Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium Le Parfum is my most complimented fragrance. It’s the classic Black Opium scent at its most luxurious, thanks to its new vanilla intensity. It still contains the signature Black Opium coffee and white floral notes, but unlike the other fragrances in the line, it focuses on the quartet of irresistible vanilla notes. Find out why this creamy and sensual fragrance should be a staple in any perfume collection…
This Fragrance Smells Like…
Black Opium Le Parfum takes the iconic floral gourmand scent and spotlights its most precious facet, vanilla, but without being overpoweringly sweet. It adds a sensual and vanilla spin to the classic Black Opium scent.
Le Parfum starts with a sweet, honeyed freshness from the duo of pear and green mandarin before blooming into a white floral heart. Le Parfum blossoms with opulent orange flower petals, jasmine sambac and cinnamon essence to seamlessly transfer from the fresh, top notes into the warm and cosy base. The base takes Black Opium’s signature coffee accord and perfectly compliments it with a quartet of vanilla notes for a creamy smoothness that’s irresistible.
What’s The Story Behind This Scent?
In 1977, Yves Saint Laurent released Opium to push the boundaries of perfumery. In 2014, Black Opium joined the collection to reinvent the classic fragrance for the modern woman. The noses behind Le Parfum wanted to create a luxurious, captivating fragrance that takes the signature of Black Opium to a new level of indulgence.
You Will Love This If…
If you’re a fan of YSL Black Opium, you will love this sweeter spin! Not sure where it fits into your collection? I’ll break it down for you…
• Black Opium Eau de Parfum (The classic): Features energising black coffee and sensual vanilla.
• Black Opium Eau de Parfum Illicit Green: Features green mandarin and creamy fig for an energising and zesty take on the original.
• Black Opium Eau de Parfum Neon: Features signature coffee notes and luminous dragon fruity for a vibrant spin on the original.
• Black Opium Eau de Parfum Extreme: Features extra-black coffee, ultra-white flowers, and patchouli for a long-lasting and intense version of the classic scent.
This Perfume Smells Similar To:
YSL Black Opium Le Parfum reminds me of the cosy and comforting feeling of baking cookies loaded with vanilla on a winter’s day. Equally, it has an edge that projects darker boozy notes for an overall sensual feel that you can’t help but lean into.
Is YSL Black Opium Le Parfum Unisex?
Although Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium Le Parfum is marketed towards women, its bold and addictive scent is universally appealing to any vanilla fragrance fan.
What’s The Longevity Like?
Super long-lasting! After spraying Le Parfum in the morning, I could still smell it on my clothes by the end of the day.
What’s Special About The Bottle?
The Black Opium Le Parfum bottle is coated cap to toe with a reflective gloss. At its centre is a dazzling heart of black glitter.
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