Les Nereides • Impérial Opoponax • Fragrances
|Would buy this product again.||81%|
Age: 44-55 Skin: Combination Hair: Blond Eyes: Blue
I found a bottle of this scent in TKMaxx for £9.00 and thought
I blind buy it and give it a try. How glad I am that I did - it's a sweet, rich, resinous, sultry gem that will be perfect for the cooler months. Opoponax is a sweet myrrh that smells divine and was highly regarded by King Solomon. Think "Song of Songs" when you apply this!
Age: 44-55 Skin: Dry, Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
This is gorgeous, a deep, almost syrupy opoponax scent. I love it in the cooler months. It smells rich and golden and glowing. This one's all about the basenotes; the drydown lasts forever. Layers beautifully with another favorite, Les Nereides Patchouli Antique.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Dry, Fair Hair: Brown Eyes: Green
I guess I'm the strange one here, because I don't detect any powder at all (hate powder) and in no way do I think this is masculine. It's not sweet or flowery, and I would say it's a winter scent. I don't smell citrus either, which I dislike. I would put it in the oriental catagory...amber, a touch of adult vanilla to sweeten it up and of course opoponax, but all blended so well, nothing is overwhelming. For an Eau de Toilette, this has better than average sillage and staying power. It does start out rather strong, but the real beauty starts when it warms up and mixes with your body chemistry, I put it on before bed, and in the morning, my SO said "You smell gorgeous". He is not big on compliments, folks. That in itself is worth purchasing a bottle. I like orientals, but they can be too strong. This is lighter but still gives that oriental impression and staying power, without smelling like stale perfume. I love it and love the line, and plan on buying more.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Hazel
Many reviewers below have hit the nail on the head with this one. I don't however, smell any white flowers or in any way associate this perfume with white, cashmere, silk or scarves. It opens with a fresh herbal citrus men's aftershave smell, but this lasted but a few minutes. Then it morphed into what reviewers below are talking about - a sweet, honey vanillic amber resinous scent. Yes golden! Beautiful, deep, sweet with a slightly masculine edge to it, very sensual. It's a bit powdery too (from the amber) and while it's not terribly overdone, this is slightly too cloying and masculine for me. The drydown an hour later brings back a touch of that old men's aftershave thing again, and I'm not loving it as much as I did in the middle stages. There's a nice touch of lavender and honey but not enough to save it. Would be equally nice on man or woman.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair, Warm Hair: Blond, Fine Eyes: Green
Think of this scent as if it were a warm white cashmere scarf or, even better, a cardigan made of the same material. This is the sensation yuo get with Impérial Opoponax: a very cozy and warm frag.
Starts somehow fresh/citrusy and greenish to morph immediately in a warm caramel/vanilla note, plus some white flowers that give way almost immediately to the "cozy" part, the myrrh and and the vanilla as said. A lingering note of sweet almond accompanies you all the way down.
It is very well blended as Opoponax alone would me much more harsh! (i.e. If all Opoponax smelled like this I want all my frags to be Opoponax based LoL!)
A very lovely, feminine frag to wear in the winter.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Dry Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
This one is fantastic if you want big, smooth, flowing myrrh. For me, personally, it was too much. Too strong and too perfumey. I do like it much more than Annick Goutal's Myrrhe Ardente.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Normal, Fair Hair: Brown Eyes: Blue
IO starts out with a rather masculine cologne top - sort of a clean citrus, then gradually dries into opoponax (also known as sweet myrrh) vanilla heaven. Very smooth and balsam like, sweet and resinous. It isn't too strong, but lasts and lasts. I really liked it on me, but loved it on my husband. He felt it was bit on the feminine side for his liking, though. I'm going to buy a decant for now, and possibly a bottle in the future. If I can bring hubby around, this would be the perfect shared fragrance.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Normal, Medium Hair: Blond Eyes: Green
another winner from les nereides....the perfect scent for winter:it is warm like a silk scarf.... the drydown is powdery and the fragrance has a very good sillage(over 8 hours)...the price is very good!!.....even if i hope they will change the packaging soon!! update: i changed idea it is too overwhelming ... i wore it yesterday and i didn't like it ...it was like a cough syrup
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Brown, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Blue
This is the first opoponax scent I've owned (that I know of) and I can't wait to try more. Imperial Opoponax is warm and cuddly like my favorite blanket. I can't imagine anyone not liking this. I've had my bottle less than a week and I've already bought a backup.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Other Hair: Other Eyes: Other
I recently pulled out my decant of this after its summer hibernation. Yum. When I first tried this I was new to opoponax so I didn't really know what I was smelling--something resinous, ambery, sweet, golden. It reminds me of the feeling you get after you've just had an candlelit dinner at a nice restaurant and you're drinking a glass of red wine and you feel warm and full, a little sleepy, and totally content. Despite the sweetness, it does have a masculine quality, and I'm curious to try this on my husband.
Age: Unknown Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Brown Eyes: Blue
I understand why everyone loves Imperial Opoponax. Really, I do. The drydown is sweet and powdery and comforting. It's just a little too much for me, in the same way that many classic Guerlains (I'm looking at you, L'Heure Bleue) and Yerbamate are too much for me. I feel like I'm being smothered by a sugary, ambery vanilla blanket. It's my olfactory equivalent to claustrophobia, and even thinking about it nauseates me. I wish I could forget how it smells in an "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" sort of way.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
Starts out very masculine and dries down to a powdery soft finish with just a touch of that men's cologne edge. Most people are saying it's a winter scent but I wear this in the summer, too. It's lovely and light.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Brunette, Medium Eyes: Brown
For cool weather months Imperial Opoponax is like a soothing warm shawl wrapped around your shoulders. It's smooth and warming. A very comforting scent to own. I can see why this has a cult following and many admirers. It really is a pleasant fragrance.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Normal Hair: Brown Eyes: Green
This fragrance knocked me off my feet. It's like a blanket, warm, comforting...this is the only opoponax fragrance for me. I love my fragrances a little sweet, powdery (but not too much). This one will always be a staple
Age: 25-29 Skin: Normal Hair: Brown Eyes: Green
I fell in love with Impérial Opoponax a year ago, but it was August, definitely not the right season to wear this. So I waited and waited. I finally bought a mini (25 ml) a month ago and now I'm deeply in love with it. It smelt incredibly beautiful on the tiny strips I was handed last year, and smells heavenly rich on my skin now. I love sniffing myself when I wear this, I just can't get enough of it! I'll repurchase it as soon as I can. A must have for opoponax lovers.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Normal Hair: Brown Eyes: Green
This to me is very much like Emeraude c. 1982 (classier and less gaggy) + myrrh. Very nice!
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
This is not the powdery and snuggly resinous goodness that I was hoping for. Rather, the opoponax here is smooth and cold like marble. The citrus in this smells like bergamot to my nose, which in combination with the other notes smells like men's cologne, which is not a bad thing--it does smell like a sexy, sophisticated men's cologne--but not what I was looking for. Edited to add: the drydown becomes a little powdery and quite vanillic, while the men's cologne vibe is softened somewhat. It is a little too much vanilla for me at this stage.Edit (10/1/06): Slinking in to update. I have grown to really like this. I smell this in some other perfumes I love, Angel Face, to name just one, and I look for this note now. I do like it tempered with other notes because I am not a huge fan of the slight bergamot-ish lavender-like overtone of opoponax, but I do love the smooth creaminess of it. I still find it to be more like a cool marble than a warm blanket, but I find that appealing now. Or maybe it would be more accurate to say that it is like both: paradoxically both marble and blanket. I think I may need this.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Fair, Neutral Hair: Brunette, Straight, Medium Eyes: Hazel
Oh my lord. I call this my boyfriend's "naked button." He sprays this on himself, I get naked. Immediately. It is the single sexiest thing I have ever, EVER smelled on him or any man. I've tried it on myself and it's just ok, nothing special. But on him - oh man. Instant deliciousness and it lasts forever. Very sweet, spicy, sexy scent. I hate the bottle & packaging but I loooove the results.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination Hair: Red Eyes: Green
Now, this is one that snuck up on me. Opoponax, amber, and sandalwood are prominent on me, with maybe a hint of vanilla. Which would explain why I ordered this unsniffed:) God, I'm guilty of that bigtime, but in Imperial Opoponax I've found yet another winner. I've been wearing this often and I don't get the slightest hint of citrus - not exactly tragic. The first time I wore this scent, I was pleased, yet I wanted a little MORE. I'm not one for frantically inhaling my arm - I like my fragrances heavy with a ton of sillage and 8+ hours of lasting power. The more I wear it, the more I realize that IS that fragrance. It's just so perfectly blended, so comforting, so warm, and above all so darn beautiful that it took me a while to appreciate it. As usual, Les Nereides gets points from me for the packaging. Simple shape with a beautifully designed label - a vintage feel without the fuss. I must admit I was shocked to see some reviewers call this masculine, but you know? It probably is. I own quite a few mens scents and while I wouldn't go that far with this one, it's definitely unisex.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination Hair: Other Eyes: Other
I remember how deeply disappointed I was when I first sniffed this fragrance. Based on the reviews, I expected a deep, rich, sophisticated GOURMAND scent, and it is all that except the gourmand part. It seemed slightly metallic on my skin, so I dismissed it, not expecting to ever bother with it again. But then a friend sent a sample in the fall, and now I'm head over heels in love with it. There is a gourmand quality about this fragrance, but it's very sublte (the vanilla in the base is almost non-detectable, it's so well-blended). The myrrh is very rich, but never perfumey or overpowering. I think it's the one non-foody comfort scent that I own. Unfortunately I cannot find adequate words to describe what this smells like exactly, but I highly recommend sampling it. It's now a staple in my collection and one of the few fragrances I go to when cold fall/winter weather gets the better of me. Lasting power is ok.