Opus III by Karine Vinchon Spehner for Amouage 2010




Hello Fragrance Family,

Yes, I know i’ve come late to the Library Collection. I don’t know why but earlier I found them boring or awful. Ever since I fell madly in love with Opus IX in Vienna while shopping with Val CQ, Sandra, Anna-Maria and Jin last year. I bought it on the spot at full retail without even thinking about it because it’s so damn gorgeous. So i thought I better give the rest of the set a respritz and Bloody Hell, they are wonderful.

Opus III by Amouage: The Library Collection 2010

Opus III by Karine Vinchon Spehner


Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top:  Carnation, Broom, Mimosa, Nutmeg, Thyme
Heart: Jasmine, Orange blossom, Violet, Ylang-ylang
Base: Ambrette, Benzoin, Gaiac wood, Musk, Papyrus, Sandalwood, Vanilla, Cedar

The opening is sharp but mellowed by a smoothly waxy violet leaf with sizzling, spicy green-ness and already the creamy ylang is present. Opus III is a chunky violet/waxy/lipstick and hairspray fragrance that for me smells like I imagine kissing one of the glamorous Hollywood stars in the 1940s & 50s. It’s all cool fresh and floral up top and I’m surprised there’s no narcissus because I am getting some raunchy vegetal something, probably the jasmine, ambrette and orange blossom. Woody dry down is dry and resinous, lightly sweet. Charmingly innocent.


One of the reviews I read mentions the word sleek and suddenly the whole fragrance makes real sense to me. Opus III is a sleek and flawless beauty that still manages to be friendly and approachable. Very easy to wear and love.

My imagine takes me to a well heeled businesswoman at the top of her game. Confident and talented in whatever role she’s in. A likeable, generous boss who also manages to get the job done. Though Opus III is happily unisex smelling this is my vision.


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What fragrances have you dismissed and returned to love?
Portia xx

8 thoughts on “Opus III by Karine Vinchon Spehner for Amouage 2010

  1. Eau d’Hadrien. A friend liked it, and I found some samples on ebay for her. I kept a few and kept trying it…suddenly realized I loved it and needed it in my life while I was out of town on a conference and applying the body lotion for a late night meeting. And I still love it.


    • Hey Maggiecat
      Annick Goutal has a lovely way with citrus. Wish Hadrian lasted on me but it disappears so quickly
      Portia xx


  2. As much as I love the house of Amouage and their library collection, Opus III is far too sweet for my taste. I’m not really fond of carnation and that’s probably the reason.
    I remember being repulsed by the chemical dryness of 10 Corso Como some years ago and when I gave it another chance last year I actually enjoyed it.


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