20 March, 2016

Yves Saint Laurent YSL Black Opium Review

For this past Winter, I have been obsessed with wearing YSL's Black Opium, which was released in the Fall of 2014, but didn't actually pick up momentum until a year later.

This bewitching perfume is as mysterious and glamorous as its black glittery bottle.


Black Opium opens with the deep, earthy note of coffee, and the sweetness of amber. Although amber is not listed as one of the notes, I can easily smell it in this perfume. The freshness of pear, white jasmine and orange blossom petals soon enter, giving this otherwise "dense" perfume a very uplifting effect.

After five to ten minutes, the pink pepper, patchouli, and cedar notes make their introduction, giving the perfume more legs to stand on. Without these three notes, I think Black Opium would be even more fleeting than it is.

Black Opium is a thoroughly modern Oriental-Gourmand. While it doesn't smell anything like the the original Opium, it does have the same addictive and bewitching vibe. Contrary to what the other perfume critics think, this is a complex and unique perfume in its own right. Black Opium is beautiful, memorable, and definitely deserves the name that it has. It is so modern yet timeless; this winning formula is YSL's answer to Chanel's Coco Mademoiselle and Dior's Miss Dior (previously known as Miss Dior Cherie): perfumes for the young, modern sophisticates.

The lasting power for this perfume is average, 2-3 hours, but those few hours are glorious, and I don't mind re-spraying because it is such a pleasure to smell it again, it's like a visit from a dear friend.

I've mentioned in previous blog posts how Rock 'n' Roll Black Opium is, and I still stand by that statement. It's something that you would wear with a black leather jacket and red lipstick.



Have you tried Black Opium?
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28 comments:

  1. I haven't tried this black opium scent. This is first time I have heard the earthy note of coffee in a perfume. I would love to try it !

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    1. You you must try "Black Opium"; it is amazing! Definitely one of the more exciting releases in the recent years. :o)

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  2. I'd love to try it! Thanks for the review!

    Sarah x
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  3. I got this as a sample and i loved it. I might get a full size but I have soo many that I want to finish first :)
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    1. I know what you mean; I have sooo many bottles, too. I think I've given up on attempting to finish any of them. Lol.

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  4. I love the hint of amber in my perfumes. I must try it. Lovely review dear :-)

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    1. Aw, thank you! Definitely try it and let me know how it worked out for you. :o)

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  5. I've never gotten round to buying Black Opium, but I really need to as I love it xx

    Gemma ♥ Miss Makeup Magpie

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  6. I will be definitely try this perfume, who doesn't love to smell good right?

    Camila | www.myvoguestyle.com

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  7. I love amber and patchouli. So I have to try to find a sample to try.
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    1. It's a heavenly blend, seriously. Sooo delicious smelling.

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  8. This is a huge favourite of many but I have yet to sniff it! Perils of living in a small town where there's no huge departments stores. :-(

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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    1. Girl friend, I live in small town, too. Trust me, I understand, haha. :o)

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  9. I don't like it lasts only 2-3 hours, but sounds absolutely amazing. I need to check it out.
    Nina
    http://www.ninasstyleblog.com

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    1. Yeah, I had to reconcile with the fact that it's not very long-lasting, but it smells so pretty that I just had to get it. Lol.

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  10. this sounds like such a nice evening scent! I love gourmand perfumes and anything with amber/vanilla so sounds right up my street x
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    1. Definitely give a try! It is such a beautiful modern gourmand. <3

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  11. I'm a huge fan of the original Opium. I know it's said to be a mature scent, but I just find it so lovely and so unique. I have smelled this one and found it to be a lot lighter in scent and really different then the original. What do you think?

    Heba xx || The Heba

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    1. I think that "Black Opium" is definitely light when compared to the classic "Opium," but when compared to its contemporaries, it smells quite deep. I think "Black Opium" is lighter than the original because it has lighter notes, and no heavy florals. :o)

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  12. I've seen this perfume featured everywhere and always hear positive thoughts on it :) I definitely need to give it a try the next time I'm in Debenhams! xx

    Jenny | Krystel Couture

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    1. OMG you must try "Black Opium." It totally rocks my world! Lol.

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  13. Oh, I wanna try it after your gorgeous post! I thought this aroma is quite heavy for me so I even haven't try it when I have had a possibility. But now I can see that it has a few my fave notes so may be I should buy it. Or just smell and understand what it is) Thank you!

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    1. I'm 90% confident that you'll enjoy it! ;-)

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  14. I so want to try this perfume. It sounds wonderful and I've heard and seen so many positive reviews on it. I need to at least get a sample. Great review!

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