Wilde in the Streets: Opus Oils Dirty Sexy Wilde
The last time I visited Opus Oils shop on Hollywood Blvd was a year ago, when I was welcomed by the owner, Kedra Hart and shown her lovely line of oils. When I got notice that there was going to be a new one, the start of her new "Animalic Instincts" class, I was there when the door opened. Once again greeted by the handsome face of the fragrance Tiger Powers (I love a man who makes me feel short..), Kedra showed me the new scent and the coffin-shaped special-edition bottles available. The coffins cute in a "nudge, nudge, Goth, Goth" way. I think I'd fill them with booze.. The notes for "Wilde" are listed as "Galbanum, Red Mandarin, Violet, Rose, Night Jasmine, Blond Tobacco, Oakmoss, Coumarin, Musk, Civet and Ambergris".
On me the opening is a super-suave combo of the galbanum and the mandarin with tobacco, with the flowers peeping up later before settling into the animal notes and the hay-like coumarin. On me it's not so dirty, but decidedly sexy in a your-skin-but-better kind of way: as elegant as a Savile Row Suit with a bit of retro-smokiness.
Best part? It's $50 for 1 OZ of oil. I was at Neiman's this weekend and entirely unimpressed with the new Tom Ford musks, mainly because I had just smelled (and bought) this for about a quarter of what the studiedly louche Mr. Ford charges for his EDT. I love finding people like this, who are great at what they do and are passionate about it; the antithesis of the manufactured, airbrushed, corporate anodyne coolth exemplified by Mr. Ford.