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7 Nov 2014

Black Opium by YSL

This perfume has plagued me for two weeks. As nice as the scent is I had a wicked sense of déjà vu - just where had I met this fragrance before?

Today I had the light bulb moment and finally worked it out.  If Diesel Loverdose toned down it’s licorice note you would get this, Opium Black. It’s warm, vanilla-laden and one of those perfumes that warms up a bleak day.

To say that this is a unique offering from YSL would be a total lie. To me this is an uber-commercial perfume that has been carefully crafted to appeal to the masses. It has almost no connection to the parent perfume that it’s named after and instead has a closer resemblance to the aforementioned dupe and Lancome’s La Vie Est Belle.

Officially coffee is the dominant note with pink pepper, orange blossom vanilla, patchouli and cedar in supporting role. I get a sweet kick in the nose with sugary vanilla, which dries down to something with a hint of spice.

So far, so generic.

Well yes but I don’t even care that this is similar to a whole family of other fragrances. There is something really yummy – yes, yummy - about Black Opium.  It’s incredibly warming, mood elevating and a real people pleaser. I like it a lot. Although perhaps not as much as the girl in the ad: 

I think this works well on women but would also possibly smell amazing on a man, especially if he is the kind of chap already open to fragrances like Viktor & Rolf Spicebomb. And as a very seasonally appropriate perfume I think this will be a strong contender as a Christmas stocking filler. 

What do you think of Black Opium? 


  1. This is such a stunning perfume that is most definitely on my wishlist. I know I shouldn't say this but I love the packaging too!x

  2. I just had to have a sniff of this one, its so divine. The packaging is a amazing too :) xx

  3. I have heard so much about this perfume and ur post is quite clear as well. nice blog and powerful blogging. I am struggling with the appearance of my blog, would you guide me if you know any trick to method to improve that?

  4. I've tried it and have to say that it's one of my favourite fragrances! I love it!
    Josie XOXO
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  5. I bought this when it first came out & LOVE IT! It's now my favourite fragrance, can't stop wearing it!
    Hugs xoxo

  6. I had this on my Christmas wishlist even though I haven't had a sniff of it but I was hoping it would be a lot like Opium so now I'm not sure...I might pop into Areej and inhale it a little to see if it still holds it's wishlist spot! I have heard such good things about it so I am hopeful :)

  7. Love this perfume, I wanted for Xmas ! I'm in love with the smell

  8. Ohh , I'm a huge perfume admirer!! Lovely scent!

  9. i tested it last week when it finally came to our stores and it was immediately added to my christmas wishlist.

  10. Sounds worth to smell at it :)

  11. I litterally love this fragrance

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