[unpaid/sample/ad/affiliate] Wow – if you like your fragrances punchy and spicy this fits the bill! Sparkling Opal from Thameen is a blend of pepper, saffron and nutmeg up top with orris and jasmine in the middle.
I get a lot of powder and rose through on this but the initial impression is very much about the spices which are smooth, sweet and powerful – impactful, even. It’s the base, however, that dominates – the woods are so present that I’m reminded of antique wardrobes and that sort of ‘stately home’ scent. Leather and vanilla give it the roundness it needs but have a lot to contend with – sandalwood, musk, amyris and guaiacwood. There’s nothing about this you would describe as wishy-washy or a suit-all because it’s so big and bold – you will love it or you won’t and I can’t see there being any middle ground. Sparkling Opal is for the fragrance connoisseur – anyone who is drawn in by complexity and nuance and likes their fragrance very present. The last is extraordinary – you will probably still smell it the following day. It’s £195 (yikes) HERE, non-affiliate HERE.
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