Scent Sundays: Yves St. Laurent Black Opium

Sunday, December 13, 2015


Welcome to another round of Scent Sundays! We're nearing the end of the first batch of samples, and this week's scent is one I was very intrigued by, YSL's Black Opium ($89-$118 CAD). To see what I thought, keep reading!








Exclusive to Sephora, Black Opium is the new highly addictive feminine fragrance from Yves Saint Laurent. Fascinating and seductively intoxicating, the opening notes of adrenaline-rich coffee and the sweet sensuality of vanilla recline into the softness of white flowers for a modern, young, and vibrant interpretation of addiction. Get your dose. 
Notes: Coffee Accord, Orange Blossom, Cedar Wood Essence, Patchouli Essense. --Sephora

Gotta say I'm not really a fan of the "addiction" language in that copy. There's nothing cool or sexy about that. :/ I'm more bothered by that than the whole "Black Opium" name or the fact that this sample bottle is meant to resemble a drug vial (which I didn't even realize until I watched a certain episode of Hannibal). In my opinion, there's a difference between coy drug symbolism and outright saying, "This a modern, young, and vibrant interpretation of addiction!"

Anyway, off my soapbox. I do quite like this scent! It says it opens with coffee accord, but I strangely get more of a floral vibe, along with cedar wood and a touch of vanilla. The florals intensify during the heart. The drydown is similar but lighter.

Black Opium is a very sensual, sexy scent. Despite the whole "addiction" stuff, I really enjoy it. I think it's meant to be a less intense version, more wearable version of the original Opium. There's also a lighter version, EDT version. I want to try both.. and more YSL fragrances, of course.

Have you tried Black Opium or the original Opium?


Product was a free sample. Post contains affiliate links. All opinions are my own.

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