a journey of the senses by FLACONNEUR
OPUS IV – 2010 – ♂♀
Classification: Oriental Spicy
Top: Lemon, Mandarin, Grapefruit, Coriander Oil
Heart: Elemi Oil, Cardamon, Cumin, Rose Berries, Rose, Violet Leaves
Base: Labdanum, Frankincense, Musk
Perfumer: Jacques Flori
Price: $325 for 100ml bottle
Last fall, Amouage introduced Opus IV, created by Jacques Flori. This was another addition to their Library Collection of fragrances launched in 2010. Amouage’s Director Christopher Chong is using Opus IV to promote HIV/AIDS awareness. As part of this awareness program, 50% of the profits from the sales of Opus IV will go to the National HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control Program (NAP) in Oman.
The opening of Opus IV starts off with a cornucopia of vibrant juicy citruses. Your senses are bathed with the sharpness produced by this heavy-handed serving of lemon, mandarin and grapefruit. The citrus notes are stippled with coriander, which gives it an interesting herbal quality that temper the citruses sweetness. This green herbal note walks a fine line between woody and minty. The refreshing opening of Opus IV progresses toward a warm heart engulfed in sassy spices, respectable florals and resinous undertones. Rose percolates through the fragrance and emanate through a thin layer of violet leaves. Both the rose and violet leaves are nestled by fragrant cumin and resinous elemi. While the opening and heart of Opus IV is warm and interesting, the incense laden base is the most long-lasting and memorable part of this fragrance. It is a very dense combination of balsam, labdanum, frankincense and musk, giving it opulence and a respectable sophistication.
I have sampled all releases in Amouage’s Library Collection to date and find Opus IV to be my favorite so far. This fragrance is classified in the unisex category but I think it leans a bit more masculine. You may find this fragrance more suitable for the cooler months because of its sweet, warm and spicy demeanor. I find it hard to classify Opus IV because it’s not particularly casual nor is it extremely formal. Longevity was excellent and like a fine wine, Opus IV seems to get better with time. Opus IV is thoroughly enjoyable.