Yves Saint Laurent is a brand that seems to encapsulate a lot of memories for me. For one, it reminds me of my Mum and every time I pass the YSL counter I always see something that I know she will love. My Mum has been a wearer of YSL fragrances for many years and a small spray of Rive Gauche or Opium transport me back to my earlier years. The introduction of the new YSL Black Opium had me thinking that this was an ideal fragrance for my Mum and perfect for a Christmas present. In theory, it would have been great until she said that she didn’t like it! It all worked out well in the end, because I absolutely love it although it bears no resemblance to the original Opium fragrance.
YSL Black Opium was launched in September 2014 as the Rock N Roll interpretation of a classic scent. Packaged in the signature bamboo styled bottle but updated in a black glittered finish, YSL Black Opium draws its lines of similarity with the Original Opium here. The bottle is stunning and so cute in the 30ml size that I have, and I can’t wait to get my hands on the 100ml in the future.
The fragrance is dark and mysterious and a perfect evening scent. I would personally describe it as a coffee-floral scent as the heart note of coffee does dominate the fragrance. It isn’t like a trip to Starbucks in a bottle, so don’t be worried if you don’t like coffee; its more of an intense earthy scent of coffee beans. Combined with top notes of pink pepper, orange blossom and pear it gives the Opium that lift to stop it being a heavy overpowering fragrance. Base notes linger on my skin from the patchouli, cedar and vanilla. Its the vanilla in the scent that my Mum doesn’t like, she cannot bear the smell of it.
What I love about the YSL Black Opium is that is lingers for such a long time. I have noticed that after coming home from evening out that my coat and outwear is saturated in its delicious fragrance. On my skin, I get around 6 hours of wear before it starts to fade into nothingness however I have no issues with getting that beautiful bottle out to add some more.
It retails for around £44 for the 30ml bottle however I have found it on offer for £37.99 at Fragrance Direct.