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.
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