I really hate it when fragrances don’t mix well with your body chemistry. Well, that’s what I am assuming since I have read some really lovely reviews of Opus VI. On me, well, lovely has a sour side. I have sampled this fragrance a couple of times and each time the same thing happens.
The promise of Opus VI’s opening is one of a beautiful invitation. It goes on warm, but light. There’s a rich buttery note that sits at the top. So pretty and inviting. I love ambers and they typically love me.
Well, after the first 2 minutes of that lovely opening, the dark side of this scent comes out. Metal. A metal component that is sharp and sour soon takes over. It’s still warm however and a mellow wood accentuates the base. But I still can’t get past that metallic edge. Nasomatto’s Pardon did the same thing on me. However, the Opus VI metallics aren’t nearly as strong as Pardon’s were. I was looking at both sets of ingredients to see if there was something similar that could be making this happen. The only ingredient I found the same was sandalwood which normally would not create such a sensation on me. The mystery continues.
I really can’t say anything more. Once the metal smell takes over I can’t get past the other elements of the fragrance. This really makes me sad, considering yesterday I was in love with my Parfum d’Empire scents.
Opus VI Notes:
Sichuan Pepper, Frankincense, St Thomas Bay, Periploca, Cypriol, Patchouli, Ambranum, Z11, Sandalwood, Cistus.
- Bone Rating: 2 out of 5 possible bones
- Scent: Spicy Oriental
- Classification: Unisex
- Expense: $325 for 100ml EDP
May 29, 2012 at 5:42 pm
I think it’s the first negative review for Opus VI I’ve read. Thank you 🙂 I will try it eventually but now I have slightly less expectations so I still might get a positive reaction to it (though probably a positive reaction to a perfume as expensive as Amouages are isn’t necessarily a good thing).
May 29, 2012 at 6:40 pm
I agree with Undina i haven’t read anything bad about this. I have only ever sniffed the lid and not worn it, It seems promising, but ambers have to be outstandingly original to attract me. I am interested by this though.
As for the metallic notes – I used to hate them. I have discovered you have to find a fantastic metallic fragrance and then you begin to appreciate the accord.
Recently I have been desperately craving AB by Blood Concept – I think it will be my next purchase!
May 29, 2012 at 6:44 pm
Leave it to me to write the one bad review. I’m such a maverick 🙂 You both need to try this to ascertain if I’m crazy.
April 12, 2019 at 10:49 am
You are… 😉
Not really a critic to your review, but I can promiss that the fragrance leave no kind of metal note on me. I don’t dear to criticise your nose. (mine is not less good), So I presume it is your body chemistry bringing this effect out.
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April 12, 2019 at 1:47 pm
So glad it works for you and others Steffen. Amouage perfumes are fantastic…my body just rejects this one however. Funny how chemistry works!