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  • I must be in a moss and opoponax mood, all of the samples in my sample order batch had them except for A.Maze

    Mona di Orio Amyitis: Perfume Review

  • The brightness of citrus ever so slowly, ever so sensually enveloped by the powdery darkness of opoponax.

    Archive 2009-01-01

  • The overripe fruit is intensified with rubbery, boozy opoponax only to be claimed by an earthy undercurrent.

    Archive 2009-03-01

  • An opoponax note comes forth right away, than replaced by roses; and only later on the iris notes glide in and create a more violet-y impression.

    Archive 2009-02-01

  • The dry down is an almost powdery, perhaps even aldehydic musk reminiscent of opoponax, patchouli and woods combined.

    Dark Amber & Ginger Lily

  • Heroine blends the note with sweetly balsamic opoponax and slightly charred cedarwood.

    Dark Tuberoses: Heroine, Narcotic and Trapeze by Strange Invisible Perfumes

  • The creaminess undoubtedly comes from the inclusion of tuberose and opoponax.

    Archive 2008-03-01

  • Scorpio - Leathery and naughty with lotus, tuberose, smoked benzoin, jasmine, tonka, zantoxylum, opoponax and black and pink peppercorns.

    Archive 2008-04-01

  • The base is neither particularly musky nor ambery; but there is certainly the animalic powderiness of opoponax weaved into a dry tobacco-leather base that might include castoerum, and the woods in question are the beautiful Moroccan cedarwood from the Atlas mountains.

    Haunting Dreams of Aviation

  • The spices, of which cinnamon is one and cumin, I would swear, is another, rest on a pillow-soft, powdery-sweet opoponax base, and the contrast of sharp and fluffy is as disconcerting as it is appealing.

    Archive 2008-04-01


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  • "And the smell, A said, because he sniffs the cheap rose perfume on Gerty's piece of cotton wool, and thinks of the one Molly uses.

    Opoponax! B exclaimed. And at the opening of his waistcoat he also smells the lemon scent of his cake of soap."

    The House of Ulysses by Julián Ríos, translated by Nick Caistor, p 181

    December 27, 2010

  • Archaic usage on confectio Damocritis.

    October 16, 2008

  • This word should be spelled opopanax, no?

    July 18, 2007

  • Stephen King has tried to repurpose this word, c.f. Wikipedia:

    * In the novel Black House by Stephen King and Peter Straub, the word opopanax is used repeatedly and constantly in a nonsensical fashion, as both a verb and an adjective (e.i "distant cry of the opoponax", the opoponax this, the opoponax that, etc) eventually becoming a symbol for all the strange and incomprehensible events unfolding in the book.

    * In another Stephen King novel, Wolves of the Calla (the fifth book in The Dark Tower series), a character holds an "opopanax feather", thus suggesting that it is the name of a bird. No other explanation is given in the story.

    July 18, 2007

  • Sweet myrrh. Its resin can be used as incense/perfume, an antispasmodic, and to treat asthma, hysteria & hypochondria.

    March 12, 2007

  • "She'd like scent of that kind. Sweet and cheap: soon sour. Why Molly likes opoponax. Suits her with a little jessamine mixed. "

    Joyce, Ulysses, 13

    January 14, 2007