YSL Black Opium Eau De Parfum

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 Eau De Parfum

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.

YSL Black Opium Eau De Parfum

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.

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  • kirstydowling88

    My mum is a YSL Opium lover too and I was eyeing this up as a potential Christmas gift for her but knowing her and the fact of how different it smells to the original, I’m a bit unsure as to whether it would be up her street. I’m not a fan of the original Opium; however I actually really like this new fragrance. The bottle is super festive too! xxx

    Kirsty – http://www.effortlesslyexcessive.com/

    • It really has no resemblance to the original at all. My mum says anyone who is an original Opium lover would be so disappointed with thid version. It’s a good job that it still is lovely though!xxx

  • I love the bottle it is so so stunning, I am seriously head over heels with the look of it, and unlike your mum I LOVE vanilla, I need to smell this baby xxx

  • Estelle

    I love this bottle so much so I had a spray the other day and loved it!
    I think the mysterious smell definitely links with the design of the bottle

  • I’ve wanted to try this fragrance for so long! If you like perfumes with Vanilla you will love Laura Mercier’s vanilla perfume!