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Opus VIII (2014)
by Amouage

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Opus VIII information

Year of Launch2014
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 33 votes)

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About Opus VIII

Opus VIII is a shared / unisex perfume by Amouage. The scent was launched in 2014

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Reviews of Opus VIII

Loaded with a jasmine & ylang ylang floral blast; spicy ginger and smooth saffron poke Opus VIII, leading ultimately to smooth mossy green vetiver, smoky incense atop a sweet benzoin base paired with balsam.

A sexy, smooth fragrance that feels better suited for ladies than men. Not for everyone, including me, but it isn't an awful concoction.
14th August, 2018
Opus VIII has a lovely white floral opening. The top notes lead with jasmine but the ylang ylang is in there. The floral notes do not totally blend together. Instead, they are detectable in a way that has them dancing around playing nicely together versus becoming one. Sometimes this one opens with the woody notes in the opening. No idea why it changes each time I wear it, but that is just fine by me

The middle notes are softer and add vetiver and smell a bit minty in a good way. This is the part of the perfume that I enjoy the most.

The sillage is medium to heavy, and the longevity is more than 10 hours.
04th April, 2017
In the beginning, Opus VIII invites you to bask in its warmth. A cleaned up, properly-presented jasmine-led white floral with a hint of something aquatic hovering round the edges, coupled with a radiant balsamic aspect. Admittedly, the idea isnít particularly complicated but it does have a degree of novelty and is executed with the typical Amouage richness.
The rest of the Opus line has more edge, to say nothing of peculiarity Ė this one is rather simple and friendly by contrast. Itís also on the demure side, with reasonable rather than blaring projection to start with and a rather disappointing tail-off in the later stages.
After initially having come under its spell, I must admit to a lessening of my affection with greater familiarity. As it is mostly linear after the top fades, I think this contributes to a waning of interest; also the balsams get a bit malty during the wear which does the overall impression no favours.
30th April, 2015
Orange blossom and ylang ylang is what I initially got out of this one. Floral fragrance that is accompanied with a few light spices. Nice, but not for me. 7/10
01st April, 2015
Genre: Floral Oriental

I never warmed up to any of the previous Amouage Library Series entries I've sampled, so expectations were low when I tried Opus VIII, despite positive comments on a number of fragrance blogs. Opus VIII grabbed my attention with intense, animalic jasmine, orange blossom, and ylang-ylang top notes, the indole and what smells like a civet reconstruction cranked up to 11. The ylang-ylang eventually outweighs the jasmine and orange blossom as the heart unfolds, with ginger, frankincense, and sweet benzoin for accompaniment. The animalic elements recede fairly quickly, their place assumed by potent, powdery synthetic musks, which lend the entire composition a dense, enveloping texture that borders on oppressive. Woody notes and a nutty vetiver offer a counterbalance to the powdery musks in the drydown. For some the effect will feel luxurious, to others I suspect it may be cloying.

While I enjoy Opus VIII more than I, II, or III, I canít say Iím enthusiastic about it. The latter stages never quite manage to fulfill the promise of the seductive opening gesture, and the powdery base notes are too heavy for my taste. Indeed, I find myself wishing the animalic white flower accord held on for longer each time I wear Opus VIII. If youíre able to find it, try Manoumalia, from Les Nez, for a sense of what can be accomplished in this dense, heady fragrance style.
04th September, 2014
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United Kingdom
A somewhat dull jasmine-ylang-ylang opening develops into a somewhat stereotypical drydown of wood and incense. The fact that the base adds some benzoin does not improve it significantly. On my skin it remains dull and fairly lifeless. With limited sillage, adequate projection and about six hours of longevity the overall impression dims middle-of-the-road. Certainly not Amouage's magnum opus - is the Opus series running out of steam?
29th August, 2014

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