Sep 10, 2015

YSL Black Opium Eau de Parfum Spray

Perfume Review - YSL Black Opium Eau de Parfum Spray - Fall Winter Fragrance
Black Opium Eau de Parfum Spray by Yves Saint Laurent ($67-$115) at Sephora
Fragrance Notes:  Coffee, orange blossom, cedar wood, patchouli.
Style:  Addictive. Floral. Energetic.

YSL Black Opium launched a while back, but I have been holding off on reviewing it for the cooler fall-autumn months.  We aren't there yet, at least in this part of California, but we do get the occasional cool night, and I have been reaching for warmer and sweeter perfumes.  With rich sweet notes of vanilla mixed in with cedarwood and patchouli, YSL Black Opium might be a bit heavy for some, but this is the sort of perfume that I love wearing during the autumn-winter months and sometimes during the warmer months too.  Designed to reflect the darker, edgier aspect to the perfume, YSL Black Opium is housed in a chunky black bottle that, to me, looks like wet stone, with an uneven texture and a glistening look to it.  I don't particularly care for the design, but it doesn't bother me too much either.

The fragrance notes in the perfume are listed as coffee, orange blossom, cedar wood, and patchouli, but I don't really get much of the coffee or orange blossom.  On me, Black Opium is a sweet gourmand with spicy, creamy, sweet notes that add a warmth to the air.  It feels like a warm, cozy hug on cold winter days, and I would love wearing it even if I was all alone, wrapped up in a blanket with a good book and hot coffee.  The perfume lasts the whole day on my skin, which is another bonus for me.  I love this perfume, and it's definitely going to find a lot of use through the cooler months ahead, but I have to admit, this is a strong perfume.  I hate limiting perfumes to a certain age group, but if you prefer "younger-smelling", light, fresh perfumes, then this might not be the one for you.  It smells sexy and sophisticated, but it also takes a little getting used to.  If the idea of a warm, creamy, sweet fragrance appeals to you, do give this a try at a counter.

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Review based on sampler from Sephora.

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