Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Alberto Morillas On Making Amouage's Opus VII

When I chatted with Alberto Morillas at the London launch of Penhaligon's Iris Prima (the full interview will appear on Basenotes) I asked him about co-authoring Amouage's Opus VII with Pierre Negrin. As soon as I handed him a blotter onto which I'd sprayed the scent - just to jog his memories of working on it - he closed his eyes, smiled and let out a deep sigh.

"Ah yes, I remember," he said. "For me, it's the smell of a stone with the sun on it. A lot of galbanum. That's what we started with: a special, CO2 extraction of galbanum. When I smell this, I remember Egypt. I don't know why."

Did the process of working on the fragrance differ from his other projects?

"It was very interesting because we started with very different ingredients. And Christopher Chong is very passionate. I like to have this type of challenge. When he came to see me in Geneva, I showed him a new accord which I wrote in front of him, and I made it, and he loved it. This is why I like to work with this sort of person. It gives you inspiration. It gives you air."


PS Be sure to come back on Friday for another one of our inter-blog list projects.


  1. morillas = badass

    short 'interview' but says enough :)

    love opus VII and that crazy galbanum that doesn't quit

    1. Timothy, thanks for your comment. Opus VII is certainly a very striking piece of work.


Thanks very much for reading my site and taking the time to leave a comment.

Please note that whilst the full range of views is welcome on, comments containing expletives and/or abusive language may not be published.

If you're using Safari on an Apple device, you may experience some difficulties with submitting comments. Please consider using Google's Chrome browser on your Apple device; this may make it easier to leave your comment.


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...