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Black Opium by Yves Saint Laurent

Sexy is the word I’d chose to describe BLACK OPOUM. We’re going to go over all three versions of this sexy and exciting fragrance from the house of Yves Saint Laurent.

Let’s start with the notes:
Top: Pink Pepper and Orange Blossom
Heart: Jasmine and Coffee
Base: Vanilla, Patchouli and Sandalwood

September of 2014 Yves Saint Laurent launched Black Opium, a new fragrance announced as a rock’n’roll interpretation of the classic that supposedly highlighted the dark, mysterious side of the Yves Saint Laurent brand. Developed by 4 Master perfumers Nathalie Lorson, Marie Salamagne, Honorine Blanc, and Olivier Cresp.

The bottle is similar to prior versions of Opium but decorated to give a more rockstar look and glam and british model Edie Campbell has been the face of the fragrance.

Not black and definitely not opium!  This is a very sweet scent and screams nightlife and hot date type of fragrance. It smells so feminine & sexy. Delicious is a word that comes to mind when smelling this on a woman wearing this. I want you to think short skirt and lingerie. Compliments will fall out of the sky for you while wearing this. If you think too much vanilla is a bad thing then this is not the fragrance for you. Many will compare its sweetness to Flowerbomb by V&R, however Black Opium is just way more interesting. The coffee note makes it more oriental even though it shouldn’t be compared to the classic YSL Opium, which is darker, smokier in a class entirely of its own. I think it’s a great transition for women who are looking to experiment with heavier, sharper scents, but still love their sweet vanillas.

At the end of August 2015. Black Opium Eau de Toilette, the new version of the fragrance arrived in the same flacon form and the key note remains the same—coffee, which this time combined with fresh, greener shades of flowers, tea and fruit. It starts with fruity notes of tart and refreshing black currant combined with pear zest, citruses and green mandarin bark. The key ingredient—coffee becomes fresher with jasmine tea notes and  sweet orange blossom. Sensuality is highlighted with white musk and white wood which subtly support the flowers and fruit of the composition.

For those of you who don’t want the headache of a potent Edp. then this version is a better fit. More fresh, dry and green compared to the Edp. I feel this is more like a daytime perfume but it still has depth and warmth. The siliage and staying power remains as strong as the Edp.


The third edition called Black Opium Nuit Blanche, is a pure gourmand fragrance. Has a very nice milky vanilla caramel coffee scent that gets a soft boost from the orange blossom. The perfume combines the energy of coffee with sparkling orange blossom, highlighted by white musk

Nuit Blanche is an annual arts festival in Paris, which lasts all night, so ladies this is a night time scent. Party with the girls and hot date is what this fragrance is all about and not fitting for the office.

All in all I loved the Black Opium Eau de Parfum more than the other two. I give them all a 6/10 fragrance rating but personally would skip on the Edt and focus on either one of the perfume versions, Black Opium or Nuit Blanche.

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