s established souk-meets-salon style. While by no means identical, Opus II follows a path that’s closely parallel to this house’s earlier Reflection Man, from the brazen pink peppercorn top notes, through the frankincense and spiced amber heart, to the cedar, musk, and patchouli drydown.

    I’ve enjoyed several of Amouage’s scents over the years, not least Dia Man, Homage, Tribute, and Jubilation XXV, but with something on the order of ten releases in twelve months, I fear the house risks overstuffing its line and diluting its creative capital. The first two in the Library Series certainly don’t seem too distinguished in style from earlier introductions, and mark no particular advance in quality. And, by the way, what’s up with those butt-ugly Library Series bottles?

    22 June, 2014

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    Hong Kong Hong Kong

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    Amouage Opus II didn’t exactly get a rousing reception when it was launched. That first burst of three new ‘Library Editions’ caught people off guard with many Amouage fans asking ‘where is the Middle Eastern stuff, where is the opulence, where is the grandeur’ etc. etc.

    Now that we have hit Opus VII I think we can safely say that, while no-one really knows quite what is going on with The Library Series apart from the fact that it will continue to baffle and surprise, it’s perhaps a little easier to take each of the individual works and appraise them for what they are, rather looking for some deeper thematic meaning – or what they are not!

    I bought Opus II the day it was released – there was something uplifting and bright about it that just grabbed me. I have always enjoyed stuff that leans in a clove / spiced direction – there is a sense of tonic goodness, not medicinal but getting close, that this style has for me, and living in a place where there is serious humidity for more than half the year this can be useful.

    What I have only recently come to realize is that Opus II when viewed as a ‘spiced fougere’, rather than a ‘baseless oriental’ makes perfect sense. This is where, I think, the confusion and disappointment came for many when it was launched – the opening, variations of which can be experienced in Eau Lente and other spicy orientals, leads one to expect a resolve into some sort of rich balsamic base – especially with this being an Amouage!

    But the anticipated base doesn’t make an appearance. Opus II just gently persists with a mélange of uplifting ‘crave e canella’, lavender, pepper, cardamom, absinthe and pink bay rounded out with a touch of rose and jasmine – pretty much the same structure and approach (albeit with a little more spice) than a host of aromatic fougeres from the ‘good old days’.

    The base has some cedar, patchouli, amber etc. but these are not features per se – more of a backdrop and definitely not at ‘power house’ volume. This can be disconcerting at first but seen as a pick me up fougere that is there for your personal sense of wellbeing rather than for ‘making an entrance’, Opus II delivers beautifully, and at Eau de Parfum strength it manages to retain a sense of lightness for a considerable time – quite a feat.

    I have come to increasingly rely on Opus II when summer hits, it seems to sit in quite a rarefied space, along with Olivia Giacobetti’s brilliant Idole perhaps, as a cool spiced tonic that has dispensed with the more traditional aspects of a masculine fougere while retaining the bracing goodness.

    01st November, 2013

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    Playing it safe

    On skin OPUS II is mostly a subdued mildly citrusy incense over a spice-warmed base. I can't believe this is from the house that gave Jubilation XXV! As much as I enjoy its serenity and fougere-ish similarity to Invasion Barbare, its somewhat one-dimensionality leaves me less than satisfied. Opus II plays it safe and sticks closely to 'good' when it could have stretched out just a little further towards 'great'.

    Pros: Wearable quiet incense
    Cons: Does not evolve much"

    01st August, 2013

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    Lavender, bay and jasmine dominate the top note, with a green and refreshing initial impression, underlined by a rich cardamom. Cinnamon and especially jasmine and rose come to the fore in the drydown, and apart from a touch of would it turns delightfully floral without, however, being very unique or exciting. A little bit of frankincense is notable, but his oriental is a bit on the fresher and floral side. Limited silage and projection, with a longevity of between two and three hours. High quality ingredients, but not really a particularly remarkable creation.

    24 August, 2012

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    The bay comes across overdosed on my skin – giving a sweaty, immortelle-like vibe to what is a sparkling lavender sitting on a woodsy base. I kept longing for the promised wormwood which would have made a lot good in this scent, but it was too far back in the mix. The spicing is subtle. Once one has got past the quality tarara of the opening this is an essay in ordinariness with sweaty edges.
    Annoyingly the trail of this is quite heavenly (when I return to a room I've left briefly and perceive this lingering in the air), but it just isn't the same up close on the skin. Later in the drydown this is a quite pleasing sweet fougere, but it needs to be much more at Amouage prices.

    30th May, 2012

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    I can't exactly say that Opus II is disappointing but at the same time it's neither completely satisfying. I've grown fonder and fonder of this stuff, yet I'm still quite on the fance when it comes to commit to a full bottle. The fragrance strikes as a cardamom driven composition built around a woody-incense base and characterized by a fougere-y facet. It opens with a blast of citruses and lavander immediately joined by cardamom slowly taking over during the middle phase. The typical Amouage frankincense note is quite remarkable throughout but it plays its main role during the drydown where Opus II turns into a discreet and well refined spicy-woody skin scent.

    Overall Opus II is a superbly crafted composition that will appeal to fans of modern fougeres (aka "nugere") such as Invasion Barbare or 1725. Don't get me wrong, these fragrances don't share many objective similarities with the Amouage but, somewhat, they play in the same ballpark. Easy to wear yet luxurious, restrained yet with personality, versatile yet not dull. A perfect everyday's fragrance for anyone into understated elegance and for those who prefer "refined details" to straight in the face ostentation. Maybe not as distinctive or unique as one would expect at these price tags but still pretty enjoyable.


    23 July, 2011 (Last Edited: 02 September, 2012)

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