Opus III (2010)
    by Amouage




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

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    Way Off Scenter's avatar

    United States United States

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    Genre: Floral

    This third in the Amouage Library Series opens with a blast of sharp, soapy/waxy aldehydes worthy to stand beside White Linen or Chanel No. 22. Opus III bears further resemblance to the Chanel in that it’s other dominant ingredient turns out to be frankincense. Among the key differences: No. 22 has more citrus up top than Opus III, and the Amouage backs its frankincense and aldehydes with jasmine and violet where the Chanel offers mostly rose.

    Opus III hovers for a few hours on its cloud of incense, violet, and aldehydes, throwing off ample sillage all the while. During the third hour or so, some soft, woody notes, particularly sandalwood and cedar, detach themselves from the frankincense, while the aldehydes retreat ever so slightly. As a result the olfactory texture shifts slightly toward a more rounded and less aggressively “perfumey” style. Over the ensuing hours the woody base notes grow more and more prominent, until the floral notes and aldehydes finally disperse altogether, leaving a soft, powdery drydown of incense, sandalwood, and ambrette musk.

    Opus III avoids the sense of imbalance that mars Andy Tauer’s equally aldehyde-laden Orange Star, but I can’t say I find it all that compelling or original a composition. Nor does it speak so clearly of quality as to merit its super-premium pricing. I now stand disappointed with the Library Series as a whole, and must wonder if Amouage can maintain the standard it reestablished with Jubilation XXV, Jubilation 25, Homage, Tribute, and Lyric Man and Woman under the Gatling-gun pace of this past year’s releases.

    22 June, 2014

    2nosedtwin's avatar

    Netherlands Netherlands

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    Amouage - Opus III
    Its impossible to understand that this got through the trials and made it to a real perfume, that is actually being sold. Made with very good materials and a great deal of artistic freedom - Opus III still manages to disappoints very much. It feels very unfocused, almost like the ingredients don’t like eachother and cant seem to blend into to something that above all, just smells good.
    The opening has no sparkle or freshness and smells like dusty-musty, very old books full of moths. It smells like the oldest perfume in the world that was dug up out of the ground in ancient Egypt - like the aromatics had passed there date of expiry. There is no lifting effect of the florals - jasmine/ylang/violet and the opening shows a difficult combination of carnation/thyme/nutmeg/mimosa that together seem to radiate a uninspired, sad and depressing mood that gives it a grey-like color - there is no joy here… Its dryout smells bitter-sour; with dry cedarwood and sweet-like sandelwood with warm incense/benzoin/vanilla. You can really smell the quality of the ingredients here - especially the sandelwood, but also the dryout feels restless and unsettled. Somehow this whole perfume smells like how myrrh smells on its own - alienating and slight obnoxious to my nose. Also the word shoepolish comes to mind when I sniff Opus III; shoe polish for black shoes you can wear on a funeral, matching it with this perfume: Opus Funeralus.

    14 May, 2014

    Colin Maillard's avatar

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    Powerful opening, a violet that smells like iris, a mimosa as powerful as a tuberose, other (nice) flowers I don't get clearly. A classic, honest, well-executed floral chypre with a mimosa heart, an earthy and aromatic base of cedar and dry woods (that, weirdly, vanish quickly), softened by a gentle and pleasant vanillin-tonka note with a resinous touch. Green and balsamic feel coming and going. As I said, a classic, initially kaleidoscopic and opulent composition which just "switches volume off" too soon. In fact, its promising, musky, baroque, decadent, soapy, shady and bold chypre-poudrée personality evolves really quickly – or better say, tones down, losing much of its vitality, and what you get sooner than you expected is an elegant, pleasant but fairly dull and sleepy floral-talcum poudrée blend still with a persistent (evolving into "annoying") tonka note. And at this point you're probably already regretting the crazy price you paid for this. Decent.

    6/10

    24 April, 2014 (Last Edited: 25 April, 2014)

    Kain's avatar

    Iran Iran

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    There in not much to talk about this fragrance.
    It's a smooth and creamy sweet floral scent with a little amount of spice in the background that turns to a darker floral scent.
    It's not a complex scent. there are no major changes in the notes from the opening to the base.
    To be honest I don't see anything special or exciting here unless you want to spend big money to have a pleasant, simple, floral feminine fragrance.
    Projection is really good and longevity is around 10 hours on my skin.

    30th January, 2014

    Diamondflame's avatar

    Singapore Singapore

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    Not a shrinking violet

    Beneath OPUS III's oddly bubble gummy exterior lies a luminous violet-centric oriental heart. The violet more bitter than powdery, the base warm and a touch creamy rather than sugary sweet. Like a well crafted oriental version of Heeley's superlative Cuir Pleine Fleur, OPUS III is to me a bona fide gender bender, a haunting scent of crushed petals and trampled leaves.

    Pros: Mature and sophisticated
    Cons: Not for shrinking violets"

    02 September, 2013

    Jack Hunter's avatar

    United Kingdom United Kingdom

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    Overwhelming in your face powdery violet and Mimose with a dash of jasmine which gets a bit sweet with vanille as time moves on.

    This reminds me of those powdery floral scents that is favored by old ladies that spray on way too much and chokes people out when you pass them in the supermarket.

    26 October, 2012

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