Friday, November 21, 2014

YSL Black Opium

My mam wore YSL Opium in the 80ies and all that that implies.  For me that implies shoulder pads, red suit jackets and big huge hair - SERIOUSLY HUGE HAIR.  My mam is generally not a lady for a signature scent but YSL Opium was her scent for a long time.  When I think of YSL Opium and my mam during that time I think Dallas and Dynasty - basically massive hair and shoulder pads.  Mother dear is still a fan of very groomed hair but thank god she has gotten rid of the shoulder pads. 

This year YSL have released an updated version of Opium called Black Opium*, I was interested to try it out because as a child I always remember Opium being quite a heady and overpowering scent.  Black Opium is a little more sparkly (including its pretty fantastic looking bottle) and a little more modern than the original.  The scent is still a strong, powerful and sexy scent but think of the YSL Opium Woman woman being slightly more rock chick than Dallas chick. 

The scent although strong - definitely a sexy evening fragrance - it still has some sweet elements to it.  While having a perfume discussion with my personal perfume guru Artdonatella told me she thinks that YSL Black Opium is a mix of Lancome La vie est belle and Viktor and Rolf Flowerbomb.  I love both fragrances so I am a fan of YSL Black Opium.  I did take time for me to adjust to the fragrance (especially after wearing lighter fresher fragrances all summer). 
Lets look at the notes of the fragrance.

Top Notes:  Pink Pepper, Orange Blossom, Pear
Heart Notes:  Coffee, Jasmine
Base Notes: Vanilla, Patchouli, Cedar

Whats interesting to me is the base note of YSL Black Opium is Patchouli.  I love the Patchouli, I love how rich it makes fragrances, but there is something about the way Patchouli mixes with my skin that makes it not suit me.  I adore the fragrances Angel and La vie est belle but they just don't sit right with my body chemistry one of the things I love about them on others is Patchouli.  I don't have this problem with YSL Black Opium.  If your looking for a fragrance that's a little sexy with some sweetness try YSL Black Opium. 

YSL Black Opium costs €58.00 for 30ml and €79.00 for 50ml. Pin It
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