Friday, June 18, 2010

Amouage Library Collection: new fragrances

Amouage, the Omani line which has established itself as the purveyor of true luxury in fragrances with its precious essences and unbridled budgeting, comes out with a new trio of fragrances, called Amouage Library. The three scents encompass different families and were devised by artistic directot Christopher Chong, each given a code, an opus number reflecting their status as a completed work within a greater collection.

According to the press release:

"OPUS I. A glorious Chypre fragrance, built around a warm, floral heart of Ylang-Ylang, Jasmine, Rose, Lily of the Valley and Tuberose . Top notes of Bigarade, Plumm and Cardamom add spice and individuality, whilst woody base notes of Guaiac, Cedar and Sandalwood, along with Tonka Bean, Vetiver and the House's signature note of Frankincense provide an epic and bold closing chapter. The narrative, olfactory
evolution of this fragrance was inspired by the start of a pilgrimage in search of knowledge.

OPUS II. A majestic Fougère inspired by the heady and evocative fragrances of old books, dark wooden shelves and antique leather armchairs . Opus II opens with a rare and magical combination of Pepper , Pink Bay, Absinth and La vender in the top
notes. These notes unfurl to reveal a hear t of Jasmine, Rose, Cinnamon and Cardamom. The base of Cedarwood, Amber, Frankincense and Patchouli conclude the fragrance with a soft , smoky, masculinity that contrast beautifully with the floral heart notes .

OPUS III was inspired by the art and science of the creative process, from the darkest moments of frustration, to the brightness of enlightenment and discovery.
This radiant Floral Orie ntal fragrance is built around daring heart notes of Violet,
Jasmine , Orange Blossom and Ylang -Ylang. These are introduced perfectly by top
notes of Carnation, Broom, Mimosa, Nutmeg and Thyme . The vibrancy of the
fragrance is anchored by earthy notes of Ambrette Seed, Papyrus , Benzoin , Frankincense and a trilogy of woods in the base".

Read full reviews of each of the scents on this article.

All three fragrances are available in 100ml for 195 BGP each.
Library Collection will be available at Selfridges, Harrods and Fortnum & Mason as well as leading department stores and boutiques globally. The collection will also be available at Amouage’s soon to open flagship store in London’s Knightsbridge - 14 Lowndes St.


  1. Helg, thanks for breaking the news. And good news it is. As a huge fan of the Epic and Jub. XXV, I can already see that Opus II will be a wonderful addition to my collection. And a flagship store near Harrods and Harvey Nicks -- perfect location.
    Have a good weekend,

  2. Valentine20:27

    Opus III sounds lovely, so I'm really looking forward to hearing more about these scents and reading reviews.

  3. I saw that Karine Vinchon-Spehn is the nose behind Opus III. I've been waiting for her to do something else since L'Eau de Jatamansi. I'm very interested.

    Aedes de Venustas is having a "sneak preview" (like movies in the 1970s!) on 1 July.


  4. Mimi Gardenia00:53

    Looking forward to all three !

  5. Micheal,

    you're welcome. I hope to post reviews of them soon!
    The new boutique was in the works for some time, it's good to know it will be there for you (and me) to visit.

  6. Valentine,

    hopefully very soon! :-)
    They do sound promising, because I know Amouage pays meticulous attention to their wares. And spare no budget.

  7. G,

    indeed, that's good to notice. I am looking forward to hearing opinions when they circulate more widely.

  8. MG,

    they are tempting, aren't they?
    Hope you're well and hugs!

  9. So is Chong overseeing the creative direction and there is a different nose for each? Isn't he usually the house nose, or am I mistaken?

  10. Hi Dea! How are you?

    From our conversations with mr.Chong it transpires he acts the way Lutens acts with Sheldrake: he's pulling the aryistic direction strings, he sets the pace for the concept and the way he envisions the fragrancem the perfumers do their own task in the lab. There have been different noses for the rest of the Amouage line too, as far as I know (from Guy Robert to Maurice Roucel and Jean Claude Ellena..)

  11. Michael,
    returning to say Opus II is definitely sample-worthy, especially for you. I loved it!

  12. And wow, so many types to my response to Dea. Sorry about that...

  13. Anonymous04:04

    There is an interesting Review on all three of the Opus in the blogs of user "woodybois" on Basenotes. In the, 'blogs' area for the member...


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