The Scented Hound

Perfume blog with abbreviated perfume reviews & fragrance reviews.


The Library Collection – Opus VI by Amouage

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