Inspired by the omniscient allure of the library, Amouage has released four diverse fragrances to accompany the shelf. The Library Collection has been around since 2010 and has been a creative haven for the most talented perfumers in the industry.
“This trailblazing approach has allowed Amouage to author audacious, daring, and artistic olfactory propositions that are the antithesis of conventional perfumery and have since received critical praise,” says the Amouage press release.
The new additions consist of Opus V – Woods Symphony, Opus VII – Reckless Leather, Opus XII – Rose Incense, and Opus XIII – Silver Oud. Each fragrance has been redesigned with Amouage’s iconic “Khanjar” inspired bottle. “Their organic ceramic finish, in earthy Truffle and Cashmere colours is a true reflection of the craft and authenticity of the Sultanate.”
Opus V – Woods Symphony
“Through a well-balanced “woods symphony”, Opus V evokes how deceptive and transformative knowledge can be.” Perfumed by Jacques Cavallier, Woods Symphony begins with Orris Absolute and Rhum at the top. Then, the fragrance falls to Orris concrete, Jasmine and Rose. Finally, the scent concludes with Oud, Civet and Dry Woods.
Opus VII – Reckless Leather
“Built on a wild swirl of spices and rare resins, Opus VII is a reflection of how
seductive knowledge is.” Alberto Morillas and Pierre Négrin were the clinical masterminds behind this scent. They designed the fragrance to start with Pink Pepper, Galbanum, Nutmeg, Fenugreek and Cardamom at the top. Then, Oud, Ambroxan, Leather, Ambergris and Patchouli. Finally, concluding with Costus, Muscone, Frankincense, Cypriol and Sandalwood.
Opus XII – Rose Incense
Bruno Jovanovic opens Rose Incense with Elemi, Frankincense Hyperabsolute, and a Black Ink Accord. Swiftly following up with Damascus Rose, Frankincense Resinoid and Suederal. Concluding this scent is Myrrh, Vanilla, Cedarwood and Sandalwood.
“Opus XII is an ambery and pointillist constellation of gleaming moments coming back and forth from the depths of memory, compelling us to believe that despite our knowledge of the present, only childhood memories are real.”
Opus XIII – Silver Oud
Cecile Zarokian teased us with this release back in September. It begins with Patchouli, Cypriol and Virginia Cedar. Oud Assam and Vanilla Madagascar make up the heart while Ambrarome, Birch, Guaiac Wood and Castoreum conclude the scent. “Inspired
by the notions of Confusion, Passion and Destruction expressed in Stendhal’s “The Red and The Black”, Silver Oud is a manifestation of the tension between idealism and realism, the contradiction between thinking and feeling, and the power of mimetic desire.”
The entire set is available in 2ml samples or as full 100ml bottles. Opus V, VII and XII all retail for $360 USD while Opus XIII is $500 USD. The set is available in 2ml samples for $55 USD.