The richest of journeys - be they on the page, on the big screen, or in life - tend to meander into memory a mosaic, recollections and fragments that create a tome, some parts hidden, some long forgotten, some as fresh as if they were just created. Amouage's Library Collection - which collectively draws on the allure of hidden treasures in a library, igniting the desire to discover & learn - delves into remembrances of romantic love for its sixth volume. Opus VI was crafted by the house's Creative Director, Christopher Chong, and inspired by the power we possess to erase and reinvent memories too painful to keep. "Traditionally used as a healing agent in folk medicine, Amber narrates a story of a tragic love affair, where forgetfulness is one's only comfort," notes Chong, adding, "personal memories are an eclectic and fragmented journey of our lives. They are a source of profound knowledge in the form of diaries and memoirs deep within the recesses of one's mind."
The fragrance itself conjures an almond-like undertone, with top notes of Frankincense and Sichuan Pepper adding intensity to the heart of Periploca, Cypriol & Patchouli. The base radiates with the opulent golden warmth of Sandalwood & Ambranum, rounded off with legendary fragments of woody, leather and cistus notes; the entire dry down effect of the scent, Chong explains, creates a fusion of disturbing elements and accords to re-invent the conventional Amber scent and simulate the turbulent sentiment of loss and confusion when attempting to erase a person's memories.
- Lesley Scott
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