Library Collection OPUS III by Karine Vinchon Spehner for Amouage 2010

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Post by Val the Cookie Queen

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It might take time, but there is surely an Amouage for everyone. The Library Collection is described as being “a poetic homage to the art of living”. I don´t know what that means but it sounds romantic. The Collection defies current trends, are gender neutral, and categorization. I rather like most of them, with the exception of Opus VI. (I once stupidly over-applied this, and then proceeded to bake. It nearly killed me.) Opus III is the jewel of the collection for me.

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Library Collection OPUS III by Karine Vinchon Spehner for Amouage 2010

OPUS III: Violets, Cats and Three Teaspoons of Perfume

Opus III Amouage FragranticaPhoto Stolen Fragrantica

Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Mimosa, broom (Dyer’s Greenweed), cloves, nutmeg, thyme
Heart: Violet, jasmine, ylang-ylang, orange blossom
Base: Ambrette, papyrus, musk, cedar wood, sandalwood, Guaiac, benzoin, vanilla

I love violets. The Parma Violet sweets from my childhood, the Italian violet candies, and violet perfume. I used to have Devon Violet perfume as a child, purchased on rainy caravan holidays in the West Country, donkey rides included. I am not keen on the colour violet, but as the flowers themselves range from violet and blue, to yellow, white and cream it doesn´t matter. Freshly opened violets look stunning in salads. Violets are apparently known as having a “flirty” fragrance , as the scent comes and goes!! “Violet Day” was a day of remembrance in Australia, honouring the First World War dead. “The symbol of perpetual remembrance for these gallant dead who have given their lives for their country.” 1970 saw the last celebration of Violet Day.

Opus III Amouage Peggy  2012 Creativlenz FlickrPhoto Stolen Flickr

The Violet Cream of the Crop

Opus III is all about violets. Thick and rich, creamy caramelized violets, with broom and mimosa kickstarting the whole fragrant brew. Not the typical violet of make-up, nor of Malle´s Lipstick Rose. It is full bodied and voluptuous, not to be confused with feminine. It is equally as suitable for a bloke. There are so many notes listed, as in all the Amouage perfumes. They highlight the violet and it glows throughout. Resinous violet, sprinkled with spiced vanilla and a smidgin of yang-ylang, ever shifting. It is not however a gourmand fragrance.

Opus III Amouage Val Cookie Queen CatPhoto Donated Val CQ

Although my cat doesn´t know that. She loves Opus III and will lick and chew it off whenever possible. I have spritzed 15 mls in the last month. That is three teaspoons. That is a whole lot of Amouage. It is very seductive, like spraying on another facet of yourself.

Opus III is not überdramatic, nor it is too rich. It is subtly stunning and lasts for hours. Sillage to die for. What more could you want? No worries if you don´t like violets either, because there are seven more of the Library Collection to explore. I am just starting on II, IV and V.

Today we wear the clinging violet
In memory of the brave,
While ever thoughts of fond but proud regret,
Come surging wave on wave.
Alexandra Seager
Dedicated to her son George, killed in Gallipoli

Further reading: Olfactoria’s Travels and The Non Blonde
First In Fragrance has €295/100ml
Libertine Parfumerie has $418/100ml with FREE postage within Australia
Surrender To Chance has samples starting at $4/.5ml

Fragrant Bussis
CQ

With grateful thanks to Sandra who gave me SO much!!

14 comments on “Library Collection OPUS III by Karine Vinchon Spehner for Amouage 2010

  1. australianperfumejunkies says:

    Val,
    You could make me walk over coals to retry something already dismissed, quite a feat.
    Now I want to smell this again to see what you see in it.
    Portia x

    • cookie queen says:

      I am sure you could come up with a bottle or two if you sorted through all those boxes you have. You can try it here next time. Hugs. xxxxx

  2. Tara says:

    I’m still looking for a violet perfume. Lipstick Rose didn’t work at all and Violet Fumee only came close. I wonder if I could cope with the mimosa in this? Hmmm.

    Love the line “like spraying on another facet of yourself”. Fabulous!

    • cookie queen says:

      Hi Tara! I have no idea of your mimosa level. Come to that I don´t know about mine either. In any case, I just love this. I detect a creamy patchouli in it too, but what do I know?? Love and hugs. xxxxx

      • Tara says:

        Well it doesn’t sound too mimosa-almondy so maybe I’d be OK. Will try on skin next time in Selfridges/Harrods.

  3. Maya says:

    Hi Val. You got me with your opening line. I have tried quite a few Amouage and don’t like any of them. I love violets (and mimosa). Could be a winner here. Will add Opus III to my next LuckyScent order.

    • cookie queen says:

      Hello Maya! Me neither. I can appreciate that most of them are well done,and there are a couple that make me feel, uhm, unwell!! But this one just felt totally right from the beginning and everyone loves it. From Great Grandma to the cat. Let me know if you get to try it!! Nice to see you. xxxxx

      • Maya says:

        I’m glad to know I’m not alone in my experiences with Amouage. Well-made is great but ultimately doesn’t matter if the perfume doesn’t work for you. You have me excited about Opus III. Thanks. 🙂

  4. Liz K says:

    If your cute little kitty-girl likes it I guess I should put it on the to try list. She is gorgeous. I do, actually, love violet so will have to find a sample.
    The only Library Collection I have tried is VI and my notes from the first sniff read: “wow, you could kill someone with this stuff”. Why does one of my few nice spray samples have to be that one? A dabber would be quite sufficient. Glad to know some of the others might be a bit less intimidating, I was skeered to try another.

    • cookie queen says:

      As i said, I nearly did die from the VI. That was the point that I stopped wearing any fragrance in my kitchen. Absolutely horrible stuff. I am sure it appeals to a certain public, but surely not me. Maybe you´ll come across III in your travels and then you can give it a go!! Good to see you here Liz. xxx

  5. Sister Mary says:

    The only time I’d wandered into the Library I collided with VI and ran from the building never to return. Seems I’m not the only one!

    You have me all tempty-curious now for III VQC. I do love me some violets…

    SM xOx

    • cookie queen says:

      Maybe it´s time to do a “How I survived the Curse of Opus VI” post. Give this a go if you get the chance. Hugs SM. xxx

  6. Undina says:

    Val, are you sure your cat likes it? Maybe she tries to clean you? ; -)

    Opus III plays tricks on me: I liked it the most from the first 4. But recently when I decided to wear it I didn’t like it at all. I’ll give it another try in a while but it was very unexpected and upset me.
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    • cookie queen says:

      Hi Undina. Hmmmm. She seems to like it otherwise she bites me. Sometimes that happens with fragrances huh? If I don’t spray Amouages from a distance, they all nearly kill me. Oh well, there’s always Ubar! xxxx

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