|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.